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Local stores checked for alcohol, tobacco sales to minors in Huron Township

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 22, 2021

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Huron Township Police Department conducted a proactive liquor and tobacco operation within Huron Township.

All establishments within 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,” a statement from the police department said.

“Routine proactive operations targeting the sales of liquor and/or tobacco will be initiated by the Huron Township Police Department. Protecting the youth of our Township is a priority of our department and illegal sales to minors will not be tolerated.”


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Another day, another careless driver illegally passes school bus in Huron Township

At about 6:40 a.m., a driver in Huron Township illegally passed a school bus Wednesday morning. The driver was caught during a police patrol of the local bus routes.

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Nov. 3, 2021

Police caught another careless driver passing a school bus Wednesday morning in Huron Township.

Drivers illegally passing stopped school buses has been an ongoing issue in the community since school started in the fall.

And police are doing what they can to catch drivers in the act.

In the video, you can see the bus was stopped and had its red lights engaged as it was picking up a young child Wednesday morning.

Here is the police dash cam video of the incident:

Police were conducting a patrol of the bus routes Wednesday morning.

“We continue to receive complaints about careless drivers passing the school buses while emergency lighting is activated. We continue to be proactive and issue citations to violators,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“Please take a moment to share this and educate those in your inner circle about the danger this poses to our school children.”


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

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021

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. 22.

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 donate in November the Go Fund Me page that supports the Shop with a Hero Program.

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

“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.”


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Huron Township public safety department announces chaplain program


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 22, 2021

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety announced the launch of their chaplain program this week.

The public safety chaplain program offers a number of unique ministries and services to the Huron Township community.

The program will provide services related to serious injury, sudden illness or death of a police officer or firefighter (including their families), the counseling of police officers, dispatchers, or firefighters with personal or family related problems and the vital ministry of caring about the job that the professional public safety employee is asked to perform.

“Chaplains are looked upon with great respect as they represent their place of worship within our community. They will be there for the Huron Township community in times of great need or disaster while assisting our public safety department in carrying back the Department’s mission of service to the community,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“Many times, they will be asked to help promote a more positive relationship between the public safety department and the Huron Township community. They will also be of great benefit to our staff who see things daily that could rightfully affect their mental health and personal well-being.”

Some of the duties of a chaplain are:

-Fostering familiarity with the role of law enforcement in the community.

-Providing an additional link between the community, other chaplain coordinators and the Agency.

-Providing a liaison with various civic, business, and religious organizations.

-Assisting the community when they request representatives or leaders of various denominations.

-Assisting the community in any other function, as needed, or requested.

-Making referrals in cases where specialized attention is needed or in cases that are beyond the chaplain’s ability to assist.

-Responding to any significant incident (e.g., natural, and accidental deaths, suicides and attempted suicides, family disturbances) in which the Patrol Sergeant or supervisor believes the chaplain could assist in accomplishing the mission of the Agency.

-Responding to all major disasters, such as natural disasters, bombings, and similar critical incidents

“I want our residents, business owners, and anyone who travels through our community to know this service is available to them anytime they may need it. It is an optional service that’s only intent is to help those that need it the most to get through a difficult time,” Robbins said.

“Without doubt, we have chosen two men who very much invested in this community, a place where they both call home. They both possess the integrity and ethics consistent with our organization’s core values. I am personally very proud to have Jim and John as part of our public safety family.”

Chaplain John Schwartz Bio:
Chaplain Schwartz grew up in Taylor, Michigan and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1973. He worked 24 years in the automotive industry before hearing God’s call to Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Chaplain Schwartz graduated from CTS with a Master of Divinity degree and received his first parish call to St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Shelby, Michigan. In 2007, God called him to Peace Lutheran Church and School in Warren, Michigan where he served 9 years. Chaplain Schwartz currently serves St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Boston. He pursued Chaplain training and is honored to serve First responders and the community of Huron Township in this role.

Chaplain James DuFour:
Chaplain James (Jim) DuFour is the founding pastor of Christian Bible Church, which initially started meeting in Huron High School back in August of 2008. CBC is a non-denominational, Bible Church that has since relocated to a permanent site located in Trenton, at 647 Sibley Road.

