A 39-year-old man from Rockwood died Tuesday afternoon in a fatal single car crash that occurred inside Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery.
Police say an employee at the cemetery pulled the driver from the car moments after the crash and before the car became engulfed in flames, but the driver died due to injuries sustained in the crash.
At 4:17 p.m., Huron Township police and fire units responded to the cemetery located at 32163 W. Huron River Drive for a vehicle crash within the cemetery.
Police say a caller reported witnessing a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed and then collide with a structure within the cemetery.
The driver was pronounced dead at the crash scene.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and no other information is available at this time.
“A Michigan Memorial employee witnessed the crash and immediately observed the vehicle to be ready to catch fire. That employee quickly removed the driver from the vehicle just prior to the vehicle catching fire and burning extensively. Unfortunately, despite everyone’s quick efforts and response, the driver passed away at the scene. Our prayers go out to his family,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.
Workers across the country are continuing to navigate the ripple effects of the pandemic and job vacancies can be found in every corner of the country and region while organizations struggle to fill open spots. During the on-going pandemic visitors continue flocking to parks and outdoor spaces seeking recreational opportunities and the health and wellness benefits that accompany them. That means park agencies,including the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, are looking to fill out their summer teams so they can deliver great experiences and memories for all those visitors, all summer (and all year) long. The Metroparks can offer the flexibility and rewarding work experience job seekers are now opting for in some of those memorable outdoor spaces everyone is spending more time in.
The Metroparks provides employment for around 1,000 part-time and summer workers each year. Jobs with the Metroparks offer a unique opportunity for professionals, students, and retirees to work flexible hours while earning good wages with great benefits and perks. Summer staff are integral in providing exceptional summertime activities and programs. Without the lifeguards, maintenance crews, food service workers, equipment rental attendants, other support staff and volunteers, the Metroparks would not be able to deliver amazing experiences to the millions of visitors who turn to the parks as a primary form of recreation.
This year the Metroaprks have added a package of additional benefits for seasonal and part-time staff as a way to be more competitive in the job market. The hope is that these benefits will entice job seekers to consider joining their team and spend their summer in some of the most beautiful work environments you could imagine.
“The people who serve the Metroparks provide an invaluable service to not only our park visitors, but to our local communities and region,” said Metroparks Director Amy McMillan. “We welcome individuals who want to make a difference and share their unique skills to advance the work we do while ensuring the Metroparks are here for generations to come.”
Those new benefits for seasonal and part-time staff include:
• Paid time off (Seasonal employees earn up to 16 hours per year and part-time employees earn up to 40 hours per year)
• A summer bonus with the opportunity to earn up to an additional $1200 paid out at the end of the summer (details included below)
• Paid medical leave
• AFLAC supplemental insurance
• Deferred compensation retirement plan voluntary option
Those new benefits are on top of existing benefits that were already offered:
• Training and development
• Flexible schedules
• Wellbeing program
• Employee Assistance Program
• Free or discounted facility use (golf, water facilities, food service, etc.)
The Metroparks are also looking to fill open part-time Police positions and have added new benefits to make those positions more competitive as well. Part-time police officers could expect to receive:
• $1.00 per hour retention bonus for all hours worked from Memorial Day through Labor Day
• 457 deferred compensation retirement plan
• Eligible part-time employees will receive comprehensive health plans
• Wellbeing program incentives
• Flexible work schedules
• Free or discounted facility use (golf, water facilities, food service, etc.)
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Probably one of the most anticipated summer park activities is swimming. There’s nothing quite like jumping into a pool, floating a lazy river and rushing down a water slide. To make that happen it takes a team of lifeguards keeping everyone safe, and the past few years, lifeguards have been in short supply. To address that struggle at Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center at Lower Huron Metropark and Willow Metropark pool, the Metroaprks are offering FREE lifeguard training courses this year to encourage applicants to join the team and spend their summer by the pool with them. Additionally, they would be certified lifeguards which is something that will carry with them after summer and potentially provide them opportunities in other places as well.
