Category Archives: Police & Fire

1 confirmed case of COVID-19 in Huron Township


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

Published March 27, 2020

The first case of COVID-19 in Huron Township has been confirmed.

Authorities confirmed Friday there is one Huron resident who has the virus.

The Department of Public Safety and Supervisor David Glaab’s office released a joint release with information about the case.

At 1:18p.m. on March 23, the Huron Township Department of Public Safety and Huron Valley Ambulance responded to the 28000 block of Mineral Springs regarding a medical emergency where a 51-year-old man was showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The patient was then transported to a local hospital where he tested positive for COVID-19.

As of March 27 there are 3657 cases of COVID-19 reported in Michigan, with 92 deaths associated with the virus.

Wayne County is currently a hotbed in the state for confirmed cases of the virus.

On March 27, 735 cases and 14 deaths have been confirmed in the county.

The state updates the virus statitsics daily at 3 p.m. at  michigan.gov/coronavirus

COVID-19 can be spread from an infected person to others through:

-The air by coughing and sneezing without covering your mouth and nose with your elbow
-Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
-Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your face, in particular, your mouth, nose or eyes.

Steps you take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:​

-Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when coughing or sneezing ​
-Wash your hands frequently with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds​
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth​4.
-If feeling ill, call your doctor immediately

Related: Public Safety Director updates community on department’s COVID-19 procedures


You can view a special COVID-19 (coronavirus) news section on HuronHub.com by clicking on this link.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Public Safety Director updates community on department’s COVID-19 procedures

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety


Posted by The Huron Hub on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety, released the following message to the community Tuesday afternoon that lays out the department’s updated procedures and response during the COVID-19 situation.

As we all well know by now, we are facing unprecedented times as global fears continue to rise regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.

I thought it would be important, and hopefully reassuring, for the residents and business owners to know that our public safety department remains committed to serving the community during this time of great uncertainty. While we do not want to overreact or create panic, we feel it is important to put procedures in place that balance the need for our first responders to serve the public with the need for us to keep them healthy so they can continue to perform their duties. With that delicate balance being kept in mind, the following operational changes that may affect the way services are delivered will be enacted for the immediate future:

Public Safety buildings, including both the police and fire departments, will be closed to the public. The facilities have been cleaned and disinfected for the safety of our employees. The records department is closed to in-person contact, but emergency requests and FOIA’s can still be requested by emailing jgodzina@hurontwppd.us. The records department can also be contacted by telephone at 734-753-4400, ext. 128 or 123. The community is further asked to call the Huron Township Dispatch Center to request a non-emergency police response. No non-emergency in-station complaints will be taken at the Police Department facility.

Huron Township Police Officers have been instructed to avoid entering residences in non-emergency situations for the safety of both the resident, as well as themselves. Non-emergency reports will still be taken in the normal fashion, but the reporting party will be asked to give the necessary report information outside of the residence. Officers have also been instructed NOT to enter residences on non-life-threatening medical calls unless requested to do so by responding medical personnel.

Huron Township Fire Personnel will begin following a recently updated Health Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) protocol as it relates to non-emergency medical responses that include patients screened positive for COVID-19. The protocol recommends that ONLY the transporting unit respond directly to the location of the call for service as long as the units estimated time of arrival is less than 30 minutes. Back-up paramedics and police units will also respond within close proximity to the call location so they can be activated to assist if needed but will not respond directly to the location. Again, this is for non-life-threatening medical calls ONLY. There is no change to the way emergency and life-threatening calls for service will be delivered. Patient care is always our number one priority.

Huron Township Dispatch Staff will ask the following questions on ALL incoming calls for service:

Does the patient have respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) or fever?
Has the patient traveled out of the country or been in close contact with a person known to have 2019-nCoV illness within the 14 days before symptom onset?

We realize that this may be inconvenient for callers, but the intent is to provide our first responders with all of the pertinent information that can be made available to assist them with responding in a safe manner.

I want to assure the community that your public safety team is committed to keeping the community informed, educated, and most importantly safe. We are meeting daily to discuss changes in this fluid and ever-changing situation. I also want to assure our residents and business owners that Huron Township First Responders are doing all we can to provide you with the quality of service we hope you have come to expect from us.

