Runaway teen out of Detroit might be in Huron Township area

Jazzmain Hayes
Photo courtesy Huron Township Police Facebook page.

Posted by The Huron Hub—Thursday, March 4, 2021

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE DETROIT POLICE DEPARTMENT:

The following runaway teen may be in the Huron Township area.

It was reported that Jazzmain Hayes was last seen on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Josephine Street. The missing left the location and has failed to return home.

Police say she might be in the Huron Township area.


Jazzmain is described as a 15-year-old white, female, 5’5”, approximately 140-150 lbs., blue eyes, shoulder length dark brown and blond hair, and has two nose piercings. She was last seen wearing black sweatpants and a black tank top.

It was reported that Jazzmain is in good physical and mental condition.

If anyone has seen Jazzmain, or knows of her whereabouts, they are asked to please call Detroit Police Department’s 3rd Precinct at (313) 596-5301, (313) 596-5340 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up.


Huron Township COVID-19 vaccination information

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Posted Thursday, March 4, 2021 — The Huron Hub

Huron Township COVID-19 vaccination information via Wayne County:

Belleville, Huron Township, Sumpter Township and Van Buren Township in collaboration with Wayne County still have a supply of the COVID-19 Vaccination to distribute to the four community’s senior population of 65 years of age and older. 

Spouses and Caretakers who are under 65 years of age are eligible but also must register with the below l ink (they should note in
the form that they are either a spouse or caretaker).

To register for the vaccination list citizens of each community can utilize the following form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vPcVlIc8G5yUIhKtLGeuFTOhbl5SYl27ts520kRXR0M/edit

Citizens will be called or emailed to confirm their appointment. We will continue our efforts with Wayne County in procuring more doses to accommodate our senior population. Staff will utilize the registration list to confirm additional appointments as more doses are expected to become available. 

Instructions: We ask that citizens refrain from calling their municipal offices unless they do not have online access to the above form. This will keep calls from overwhelming our phone systems.


Camilleri announces creation of Downriver Youth Advisory Council

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri

Posted by The Huron Hub—Thursday, March 4, 2021

Citing the need for government to be more accessible to young people, State Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Trenton) announced the creation of a new Downriver Youth Advisory Council to provide young leaders with the opportunity to work directly with the Representative and other local leaders about the issues that matter most to them.

“Too often, I think getting involved in government feels inaccessible to young people, and I want to help change that in our community,” said Camilleri. “With this new Youth Advisory Council, we’re hoping to create an environment where young leaders can discuss issues directly with elected officials and their peers while developing leadership skills and finding ways to improve our Downriver community now and into the future.”

The Council will meet virtually once per month with the goal of encouraging young leaders to develop leadership skills, make connections, and present and discuss new ideas with Rep. Camilleri. 

All young people ages 16-24 living or attending school in the Downriver communities of Brownstown, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron Township, Woodhaven and Trenton are encouraged to apply, and applications will be accepted until March 16. The application can be completed online at http://youthcouncil.repcamilleri.com.


Michigan loosens COVID restrictions, allows expanded capacity at restaurants and other venues


Posted by The Huron Hub – Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated two of its epidemic orders, allowing for increased capacity limits at various venues, larger residential and nonresidential gatherings and expanded visitation opportunities at residential care facilities.

“Changes are designed to balance reopening while controlling the spread of COVID-19 and save Michiganders’ lives,” a statement from Governor Gretchen Whitmer said. 

Although progress has been made in reduction of hospitalizations, officials say it is crucial that Michiganders continue to mask up and socially distance as we reopen.

“As we continue our vaccine rollout and make steady progress against the virus, we are taking additional incremental steps to re-engage to ensure we are protecting our families and frontline workers and saving lives,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Michigan is a national leader in the fight against COVID-19, and our fact-based, data-driven approach will help our state rebuild our economy and resume normal day-to-day activities. As always, mask up, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands. We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of the virus so we can end this pandemic together. One of the most important things Michiganders can do is make a plan to get the safe and effective vaccine when it’s available to you.”

