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7 arrested during warrant sweep in Huron Township

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Seven people were arrested during a warrant sweep lead by the Huron Township Police Department Tuesday.

The warrants were all misdemeanor offenses and ranged from larceny to resisting arrest.

The sweep also revealed one non-compliant sex offender that was no longer living at the address they were registered to.

The investigation of the sex offender was forwarded to the detective bureau for a felony warrant request, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

Sgt. Jon Bettendorf led the sweep, which was a cooperative effort between several divisions within the police department, including the K9 unit, traffic services unit, community policing officer, detective bureau, and reserve officer unit.

“We will continue to do these proactive sweeps throughout our township on a regular and consistent basis. Many people had their house surrounded by our officers and it was quite an embarrassment for some. My advice is for people that know they have a warrant, no matter how minor they think it is, to turn them self into us as soon as possible. Many times, these warrants can be handled smoothly through the court process. But for those that don’t, we will eventually catch up to them,” Robbins said.

“We owe it to our residents to continue to be proactive and visible while holding offenders accountable for their crimes. We welcome the community’s assistance. If they have information on someone wanted for a crime, they can feel free to contact our department directly.”

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Officer lauded for saving Huron Township resident stuck in her garage for over 24 hours

Officer Ahmed Kassem

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Ahmed Kassem, a police officer in Huron Township, was commended Wednesday for using his instincts and coming to the aid of a resident who had suffered a medical emergency and was stuck in her garage for over 24 hours.

It all started early Tuesday morning in the 37000 block of Dianne Lane.

Kassem was on patrol at 2:19 a.m. when he noticed a snow blower left unattended in the middle of the road.

After finding the snow blower’s owner, he told Kassem that he abandoned it there because he was chased away by a large dog that was roaming in the neighborhood.

Kassem decided to investigate further and knock on doors in the neighborhood to see if he could find the dog’s owner.

A neighbor in the 37500 block of Dianne Lane told the officer that the dog belonged to a nearby resident, and that it was out of the norm for it to be wandering in the cold unattended.

Kassem then talked with a second neighbor, who said that he had not seen the dog’s owner in a few days.

After finding the house where the dog lived, Kassem noticed a purse in the window inside of the house, and the dog sat next to the back door with the officer as he tried to locate the owner.

At that point, he called for backup and was able to locate a family member who could open the garage door for him.

Kassem, along with Officer Troy Rickelmann and Sgt. Robert Kelch, entered the garage and found the resident breathing but in need of immediate medical attention.

She had suffered a medical emergency and was showing signs of hypothermia and also had significant injuries to the lower portion of her body.

The officers administered first aid and gave the resident blankets as they waited for Huron Township firefighters and Huron Valley Ambulance to respond.

“I can tell you without hesitation that to this victim, her family, and to this community, your actions were heroic,” Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

“Without your actions, efforts, and quick response, it is likely that we would have lost the life of one of our valued residents.”

Robbins added: “The residents of this wonderful and supportive community deserve to know that when they lay down to sleep each and every night, they and their families are well protected.”

View the full letter of commendation by clicking here


 

Suspicious note found at Renton Junior High turns out to be nonthreatening

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A suspicious note found Wednesday inside Renton Junior High School in New Boston turned out to be nonthreatening, according to police.

“We were notified by Huron Schools administration and our school resource officer that a student located a note that said the word “bomb” on it stuffed inside a desk within a classroom at Renton Junior High,” Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said Wednesday afternoon.

“We immediately sent our detective bureau and evidence technician unit to the school to investigate. The investigation indicated that the note appeared to be written quite some time ago. The note was not located in a manner that appeared it was intended as a threat to students or staff. We do not believe that there is any imminent danger to the students or staff,” he said.

Kurt Mrocko, principal at Renton Junior High, sent out a message Wednesday to families informing them about the note.

Robbins said that he and school administration felt it was important to be transparent and provide all available information to the community, and that student safety is their top concern.

Taylor man sentenced to 10 to 15 years in stabbing death of Huron Township father

A police booking photo shows Stacy Rose, 18, after he was taken into custody for stabbing and killing a Huron Township father on July 30. Rose was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced Wednesday morning to 10 to 15 years. Photo courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A Taylor man was sentenced Wednesday morning after he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the stabbing death of a Huron Township father during an altercation at Huron Estates mobile home community on July 30.

Stacy Rose, 18, will serve 10 to 15 years in prison. He was initially found not guilty of first degree murder but was then found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by a jury.

Rose arrived to the mobile home community durning the evening hours of July 30 with a group of friends and stabbed Huron Township resident Robert Briscoe.

Briscoe, according to reports, was attempting to protect his son during the incident, which was believed to have been started by Rose.

Briscoe was stabbed when he stepped in between his son and Rose.

Robert Briscoe holds a young child in a family photo. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

The motive for the altercation reportedly involved stolen prescription pain medication.

 

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Huron Township Department of Public Safety makes the holiday season bright for area children, families

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Photos courtesy of the Huron Township Department of Public Safety

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety made the holiday season much more bright for several local children during their Shop with a Hero event held Dec. 20.

Seven children were paired with a police officer or firefighter and were driven to Meijer in Flat Rock where they were given the opportunity to go on a shopping spree.

The children were given a private ride to the store in a police car or fire truck, and each child also received a brand new winter coat courtesy of the Huron Township Goodfellows.

