Category Archives: Police & Fire

Police target distracted drivers, motorists illegally passing school buses during special initiative


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Posted May 22, 2019 — 5:00 p.m EST

Huron Township police were involved in three special initiatives this week: bus stop enforcement, distracted driving patrols, and a check of businesses that sell liquor and tobacco to make sure they aren’t selling to minors.

On Wednesday, police conducted a proactive school bus detail.

The special proactive detail included several plain clothes officers on multiple buses, several unmarked police vehicles following multiple busses and fully marked patrol vehicles assigned to initiate traffic stops on offenders.

High School, middle school, and elementary bus routes were targeted and enforced.

One driver was cited for illegally passing a school bus.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety, gave some tips to parents that help make bus stops more safe:

  • Parents and kids should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the red lights to be engaged before approaching the bus. Many drivers were observed to stop for the yellow lights, but not all. Many kids began to cross the street while the yellow yield lights were flashing, which could cause them to get struck by a vehicle.

  • Multiple bus stops on busy roads had elementary age children at the stop without an adult present. This was especially dangerous with wet road conditions and kids too close to the road.

  • Multiple parents were observed at the stop with their hands full. This included cell phones, coffee, etc. This could make it difficult for a parent to pull their child to safety in the event of an emergency.

In addition to the bus stop initiative, police also conducted a distracted driving detail on Wednesday.

The detail specifically targeted drivers that were texting and driving, creating a hazardous situation for other drivers.

Plain clothes officers teamed with marked patrol units to identify people driving while distracted.

During the detail, 48 citations were issued for drivers that were texting and driving or other hazardous driving.

One driver was cited for distracted driving for reading the newspaper while driving down the highway.

Two distracted drivers were arrested for driving with suspended licenses, and another distracted driver was arrested for having seven warrants for his arrest.

“It was disappointing to realize that even in the pouring rain, which led to poor visibility, drivers were still allowing themselves to be distracted while driving. Way too many people are losing their lives due to distracted driving. Hopefully this will be a wake-up call for all of us,” Robbins said.

On Tuesday, police conducted a proactive liquor and tobacco operation in Huron.

All establishments in the township that sell tobacco and/or liquor were tested for the sale of liquor and tobacco to a minor.

“We are pleased to say that every establishment passed the test. We commend our business owners for their continuing attention in this matter,” Robbins said.


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Body found on trail at Lower Huron Metropark

Lower Huron Metropark is in Belleville, but has a park entrance located in Huron Township. (Photo courtesy of Huron-Clinton Metroparks)


Published by The Huron Hub on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2:40 p.m.

A man’s body was found Friday on a trail at Lower Huron Metropark, according to a local media report.

Foul play is not suspected.

According to the report, Metropark officials say the body was found by an elderly couple while they were walking the trails.

Officials said the man’s death appears to be of natural causes.

The park’s official address is in Belleville, but it has an entrance located on the Huron Township side.



Huron Township police explorers to collect bottles for fundraising May 11


Posted by The Huron Hub on May 9, 2019 — 1:00 p.m. EST 

The Huron Township Police Explorers will be collecting bottles May 11 to help fund a summer trip that will provide training for the group.

From The Hub archives: Huron Township Police Department reinstates police explorers program

At 11 a.m. on May 11, the explorers will be walking through the Claremont, Falkirk and Trail Creek communities in Huron Township. 

Bottle donations can be left on the front porch for pick up.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the explorer program can call Director Everette Robbins at 734-753-4400.


 

Public Safety Department: French Landing Dam at high flow level; no danger of failing

 

The French Landing Dam and Powerhouse is in Van Buren Township and crosses the Huron River, creating Belleville Lake. (Photo/Dwight Burdette/Wikipedia.org)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Published May 7, 2019 — 10:15 a.m. EST 

Due to the recent heavy rainfall, some residents in the township have voiced concern about the French Landing Dam in Van Buren Township.

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety posted an update on their Facebook page Tuesday morning saying the dam is at a high flow alert level, but is not in danger of failing.

“Due to recent rain, the French Landing Dam is at the “High Flow” alert level. This means flooding is occurring on the river system but there is no apparent threat to the integrity of the dam. At this time, the dam is not in danger of failing,” the department said.

The dam crosses the Huron River in Van Buren Township and supports the existence of Belleville Lake.

“We will provide updates should the alert level be upgraded. All residences in the affected zone have been notified.”

According to the department, four homes in Huron Township have been specifically identified as homes that could be impacted by a failure at the dam.

“A protocol and emergency action plan is in place specifically for issues and emergencies relating to the French Landing Dam,” the department said May 2 in a statement.

“If there is an emergency threat to the French Landing Dam, Huron Township officers will respond directly to the affected homes to notify residents. We have very recently made contact at the affected residences and will once again make sure they are aware of the emergency action plan in an effort to make them feel safe and secure.”


 

Public safety director updates community on status of French Landing Dam in Van Buren Township

The French Landing Dam in Van Buren Township. Photo: Wikipedia


Published Thursday, May 2, 2019

A message from the Huron Township Director of Public Safety:

THE FRENCH LANDING DAM
With the recent flooding over the past few days, there has been some understandable concern and questions about the French Landing Dam. For those that may not be aware, the French Landing Dam is on the east end of Belleville Lake and is connected to the Huron River. If there was ever an emergency at the dam, Huron Township could be affected. In fact, four homes have been specifically identified as homes that could be impacted by a failure of the dam.

