Category Archives: Police & Fire

Huron Township homeowner sets fire to house, barricades doors before taking his own life

Huron Township Police and Michigan State Police SWAT make entry into the house in the 21000 block of Huron River Drive early Wednesday morning after a homeowner set fire to his own house and barricaded the doors from within. After entering, police found the man dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Image courtesy of Everette Robbins)

Posted Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 — 1:30 PM


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

A 76-year-old Huron Township man is dead Wednesday after firefighters and police initially responded to a structure fire in the 21000 block of Huron River Drive to find a house barricaded from within and fire accelerant spread throughout the inside.

At 5:21 p.m., Huron Township Dispatch Operations Center received a 911 call from a neighbor reporting a structure fire at the location.

The neighbor told 911 that they could see smoke coming from inside the house.

Huron Township Fire Department and police responded to the scene within four minutes and firefighters were able to extinguish multiple fires in the house and garage areas.

After entering the house, emergency responders observed a large amount of fresh fire accelerant spread throughout the inside, as well as several weapons and doors to the house barricade from within.

“Once inside the residence and after observing several indicators of obstacles that could potentially be dangerous to our staff, a decision was made to have our first responders take tactical positions. This decision was made not only to ensure their safety, but also the safety of nearby neighbors. Our top priority was to make sure everyone remained safe,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Officers then setup a perimeter around the house and neighbors were asked to shelter in place.

Huron River Drive was closed between King and West Roads, and multiple Huron Township police and fire staff were contacted while off duty and responded to the scene to assist.

DTE was also contacted and shut down service in the immediate area.

“The teamwork that occurred throughout this emergency situation was incredible. Our Dispatch Staff, Firefighters and Police Officers unselfishly responded to the scene while they were off duty. All hands were on deck and both of our public safety departments were all in to ensure the safety of our residents,” Robbins said.

Because of the accelerants spread throughout the house and the possibility of an armed barricaded person inside, the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad and SWAT team were contacted and assisted during the incident.

For several hours, the bomb squad robots examined the house in an attempt to identify any potential threats inside.

“I am very appreciative for the assistance of the Michigan State Police. They responded with two robots to assist us with assessing the threat level inside the residence. The robots were beneficial to limit the human interaction with potential threats and ensure that our first responders make it home safely. The work of these robots ultimately gave us the confidence that we could enter the home safely and resolve this incident,” Robbins said.

At about 12:30 a.m., Huron Township Police and MSP SWAT made entry into the house in an attempt to locate the resident.

Shortly after, he was found dead from what police say initially appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Video: Huron Township Police and Michigan State Police SWAT make entry into house

 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out this this man’s family. I am not sure we will ever know the deceased’s individual’s true intentions or reasoning for this incident,” Robbins said.

The Detective Bureau, Evidence Tech Team, and Huron Township Arson Investigator then conducted an investigation at the scene.

Multiple weapons and fire accelerants were located inside the house.

“It initially appears that the man set the fires himself,” Robbins said.

The investigation is ongoing and the man is not being identified at this time pending the notification of out of town family members.

His body was turned over to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

“This incident could have had a much different outcome. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated and well-trained Dispatch, Fire and Police Departments. At the end of the day, we only had a couple officers sustain minor injuries. Again, I am proud of both the teamwork and leadership that I witnessed. This teamwork includes the residents who were displaced from their homes. We appreciated the patience showed by the neighbors affected by this incident and the confidence the community had in us to bring this to a safe conclusion,” said Robbins.


 

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Person found dead inside house following police situation on Huron River Drive


Posted Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 — 6:45 AM
Updated 10:45 AM


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

Update posted here: Huron Township homeowner sets fire to house, barricades doors before taking his own life

Police found a person dead inside a house near the 21000 block of Huron River Drive following a police situation that began Tuesday evening and didn’t end until the early morning hours on Wednesday.

“We located the subject deceased inside his residence. The investigation is ongoing,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety, at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Police are not releasing any further information at this time.

Police initially locked down the neighborhood near the incident, but they say the area is now safe.

Check back for updates.

Initial article: Police situation ongoing on Huron River Drive between West and King Roads


Police situation ongoing on Huron River Drive between West and King Roads

Photo courtesy of Roger Elkins


Posted Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 — 9:00 PM

Updated 10:50 PM


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

Update posted here: Huron Township homeowner sets fire to house, barricades doors before taking his own life

There is a police situation ongoing on Huron River Drive between West and King Roads.

Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said Tuesday evening that officers are still assessing the situation.

“At this point it is still a fluid situation. We are still assessing what we have and have the scene contained for the time being. We ask that residents shelter in place until we have a resolution,” he said.

As of 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, Robbins said they have not made contact with anyone inside the house that is involved in the incident.

“We’ve had no contact with anyone inside at this point,” he said.

Huron River Drive is closed to all traffic in the general area of the incident, and police are asking the public avoid the area until the situation is resolved.

No further information is available at this time.

Updates will be posted when they’re available.


(Updated) Driver hospitalized after vehicle strikes Dingell Drive overpass on Eureka Road near Metro Airport

(Photo courtesy of Melissa LaForest)


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

Published August 30, 2019 — 5:30 PM EST 

Update–Aug. 31, 4:30 PM:

As of 2:15 p.m., Eastbound Eureka Road—between Wayne Road and Middlebelt Road—reopened. The Dingell Drive ramp to eastbound Eureka also reopened, following an accident on Friday. Crews worked around the clock to make repairs and remove debris from the roadways.