Jim has also been serving the community as the commander of the Huron Township Police Reserve Unit for 20 years. Jim is a fourth-generation resident of the Township and graduated from Huron High School in 1978. He and his wife, Marie DuFour (Moran), have lived in Huron for 39 of their nearly 40 years of marriage. Together they have raised four children and currently have one granddaughter.


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Huron TWP public safety staff graduate from EMU School of Police Staff and Command leadership program

From left: Lt. Bryan Tyitye; Sgt. Edward Hindley; Communications Administrator Jill Evans; Director Everette Robbins; Deputy Chief Mark Neumann. (Photos courtesy of Huron Township Public Safety)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 20, 2021

Huron Township public safety staff recently graduated from the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command Executive Leadership program. 

Sergeant Edward Hindley and Communications Administrator Jill Evans graduated from the program that consists of a 10-month training program which meets for one 40-hour week per month.

“Professional, service-oriented, and transparent policing within any public safety organization starts with those we entrust as leaders. Our goal is to provide our public safety command staff with consistent and professional training as it relates to their leadership in delivering quality service to our residents. The Eastern Michigan School of Staff and Command is one of the preeminent programs in the country that focuses on the executive level training and development,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Graduates have stated publicly that the knowledge, skills and abilities learned assisted them in: problem analysis; management situations; project management; grant funding projects; managing fiscal budgets; managing personnel matters.

“I am very proud of this accomplishment, and I think it will benefit them as they continue to be important leaders and mentors within our organization. This is a very intense program and I thank their families for supporting them throughout this past 10 months,” Robbins said.

Other Huron Township public safety staff that have graduated from the EMU School of Staff and Command: Everette Robbins, Director of Public Safety; James Hinojosa, Huron Township Fire Chief; Captain Bradley Bauman, Huron Township Fire Department; Detective Lieutenant Leo Girard, Sergeant Robert Kelch, Lieutenant Bryan Tyitye.

Communications Administrator Jill Evans and Sgt. Edward Hindley

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Police bus route patrol nabs 3 violators; public safety director reminds parents of safe bus stop habits


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 18, 2021

Three drivers were cited Monday for illegally passing school buses in Huron Township during a police patrol of the local routes.

Additionally, Huron’s public safety director wants to remind parents to practice safe bus stop habits as we head into the school year.

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.

Two drivers were cited near King Road and Merriman Road and one near Sibley Road and Merriman.

“One thing that caught me by surprise and was concerning today was the number of elementary age children standing by the busy road alone while parents waved from the door. My advice in the name of safety would be for parents to be with their children until they safely are on the bus, especially as we enter the cold weather season,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“We will continue to do these proactive details on a regular basis as the safety of our children is our top priority. If you as a driver feel that you in such a hurry that you put one of our kids safety in jeopardy, my advice is to think twice, leave earlier for your destination, or accept your citation that we will gladly serve to you. We will have a zero-tolerance policy as always regarding this issue.”

Some tips for parents:

-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.


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Water update from Huron TWP DPW director; boil water alert remains in effect

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021 | 10:20 a.m.

A boil water alert remains in effect for all of Huron Township following a massive water main break that occurred on Sunday.

Here is a statement from Huron Township DPW director:

Good morning everyone. My name is Jim Lancaster and I am the DPW Director for Huron Township. As most of you know yesterday we had a waterman break that drastically dropped our water pressure throughout most of the Township. Since most of you had extremely low pressures we decided to err on the side of caution and issue a boil water alert. We do not believe we dropped below a dangerous pressure level but we decided to issue the alert as a precautionary measure as your safety is our first priority.
Most of you got your pressure back between 3-6 pm as we got the break isolated. We had to cut out and replace a 10 foot section of 12 inch waterman and got it back into service around 3 am this morning.
None of these factors alter the boil water alert as it is still in effect. The procedure moving forward is that we will begin flushing township mains early this morning. An independent lab will be called in to do samples at random points all over the township. 24 hour later we must sample those same locations again and as long as both samples are clear as expected then we can lift the boil water alert. Please utilize this site and Nixle to get the most up to date information which will be relayed as we get it. Thank you for your patience and understanding. The DPW office will be staffed from 8-4 tomorrow if you have questions but town hall will be closed for Columbus day. 734-753-4466 extention 123 or 124.