These free lifeguard courses are limited to first 20 participants to sign up per session. Applicants must be 15 years old by last day of class and for individuals that are interested in a job this summer at Turtle Cove or Willow Pool. Courses will be offered:
•May 21, 22 | 8 am – 4 pm
•June 4, 5, 11 | 8 am – 4 pm
Interested applicants can call 734-697-9181 for questions or email Amanda Strimple at Amanda.email@example.com for the registration form.
It’s not too late to apply for a fun summer job. Positions are open in multiple parks throughout the region. Learn more about job opportunities with the Metroparks by visiting www.metroparks.com/job-opportunities. Full job descriptions are available by clicking on the job posting. Applications can be submitted online, or applicants may also apply by visiting a Metropark office for a printed job application. Completed applications may be returned to the Metropark office by mail or in person.
As Michigan continues to respond to detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza – commonly referred to as “bird flu” – some residents are asking questions about how best to keep themselves, their poultry flocks and wild bird populations safe. This is of greater interest now, as popular passerines (including many songbird species) make the spring migration back to Michigan and seek out food sources such as backyard bird feeders.
With HPAI confirmed in wild birds and domestic flocks in several counties throughout Michigan, wildlife and animal health experts in the state’s departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development have been fielding increased calls about the HPAI virus. Follow the current status of HPAI in Michigan counties at Michigan.gov/BirdFlu.
Megan Moriarty, the state wildlife veterinarian with the DNR, said it is important to note that while all birds are potentially susceptible to HPAI, some are more likely than others to become infected and die. Domestic birds and some wild birds, like waterfowl, raptors and scavengers, are highly susceptible and have been particularly affected by this disease.
“Current research suggests songbirds are less susceptible to highly pathogenic avian influenza and are unlikely to play a significant role in spreading the virus,” Moriarty said. “However, much remains unknown, and surveillance and testing for HPAI in this group of birds is less common, resulting in a knowledge gap.”
One easy way the public can help reduce the potential spread of HPAI is to remove outdoor bird feeders. Though there isn’t yet any widespread recommendation from state agencies to do so, temporary removal of these food sources could be helpful, especially for anyone who has highly susceptible species – domestic poultry, raptors or waterfowl – living nearby. Similarly, removal could be a wise choice for those who observe high-risk species like blue jays, crows or ravens hanging around backyard bird feeders. This temporary removal of bird feeders and baths may only last for the next couple months, or until the rate of HPAI spread in wild and domestic birds decreases.
“If you’re concerned about this virus and want to act from a place of abundant caution, removing your bird feeders for now makes sense, but it isn’t yet a critical step,” Moriarty said. “With warmer springtime weather on the way, too, birds will have more natural food sources readily available to them, so chances are many people will be taking down feeders in a few weeks anyway.”
If people choose to continue using their bird feeders, please keep this guidance in mind:
Thoroughly clean bird feeders with a diluted bleach solution (and rinse well) once per week. Regularly cleaning helps protect birds against other infections, including salmonella.
Clean up birdseed that has fallen below the feeders to discourage large numbers of birds and other wildlife from congregating in a concentrated area.
Don’t feed wild birds, especially waterfowl, near domestic flocks.
Reporting wild bird deaths
Anyone who notices what appear to be unusual or unexplained deaths among wild bird populations is asked to report the information either by:
Calling the DNR Wildlife Disease Laboratory at 517-336-5030.
HPAI in domestic flocks
Highly pathogenic avian influenza is highly contagious and can be spread to domestic flocks by wild birds, through contact with infected poultry, by equipment, and on the clothing and shoes of caretakers. Make sure domestic poultry (e.g., chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks raised for the production of meat or eggs) is separate from and has no contact with wild birds.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these HPAI detections do not present an immediate public health concern. No human cases of this strain of HPAI virus have been detected in the United States. Also, no birds or bird products infected with HPAI will enter the food chain. As a reminder, all poultry and eggs should be handled and cooked properly, with a safe cooking temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
“It is vital for poultry owners to take every step possible to keep wild birds away from their flocks and follow other biosecurity measures,” said State Veterinarian Nora Wineland. “Simple, yet effective mitigation strategies help protect not only your flock but others around the state. We have to work together to keep Michigan’s domestic and wild bird populations safe and healthy.”
