Police K9 tracks down suicidal person in wooded area

Photo/Huron Township Police Department

Photo/Huron Township Police Department

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

Huron Township’s police K9 unit likely saved a life by tracking down a suicidal person in a wooded area Thursday evening.

According to Public Safety Director Everette Robbins, officers were dispatched to the 27000 block of Mockingbird at 8:48 p.m. when a call came in saying that a person had just attempted suicide by cutting their wrists.

While police were in route to the house, the person fled into a nearby wooded area.

Officer Kenneth Hickman and his K9 partner, Chief.

Officer Kenneth Hickman and his K9 partner, Chief. Photo courtesy of the Huron Township Police Department.

Officer Kenneth Hickman and his K9 partner, Chief, were able to track the injured person and helped keep them safe until paramedics arrived.

“My partner Chief did a great job locating the victim. When he located her, he even allowed the victim to pet him and greeted her which put a smile on her face and helped make her feel better. I was very proud of him,” said Hickman.

The Huron Township Fire Department and Huron Valley Ambulance responded to the scene and transported the woman to an area hospital for evaluation.

“We were very fortunate to have the ability to utilize our K9 Unit. This was an example of a very good person making an emotional decision during a difficult time in their life. We are pleased that we were able to get them help and a second chance. That may not have been possible without our K9 Team,” Robbins said.

“Last night was a great example of the great work being done by our public safety team. Not only did we have this incident, but we had multiple incidents going on at one time including a person having a medical emergency in the opposite part of the township. Everyone from our dispatch staff to our Fire Department and Police Team put on an impressive display of teamwork to keep our residents in need safe.”


View the agenda for the Aug. 24 Board of Trustees meeting


By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

The Huron Township Board meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 P.M. at Township Hall, 22950 Huron River Drive, unless otherwise noted in the meeting schedule or on the Civic Web Portal. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings.

Residents should also regularly check the Civic Web Portal by visiting https://hurontownshipmi.civicweb.net/portal/.

There, you can view more information about current agenda items, view past minutes and see a schedule of meetings.

Additionally, since May 11, video of the board meetings has been posted in their entirety, on the Huron Charter Township YouTube page.

Agenda for the Aug. 24 meeting:

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Huron Township police officers commended for talking suicidal man down from freeway overpass


By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

Two Huron Township Police officers were commended Thursday for helping to talk down a suicidal man who threatened to jump off of a freeway overpass last month.

According to a letter of commendation from Pubic Safety Director Everette Robbins, the incident occurred July 19, when Officers Keith Nappo and Derek Lazarski responded to a call about a man sitting on the side railing of the Willow Road and I-275 overpass and dangling his legs over southbound traffic.

Upon arrival, Nappo instantly recognized the man from past interactions, and was able to convince the man to step down from the railing.

“Officer Nappo, you are able to use your rapport with the subject to convince him to step down from the railing to safety and convince him to seek medical evaluation without indecent,” Robbins said in the letter.

“The moments you spent listening to this (man) on the prior occasion more than likely saved his life and for that, I thank you.”

Lazarski personally drove the man’s car back to his home instead of impounding it, putting the man at ease during a tense situation.

“Police officers regularly find themselves in situations where they deal with people that are in their lowest moments,” Robbins said in the letter.

“It is how we as police officers treat these individuals during these moments that define our career as well as our relationship with those that we serve so proudly.”

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Borrow books for free from the ‘read box’ at Lajko Park


The read box at Lajko Park in Huron Township was unveiled at the end of June. Residents can borrow or leave a book at their own will. Photo courtesy of Johan Sutton.

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

A popular reading trend among other downriver communities as finally reached Huron Township.

At the end of June, a read box was unveiled at Lajko Park, located just north of Township Hall on Huron River Drive, and area residents are welcome to either borrow or leave a book.13537776_1201282159903112_327628745083256491_n

The Romulus Public Library will be tending to the box on a weekly basis. Residents can keep borrowed books as long as they’d like, and can return them to either the box or the library.

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Photo courtesy of Kathy Carlton-Beh

“The purpose of this project is to share books for all age groups, bring people together and create a community of readers,” said Kathy Carlton-Beh, Huron Township assistant to the supervisor.

The box will be available for use until early October.



Renton Junior High to host ‘My School Color Run’ in October



The students of Carl T. Renton Junior High will host the inaugural community wide My School Color Run on Oct. 16, 2016 at noon to raise money for the purchase of new chrome book carts.

The event is being put on in cooperation and collaboration with Michigan Memorial Park and Huron Township Police Department.

The My School Color Run is an untimed 5K fun run for all ages and fitness abilities. Along the course, participants will be doused with color at various liquid color stations. The race concludes with a final color celebration at the finish line. There will be a DJ for the post-race activities and refreshments will be available for purchase.

The registration fee for the event is $30 per person, due by Oct. 2.

This includes: registration for the race, t-shirt, race bib, and an individual color packet.   

You can sign up for the run by visiting www.ColorMeRenton.eventbrite.com or by completing a paper registration form. Business sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Carrie Fisher at 734-782-2483 for more information.

Source: Carrie Fisher, Renton Junior High assistant principal



Huron-YWCA hosting third annual bake sale in New Boston Thursday

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If your sweet-tooth is having a craving, then stop by the Sunnyside Kindergarten center on Thursday — you won’t leave disappointed.

The Huron-YWCA enrichment day camp is hosting a bake sale on August 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Center, 24820 Merriman Road, New Boston, MI.

Use the east entrance when visiting.

All funds raised at the sale will help fund playground equipment and support the YWCA enrichment day camp.

Baked goods such as cookies, cupcakes, rice crispy treats, muffins, brownies, pies and more will be on sale.

Any questions about the bake sale should be directed to Nancy Anger at 734-775-4905.

–Scott Bolthouse


Huron Township Rotary to host family picnic at Lajko Park Aug. 27

Lajko Park is located north of Township Hall on Huron River Drive. Photo/Google Maps

Lajko Park is located north of Township Hall on Huron River Drive. Photo/Google Maps

The Huron Township Rotary is hosting a family picnic at Lajko Park on Aug. 27, and you’re invited.

Lajko Park is located just north of Township Hall on Huron River Drive.

Join them from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for some food, refreshments, and a variety of activities for kids ages three through 12.


–Scott Bolthouse