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Huron Township police conduct school bus route patrols on Wednesday


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

Published Jan. 22, 2020

Huron Township police conducted a special patrol of Huron School District bus routes on Wednesday that aimed to enforce stopped school bus laws.

The operation was organized by the Traffic Services Unit, which included several plain clothes officers on multiple buses, several unmarked police vehicles, following multiple buses, and fully marked patrol vehicles assigned to initiate traffic stops on offenders.

High school, middle school, and elementary bus routes were targeted and enforced.

No drivers were cited during Wednesday’s operation.

In December, one driver was ticketed during a similar operation by police.

In October, three drivers were ticketed during a patrol of school bus routes that month.

“Below are some tips for parents that we hope will be helpful,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

● 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.

Michigan’s stopped school bus law can be viewed here.


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Runaway teen found safe (update)

Caden Ritter

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

Posted Jan. 13, 2020 — 4:45 PM EST

Updated Jan. 17, 2020: Huron Township police confirmed they have located Caden Ritter and that he is safe.

Original posting:

Huron Township police are seeking the location of a teen who was reported as running away from his house.

Police say Caden Ritter, 15, left his house in the 19200 block of Schultz Road in Huron Township.

Ritter is 6-feet-tall and weighs 250 pounds with dark hair that is possibly worn in a bun.

He was last seen wearing black sweatpants and a black hoodie, and was possibly not wearing shoes when he left his house.

Ritter might be riding on a grey mountain bike and could possibly be with an older man in the Wyandotte area.

“We are asking the public for help in locating this individual. Our only goal is to return him safely to his family. Any information would be greatly appreciated,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Anyone with information on Ritter’s whereabouts should call the Huron Township Police Department at 734-753-4400.


 

Metzger appointed as deputy fire chief in Huron Township

Bill Metzger (center) was appointed as deputy fire chief in Huron Township. He was sworn in during the Jan. 9 board meeting. Standing with Metzger is Fire Chief James Hinojosa (left) and Public Safety Director Everette Robbins. (Photos courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety)


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

Posted Jan. 10, 2020

Bill Metzger was appointed as deputy fire chief during the Jan. 9 Board of Trustees meeting.

Metzger is currently a lieutenant in the Huron Township Fire Department, and he will be replacing current Deputy Chief James Katona.

Katona was recently appointed as fire chief in Flat Rock, but he will stay in Huron Township as an on-call firefighter.

“Deputy Chief Katona has been instrumental to the great strides we have taken recently in all aspects in how we deliver fire service to our residents,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “His unselfish and forward-thinking leadership will be greatly missed. While we hate to lose him, I am proud of the reflection that he will be on our community as he serves the residents of Flat Rock. Chief Hinojosa and I cannot thank him enough for not only all that he has done for public safety in Huron Township, but for his friendship and professionalism.”

Metzger began his firefighting career with the Rockwood Fire Department in 1998 as an EMT and paramedic, and was promoted during his tenure there to sergeant.

He joined Huron’s crew in March 2004, becoming the department’s sixth full time medic.

He was eventually promoted to captain, until his departure from full-time status with the department in 2015 due to staff reduction.

He remained in Huron as a part-time medic and also worked as the department’s mechanic until he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant by Fire Chief James Hinojosa in 2016.

“We expect the transition to be a smooth process. By promoting Deputy Chief Metzger now, he will have the ability to work directly with Deputy Chief Katona. We have several current internal projects within our fire department, and I couldn’t be happier with the present and future leadership who continue to improve the quality of service being delivered to our residents,” Robbins said. “Metzger has shown incredible dedication to the Huron Township Fire Department and our community. His positive attitude is contagious, and he is well-respected by everyone that work’s with him. I am confident he will be a great leader who rolls up his sleeves leads by example.”

During the board meeting, Metzger’s bugles were presented to him by his children, Alaina and Gavin.

“I asked Deputy Chief Metzger what his biggest accomplishment was. Without hesitation, he told me that it was his children Alaina and Gavin. It was very fitting that they were the ones to pin his bugles on for the first time,” Robbins said.