“More than 2 million doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and a third vaccine will soon be arriving here in Michigan to help us end the pandemic in our state,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “We continue to monitor the data closely, and based on current trends we are taking another step toward normalcy. We urge Michiganders to continue doing what works and wearing a mask, washing their hands and avoiding crowds.”

MDHHS had been closely monitoring three metrics for stabilization or declines over the past several weeks.  As with other states, Michigan’s metrics are mixed. The presence of more infectious variants, such as the B 1.1.7 variant, threatens our progress in control of the epidemic and MDHHS will be monitoring data closely. In recent days:  

  • Hospital capacity dedicated to COVID-19 is now at 3.9%. This metric peaked at 19.6% on Tuesday, Dec. 4.  
  • Overall case rates: After declining for six weeks, this metric is plateauing at 91.2 cases per million. The rate is similar to what we were at the beginning of October.
  • Positivity rate: is now at 3.7% having increased slightly from last week (3.5%). This metric is similar to where we were at the beginning of October. 

With all residents at skilled nursing homes having been offered their first dose of COVID-19 vaccineand a vast majority having had their second dose, the Residential Care Facilities Order goes into effect immediately.

The order encourages communal dining and group activities for residents and allows indoor and outdoor visitation in all counties regardless of county risk level. Visitation is allowed as long as the facility has not had a new COVID-19 case in the last 14 days and all indoor visitors ages 13 and older are subject to rapid antigen testing.

Testing will help keep residents, staff and families safe while allowing for visitation and an increased quality of life for residents. Adult foster care homes licensed for 12 or fewer residents, hospice facilities, substance use disorder residential facilities and assisted-living facilities are encouraged to implement visitor and staff testing protocols.

Visitors will be required to wear face masks or other personal protective equipment when required by the facility at all times. In general, visitors will need to maintain six feet from residents.  

“While we continue to have virus very present across the entire state, our improvements in case numbers, test positivity, and vaccinations mean we can move forward with reopening in an incremental way,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “I am glad we continue to make progress, but that progress is fragile. Everyone should continue to do important things like wearing a mask, washing hands, avoiding large gatherings and getting one of the three safe and effective vaccines when it becomes available to you.”  

Changes to the Gatherings and Mask Order go into effect Friday, March 5, and remain in effect through MondayApril 19.

Capacity changes include:

  • Restaurants and bars are allowed to be at 50% capacity up to 100 people. Tables must be six feet apart with no more than six people per table. There is now an 11 p.m. curfew.
  • Indoor non-residential gatherings where people interact across households are permitted up to 25 people, allowing public meetings and other small indoor gatherings to resume.
  • Outdoor non-residential gatherings where people interact across households are permitted up to 300, allowing larger outdoor events to resume.
  • Indoor entertainment venues are allowed to be at 50% capacity, up to 300 people.
  • Exercise facilities are allowed to be at 30% capacity with restrictions on distancing and mask requirements.
  • Retail is allowed to be at 50% capacity.
  • Casinos are allowed to be at 30% capacity.
  • Indoor stadiums and arenas are allowed have 375 if seating capacity is under 10,000; 750 if seating capacity is over 10,000. 
  • Outdoor entertainment and recreational facilities may host up to 1,000 patrons. 

Indoor residential gatherings are now limited to 15 people from three households, while outdoor residential gatherings can include up to 50 people.  

The epidemic order continues to temporarily pause other venues and activities where participants have close physical contacts and are not consistently masked, like water parks. As before, employees who work in jobs that cannot be performed from home can continue to go to work, while employees who can work from home should continue to do so.   


 

Huron Township man charged in fatal shooting of his mother


By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB
Posted Monday, March 1, 2021

Kalin Karvelis, 25 of Huron Township, has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of his mother, Julie Lee Karvelis, 53, and the non-fatal shooting of his father, Victor Karvelis.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said that on Feb. 26, 2021, Huron Township police were called to the Karvelis home near Judd and Gentz Roads at approximately 8 a.m., when an off- duty police officer neighbor saw the defendant and his father outside.

The defendant had a knife in his hand making stabbing motions at his father, authorities said.

The off-duty officer armed with his service weapon ordered the defendant to drop the weapon and to get down on the ground.

He secured the defendant until the Huron Township police arrived at 8:05 a.m. and arrested Kalin Karvelis.

Booking photo for Kalin Karvelis, 25 of Huron Township.

The officers entered the family home where they found Mrs. Karvelis in the front of the home suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Medical assistance was rendered but she died from the gunshot wound.

Mr. Karvelis was shot in the neck and was taken to a local hospital for treatment and survived his injuries.

It is alleged that the defendant went over to his parents home and fatally shot his mother, shot his father, and tried to stab him with a knife.

He has been charged with first degree murder, assault with intent to murder and two counts of felony firearm.

Kalin Karvelis is expected to be arraigned today in the 34th District Court in Romulus.


Detroit Metro Airport named best in North America for customer experience amid COVID-19 pandemic


Posted by The Huron Hub – Monday, March 1, 2021

Detroit Metro Airport has been named best airport in North America for customer experience amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Detroit Metro Airport has earned Airports Council International’s 2020 Airport Service Quality Award for Best Airport by Size and Region (25 to 40 million passengers per year in North America).

This customer service award is one of the highest honors in the aviation industry, an airport spokesperson said.

DTW shares this recognition with Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The annual ASQ Awards recognize and reward the best airports in the world according to ACI’s surveys, which are based on live research gathered from travelers at the airport.

The surveys are conducted at nearly 400 airports worldwide. The ASQ program delivers an in-depth assessment of the quality of the customer service experience, including airport cleanliness, wayfinding and the courtesy and helpfulness of airport staff.

“It is a great honor for Detroit Metropolitan Airport to be named one of the best airports in the world for the second time in three years,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “To earn the ASQ Award during a global pandemic—a time that has proven challenging for everyone—is an even bigger accomplishment. Our airport team will continue to maintain a safe environment while we work to restore confidence in air travel.”

According to the survey results, DTW showed growth in several key performance areas over the last year. The most significant improvements noticed by DTW customers in 2020 include the cleanliness of restrooms and terminals, wait times, passport inspection, and the feeling of being safe and secure. Additionally, the surveyed travelers noted the efficiency and courtesy of airport staff.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport has always been committed to delivering an excellent customer experience with an emphasis on safety. This goal took on a new meaning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the Airport Authority implemented measures to protect customers, visitors, and staff from the virus ranging from installing acrylic barriers, face covering dispensers and hand sanitizing stations to displaying signage promoting healthy habits. The janitorial staff increased the frequency of cleaning in high touch point areas as well.

“I congratulate Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on their success in the Airport Service Quality Awards which represent the highest possible recognition for airport operators around the world and recognize excellence in customer experience,” said Airports Council International Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira. “Customers have spoken and recognized the successful efforts of the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport team in providing a superior customer experience under very trying circumstances during the pandemic.”

Detroit Metropolitan Airport has been a proud participant of the Airport Service Quality benchmarking process since 2006.

Prior to 2020, DTW received other ACI honors, such as being named one of the best airports by size and category (25-40 million passengers) in North America for customer service in 2018.

Airports Council International is the trade association of the world’s airports.

It was founded in 1981 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and partners in world aviation. A full list of the 2020 ASQ Award recipients can be found at https://aci.aero/customer-experience-asq/asq-awards-and-recognition/asq-awards/current-winner-2020/.


 

Huron-Clinton Metroparks provides deer management program update

Huron Hub file photo


Posted by The Huron Hub – Monday, March 1, 2021

Huron-Clinton Metroparks provided an update on the park’s early 2021 plans for managing deer health and the herd population across the system.

