Category Archives: Police & Fire

Donate to Huron Township Department of Public Safety’s ‘Shop with a Hero’ event

(Image courtesy of Huron Public Safety)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety launched a GoFundMe page Monday in support of their annual “Shop with a Hero” event.

Here is a link to the GoFundMe page

Related: Police to sport beards for charity during No-Shave November; residents can grow beards to support fire department

Below is a message from the department about the event:

The Huron Township Police Department would like to once again work with deserving children this holiday season with our 6th annual “Shop with a Hero” event.

Last year, we were able to provide a Christmas for six Huron Township children and multiple other well-deserving families. It was and is truly the best day of the year. Huron Township First Responders, members of the community, Huron School District staff and their families volunteered their time to make this happen. Our goal is to make this the best Christmas for children that other wise may not have one.

After seeing our event the last five years, many residents asked us how they could donate to this wonderful cause. We decided to ask our community partners once again for help in this project. Anything will help. We can assure you that every dollar will go towards Huron Township Children and receipts will be maintained.

In 2016, the Huron Township Fire Department joined in this great event, essentially making this a night to “shop with a hero.” We are proud that they will be joining this effort once again.

The goal is to make this happen, not just from the Police and Fire Departments, but from this great community! If we are lucky enough to surpass our goal, the Huron Township Police Department will gladly use extra money help other families in other ways in our community. In that instance as well, all expenditures will be publicly revealed.

Based on the generosity of our residents, we were able to help many more people last year during the holiday season than ever before.

Video from last year’s event:


 

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Police investigating social media threat allegedly made against Huron Schools


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

Posted Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

Police are investigating a social media threat that was reportedly made against Huron Schools and brought to the attention of school officials and law enforcement late Thursday evening.

“We are taking this seriously,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Also see: Social media post prompts increased police presence at Huron Schools Friday

An email sent to families in the school district from Supt. Donovan Rowe stated that the threat referred to a gun and mentioned “Huron Schools.”

Robbins said that there is no one in custody for making the threat at this point, but that the police department’s forensics unit and detective bureau are working the investigation.

“Investigators have not located any corroborating evidence to lend credibility to the threat, however, the investigation is ongoing and we are taking this seriously,” Robbins said.

Robbins said there will be extra police at each school district building on Friday.

Anyone with information related to the social media post should contact Huron Township Police at 734-753-4400.


 

Social media post prompts increased police presence at Huron Schools Friday


Posted by The Huron Hub on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 — 7:30 AM EST

A social media post referencing a gun and the Huron School District was reported to school and police officials late Thursday evening, prompting an increased police presence in schools on Friday.

“This evening, school officials were made aware of a social media post referring to ‘Huron Schools’ and making reference to a ‘gun.’ The social media post was reported to the Huron Township Police Department, and the district is working closely with the HTPD to uncover the origins of the post,” said Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron Schools, in an email sent to families in the district late Thursday evening.

“Although the police do not believe that the post poses a threat to student safety, we have arranged for an increased police presence in the schools tomorrow morning.  As always, student safety is our primary concern.  We will continue to work closely with law enforcement to ensure the safety of our students.”

Anyone with information related to the social media post should contact Huron Township Police at 734-753-4400.


Police find AR-15 rifle, bulletproof vest in truck after speeding driver evades police on I-275


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

Posted Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

A 21-year-old Detroit man was arrested Saturday after he evaded police during a two-mile-long chase, after which police found an AR-15 rifle, ammunition, and a bulletproof vest in his truck.

At 10:50 a.m., police running radar patrol on I-275 south near Sibley Road observed a silver Dodge pickup truck traveling southbound in the center lane at a high rate of speed while passing other vehicles.

The officer’s radar clocked the driver’s speed at 100 mph.

When the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, he observed the truck attempt to evade him while he was traveling in the left lane on the freeway.

The driver then cut across all three lanes of traffic and exited at South Huron Road.

The driver exited the freeway at speeds over 70 mph, running the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp and turning left, going back over the bridge toward the Metropark and northbound I-275 entrance ramp.

The officer then observed the vehicle turn left onto the northbound I-275 entrance ramp at a high rate of speed and head north on I-275.