“The staff of both departments really came together to make this a special night for these kids. There is no doubt that we are all one team working towards a common goal for this community,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

In addition to the Shop with a Hero event, the department of public safety was able to do the following other random acts of kindness this season thanks to the generous contributions from the Huron community:

-A 7th Grade Renton Jr. High student was taken on a shopping spree by Director Robbins, Huron School Resource Officer Keith Nappo and Renton Teacher Karla Nash. She bought herself new clothes to wear to school and a Lego set that she said was the only thing she really wanted for Christmas.

-A Huron High School student was provided a brand-new Xbox One Video Game system by Bernie Yoscovits, his family, and XG Security Services. The student was then taken to GameStop where the community’s donations allowed him to purchase games for his new video game system. The student said that this was the first video game system that he had every had for himself and was now able to play with his friends in school.

-A Miller Family down on their luck was adopted by the Miller Elementary Secretarial Staff along with the Huron Township Dispatch Staff. They will receive all the fixings for a Christmas dinner, along with a visit from Santa with gifts on Christmas Morning.

-Huron Township Public Safety employees have been out delivering new bikes and toys to kids throughout the area and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the holiday season.

“The event just keeps getting bigger and better each year with more and more volunteers, many who have been here since the first year. The best part is that I don’t have to ask most of them each year, they call me to make sure I don’t forget them. I am not sure who enjoys this more, the kids or the adults,” Robbins said.

“I want to personally thank this community for making this program a possibility for these children. In many similar programs throughout the country, it is funded by corporations. What makes our program so special is that it is 100 percent funded by the great and giving people of our community. There is no better reason for a community to come together than to give a Christmas to kids who may not have had one otherwise.”

The department of public safety thanked dozens of community members for supporting their holiday giving in a special Facebook post.

Drivers call police after two other drivers aggressively target them, boxing them in

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Three drivers traveling on area roads in Huron and Sumpter Township reported to police on Dec. 14 that they were targeted by two other drivers who seemed to be working together as they maneuvered their cars in an aggressive way towards them.

The first incident occurred just after 11 p.m. in the area of Clark and Judd Road near the Huron and Sumpter Township boarder.

According to police, a caller reported that his 22-year-old daughter was being followed by a small black Ford sedan and a new model burgundy Ford truck that were boxing her in and blocking other vehicles in the area.

The woman said that the vehicles were following her with hazards on, passing her, boxing her in and slowed down, and using turn signals to signal turns but then drive in a different direction.

She said that one of the cars pulled along her passenger side and threw a water bottle at the window. She then quickly accelerated and was able to flee from the vehicles, and they stopped following her in the area of Judd just East of Clark.

Just minutes later at 11:12 p.m., while Sumpter Township police were responding to the first call, a second call was received in the area of Willow and Haggerty in Sumpter Township describing a similar incident.

The second caller said that she was driving southbound on Waltz from South Huron Road when she observed what she thought was a disabled vehicle and another vehicle
assisting it — both had their hazards on.

The vehicles, one of them described as a blue Pontiac G6, then followed her, one passed her and boxed her in, and both then passed and blocked the roadway.

According to the caller, the suspect threw an unknown object at her front passenger window.

She was able to find an area on Willow Road where she quickly fled from the suspects and called police.

One of the vehicles described by a caller was a gray Ford Focus ST similar to this one. Photo courtesy Huron Township Police.

On Dec. 17, a third caller contacted Huron police after hearing about the similar incidents on social medial.

The man told police that on Dec. 14 he was driving on Willow Road between I-275 and downtown Village of Willow when he observed a vehicle with its flashers on approaching him head-on in oncoming traffic.

He said that after turning northbound on Waltz Road, one of the vehicles pulled along side of him as they traveled northbound and drove next to him for about 30 seconds.

That vehicle then got in front of him and he noticed only one driver whom he could not describe.

The second vehicle stayed behind him and both vehicles eventually fled the scene near Waltz and South Huron.

The man stated that he did not call the police at the time of the incident.

The cars involved in this incident were desrbiced by the caller as being a gray Ford Focus ST and a red Pontiac Grand Prix or G6.

Police say that no other incidents have been reported and that the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Huron Township Police Department and/or the Sumpter Township Police Department.

“We unfortunately do not know the ultimate intentions of these drivers. It appears that they targeted both a male and two females. We ask people to be aware of their surroundings and call us immediately if they notice anything unusual on the roadways,” said Huron Township Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

Huron Fire Department captain appointed coordinator for Downriver Fire Investigation Task Force

Capt. Shawn Williams

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Capt. Shawn Williams of the Huron Township Fire Department was appointed as the lead coordinator for the Downriver Fire Investigation Task Force in October.

Williams, who started in Huron as a paid, on-call firefighter in 1993, has been assigned to the task force as Huron Township’s representative since 2007 and has completed formal training through the Michigan State Police Fire Training Unit.

“We are very proud this accomplishment and appreciative of all of Captain Williams’ hard work, not only as a member of this task force, but every day as he provides quality service for our residents. This new role brings many challenges for him, but with that it brings the opportunity for him to be part of this team’s future growth and success as a leader in the area of fire prevention and the war against arson,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

Williams was appointed as the assistant coordinator for the same task force in 2009 and in August 2010, he completed extensive accreditation process through the International Association of Fire Investigators to become a certified fire investigator.

“The expertise, reliability, and dedication of the men and women of our fire department is second to none. Captain Williams is a great representative of our community and now his leadership skills will be an asset to the entire Downriver area,” Robbins said.