Recently, a scheduled cull at Kensington Metropark was canceled due to timing constraints, and a cull on Thursday, Feb. 25, at Oakwoods/Willow Metroparks (the two parks are connected) was completed.

The plan at Kensington had been paused while law enforcement authorities investigated credible threats of violence, ultimately leading to recent misdemeanor charges against an Oakland County man for malicious use of telecommunications services.

No Place for Violent Threats, But Respectful Dialogue Encouraged

Metroparks Director Amy McMillan noted that the park system is committed to both transparency and respectful dialogue, but violent threats cross a key line.

“We respect that some have strong feelings about this wildlife management decision and always encourage feedback and two-way dialogue, but we can’t stand by when threats of violence endanger park staff, visitors or community. An in-depth investigation was why we could not share a more specific and transparent update until now. We thank the Royal Oak Police Department and Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office for their diligent work on this matter.”

Sharing Specific Deer Management Updates and a Commitment to Science

Winter 2021 Deer Management Details:
A February 2021 cull did not and will not take place at Kensington Metropark due to timing constraints of the investigation into threats of violence. Though Kensington’s deer population has grown beyond the recommended carrying capacity of the 4,500-acre natural area, the Metroparks will not request a permit extension beyond the current Feb. 28 end date due to deer gestation cycles.

The deer management program was completed as planned at the adjoined Oakwoods/ Willow Metroparks with a final winter 2021 cull that took place Feb. 25 between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight.

“The Metroparks team understands and appreciates the wide range of passionate viewpoints this issue evokes,” Director McMillan added. “We also wanted to help clear up inaccurate information that’s been circulating and let people know we weighed all options and available data carefully as we take our responsibility to the parks and our stewardship of them extremely seriously. The science will always guide and drive our decisions on the most effective, most humane way to protect the long-term health and welfare of the deer population as well as the ecosystem which sustains them.”

Additional Study Ordered to Ensure Latest, Best Practices

McMillan also directed the Metroparks Natural Resources Division to conduct a comprehensive review of best practices and alternative methods across the state and country. This additional study will be completed by the end of 2021 and made publicly available. Similar reviews will also take place about every three years to ensure the latest, updated science is always considered.

“We want to regularly assess and continually ensure the Metroparks is doing everything possible to humanely address overpopulation and ensure a healthy, thriving deer population that also sustains our diverse flora and fauna that play a role in sustaining the entire ecosystem,” McMillan said.

History and Rationale for Deer Management Program

Tyler Mitchell, Chief of Natural Resources for the Metroparks, explained that the deer management program at the Metroparks began in 1999 in response to an observed decline in the overall health of the deer herd and the loss of more than 70 species of native plants.

Third-party wildlife biology experts completed health studies on the park deer populations and concluded that, “data indicates herd stress due to lack of nutrition.” Maintaining a healthy balance between herbivores and native plants means achieving the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)-recommended deer population density of 15-20 deer per square mile.

Regular aerial surveys are used across the Metroparks system to help determine herd sizes and if any deer culls may be needed in a specific year at a specific park. This information led to the determination that the current estimated herd of 210 in the 5.1 square land miles of the adjoined Oakwoods and Willow Metroparks and the current herd of at least 120 across Kensington’s 5.1 square land miles needed to be reduced. Metroparks intended to reduce the herd at Oakwoods and Willow by 58 deer and harvested a total of 51 deer. Metroparks intended to reduce the herd at Kensington by 43 deer and the cull did not take place. Deer tend to proliferate at these parks due to multiple factors, including a lack of natural predators, surrounding agricultural settings and reduced hunting activity in the immediate area.

Mitchell noted that all harvested deer will be processed for meat and donated to local food banks to help feed hungry families across Southeast Michigan.

For additional information, please visit http://www.metroparks.com/get-involved/about-natural-resources/.