On a personal note, I want to ask the community to keep our local businesses in your thoughts and hope that we can all support them during this difficult time for them. I also want to thank the Summit Academy and Huron School Districts for donating cleaning and disinfecting supplies to our first responders at a time in which those supplies are scarce. As both your Director of Public Safety, as well as a resident of this community, I am extremely proud of the way Huron Township community has represented itself during these uncertain times. There is no doubt in my mind that we will get through this together, and when we do, we will be stronger and safer than ever before.

Lastly, I want to assure the public that every decision that we make is made with the safety of both our community as well as our first responders in mind. I respectfully ask residents who are unhappy with the way service is delivered during this difficult time to direct their frustration to me instead of the first responder staff. Decisions to change the delivery of service are made by me and the staff are just following my direction. I have not heard a single complaint from our first responder staff about their role in keeping the community safe during this period. I thank each of them and their families for unselfishly putting themselves on the front line. As always, I am happy to speak to any resident at any time. Your concerns, thoughts, and ideas are welcomed. Please feel free to contact me by email at erobbins@hurontwppd.us or by telephone at 734-753-4400.


Detroit man arrested for allegedly breaking into businesses in Huron TWP, Flat Rock


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

Published Friday, March 13, 2020

A 46-year-old Detroit man was arrested Friday after he allegedly broke into a gas station in Huron Township and a butcher shop in Flat Rock.

Huron Township Police responded to the Chapp Oil Company Sunoco station located at the corner of South Huron and Waltz Road for a burglary alarm just after 4 a.m.

On arrival, officers observed the front glass door of the business to be broken.

The Huron Township Detective Bureau and Evidence Technician Unit immediately responded to the location.

Surveillance video showed the suspect damage the glass and gain entry by using a hammer.

The suspect stole cigarettes and a cash drawer from the business.

Huron police then received information from the Flat Rock Police Department that they had a similar incident happen at a business in their city early Friday morning.

After investigating the break-in, the Huron Township Detective Bureau took the suspect into custody at his house in Detroit at 11:45 a.m. Friday.

The Michigan Department of Corrections Parole and the Gibraltar Police Department assisted during the arrest.

The suspect’s vehicle, as well as property stolen during the break-in, was recovered at the suspect’s residence.

He was interviewed by detectives and admitted to breaking into both businesses, said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“I am extremely pleased with the direction that this investigation took right from the onset. We used every resource available to us and are appreciative of the Michigan Department of Corrections Parole Division and the Gibraltar Police Department for their assistance with this investigation,” Robbins said.

The suspect’s identity is being withheld pending formal charges from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney.

He is being held in the Huron Township Police Department jail.

Robbins said that it’s possible the man may have committed a similar crime at a third business.

“We have information to believe that there may have been a third business victimized sometime within this time period. We would ask any jurisdiction that may have had a similar incident to reach out to us for more information.”


 

Man caught on camera breaking into Chapp Oil Co., Jim’s Butcher Shop early Friday morning

The man seen in this surveillance footage broke into at least two downriver area businesses early Friday morning. This screen shot shows the suspect that broke into Chapp Oil Company in Huron Township, and he is alleged to be connected to a break in at Jim’s Butcher Shop in Flat Rock on the same morning. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Lukosavich)


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

Published Friday, March 13, 2020

This story has been updated with arrest information at this link: https://wp.me/pMi3g-2Zf

Original post: 

A man was caught on surveillance camera early Friday morning after he broke into Chapp Oil Company, 37333 S. Huron Road in New Boston.

The same man is alleged to have also broke into Jim’s Butcher Shop, 28418 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock on the same morning.

The man’s face is on full display for all to see after taking no measures to hide his identity.

Both businesses posted the man’s photos on their Facebook pages Friday asking the public for help identifying the suspect.

“Please help us catch this person! Broke into our store this morning! He also hit several other local businesses! Please contact Huron Township Police dept,” a post shared by Chapp Oil Company said.

Anyone with information should contact the Huron Township Police Department at 734-753-4400.


 

Huron Township listed as the 22 safest city in Michigan, according to alarms.org


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

Published Friday, March 6, 2020

Huron Township was listed recently as the 22 safest city in Michigan, according to alarms.org, the official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

The website releases statistics about Michigan cities annually, allowing a year-by-year comparison of crimes in the community.

To identify the safest cities, the website says they reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics.