The officer continued the pursuit on northbound I-275 when he observed the truck pull over onto the right shoulder just north of the Sibley Road overpass.

While pursuing the driver, the vehicles reached speeds of 90-100 mph for a total of two miles.

Once the vehicle was stopped and the suspect was taken into custody, officers found a black AR-15 rifle under the driver’s side rear seat that was not in a case.

Michigan law states rifles and other firearms must be unloaded in both barrel and magazine and enclosed in a case or carried in the trunk of a vehicle.

If you have a CPL, then you can carry a loaded pistol inside the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle.

A search of the vehicle also revealed an AR-15 magazine with rounds loaded into the clip along with a box of ammunition in the driver side door pocket.

Also recovered under the rear seat next to the rifle was a black colored ballistic bulletproof vest.

“While we will may never know this person’s true intentions or what type of crime was averted, it is clear that this is the positive effect that proactive policing can have on a community. This officer’s proactive traffic enforcement resulted in the seizure of a dangerous weapon and a bulletproof vest,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

The Detective Bureau, Traffic Services Unit and K9 Unit assisted in the investigation, Robbins said.

Felony charges were submitted to the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the investigation is ongoing.

Article updated


 

Michigan State Police accepting unwanted pills during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday

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

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2019

In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic that’s affecting nearly all corners of the U.S., Michigan State Police are asking residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted pills during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26

“This is something every Michigan resident can do to make sure unused prescription drugs don’t end up in the wrong hands. Even one pill makes a difference,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police. “Take a few moments to check your home and get rid of these medications. Opioid and prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses are real. Help us fight this crisis.”

MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday by serving as drop-off points.

All collected pills will be destroyed, with no questions asked, MSP said.

Liquids, inhalers, patches and syringes cannot be accepted.

To view a list of MSP Posts, visit this link.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year in April and October.

During the April 2019 effort, MSP posts collected 1,184 pounds of prescription drugs, according to MSP.

Anyone who is unable to participate on Saturday can anonymously give their unwanted prescription drugs to any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Additionally, disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose environmental and health hazards.

For more information about opioids and the additional steps residents can take to protect themselves and loved ones, visit michigan.gov/opioids.

Related: State Police create new investigative unit focusing on illegally prescribed opioids


 

Michigan State Police ‘Click It or Ticket’ initiative starts today


Posted Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019


Autumn in Michigan includes tailgates and bonfires, along with Halloween parties. Officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police want to remind people to enjoy these activities and make safe driving choices this month as seat belt enforcement steps up across the state during the two-week Click It or Ticket campaign Oct. 17-31.

In Michigan, 192 people killed in traffic crashes during 2018 were not wearing a seat belt. October is the second deadliest month, behind only July, for fatalities of those unrestrained in a passenger vehicle in Michigan between 2013 and 2017.  

“Wearing a seat belt is the simplest thing you can do to save lives and reduce injuries in a crash,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “When you’re out enjoying fall in Michigan it’s important to remember to buckle up – every trip, every time, every passenger.”

Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up.  The fine and associated costs for not wearing a seat belt is $65.  Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4’9” tall, and children under 4 years old must be in the back seat.

In Michigan, the seat belt usage rate stands at 94.4 percent. The national seat belt use rate in 2018 was 89.6 percent.

The OHSP coordinates the Click It or Ticket effort which is supported by federal traffic safety funds. 

Source: Michigan State Police


3 drivers ticketed recently for failing to stop for school buses in Huron Township


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

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

Three drivers were cited recently in Huron Township for failing to stop for school buses.

The drivers were cited within the last week and were from Carleton, Newport, and Lincoln Park.

One driver was also cited for having no proof of insurance.

The fine for failing to stop for a school bus is $195 in addition to 3 points on a person’s driving record.

Both marked and unmarked Huron Township police vehicles have been randomly following school buses as they pick up students recently.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety, says policing bus stops will be a continued effort in the township.

“We will continue to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding this issue. Make no mistake, if you
disregard the signals and fail to stop and hurt one of our children, we will to see to it that you face the maximum penalties allowed by law,” he said.

Tips from the director of public safety regarding bus 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 have been seen crossing 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.

Here is some other noteworthy information about school bus safety from the Michigan State Police. View the info here.