 

BIGGBY COFFEE offering up free cup of joe to all law enforcement officers today


Posted by The Huron Hub on Jan. 9, 2020

On Jan. 9, BIGGBY® COFFEE is brewing up something special for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Across the nation, law enforcement officers, retired and active, will get a free 16oz beverage of their choice on us.

BIGGBY® COFFEE believes everyone deserves to build a life they love. Through community service, friendly coffee shops, and encouraging fundraising in their coffee shops, BIGGBY® COFFEE knows that building lives we love would not be possible without the sacrifices of our men and women in law enforcement.

That’s why this National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, BIGGBY® COFFEE is brewing up a special “thank you” for all law enforcement. As a way to say thank you for serving us, BIGGBY® COFFEE is serving all active and retired law enforcement one free 16oz beverage on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Thursday, January 9, at all participating BIGGBY® COFFEE across the nation. All you need to do is show a valid ID, and your drink is on us.

While it may be a small token of thanks, we hope that our nation’s active and retired law enforcement officers feel a little bit of love from BIGGYB® COFFEE as we strive to brew love into each cup we hand out.

Raise your lattes with BIGGBY® COFFEE on Jan. 9 as we say thank you to the unsung heroes of all of our communities.

Source: Biggby Coffee


 

Huron Township Police make several impaired driving arrests on New Year’s Eve


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

Posted Jan. 2, 2020

Huron Township Police made several impaired driving related arrests on New Year’s Eve.

The department’s Traffic Services Unit conducted a proactive operation specifically targeting impaired drivers during the holiday.

33 drivers were pulled over during the operation.

One driver was arrested for drunken driving, and another driver was arrested for drunken driving after causing a single vehicle crash.

One driver was charged with child endangerment related to impaired driving.

One arrest was made for open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, and another driver was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

“Nationally, New Year’s Eve is one of the deadliest days of the year as it relates to vehicle crashes involving impaired drivers. We remain committed to being proactive in our community,” said Everette Robbins, Huron director of public safety.

In 2018, one person was killed every 50 minutes by a drunk driver on our nation’s roads, according to the Office of Highway Safety Planning.

During last year’s Christmas holiday, there were 13 fatal crashes in Michigan, with nine crashes involving alcohol.

Over the New Year’s holiday last year, there were nine fatal crashes, with one crash involving alcohol.


 

Community pulls together to get new roof installed on Huron resident’s house

The holidays are much brighter for a Huron resident who badly needed a new roof on her house. Jay Sea Construction of Rockwood stepped up and offered to install a new roof on the resident’s house. Huron Public Safety donated funds from their holiday charity drive, ABC Supply in Taylor offered materials, and Waste Management supplied a dumpster for the project. (Photo courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety)

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

Posted Dec. 27, 2019 — 11:00 AM EST

The holiday season is much brighter for a Huron Township resident after the community and small businesses came together to install a new roof on her house.

Huron resident Wendy Kittle, who recently lost her husband and is scheduled to have heart surgery soon, was living with a roof that was caved in and had serious water damage.

A few weeks ago, the Huron Township Department of Public Safety posted on their social media page that they needed some assistance in helping Kittle get a new roof after a tip from the community informed them about her situation.

Jay Sea Construction of Rockwood stepped up and offered to install a new roof for Kittle.

ABC Supply Co. in Taylor donated supplies, and Huron Public Safety donated $1,000 from their annual holiday charity drive.

In addition, Waste Management supplied a dumpster to the project.

Check out this WDIV report about the new roof project

Check out this Facebook post from the Department of Public Safety: 


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1 driver ticketed for illegally passing school bus in Huron Township during police operation


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

Posted Dec. 23, 2019 —  9:15 AM EST

One driver was ticketed for illegally passing a school bus in Huron Township on Dec. 19.

The Huron Township Police Department conducted a proactive school bus detail that day, resulting in one driver being cited.

The special detail included several plain clothes officers on multiple buses, 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 enforced during the police operation.


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