The list cited 34 violent crimes and 120 property crimes in Huron Township during the year that the data was recorded.

Those crime numbers are down from previous years’ records.

“These rankings are a great barometer of progress for not only our department, but for our community. Our first responders do a fantastic job of putting the safety of our residents above all else. Over the past several years, we have placed a huge emphasis on being highly visible throughout the community and using every resource we have available to hold those that break the law in Huron Township accountable. By continuing to work with our community
stakeholders, we expect to work our way up even higher in the rankings and focus on the quality of life issues that affect our residents,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Last year, Huron was 31 on the same list, and has never made the top 25 until this year.

Other Wayne County communities made the list, most notably Grosse Ile Township, which topped the list coming in at number one.

Trenton was also a top city for being safe, coming in at number 10.

Alarms.org says Michigan is at a unique crossroads when it comes to crime.

The website says the state has one of the top 15 highest violent crime rates in the U.S., yet its property crime rate is well below the national level.

Meanwhile, the state is home to some of the highest crime areas in the country, such as Flint and parts of Detroit, but also has numerous communities where crime is exceedingly scarce.

See a full list of Michigan’s safety’s cities, along with the crime statistics, by visiting this link.


 

Huron Township firefighters train vehicle extrication

A delicate approach is needed during extrication to minimize injury to the victim. Huron firefighters trained in these methods on Feb. 27. (Photos courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety)


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

Published Friday, March 6, 2020

The Huron Township Fire Department conducted vehicle extrication training on Feb. 27.

Vehicle extrication is the process of removing a vehicle from around a person who has been involved in a motor vehicle collision, when conventional means of exit are not possible.

A delicate approach is needed to minimize injury to the victim during the extrication.

“This training opportunity gave our staff the ability to familiarize themselves with the newer tools in a practical manner. They also were fortunate to train in a low stress environment, which allowed them the opportunity to try different techniques. Our goal was to make sure that the first time our firefighters use this equipment was not when time is critical for a resident following a serious vehicle crash,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

Vehicles donated by J&M Towing and Lyons Towing were used to provide firefighters with hands-on training.

“These kind of training opportunities do not come around very often and it was great to see so many of our guys go above and beyond and brave the cold windy evening to do this. I am proud to be a part of this great team that takes so much pride in protecting and serving our residents,” said Fire Chief Jamie Hinojosa.

During the training in the cold weather, Firefighter Deb Bowman provided fresh, warm, homemade cookies, hot coffee and hot coco to keep the team warm.

“Our firefighters braved the frigid weather making sure they were ready when needed. The teamwork displayed was terrific and they enjoyed learning together. The dedication of this group is incredible,” said Fire Deputy Chief Bill Metzger.


 

Huron Township police welcome new officer with local ties

On Wednesday, Robert Sullins, a lifelong Huron resident, was sworn in as a full time police officer by Clerk Jeremy Cady (Photos courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety)


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

Published Friday, March 6, 2020

Huron Township police welcomed a new officer to the ranks who has local ties.

On Wednesday, Robert Sullins, a lifelong Huron resident, was sworn in as a full time police officer by Clerk Jeremy Cady.

Sullins graduated from Huron High School in 2017 where he lettered in football and track.

Sullins previously worked with the Detroit Police Department as an officer after graduating  from their police academy in 2018.

He credits a Huron Township police officer for guiding him into a career in law enforcement.

“One day I was playing basketball at the park as a teenager and for no particular reason, a Huron Township Police Officer stopped to play basketball with us,” Sullins said. “I don’t remember who it was, but I remember the positive interaction we all had with him and I decided then that I wanted to be a police officer here someday. I hope that I can have the same positive influence in the community that he had with me. I am very proud and thankful to have the opportunity to work in the place that has always been home.”

Sullins thanked his mother and father, along with his grandparents, for their support, and he said he would not have been able to achieve this goal without them.

“Officer Sullins has deep roots in the Huron Township community. Throughout the hiring process, Robert’s passion for this community was evident. I am confident that we have gained a quality officer who will work hard every day to meet our department’s core values,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “It is always a positive thing when you have the ability to hire an officer who has been in the community that he will serve for his entire life. The relationships, friendships and reputation that he has built in our community will be an asset to us all. I look forward to watching him grow as a police officer and see where his career will take him.”