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Runaway teen found safe (update)

Caden Ritter

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Jan. 13, 2020 — 4:45 PM EST

Updated Jan. 17, 2020: Huron Township police confirmed they have located Caden Ritter and that he is safe.

Original posting:

Huron Township police are seeking the location of a teen who was reported as running away from his house.

Police say Caden Ritter, 15, left his house in the 19200 block of Schultz Road in Huron Township.

Ritter is 6-feet-tall and weighs 250 pounds with dark hair that is possibly worn in a bun.

He was last seen wearing black sweatpants and a black hoodie, and was possibly not wearing shoes when he left his house.

Ritter might be riding on a grey mountain bike and could possibly be with an older man in the Wyandotte area.

“We are asking the public for help in locating this individual. Our only goal is to return him safely to his family. Any information would be greatly appreciated,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Anyone with information on Ritter’s whereabouts should call the Huron Township Police Department at 734-753-4400.


Weekend rain results in major flooding on Huron River at Willow Metropark in New Boston

Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

The Huron River is well over capacity following a weekend storm that dropped nearly three inches of rain in southeast Michigan.

Below are photos and videos submitted by Huron Hub reader Mary Horbianski that show a flooded river at Willow Metropark in the Big Bend area on Jan. 12.

Related: Flood warning issued for Huron River and several other areas in southeast Michigan

(Photos courtesy of Mary Horbianski)

Advocates push for using ‘crash’ instead of ‘accident’ when referring to roadway incidents


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Jan. 13, 2020

Is it a traffic “accident” or “crash?”

That question, according to officials, is no longer up for debate.

Safety advocates say the language we use to refer to roadway incidents is outdated.

Recently, a push by officials across the country is asking transportation partners, law enforcement, emergency response, and the media to make an effort to describe traffic situations as crashes, incidents or collisions instead of accidents.

Locally, the Michigan Department of Transportation says it is working to change the language used when discussing traffic crashes.

“We realize it may seem like a small matter but using the word ‘accident’ reinforces the erroneous view that traffic crashes are something that occur outside of a person’s control,” said Jeffrey D. Cranson, MDOT director of communications.

MDOT says that even though the word “accident” is a deeply ingrained habit for many, it is important to make the change to a non-biased term.

“Using the words ‘crash’ or ‘collision’ does not attribute blame but also does not remove responsibility from those involved,” Cranson said.

Almost all crashes stem from driver behavior like drinking, distracted driving and other risky activity, according to safety officials.

Additionally, about six percent are caused by vehicle malfunctions, weather, and other factors.

Preliminary estimates by the nonprofit National Safety Council show deadly crashes rose by nearly 8 percent in 2015 over the previous year, killing about 38,000 people.


Huron Rotary hosting daddy-daughter dance Feb. 29

The Huron Township Rotary is hosting their annual daddy-daughter dance Feb. 29 at Huron High School (HURON HUB FILE PHOTO)

By Scott Bolthouse |The Huron Hub |

Attention dads and daughters: get your dance shoes ready.

The Huron Township Rotary is hosting their annual daddy-daughter dance Feb. 29 at Huron High School.

The dance costs $25 per couple ($5 for each additional daughter) and will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Included is pizza, refreshments, a photo booth session and — of course — dancing.

Daughters must be in kindergarten through 5th grade.

The event is sponsored by the Rotary and proceeds will benefit local projects organized by the group.

For more information or to inquire about buying tickets, please call Melanie Shepler at 734-625-0514 or Terri Riopelle at 734-624-4911.

Here is a printable flyer for the event

Flood warning issued for Huron River and several other areas in southeast Michigan

The Huron River in Willow Metropark during a heavy rain storm in late April, 2019. (HURON HUB FILE PHOTO submitted by Mary Horbianski)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 — 11:40 AM EST

Flood warnings have been issued for multiple areas across southeast Michigan. Included in the warning is the Huron River, which runs through Huron Township. 

The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a flood
warning for the following in southeast Michigan:

Clinton River…Huron River…Kearsley Creek…Lower Rouge River…
Middle Rouge River…North Branch Clinton…River Raisin…Rouge
River…Saginaw River…Shiawassee River

Heavy rainfall up to 2.5 inches has fallen overnight producing the rises
in area rivers. The flood forecasts are based on this rainfall plus
forecasted rainfall of 1 to 2 inches through tonight. Rain might turn into
freezing rain in some basins which would cut down on runoff. Flood crests
maybe adjusted this evening or Sunday morning after the storm has ended
and total rainfall amounts are observed.

The National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac has issued a Flood warning for the Huron River at Ann Arbor.
* From now until further notice.
* At 10 AM Saturday the stage is 14.9 feet and rising.
* Flood stage is 16.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast is to rise above flood stage by tomorrow morning…
and crest around 16.1 feet tomorrow afternoon.

Full list of local weather alerts here

RELATED: Officials urge preparedness ahead of storm

Flood watch issued through Saturday night; 2 to 4 inches of rain forecasted


Officials urge preparedness ahead of storm

January 10, 2020 — 3:30 PM EST

With a severe winter storm expected to bring a mix of rain, snow and freezing rain to the Lower Peninsula this weekend the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michiganders to be prepared for possible flooding, power outages and dangerous travel.

“Keeping Michiganders safe during severe weather is one of my top priorities,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “My office, along with state departments, will be closely monitoring weather conditions and proactively coordinating with emergency management to support local response efforts as appropriate.  We are also encouraging residents to be safe and take precautions during these extreme weather conditions that are predicted this weekend.”