Domestic bird owners and caretakers should watch for unusual deaths, a drop in egg production, a significant decrease in water consumption or an increase in sick birds. If avian influenza is suspected, immediately contact MDARD at 800-292-3939 (daytime) or 517-373-0440 (after hours). For more information, visit Michigan.gov/BirdFlu.
The 34th District Court is inviting the public to a new event called “Community Day at the Court” on Friday, May 6, 2022 from noon to 5 p.m.
Community Day is open to the public, though is targeted at residents of the five communities serviced by the 34th District Court: Belleville, Huron Township, Romulus, Sumpter Township and Van Buren Township.
Chief Judge Brian A. Oakley says, “We are thrilled to showcase our new facility and be able to host a day of fun for the community.”
The newly completed 34th District Court Building (located at 11129 Wayne Road, in the City of Romulus Municipal Complex) opened to the public last year. It is a state of the art facility, comprised of two stories, four court rooms, and 50,000 square feet.
In addition to tours of the facility, attendees at Community Day can enjoy a car show, food trucks, public safety demonstrations, pet adoptions and more. Several community agencies are partnering on the event including the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy, Growth Works, Romulus Christian Ministerial Alliance, Sentech Services and Hegira Health, Inc.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is April 11-15.
Three workers were killed in Michigan work zones in 2021.
Slow down through work zones and stay focused at all times.
In 2021, three people lost their lives while working to improve Michigan roads: Lawrence “Larry” Leonarduzzi from the Iron County Road Commission, Reason Tillman-Morgan from Anlaan Corp., and Shawn Kelley from STARS Ready Labor. These tragedies could have been avoided by drivers adhering to basic rules of the road. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other road agencies around the state are working hard to rebuild Michigan’s roads and bridges, so stay alert and be vigilant when you’re behind the wheel. In 2021, preliminary work zone crash information shows that there were:
19 fatalities, 65 serious injuries, and 5,047 total crashes.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) has been observed for more than 20 years and was launched as a public awareness campaign to help everyone understand they play a key role in keeping motorists and roadway workers safe. This year’s theme, “Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down,” emphasizes the importance of driving safely and workers making safety a priority to ensure that we all work together to save lives in work zones.
A media event will be held next Monday, April 11, featuring transportation, safety, and government officials from across the country. The event will be available to view on MDOT’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/MichiganDOT.
With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $3.5 billion Rebuilding Michigan program underway, there are numerous projects all throughout the state. Some are big, some are small, but they all require your undivided attention.
“We can fix our roads and bridges safely if we all work together,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Our road agencies work diligently to create safe work zones, and motorists need to be responsible and cautious when driving through them.”
“We understand that rebuilding our infrastructure can be an inconvenience to drivers, but there’s more at stake here than time and money,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “A few seconds of inattention can equate to a lifetime of grief and regret.”
There are more than just road and bridge crews that need safe work zones. All kinds of infrastructure are in need of repair, including fiberoptic, water, sanitation, natural gas, and electricity.
“I implore drivers to slow down, avoid all distractions, and remain alert when driving through a work zone each and every time,” said LeeRoy Wells Jr., senior vice president of operations at Consumers Energy. “Despite working with electricity and natural gas, some days vehicles present the biggest threats we face, and we rely on you, the drivers, to operate your vehicles safely to allow us to go home to our families unharmed.”
To create awareness and show your support for brave work zone crews, MDOT encourages everyone to wear orange on Wednesday, April 13. We can all make it home safely if we work together, so “Go Orange” at home or in the field and share a photo on social media of you or your team wearing orange using hashtags #Orange4Safety, #GoOrangeDay, and #NWZAW.
MDOT reminds everyone to know before you go. Check http://www.Michigan.gov/Drive for active work zones on state roads (I, M and US routes) before heading out.
