Photos: Historical Society hosts Christmas open house in New Boston

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The Huron Township Historical Society hosted a Christmas open house on Sunday, Dec. 5. All photos are courtesy of Johan Sutton.

Stay up to date with happenings at the Historical Society by following their Facebook page.


Huron Estates resident falsely claims that police refused to respond to break-in


A man who lives in the Huron Estates mobile home community claimed Wednesday morning that someone tried to break into his home, and that police would not respond to the incident. Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins says the claims are false, and that false reports like this are illegal. Photo courtesy of Everette Robbins.

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

Huron Township Police have a message for the community: don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

Huron Township Public Safety Director Everette Robbins says that Wednesday morning, a resident in the Huron Estates mobile home community falsely claimed on a Facebook group page called Huron Estates Community Group that someone had kicked in his front door and shattered the glass around the door, and that Huron Township Police refused to respond to the indecent.

Robbins said police met with the man personally following the posting, and that the man admitted to never calling police to report the incident in the first place.

“We will respond to every citizen request for police that is called into our dispatch,” Robbins said.

It appears to police that the man may have a personal issue with another person, and that the damage may have stemmed from that.

And after his department dealt with a similar incident just a few weeks ago regarding a false claim, Robbins wants the community to know that postings like these are dangerous and also illegal.

The man who made the claims will not face criminal charges, according to Robbins.



Goodfellows hit the streets for their annual newspaper drive


The Huron Township Goodfellows hit the streets of New Boston on Saturday, Nov. 26 to sell their annual newspaper. Funds raised help benefit Huron Township families in needs of a proper Christmas dinner, hats, gloves, and toys. Photos courtesy of Gregory Graham.

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

The Huron Township Goodfellows hit the streets on Saturday, Nov. 26 to sell their annual newspaper for charity.

Proceeds from the sales help fund the purchasing of Christmas presents, hats, mittens, and also provide a nutritious holiday dinner for Huron Township families in need.

Photos courtesy of Gregory Graham

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Swift Transportation to host charitable Christmas dinner to benefit military veterans



By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

Swift Charities and Swift Transportation in New Boston is hosting its second annual Christmas dinner to benefit military veterans on Dec. 11.

The buffet style dinner will be served from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Belleville Moose Lodge No. 934, 45476 Harris Road.

Turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, corn, green bean casserole, rolls and desserts will be on the menu, and entertainment — including a 50/50 drawing and a silent auction — will also start at 1 p.m.

A $10 donation pays for the dinner and a soft drink. Children ages 5-10 can eat for a $5 donation.

Proceeds from the event will benefit “Pets for Vets”–a non-profit charitable organization that pairs rescue animals with veterans who have served bravely but have returned with physical and emotional injuries.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can make it difficult for our veterans to transition back to civilian life. The community can help make that transition easier by enabling veterans to receive a companion animal and make a positive difference in their lives.

Swift Charities is an arm of Swift Transportation and is a 100-percent employee funded 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity. This year, their goal is to double the donation amount for Pets for Vets. Those in the community can help by donating of gift cards, gift baskets, items that can be auctioned off, or monetary donations.

Please contact Denise Adkins at Swift Transportation for any donations or questions at 734-276-0824 or at 734-753-2323.


Police resolve two separate suicidal gunman situations within hours of each other


Huron Hub file photo

Huron Hub file photo

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

Huron Township Police peacefully resolved two similar but separate calls Nov. 26 — both involving armed and potentially suicidal men.

According to Public Safety Director Everette Robbins, Huron Police first responded to a well-being check in the 23000 block of Waterview just after 7 a.m. Saturday.

When officers arrived, they discovered a 35-year-old Huron Township man with a gun who was claiming to be suicidal.

The Downriver SWAT Team, Downriver Crisis Negotiation Team and the Sumpter Police Department responded to the home and assisted during negotiations which lasted over 12 hours.

At about 7:20 p.m., the man surrendered and was taken to Heritage Hospital in Taylor for evaluation.

Robbins said he doesn’t expect the man will face any criminal charges related to the incident.

While the first call was in progress, Robbins says a second call came into dispatch at 3:30 p.m. reporting that another suicidal male was armed and in a wooded area near Michigan Memorial Cemetery.

When officers arrived at the cemetery a short time later, they located a 36-year-old Brownstown male who was armed with a handgun and threatening to kill himself.

Robbins said officers maintained a perimeter around the man and began face to face negotiations.

This incident ended over 2.5 hours later when the man surrendered himself to police.

He was taken to Southshore Hospital in Trenton for medial evaluation, and Robbins also does not expect him to receive any criminal charges.

“It is not often that you have two armed individuals who want to harm themselves happening at the exact same time. The fact that everyone, including the suicidal subjects, went home safe at the end of the day is a credit to the officers that handled themselves in a professional manner under tough circumstances,” Robbins said.

“At a time in our country where the police are sometimes seen as the enemy, it was a proud moment for me to see our officers come together and do whatever it took to make sure both individuals got back to their families safely for the holidays. We had officers that came in that morning to volunteer to help with collecting money for the Goodfellows program, but quickly had to transition to a much more dangerous assignment and did so without thinking twice. That is the part of this profession that I wish more people could see.”

Robbins also thanked the Sumpter Police Department, the Downriver Crisis Team and Downriver SWAT for their assistance during the negotiations.

“We really cannot thank the Sumpter Township Police Department enough for their support in this incident. They responded without hesitation and we would not have had the resources to maintain a safe perimeter without them,” he said. “We truly appreciate the assistance of the Downriver Crisis Negotiation Team as well as the Downriver SWAT Team. They are well respected teams in the downriver area and a big reason that this incident turned out with everyone going home safely.”

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A.M. Leather to relocate into building that housed former Mid-Sibley Market

The owners of A.M. Leather in Romulus will be moving into the former Mid-Sibley Market located on the corner of Middle Belt and Sibley Roads. Photo courtesy of A.M. Leather on Facebook.

The owners of A.M. Leather in Romulus will be moving their business from Romulus into the former Mid-Sibley Market located on the intersection of Middle Belt and Sibley Roads. Photo courtesy of A.M. Leather on Facebook.

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor

If you’ve noticed some recent activity at the corner of Middle Belt and Sibley in Huron Township, it’s because a business will soon be relocating into the old Mid-Sibley Market building.

A.M. Leather, a family owned shop that specializes in all types of leather repairs, custom embroidery and motorcycle accessories, is currently in the process of renovating the building as they prepare to open for business sometime in the new year.

“We plan on moving our already established business, A.M. Leather, from Romulus to this location,” said Elizabeth Russom. “We plan on moving in January.”

Russom and her husband, Al, currently operate their leather shop in the strip mall on Eureka Road between Merriman and Middle Belt in Romulus.

They have owned A.M. Leather since 1992, which first opened in the former Gibraltar Trade Center showroom before moving a few times and ending up in Romulus.

Follow their renovation progress by visiting their Facebook page.

Check back with the Huron Hub for updates on their opening date.

Here’s the location on Google Maps: