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Police arrest two middle school students for making threats against Summit Academy

After closing for two days in a row, police say Summit Schools are safe to attend

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

A 14-year-old female and a 12-year-old male were arrested Tuesday after police allege they made threats against Summit Academy Schools on social media.

Both are students at Summit Academy Middle School and are in seventh and eight grade.

Police say on Sunday at 11:30 p.m., a Summit student reported seeing multiple threats posted on a social media app called “Lipsi.”

The app is self-described as an application that allows posting anonymous messages.

Police say the messages were specific to Summit Schools and threatened to use both bomb and gun violence against other students during a specific time frame.

“This is great opportunity for all parents to once again have a conversation with their students about the seriousness of making threats against a school. I can assure the community that every case will be handled seriously. These threats can result in felony charges. I also urge parents to check their children’s phones and social media account as often as possible,” said Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

After their arrests, both students transported to the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center pending charges from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

“We are working hand in hand with the administration at Summit Academy. They have great safety protocols in place and have never wavered from making student safety their top priority,” Robbins said.

Summit Academy currently contracts for a full-time school resource Huron officer.

Police say it is safe for students to return to school and there will be extra police presence Wednesday as a precaution.

Leann Hedke, superintendent of Summit Schools, released a statement on the arrest.

I am happy to share that school will resume tomorrow, January 16, 2019. This afternoon a 14-year old student was arrested for her alleged role in the threat made on social media. I am grateful for the support of the Huron Township Police Department, especially Chief Robbins, Lt. Girard and Officer Czernik. I am also grateful for the support of our families who recognize that we take threats seriously and always put the safety of your children first.

“At this time, I would like to ask parents to please talk to your children about social media. Make sure they understand the repercussions of threats, even those made in jest. To elevate the discussion further, each of our schools will be holding seminars in the near future to talk about social media.

“For children and parents who remain concerned, let me assure you that there is no threat against our school, students or staff. If you have any questions or would just like to chat, please call me at 734-379-9766.

Robbins added: “We are happy to bring this investigation to a conclusion. Unfortunately, over 2200 students were unable to attend school the past two days and receive their education because of the reckless acts of these two students. We, along with the Summit Schools Administration, realize the hardship that the past two days placed on the students and their parents and we thank them for their patience while we fully investigated this incident.”


 

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Annual report says crime is down in Huron Township in 2018

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

Crime is down across the board in Huron Township in 2018, according to an annual report released by the Huron Township Department of Public Safety.

“Our crime statistics continue to decline in all of the major areas. Our violent crimes grouping that includes larceny and burglary is down over 37 percent, which is remarkable,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

“I hope that our residents will find this annual report useful and, as always, I am happy to take calls or have them stop by if they have any questions about this report. Our number one goal is providing a high level of quality service to those we proudly serve.”

You can read the entire report by clicking here

In 2018, the department responded to 2,730 calls for police service — a decrease of 4.139 percent from the previous year.

The majority of the calls were classified into three separate groups.

Group A incidents, which include homicide, kidnapping, robbery, forcible sexual assaults, aggravated and non-aggravated assaults, larceny, burglary and damage to property, were down 37.162 percent.

In 2018 there were 296 incidents, in 2017 there were 406.

Group B includes operating while intoxicated (OWI), disorderly conduct, liquor law violations, misdemeanor sex offenses and non-violent family offenses, were down 12.19 percent.

In 2018 there were 164 incidents, 2017 there were 184.

Group C includes traffic offenses, juvenile offenses and warrant arrests, were down 2.89 percent.

2018 totaled 933 incidents, in 2017 there were 960.

“This is a direct result of our officer’s efforts. Our officers self-initiated more than 30,000 traffic stops throughout our township in 2018. I believe high visibility, while being proactive, is the key to the decline in crime in our township. As the report details, our arrests initiated through traffic stops are extremely high. Although it is hard to quantify, I think these arrests stop many crimes before they have a chance to happen.,” Robbins said.

“We have some exciting things happening in 2019, especially within our fire department. We anticipate the addition of two new fire trucks in 2019, including one fire truck that will give our firefighting staff an aerial truck option when battling a structure fire. In addition, we have seven new recruits that we anticipate becoming an important part of our growing department. I cannot wait to see their continued growth under the leadership of Chief Jamie Hinojosa.”

Additionally, Robbins thanked a handful of retirees who signed-off from the department in 2018.

“I want to thank our 2018 retirees Duane Griffis, Karen Stackpoole, and Terry Allore for their dedicated service to Huron Township. They will certainly be missed.”


 

Public safety heroes treat local children to shopping spree

(Image courtesy of Huron Public Safety)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety made the holidays much brighter for six children Tuesday by taking them on a shopping spree during the department’s “shop with a hero” event.

The children were also provided with winter gear and clothing, all thanks to the many donations of community members and the public safety team.

Before shopping, the children were driven in parade-style to Meijer in Flat Rock in police and fire vehicles with lights flashing and sirens sounding.

The children were then paired with police, firefighters, and other public safety members and their families, and taken on a shopping spree throughout the store.

(Images courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety)

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The department also engaged in several random acts of kindness throughout the holiday season.

They provided shopping sprees to other local children and teens, and sent a care package to a Huron resident who is a master sergeant in the United States Army and is currently battling cancer at Walter Reid Military Hospital in Maryland.

The department posted a very touching video and detailed post on their Facebook page Thursday, which included a “thank you” to dozens of people that helped the event be successful this year.

Click here to watch the video

“I couldn’t be prouder of how Huron Township came together for these children and families,” said Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

“As for the Shop with a Hero Event, it was a special sight to see more than 50 volunteers focusing on six special children and making them Kings and Queens for a day. We saw a community come together to not only provide funding, but to be there on the parade route to wave to the kids and show them that an entire community cares about them and their families. They may not realize how special this night was right now, but they will someday. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving our organization the opportunity to be a small part of this great community team in the place we all call home.”


 

Dearborn Police arrest New Boston residents involved in major retail fraud investigation

(Photo by Scott Bolthouse)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Dearborn Police said Monday that they recently arrested three New Boston residents for operating of a major retail fraud ring that committed crimes in the metro Detroit area for several years.

Beverly Jo Sassin, 70, Amanda Lynn Mosed, 38, and Christopher Bucannion, 45, — all of New Boston — were charged with eight felony counts by the Wayne County prosecutor.

Dearborn Police say the crime ring paid heroin addicts to steal items of all kinds from major department stores in the Detroit area.

The items were then allegedly sold out of Cas Bar on Michigan Avenue in Detroit near the Dearborn border, a business which is owned by Sassin.

Police say evidence recovered from the business in Detroit included guns, cash, liquor, Red Bull energy drinks, and video gambling machines, among other items.

A house related to the investigation on Rust Road in Huron Township was raided Nov. 26 by Dearborn Police.

A 49-year-old Lincoln Park woman was also arrested and faces the same charges in relation to the fraud activity.

Sassin and Mosed are being held on a $100,000 bond, and Bucannion, who is also being charged with two firearms felonies, is being held on a $250,000 bond.

They are due back in court for a probable cause conference on Dec. 7 and a preliminary examination on Jan. 14.

This article has been updated


Huron Township Police conduct school bus safety operation

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor — ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Huron Township Police conducted a proactive school bus safety operation on Wednesday and Thursday.

The special detail included several plain clothed officers on multiple buses, unmarked police vehicles following multiple busses, and fully marked patrol vehicles assigned to initiate traffic stops on offenders who illegally passed school busses.

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

The detail was organized and directed by Officer Vincent Price of the Huron Township Police Department Traffic Services Unit. 

Throughout the two-day detail, one driver was observed passing a bus illegally and was cited.

“This is a safety issue for our students that we have seen end up in tragic results nationally. This proactive detail has been planned for some time now and our department will continue to find creative ways to keep our children safe,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

“This is not the first time we have done this proactive detail and it certainly won’t be the last. We want our residents to know that just because you don’t see us, it doesn’t mean we aren’t there.”

Throughout the two-day proactive detail, Robbins said police developed the following tips from watching some potentially dangerous situations:

-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 icy 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.

“I do think it is important for residents to know that the Huron School District has terrific school bus drivers who put the student’s safety first. The drivers did a fantastic job of taking necessary safety precautions to keep the kids safe. I thank them for the great work that they do,” Robbins said.


Police car rear-ended in Huron Township Wednesday

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A police car was rear-ended in Huron Township on Wednesday.

The car was part of the department’s K9 unit, who came in that day from being off duty to work a hit and run scene.

RelatedHit and run suspect gets hit, killed on King Road after fleeing scene of earlier accident

Just after 6 p.m., the unit was sitting stationary at a red light in the area of Vining and Sibley Roads.

A driver then rear-ended the K9 patrol vehicle.

The Huron Township Fire Department responded and the driver of the second vehicle was treated for minor injuries, and the officer was not injured.

The Michigan State Police responded to conduct an independent traffic investigation.

The driver was cited and released from the scene.


 

Huron Township man dies after being hit on King Road Wednesday evening

Huron resident Mark Barley, 55, was killed after he was struck by a motorist on King Road Wednesday evening. Police say Barely fled the scene of a hit and run accident earlier Wednesday afternoon that police were investigating. Photos courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A 55-year-old Huron Township man was killed Wednesday evening after he was hit by a motorist on King Road.

Mark Barley was pronounced dead at the scene after police responded to the area of King Road and Harrison at 6:47 p.m.

Police say Barley had fled the scene of a hit and run accident earlier in Huron Township before he was hit and killed while walking on King Road.

Upon arrival within three minutes of a 911 call reporting the King Road accident, police administered CPR to Barley before Huron Township Fire Department paramedics arrived two minutes later and took over medical care.

The driver that struck Barley stopped immediately and fully cooperated with the investigation, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

No charges are expected to be filed against the driver, who was determine to be not involved in the earlier hit and run that Barley fled from.

The Michigan State Police Downriver Crash Team responded and assisted with the accident investigation.

Robbins said just minutes prior to the 911 call reporting the hit pedestrian, the Huron Township Dispatch Center received multiple calls about a person dressed in all black walking in and out of the roadway on King Road.

Police were on the way to attempt to locate Barley when a call came in reporting that he had been struck.

After an investigation, Robbins said Barley was identified as the driver in a hit and run accident that occurred earlier Wednesday afternoon where one person was injured.

At 3:31 p.m., police and fire personnel were dispatched to the area of Inkster and West Roads for a hit and run.

Officers responded and were on scene within eight minutes.

Police located the suspect’s hit and run vehicle in the 27000 block of Bordeau Street.

The driver, later identified as Barley, fled the scene on foot.

A passenger in Barley’s vehicle was injured and transported to a local hospital.

The Huron police K9 unit was off duty and called in to conduct a search for Barley but he was not located at that time.

His vehicle was impounded and taken as evidence.

A neighborhood canvass was conducted and witnesses were interviewed.

Alcohol and/or drugs initially appear to have been in Barley’s system at the time of his death, Robbins said.

“It is unfortunate that this reached the conclusion that it did. My thoughts go out not only to the family of the deceased, but also to the driver of the vehicle that had the unfortunate circumstance to be in that place at that time. The sad reality is what started as a simple crash ended in a tragedy that could have been avoided,” he said.

“This was an ultimate day of teamwork within our public safety team, starting with our dispatch staff. They pulled together and did a great job making sure that everyone was safe and where they needed to be. Throughout these calls we had numerous other calls such as a suicidal person and multiple medical calls. I always say that our dispatchers are the glue that holds our public safety department together and they certainly lived up to that billing over the last 24 hours.”