 

Huron Township mother fatally stabbed, father injured in altercation involving son

Huron Hub file photo


By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB
Posted Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

Police say a 25-year-old New Boston resident attacked his parents at their house near Judd and Gentz Roads in Huron Township Friday morning.

Everette Robbins, Huron director of public safety, said a 53-year-old mother died from stab wounds sustained during the attack.

The 55-year-old father was injured during the attack and was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition, Robbins said.

Robbins said police received a call at 8:07 a.m. from a neighbor–who is an off-duty police officer–saying there was a stabbing in his front yard and that he was holding a person at gunpoint.

Police arrived quickly, Robbins said, and took the suspect into custody.

Reports state that the altercation happened inside the house and then continued outside into a neighbor’s yard.

Robbins said that the incident involved both a knife and a gun, and that shots were fired during the incident.

Michigan State Police are assisting Huron Township Police Evidence Team due to the complexity of the case, Robbins said.

Robbins said there is no current threat to the community.

The investigation is ongoing, and this article will be updated when police release more information.


New Boston resident hits Michigan Lottery jackpot, wins nearly $400,000

Image courtesy of Michigan Lottery


By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB
Posted Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

A New Boston resident won nearly $400,000 after playing a Michigan lottery game.

Diane Newman of New Boston matched the five white balls drawn Dec. 21 to win the big prize.

She bought her winning ticket at the Circle K gas station, located at 1330 Monroe St. in Carleton.

“I used to buy Lottery tickets for my husband and I, but since he retired, he’s been buying them,” said Newman. “We like to play a little bit of everything together.

“We checked our ticket the morning after the drawing and we couldn’t believe we had won! We are still shocked, but it’s a big relief for us.

Newman visited Lottery headquarters to claim her big prize.

She chose to receive a one-time lump sum payment of about $390,000, rather than annual payments of $25,000 for 20 years or life, whichever is greater.

With her winnings, she plans to share with family and take a vacation.

“Winning means I can slow down with work and enjoy life with my husband,” said Newman.


Huron School District staff receive COVID vaccination; March 1 classes to be held virtually due to expected staff shortages


By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB
Posted Friday, Feb. 24, 2021

Over 200 Huron School District staff have received the COVID-19 vaccination, according to Supt. Donovan Rowe.

Rowe said in a letter Wednesday that staff will receive the second dose of the vaccination Saturday, and that staff shortages are expected following the second dose.

This means that classes on Monday, March 1 will be held virtually.

Here is the entire letter sent out today by the superintendent:

Dear Huron Family,

The health and well-being of students and staff continues to be a top priority, and we have been working hard to ensure all Huron School District staff who wish to get the COVID-19 vaccine are able to do so. We’re pleased to report more than 210 staff have already received the first dose of the vaccine and the majority of them will be receiving their second dose on Saturday, February 27, 2021.  

According to the CDC patients receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can have symptoms like body aches, swelling, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache for up to two days following the second COVID-19 vaccine.  The majority of patients report mild to moderate symptoms, and most patients recover in one to two days.  It is important to note that these symptoms are not contagious, as the vaccine cannot make people sick with COVID-19. 

Given our vaccination timeline, we are anticipating the possibility of staff shortages on the Monday after the second dose of vaccines have been administered.  As a result, all classes in the Huron School District will be held online on Monday, March 1, 2021. This will allow teachers and staff to rest and recover, in the event they experience symptoms that are a normal part of the body’s reaction to the second dose of the vaccine, and we want to prepare for this without a last minute cancellation of school due to staff shortages.  Students will return to their normal class schedule on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. 

On Monday, March 1, 2021, students will log-in and follow the remote learning schedules that we have established for other remote learning days we have had. 

Food service will be running a food distribution on Monday evening from 5:00-6:00 PM.  This will take place in the parking lot between Renton Jr. High School and Huron High School. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these challenging times together.  Should you have any questions pertaining to this, do not hesitate to contact my office. 

Sincerely,

Donovan Rowe

Superintendent of Schools

Huron School District