Stay with The Huron Hub as we continue to post updates on the water situation.


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Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

A temporary boil water alert has been issued for all of Huron Township as of Sunday morning. A large water main break occurred in the township causing the boil water alert.

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 | 10:35 a.m. EDT

A boil water alert has been issued for all of Huron Township following a very large water main break that has occurred.

The following is a statement from Huron Township DPW:

“Due to a very large water main break Huron Charter Township is issuing a temporary boil water alert for the entire Township. We do not believe the water pressure dropped to a dangerous level, however we are airing on the side of caution until the repair is made and we can properly flush the system to ensure the safety of our water customers. Once the proper testing is completed we will lift the boil water alert. More information will be forthcoming. We will be providing information via Nixle and Facebook as the situation develops. Thank you for your patience and understanding,”

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Water main break causes pressure issues in Huron Township Sunday

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Update: Boil water alert in Huron Township

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 | 9:07 a.m. EDT

A water main break somewhere in the township has caused pressure issues throughout the area.

Here is a statement from Huron Department of Public Safety:

“The Huron Township Department of Public Works (DPW) is currently out investigating an issue with low water pressure throughout the Township. It is believed that there may be a water main break somewhere that has not been located yet. If anyone observes a potential water main break, please contact the Huron Township Emergency Dispatch Center at 734-753-4400,” a message from the Huron Township Department of Public Safety said.

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Second driver in a week ignores school bus stop lights in Huron Township during police patrol

While the bus’s red lights were engaged, a driver in a late model Ford Explorer completely ignores the red flashing stop lights. Video courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Sept. 22, 2021 scottbolthouse@huronhub.com

For the second time in about a week, Huron Township police caught a driver ignoring a school bus’s stop lights, and it was recorded on police dash cam video.

Police were conducting a patrol of school bus routes in the township on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

The video shows a school bus stopped on Sibley Road west of Middle Belt Road at 3:14 p.m.

Watch the video below:

While the bus’s red lights were engaged, a driver in a late model Ford Explorer completely ignores the red flashing stop lights and continues to drive past the stopped bus.

The driver was immediately pulled over and cited for the infraction.

A similar incident occurred last week in Huron Township.

“This issue is one that I feel very strongly about,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety. “Our proactive patrol is something that has been going on for several years. We will not be able to catch every offender, but we will certainly do all we can to do so. Maybe by sharing these videos, we will be able to educate the public as to how dangerous this actually is, as well as make them think twice about their actions in case we are watching. Just because the public may not always see us, it doesn’t mean we aren’t there.”

Below is the law regarding school bus passing directly from the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code.

257.682 Stopping for school bus displaying flashing red lights; violation as civil infraction; meeting stopped school bus on divided highway; proof; rebuttable presumption; community service.
Sec. 682.

(1) The operator of a vehicle overtaking or meeting a school bus that has stopped and is displaying 2 alternately flashing red lights located at the same level shall bring the vehicle to a full stop not less than 20 feet from the school bus and shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated. The operator of a vehicle who fails to stop for a school bus as required by this subsection, who passes a school bus in violation of this subsection, or who fails to stop for a school bus in violation of an ordinance that is substantially similar to this subsection, is responsible for a civil infraction.
(2) The operator of a vehicle upon a highway that has been divided into 2 roadways by leaving an intervening space, or by a physical barrier, or clearly indicated dividing sections so constructed as to impede vehicular traffic, is not required to stop upon meeting a school bus that has stopped across the dividing space, barrier, or section.
(3) In a proceeding for a violation of subsection (1), proof that the particular vehicle described in the citation was in violation of subsection (1), together with proof that the defendant named in the citation was, at the time of the violation, the registered owner of the vehicle, constitutes a rebuttable presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the violation.
(4) In addition to the civil fine and costs provided for a civil infraction under section 907, the judge, district court referee, or district court magistrate may order a person who violates this section to perform not more than 100 hours of community service. 


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