A protocol and emergency action plan is in place specifically for issues and emergencies relating to the French Landing Dam.

According to the monitoring officials, the dam is currently flowing higher than normal and some flooding is occurring. However, there is no apparent threat to the integrity of the dam and per officials, the water levels appear to be decreasing. It is important to clarify that a High Flow warning does NOT mean that the dam is in danger of failing. Should the alert level be increased, proper notifications will occur.

If there is an emergency threat to the French Landing Dam, Huron Township Officers will respond directly to the affected homes to notify residents. We have very recently made contact at the affected residences and will once again make sure they are aware of the emergency action plan in an effort to make them feel safe and secure. I plan on talking to each of them directly today.

As always, I encourage residents to contact me directly with any questions and/or concerns. This can be either done in person, by email at erobbins@hurontwppd.us, or by phone at 734-753-4400.

Respectfully,
Everette Robbins, Director of Public Safety


Public safety director, township supervisor: Huron Schools bond proposal will make schools safer

Everette Robbins, director of public safety (left) and David Glaab, Huron Township supervisor.


Published by The Huron Hub on Monday, April 29, 2019 — 12:00 p.m. EST 

The public safety director and Huron Township supervisor released a statement Monday that showed support for the upcoming Huron Schools bond proposal that will be decided on May 7.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety, and Supervisor David Glaab say in the letter that “the Huron School District Bond Proposal seeks to make our school buildings safer for our students by providing the necessary funding required to renovate and equip our schools with modern day features proven to increase school security.”

Below is the full text from the statement, unedited:

Dear Huron Township Residents,

Providing for the safety of our children is one of the most important functions we perform. As your Public Safety Director and Township Supervisor, we want to share some critical information about the May 7th School District Bond Proposal. We hope you find this brief overview helpful.

A safe learning environment is important for students of all ages. A secure classroom is essential for students to focus on learning as they develop the skills necessary to prepare them for the future. Unfortunately, recent episodes of mass school violence have forced communities and their school districts throughout our nation to devise strategies and methods to combat potential school place threats. Your Huron Township Police Department has responded in part by increasing the level and frequency of its training particularly in the area of active shooter exercises. However, a major area of vulnerability that remains is our conventional school buildings that were designed and built before the emergence of mass school violence.

The Huron School District Bond Proposal seeks to make our school buildings safer for our students by providing the necessary funding required to renovate and equip our schools with modern day features proven to increase school security. Some of these plans include updating the interior and exterior doors with reinforced frames & hardware. Realizing that school safety literally starts at the front door, state of the art visitor access and secure entry controls and mechanisms are proposed as key components of a comprehensive safety plan update.

Effective and reliable public address systems are critical during any school threat scenario. A mass notification system allows school officials to convey a clear set of instructions to students and staff the moment a crisis begins. The quicker the superintendent can implement a lockdown over the public address system, the greater chance our children and their teachers will survive a threat. Again, the Huron School District Bond Proposal would make funds available to ensure our schools are equipped with these vital communication systems.

Finally, the bond proposal includes a plan to make arriving and departing school safer as well. The parking can be a very busy and dangerous place, particularly at the beginning and end of the school day when things can get a bit chaotic. The bond proposal incorporates improvements to our school parking lots to make them safer for our students and their parents.

The safety of our students remains our first priority. We hope you found this information helpful and that it helps you evaluate the May 7th Bond Proposal including the many safety benefits it offers.

Respectfully,

David A, Glaab
Huron Township Supervisor

Everette Robbins
Director of Public Safety


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Letter to the editor: Support the Huron Schools bond proposal on May 7

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
 
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
Published April 23, 2019

11:00 a.m. EST

Those with prescription medication they no longer need can safely dispose of it this Saturday.

During National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Michigan State Police is asking residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted pills.

MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 by serving as drop-off points.

All collected pills will be destroyed, with no questions asked, according to MSP.

Liquids, inhalers, patches and syringes cannot be accepted.

“Taking a few minutes to go through your home and discard these medications is something small that can have a huge impact,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police. “The devastation caused by opioid and prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses is real. We urge you to do all you can to help us fight this crisis.”

MSP pill collection sites can be found here.

Additional collection sites across the state can be found by going to dea.gov.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year in April and October.

During the October 2018 effort, MSP posts collected nearly 950 pounds of prescription drugs.

The State of Michigan says it is using every available tool to combat the opioid epidemic.

According to MSP, the collaborative efforts of state agencies amplifies Michigan’s efforts related to prevention and treatment of patients, education of health professionals and enforcement of over-prescribers.

These efforts include:

  • A one-stop website (Michigan.gov/opioids) with all helpful information and resources on the epidemic.
  • Providing online resources for patients, health professionals and communities about prevention and treatment of opioid abuse.
  • The Michigan Automated Prescription System provides real-time prescription data and resources to better assess a patient’s risk for substance use disorder.
  • Assistance with proper drug disposal of unwanted medications.
  • Michigan State Police posts serving as drug-take back sites and providing the Angel Program for individuals struggling with addiction.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Further, disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose safety and health hazards.

Anyone who is unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

For more information about opioids and the additional steps residents can take to protect themselves and loved ones, visit michigan.gov/opioids.