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting 2 to 4 inches of rain across the Lower Peninsula beginning Friday with a slow transition to a wintry mix, including freezing rain and sleet, before changing to snow by late Saturday. Flooding is possible along and south of I-94, while the area south of the U.S. 10 corridor and north of I-94 is most at risk for ice accumulations.

Related: Flood watch issued through Saturday night; 2 to 4 inches of rain forecasted

“Both flooding and freezing rain have the ability to be life-threatening,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Michigan residents should take steps to prepare now. Keeping supplies like a flashlight, a portable radio and a working cell phone with a backup power source on-hand can help keep you and your family safe during an emergency.”

Precipitation forecast (rain and melted snow/ice) for the 3-day period from 7 a.m. EST Friday, Jan. 10, to Monday, Jan. 13. Image credit: National Weather Service

During a power outage

  • Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to police and the utility company.
  • Use battery powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power.
  • Avoid actions that can result in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide:
    • Do not use a grill indoors.
    • Do not use an unvented gas or kerosene heater.
    • Do not use a generator inside a home or garage. Keep these devices outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
    • Do not use an oven or stove to heat your home.
  • Use extreme caution when driving, especially if traffic signals are out.

Safe winter driving tips:

  • Check the weather before leaving for a destination. If the weather forecast looks dangerous, reschedule or postpone the driving trip, if possible.
  • DO NOT crowd snowplows. Give snowplow drivers plenty of room to clear snow from the roads.
  • Keep tires at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure and routinely check tire pressure during cold weather.
  • Make sure the windshield solvent reservoir is full and check the condition of all wiper blades and replace when necessary.
  • Wash your vehicle for better visibility to other drivers. Remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and license plate before driving.

To stay safe during a winter storm:

  • Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear, such as hats, mittens, gloves, scarf and a warm coat.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.
  • Watch pets closely and keep them indoors when possible. Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing, such as gloves, blankets and hats, in your kit in case you become stranded.

Preparing for a flood

  • Create an emergency preparedness kit with a 72-hour supply of water, including three gallons per person. Include extra water if you have pets.
  • Put important documents and valuables in a water-proof container on the top floor of your home.
  • Create an inventory of your household items and take photos of the interior and exterior of your home.
  • Double-check sump pumps to ensure they are working properly. If possible, have a battery backup system.
  • Make sure your neighborhood storm drains are clear of debris. Clogged storm drains contribute to flooded roadways.

Driving in a flood

  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • Do not try to take short cuts, they may be blocked. Stick to designated routes.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Michigan weather is unpredictable any time of year, but especially during the winter months. If you are stranded in a winter storm, do not leave your vehicle. Stay with the vehicle and wait for help.

Motorists are encouraged to check travel conditions and weather reports before driving at Major road closures can be found at  The MSP/EMHSD asks that you tune into local news and/or view these websites rather than calling your local MSP post or 911 for travel conditions.

For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit or follow MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.

Source: Michigan State Police 



Metzger appointed as deputy fire chief in Huron Township

Bill Metzger (center) was appointed as deputy fire chief in Huron Township. He was sworn in during the Jan. 9 board meeting. Standing with Metzger is Fire Chief James Hinojosa (left) and Public Safety Director Everette Robbins. (Photos courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Jan. 10, 2020

Bill Metzger was appointed as deputy fire chief during the Jan. 9 Board of Trustees meeting.

Metzger is currently a lieutenant in the Huron Township Fire Department, and he will be replacing current Deputy Chief James Katona.

Katona was recently appointed as fire chief in Flat Rock, but he will stay in Huron Township as an on-call firefighter.

“Deputy Chief Katona has been instrumental to the great strides we have taken recently in all aspects in how we deliver fire service to our residents,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “His unselfish and forward-thinking leadership will be greatly missed. While we hate to lose him, I am proud of the reflection that he will be on our community as he serves the residents of Flat Rock. Chief Hinojosa and I cannot thank him enough for not only all that he has done for public safety in Huron Township, but for his friendship and professionalism.”

Metzger began his firefighting career with the Rockwood Fire Department in 1998 as an EMT and paramedic, and was promoted during his tenure there to sergeant.

He joined Huron’s crew in March 2004, becoming the department’s sixth full time medic.

He was eventually promoted to captain, until his departure from full-time status with the department in 2015 due to staff reduction.

He remained in Huron as a part-time medic and also worked as the department’s mechanic until he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant by Fire Chief James Hinojosa in 2016.

“We expect the transition to be a smooth process. By promoting Deputy Chief Metzger now, he will have the ability to work directly with Deputy Chief Katona. We have several current internal projects within our fire department, and I couldn’t be happier with the present and future leadership who continue to improve the quality of service being delivered to our residents,” Robbins said. “Metzger has shown incredible dedication to the Huron Township Fire Department and our community. His positive attitude is contagious, and he is well-respected by everyone that work’s with him. I am confident he will be a great leader who rolls up his sleeves leads by example.”

During the board meeting, Metzger’s bugles were presented to him by his children, Alaina and Gavin.

“I asked Deputy Chief Metzger what his biggest accomplishment was. Without hesitation, he told me that it was his children Alaina and Gavin. It was very fitting that they were the ones to pin his bugles on for the first time,” Robbins said.