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Men arrested for illegally recording movie in theater

October 14, 2013

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two men were arrested by Clinton Township police Oct. 6 for allegedly recording a motion picture illegally in the AMC Star Gratiot theater, located at 35705 South Gratiot Ave.

Darren John Smith, 48, and Dana Elliotte Hervey, 49, were reportedly caught around 10 p.m. with a camera set up inside the theater. Investigators were tipped because it is allegedly not the first time the two men have recorded films inside a theater.

Clinton Township Police Department Captain Richard Maierle said the men were filming the motion picture “Gravity” when they were apprehended.

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) is having problems with this,” Maierle said. “We had a P.I. (private investigator) watching the place, and then they observed (the two men).”

The two men, both hailing from Detroit, were released on $500 bond. They face a one-year misdemeanor if charged. No court date was announced at press time.

About the author

Nick Mordowanec covers Fraser, Clinton Township, Fraser School District, Clintondale Community Schools and Baker College for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle. Nick has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2013 and graduated from Michigan State University. He has slight obsessions with sports, Seinfeld and Led Zeppelin.

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