Category Archives: Police & Fire

Belleville man dies in car accident near Waltz and Judd Roads on Sept. 16

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A 75-year-old Belleville man died in a car accident that occurred near Waltz and Judd Roads on Sept. 16.

Huron Township emergency personnel were called to the area at 2:21 p.m. on a call of an accident.

Upon arrival, officers and medical personnel on scene found Thomas Mucker pinned inside the vehicle.

Mucker had reportedly clipped another car and then drove into a culvert near the area.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Michigan State Police Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released when it’s available, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

Alcohol and/or drugs do not initially appear to be a factor in the crash, he said.

No one else was injured and the next of kin has been informed.

“Our sincere condolences go out the family of Mr. Mucker. Hopefully the investigation will ultimately give them some answers and closure,” Robbins said.


 

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Huron Township Police seeking missing endangered woman

–Update: the missing person has been found safe.

Police are seeking a missing endangered Huron Township woman.

Please view the graphic below for full information.

Call Huron Township Police at 734-753-4400 if you have any information.

–Scott Bolthouse

Public safety director asks residents to be aware of proper parking at Huron School District buildings

Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins

Over the past several months, the Huron Township Department of Public Safety has worked with the Huron School District to clearly post and mark legal parking areas within the school parking lots. This includes clearly marked Handicap Parking as and fire lane restricted areas required by law.

On Friday night, Aug. 31, the Huron Township Police Department issued multiple Parking and Fire Lane citations to vehicles parked in restricted areas. These parking violations create significant safety hazards for everyone attending the event.

“We do not want to have to issue parking violations to our residents or anyone attending one of our school events. However, our first priority must to be the safety of our student athletes along with those who attend any school event. If the fire lanes are not clear, we may be unable to get a Fire Truck or Ambulance to an athlete injured on the field or even a spectator in the stands when their life depends on it. Parking in unauthorized areas can also cause obstructed views which can lead to someone being struck with a vehicle while walking in the parking lot. Our only goal is to provide a safe environment for all involved.” Said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

Today, Sept. 4, 2018, our department received numerous complaints about parking violations at both Miller Elementary and Brown Elementary. Citizens reported numerous vehicles parked illegally not only inside the parking lots, but also on Hannan and Middlebelt Roads.

“We understand that things are hectic on the first day and that a higher number of parents than normal take their child to school. This is just a reminder to parents dropping their children off at school that they must park in designated areas. It is important that we save the handicap parking spaces available for those that need them. Again, we are urging residents to park only in legally designated parking spots.”

Source: Huron Township Department of Public Safety

Speeding driver with warrants arrested for having credit card scanner in his possession

After being pulled over for speeding in Huron Township, Mark Hobson, 20, of Inkster, was arrested for having a credit card scanner on him as well as a whole slew of other fraudulent financial paperwork. Booking photo courtesy Huron Township Police Department.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A 20-year-old Inkster man was arrested Aug. 25 in Huron Township after police pulled him over and found a credit card scanner in his possession as well as several other fraudulent financial documents.

At 3:44 p.m., Huron Township police pulled over Mark Hobson as he drove 105 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-275 near Huron River Drive.

A background check revealed Hobson had several felony warrants for his arrest out of Allegheny County, Genesee County and Detroit for fraudulent activity.

When officers searched his car, they found a credit card scanner, fraudulent checks worth more than $20,000, multiple bank and gift cards belonging to random people, hundreds of blank checks addressed to random people, mail and credit cards belonging to other people, and a check printing machine along with camera stabilization equipment.

Hobson is charged with ten counts of possessing a fraudulent transaction device and could face 40 years in prison.

He is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail.

An 18-year-old Troy man who also resides in Georgia who was a passenger in the car was also arrested on a felony warrant out of West Bloomfield for identity theft.

“This is a great example of the great work our officers are doing on the freeway that does not involve issuing traffic citations. One can only imagine that amount of criminal activity that this officer prevented through his outstanding police work and the number of people he saved from being victimized by fraud,” said Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.


Michigan State Police remind motorists to drive safe around school buses

(Images: MSP)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

It’s back to school time for many districts in Michigan, which means the big yellow school buses will be all over the roads soon (FYI: Huron School District starts next Tuesday)

Michigan State Police are reminding motorists to drive responsibly and safely around buses.

MSP is reminding drivers to treat school buses like traffic signals.

Here is a big list of tips for drivers as they share the roads with thousands of schools buses daily:

School Bus Safety

School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Riding in a school bus is safer than walking, riding a bicycle, or being driven to school in private vehicles.

