Warren Mayor Fouts investigated over alleged threat

Warren Mayor Fouts investigated over alleged threat

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(Credit: WJBK|myFOXDetroit.com) Warren Mayor James Fouts (Credit: WJBK|myFOXDetroit.com) Warren Mayor James Fouts
WARREN, Mich. (AP) -

Warren Mayor James Fouts denies any wrongdoing as Michigan State police confirm they are looking into allegations Fouts made threats to someone while using a telephone.
Lt. Michael Shaw tells The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens that Fouts is under investigation, but "that doesn't mean the mayor is guilty of anything."
Shaw says evidence is being collected and that state police findings will be forwarded to the Macomb County prosecutor's office for review. He didn't reveal any details of the investigation to the newspaper.

In a statement released to FOX 2 Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said:

"I recently had private phone conversations with a mayoral appointee on a variety of topics. The media has informed me that the Michigan State Police were informed of these conversations. The appointee never advised me that the conversations were taped, and I have never heard the tapes.

I cannot discuss the private conversations I had because I have not heard the recordings. I have a large number of phone and in-person conversations with mayoral appointees, and I have always assumed they were private and confidential conversations. Apparently, for whatever reason, the mayoral appointee decided to inform the Michigan State Police, and the media was informed of the conversations. I learned Thursday through media reports the State Police were conducting an investigation based on those private conversations.

I have not violated any laws and I am affronted by any insinuations that I have violated any laws. This investigation is not related in any way to the FBI investigation of a city employee. I will cooperate in every way when I am contacted by the State Police."

Mayor Fouts, a former Warren councilman and retired teacher, announced in September that his office was cooperating with a federal grand jury looking into the purchase of Detroit suburb's trash trucks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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