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Michigan judge issues preliminary injunction blocking ban on flavored e-cigarettes

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

A Michigan judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the recent ban on flavored e-cigarettes.

Related: Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored nicotine vaping products

According to David Eggert, Michigan government/politics correspondent for the Associated Press, the judge said there is evidence that if flavored vaping products are banned in Michigan, adults will return to using more harmful combustible tobacco products.

The decision temporarily stops the state from enforcing emergency rules banning the sale of the products.

Gov. Whitmer responded to the injunction and promised to seek an immediate stay and request a final ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court, The Detroit News reported.



Board approves pay raises for full-time officials based on Compensation Commission’s recommendation

Scott Bolthouse–The Huron Hub

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

The Huron Township Board of Trustees approved pay raises for the supervisor, clerk, and treasurer, based on the recommendation from the Compensation Commission.

Each position will receive a 4.5% pay increase.

The board approved the raises during the Sept. 25 board meeting.

The three positions receiving the raises are full-time positions on the board.

All other officials and commissions will stay the same.

At the new rates, the supervisor will make an annual salary of $68,448, the clerk and treasurer will make $54,758, according to the commission.

According to the commission, the positions have not received pay increases since 2008.

The 2019 commission held meetings on May 1 and May 29 and was made up of Tim Bush, Todd Drysdale, Dan Dwyer, Bryan Polce, and Jack Richert.

Compensation commissions or committees are established to review the salaries, benefits and allowances of elected officials and are residents of the township.

The decision by the board to approve the increase was not unanimous. Treasurer Colleen Lazere was the only board member to vote against.

You can read the entire recommendation from the Compensation Commission by visiting this link.

You can also view online the entire Sept. 25 board meeting where the decision was made by visiting this link. 


Police to sport beards for charity during No-Shave November; residents can grow beards to support fire department

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

If you notice a Huron Township police officer sporting a beard within the next two months, it’s not because they are breaking department policy.

The police department decided to participate in “No-Shave November” to support their annual Shop with a Hero Program.

Each officer will donate money to the event to have the opportunity to grow a beard this holiday season.

Officers will be allowed to begin wearing beards on Oct. 14.

Department policy does not allow officers, reserve officers, or dispatch staff to wear beards while in uniform.

Last year, No-Shave November raised more than $1800 toward the Shop with a Hero Program.

Residents will be able to join the fun by judging the beards this year.

On the evening of the Shop with a Hero event, the department will have a best beard contest.

The best beard contest will be judged by residents on the Huron Township Department of Public Safety Facebook page.

The winning officer will be awarded with a night off to be worked, instead, by Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

Due to safety standards relating to the use of equipment, Huron firefighters cannot participate by growing facial hair.

Instead, residents can “adopt a firefighter” for the cause.

For a donation of $50 toward the Shop with a Hero event, a resident can grow a beard and support the fire department.

At the shopping event, a separate beard contest will be held for those that adopted a firefighter.

The contest will be judged by members of the fire department.

The winner of the contest will receive their choice of a ride to work, as local as possible, or their child to be taken to school in a fire truck.

Those interested in adopting a firefighter can drop their payment off at the Huron Township Police Department to Director Robbins, or donate to the Go Fund Me page that supports the Shop with a Hero Program.

Be sure to note on the Go Fund Me page that the donation is toward the “adopt
a firefighter” program.

The Go Fund Me page will become active on November 1st, 2019.

“I think this is a fun way for our departments and the residents to come together for a great cause. Our Shop with a Hero Program is special because it is funded by the big hearts in our community. What better reason to come together than making the Christmas season special for some deserving children? No kid should ever wake up without a Christmas,” Robbins said.

“Our public safety staff approach me on a regular basis and ask how they can get more involved with and help our community. This is a great way to bring everyone together. They have a tough job some days and it is fun to see them come together and have a little fun for a good cause.”


Resident accused of pointing rifle at witness following altercation that started near bus stop, ended behind house

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

A 34-year-old Huron Township resident was arrested and charged with brandishing a firearm after an altercation began near a bus stop and ended with the suspect allegedly pointing a rifle at a witness behind a house.

Police were called to the 27800 block of Mockingbird in the Claremont subdivision at 8:12 a.m. on Oct. 11 for a report of an assault that had just occurred.

When police arrived, a witness told officers that the suspect was yelling profanities at them because their dog was barking.

According to the witness, the man was yelling the profanities at them in the vicinity of students waiting at a bus stop.

A second witness who was not involved in the initial altercation told police they approached the suspect and asked him to take the conversation to the back of the suspect’s house to get it out of view of the students at the bus stop.

The second witness told police that when they went to the rear of the suspect’s house, the suspect exited the back of his house holding a rifle.

The witness told police the suspect eventually pointed the rifle at him.

The suspect then reportedly put the rifle down and the witnesses contacted the Huron Township Police Department.

No shots were fired and no one was injured during the incident.

“At no time do we believe that the weapon was within the view of the children at the bus stop, nor was the gun pointed at or in the direction of the children. We have no reason to believe that the suspect was targeting the students waiting for the bus,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

When police first arrived on scene, the suspect was still inside his house.

After Huron Township dispatch contacted him, he eventually came outside.

The suspect complied and was arrested, and the rifle was recovered and held as evidence.

“On Friday, we were proactive and had marked police units in the area of the bus stop to make residents feel safe. We will continue to do that as much as possible in the upcoming days and weeks,” Robbins said.

“We are working closely with Superintendent Rowe and the Transportation Department regarding this situation. The decision was made to move one bus stop and we will continue to work together to monitor the situation and it’s impact on the students in the neighborhood.”

The investigation was turned over to the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, who charged the suspect with a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a firearm.

The suspect posted a $500 bond and was released.

The suspect’s name is not being released because he has not yet been formally arraigned in court.


4 arrested during undercover human trafficking operation in Huron Township

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

Four people were arrested by Huron Township Police during an undercover human trafficking operation on Oct. 10.

Police conducted the operation with the goal to identify and arrest people attempting to solicit prostitution from female decoys, as well as those traveling to Huron Township to provide prostitution services.

The operation was held at an undisclosed vacant residence in Huron Township, said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Romulus Police Department assisted Huron Township Police during the operation.

“It is important that law enforcement send a clear message that the victimization of anyone through the means of prostitution or Human Trafficking will not be tolerated. More importantly, we want to get the victim’s the help and resources they deserve to get out of this dangerous lifestyle,” Robbins said.

The four arrested are from different southeast Michigan communities.

A 46-year-old man from Monroe was arrested for soliciting prostitution. His vehicle was forfeited for its use in the crime.

A 28-year-old man from Taylor was also arrested for soliciting prostitution, and a 42-year-old female from Warren was arrested for prostitution.

A 49-year-old man from Dearborn Heights was arrested on felony charges for transportation of a prostitute. His vehicle was also forfeited for its use in the crime.

The Huron Township Police Department currently has two members assigned to the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force — Director Robbins and Cpl. Sterling Price.

“We are thankful for the partnership we have with the City of Romulus and hope to conduct similar operations in the near future. Crimes such as these do not respect borders and affect us all. It is helpful to take a teamwork approach and work together to tackle these types of crimes,” Robbins said.