Since 2000, NWZAW is part of the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) national safety campaign, a vision of eliminating fatalities on our nation’s roads.
Updated: Carleton Police say they have identified all of the suspects in the photo, according to a social media post made by the department.
On April 2, Carleton Police were called to the Wolf’s Den Bar located in the 1400 block of Monroe in downtown Carleton on a report of several men assaulting one victim.
According to witnesses, the victim was exiting the bar through the front door and accidentally bumped into another customer who was a biker wearing Iron Coffins colors and multiple bikers started yelling at him.
The victim decided to leave through a side door and began walking away from several members of the Iron Coffins M.C, who came after the victim.
The victim was able to fend off the first attacker and attempted to fend off the second attacker when several more club members joined in.
The victim is a 35-year-old Carleton man that suffers from seizures as well as receiving 28 staples to close the head wound received from the assault.
Carleton police are asking the public’s help identifying the people of interest in the attached photograph.
If you have any information about this incident or can identify anyone in the picture, please call Carleton Police at 734-654-6717.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared March 20-26 as Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, and the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is calling on residents to take action by participating in a voluntary statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23.
“Last summer in Michigan, we saw the devastating impacts of severe weather, from flooding to tornadoes and straight-line winds,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Taking steps to prepare now can protect your home, your family and your pets. We ask that all Michiganders do their part to keep our communities safe.”
“With an average of 15 tornadoes each year, this is a very real threat to our Michigan communities,” said Col. Joe Gasper, state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and director of the Michigan State Police. “This drill will give people a chance to make a plan and put it to the test. By planning now, you can be better prepared when a disaster happens.”
Businesses, organizations, families, and individuals are encouraged to engage in this statewide preparedness activity but are not required to do so. During the drill residents will observe or hear alerts on NOAA Weather Radios, TV and radio stations. To learn how local alerts are administrated in your community and if your community is participating, contact your local emergency management agency.
The average lead time for tornadoes to develop is 10 to 15 minutes, which means residents need to be ready to react quickly when a warning is issued.
To be ready for a tornado:
Know the difference: Tornado Watch means conditions exist for a tornado to develop; Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Know the signs of an approaching tornado: dark, often greenish sky; large hail; a large, dark low-lying cloud; and loud roar, like a freight train. Develop an emergency preparedness kit with essential items such as a three-day supply of water and food, a NOAA Weather Radio, important family documents and items that satisfy unique family needs. Conduct regular tornado drills. Make sure each household member knows where to go and what to do in the event of a tornado. Stay tuned to commercial radio or television broadcasts for news on changing weather conditions or approaching storms. For more information about being safe before, during and after a tornado, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to http://www.michigan.gov/miready
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport’s North Terminal will be renamed the Warren Cleage Evans Terminal on April 4.
In June 2021, the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) Board of Directors voted to rename the North Terminal in honor of Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans.
The terminal opened in 2008 during the retirement of the Smith and Berry terminals as passenger facilities.
The North Terminal was named after its location on the DTW campus.
“This is truly an honor, and I would like to thank everyone who made this possible,” said Wayne County Executive Evans. “I have dedicated my life to public service, and I have always believed that you don’t get into this line of work for the awards or recognition. Public service is about serving the public. But I must say that it does feel good to know that others appreciate what I have been trying to do for all these years.”
Over the next few weeks, the Airport Authority will modify signage throughout DTW, including the roadways.
“Dozens of signs need to be changed; therefore, we must start early,” said WCAA Chief Executive Officer Chad Newton. “This means there may be times when signs reflect the new name, while other signs do not. We’ll do our best to inform our customers of this change and we appreciate their patience during this transition period.”
A special sign honoring Executive Evans will be unveiled during the dedication ceremony.
“Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans is a dedicated public servant who has transformed our region for the better and we’re pleased the WCAA Board decided to name our terminal after him,” Newton said. “Following the renaming, we will begin refreshing the appearance and functionality of the terminal to improve the customer experience. We’re looking forward to beginning this new chapter in Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s story.”