Initial post:

A driver was hospitalized Friday after the commerical vehicle they were driving struck the Dingell Drive overpass on Eureka Road in Romulus shortly before noon.

The collision caused significant damage to the bridge, located just south of Detroit Metro Airport.

Falling debris from the collision with the bridge caused the driver’s injuries.

Traffic in the area is currently being rerouted.

“Traffic around the south end of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is being rerouted. Eastbound Eureka Road—between Wayne Road and Middlebelt Road—and the Dingell Drive ramp to eastbound Eureka are closed,” a statement from Detroit Metro Airport officials said.

The boom on the vehicle is what struck the overpass.

It was not properly stowed at the time of impact, the statement said.

The driver sustained injuries due to falling concrete.

He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Another person, who was injured in a nearby car, was treated at the scene and released.

“Contractors with the Wayne County Airport Authority are currently assessing the structural damage to the bridge. The roadways may be closed through the holiday weekend. Westbound Eureka Road is open,” the statement said.


Huron Township Police auctioning a dozen vehicles on Sept. 11


Posted Monday, August 26, 2019


The Huron Township Police Department is holding a vehicle auction at the police department located at 36500 S. Huron Road, New Boston.

The auction will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Huron Township reserves the right to refuse any bid.
Successful bidder must have a valid driver’s license.
The name of the purchaser will be the name listed on the vehicle’s title.
CASH ONLY, all vehicles must be paid for at time of auction.
Starting bid of each vehicle is based on the towing charges due and vehicles will be sold to the highest bidder.

Viewing will take place one hour prior to the start of the auction.
All vehicles are sold “as is” and “all sales are final” with no guarantees or representations as to the condition, model year or mileage. No refunds will be made.
Huron Township does not provide loading services for buyers to remove their merchandise. Any and all methods of lifting, towing and hauling, as well as removal are the sole responsibility of the buyer. No repair work will be allowed on the lot other than that necessary to prepare the vehicle for towing. The Township assumes no responsibility for injury or damage involved in the acts of the purchaser or their agents.
All vehicles must be removed by 5:00 pm the day of the sale.
Law enforcement personnel are not permitted to bid on any vehicle they themselves have seized, their command has seized, or that they have had any involvement in, connection with or foreknowledge of. 

Here is a list of vehicles up for auction

Source: Huron Township Police


 

State police will increase impaired driving enforcement Aug. 14 through Sept. 2


Posted Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 


Law enforcement encourages safe driving this Labor Day holiday

During the 2019 Labor Day holiday weekend, police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police are encouraging motorists to celebrate the end of summer safely and make smart driving decisions. Law enforcement will continue to show zero tolerance for drunk and drugged driving during the three-week enforcement period August 14-September 2. Increased messaging about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with increased enforcement on the roads, aim to drastically reduce serious injuries and deaths caused by impaired driving.

“Labor Day should be a time for friends and family to enjoy the last days of summer,” said Michael Prince, Office of Highway Safety Planning director.  “As always, officers will make zero exceptions for impaired driving. There are no excuses. Driving a vehicle while impaired is dangerous.”

Throughout the end of the summer Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement period, officers will be on the lookout for motorists under the influence of drugs and alcohol. In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. Michigan has what is commonly referred to as a zero-tolerance drugged driving law.

In Michigan, the percentage of alcohol-related fatalities was approximately 11 times higher than fatalities in all crashes and the serious injury level was about six times higher. During last year’s Labor Day holiday, there were 12 fatal crashes, with six crashes involving alcohol.

On average, a DUI can set you back $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs, etc.

A new impaired driving ad is airing in August. It focuses on the role of first responders and what they see when responding to a crash with an impaired driver. A link can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V64xF3viMWE.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and coordinated by the OHSP.

Source: Michigan State Police


 

Airport police arrest man suspected of scamming travelers across several states

Michael Borovetz, 44, was taken into custody inside DTW’s McNamara Terminal by airport police on Saturday. He is suspected of scamming travelers across several states and has been wanted out of Detroit Metro Airport for four years. (Booking photo courtesy of Wayne County Airport Authority)


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

Posted Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Wayne County Airport Authority Police Department arrested a man suspected of scamming travelers across several states and who has been wanted at Detroit Metro Airport for the last four years.

Michael Borovetz, 44, was taken into custody inside DTW’s McNamara Terminal by airport police on Saturday.

According to authorities, Borovetz is known at airports across the country for approaching passengers with a sad story in an attempt to get money, while promising to pay it back.

Once Borovetz receives the money, the victims never hear from him again.

Borovetz is also well-known as a professional poker player who has also been convicted multiple times for fraud at several airports, authorities say.

Police at DTW first received reports of Borovetz’s scheme in 2015, when a passenger recognized him from a previous airport encounter.

Complaints continued to surface at the airport over the last four years, but it wasn’t until Saturday that police were able to arrest Borovetz.

Airport police received a tip that Borovetz would be connecting at DTW on his way from Seattle to Miami for a gambling trip.

Borovetz, whose criminal history spans 13 states, was arraigned Monday on two counts of false pretenses with intent to defraud.

Both charges are misdemeanors punishable by one year in jail. His bond was set at $100,000 or 10%.

Anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Borovetz should contact Sgt. Ken Neidermeier at 734-942-5212.