Today’s school buses are built with safety in mind. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children are protected in large school buses by compartmentalization, a passive occupant protection system. This provides a protective envelope consisting of strong, closely-spaced seats that have energy-absorbing padded seat backs that help to distribute and reduce crash forces. Compartmentalization is most effective when occupants are fully seated within the bus seat. Seating should be provided that will allow each occupant to sit on a school bus seat without any part of his or her body extending into the aisle.

The majority of bus-related deaths and injuries involve pedestrians-mostly children-who are struck by a bus or injured when they are exiting the bus to cross traffic.

School bus safety tips for drivers:

  • Prepare to stop when a slowing bus has its overhead yellow lights flashing
  • Stop at least 20 feet away for buses when red lights are flashing, unless driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway
  • Slow down in or near school and residential areas
  • Look for clues-such as safety patrols, crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds-that indicate children might be in the area
  • Watch for children between parked cars and other objects

School buses are like traffic signals

  • When overhead lights are flashing yellow: Prepare to stop
  • When overhead lights are flashing red: Stop
  • When hazard warning lights are flashing: Proceed with caution

School bus safety tips for students:

  • Always stay in sight of the bus driver
  • Don’t hurry off the bus; check traffic first
  • Don’t go back to the bus after exiting


 

2 men arraigned on assault charges after allegedly holding Huron Township resident a gunpoint

David Janowski of Romeo (left) and Michael Lavelle of Chesterfield, face six felony charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon, first degree attempted home invasion, and firearms felonies. (Booking photos courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Two men were arraigned Tuesday and face multiple felony charges after they allegedly held a Huron Township resident at gunpoint Sunday morning.

David Janowski, 27, from Romeo, and Michael Lavelle, 28, from Chesterfield, face six felony charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon, first degree attempted home invasion, and firearms felonies.

Both were charged by the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and were arraigned in the 34th District Court in Romulus.

Both are being held on a $50,000 bond and could face hefty prison sentences if convicted.

Police responded to the 23500 block of Manor Drive in the Swan Creek manufactured home community at 4:37 a.m. Sunday on a call of an assault that had just occurred.

Sumpter Township police initially assisted with the response to the house.

When police arrived, a resident told them that multiple men entered her house and held a person at gunpoint.

She said no shots were fired and that the men had fled the house before police arrived.

A few minutes later, the men were arrested after police pulled over their car near the intersection of Judd and Clark Roads.

One weapon was recovered by police during the arrests.

A third man who was arrested was not charged by the prosecuting attorney and was released.

“I just want to clarify that this was not a random crime and we have found no other connections between these suspects and other crimes in our area. A third suspect was arrested in this investigation but was not ultimately charged by the prosecuting attorney. That third suspect has been released,” Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

“I am appreciative of the community’s confidence in our department during this investigation. As always, we will always be transparent and make sure our residents are informed as soon as we have important information to share.”


 

Man, woman from Kentucky arraigned on charges stemming from July 17 shooting

Louisville, Ky. residents William Arand, 37, and Kristi Gesch, 40, were arraigned Tuesday in the 34th District Court in Romulus.(Booking photos courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A man and woman from Kentucky were arraigned and are being held on a $1 million bond after they allegedly shot a man in a car while he was driving on Huron River Drive in Huron Township on July 17.

Louisville residents William Arand, 37, and Kristi Gesch, 40, were arraigned Tuesday in the 34th District Court in Romulus.

Police arrested the couple on Aug. 9 after they had fled Michigan for Kentucky following the shooting.

During the early morning hours of July 17, Huron Township 911 received a call from a 41-year-old Riverview man who said he was just shot by a person as he was driving near the 27500 block of Huron River Drive.

After being shot, the victim and a passenger who was with him stopped their car and the passenger ran to a nearby house and called 911.

The man was then transported to a local hospital and was expected to recover.

Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said the shooting was not random and that the couple traveled across state lines specifically to commit the crime.

“This was clearly a premeditated case where these two individuals travelled from out of state and to our community to commit murder. These two suspects travelled from Kentucky with a plan to murder our victim and fortunately, they did not succeed. Following the shooting, they both fled back to Kentucky. This was not random, and all of the people involved in this incident knew each other. I cannot say enough about the great work our Detective Bureau, led by Leo Girard, did to bring these suspects to justice,” Robbins said.

Both were charged by the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with 14 felonies and both could face life in prison.

Charges include assault with intent to murder, assault to do great bodily harm, assault with a dangerous weapon, firearms possession and weapons felonies.

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