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Rockwood man dies in fatal car crash inside Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery

Huron Hub file photo

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

Posted May 25, 2022

A 39-year-old man from Rockwood died Tuesday afternoon in a fatal single car crash that occurred inside Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery.

Police say an employee at the cemetery pulled the driver from the car moments after the crash and before the car became engulfed in flames, but the driver died due to injuries sustained in the crash.

At 4:17 p.m., Huron Township police and fire units responded to the cemetery located at 32163 W. Huron River Drive for a vehicle crash within the cemetery.

Police say a caller reported witnessing a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed and then collide with a structure within the cemetery.

The driver was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and no other information is available at this time.

“A Michigan Memorial employee witnessed the crash and immediately observed the vehicle to be ready to catch fire. That employee quickly removed the driver from the vehicle just prior to the vehicle catching fire and burning extensively. Unfortunately, despite everyone’s quick efforts and response, the driver passed away at the scene. Our prayers go out to his family,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.


Taylor teen facing weapons, drug charges after being caught with items at Summit Academy North High School

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Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | May 19, 2022

A Taylor teen is facing weapons and drug charges after being caught with the items at Summit Academy North High School on Tuesday.

Ra’Kai Joshua Edmonds, 18, is facing felony firearms charges after bringing an airsoft gun to the school, causing a lockdown and police search.

Police say Edmonds was also in possession of marijuana and a knife.

He is charged with possession of marijuana on school property; weapons -felony firearm – pneumatic gun; and weapon-free schools – possessing weapon.

He was arraigned and is being held at the Wayne County Jail in adult custody on a
$20,000/10% bond.

Summit Academy North High School is within Huron Township’s jurisdiction.

Ra’Kai Joshua Edmonds police booking photo.

Suspicious package causes lockdown at Summit Academy North High School; student in custody

Posted by The Huron Hub | May 17, 2022 — 12:03 PM EST

A suspicious package caused a lockdown at Summit Academy North High School on Tuesday morning, and one student is in custody, WDIV News is reporting.

Police did not provide details about the contents of the package and said it is still being investigated.

Huron Township Police Chief Everette Robbins told WDIV a high school student was taken into custody as a person of interest in the investigation.

Students were held in place while police investigated and are expected to be released later today and classes will continue.

Police said students were not in danger during the incident.

Summit Academy High School is within Huron Township’s jurisdiction.

Check back with The Huron Hub for updates on this developing story.


Huron Township police nab cement truck driver illegally passing school bus

Police were intentionally following a local school bus at 6:47 a.m. Thursday morning when a cement hauler completely ignored the red stop lights on the bus.

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

Posted May 13, 2022

Huron Township police caught a cement truck driver illegally passing a stopped school bus Thursday morning.

Police were intentionally following a local school bus at 6:47 a.m. Thursday morning when a cement hauler completely ignored the red stop lights on the bus.

Here is police dash cam video of the incident that the department posted to social media:

Police say the driver of the truck was cited and company they work for was contacted.

“Our department has received calls from understandably upset parents who witnessed a concrete truck completely disregard the emergency lighting,” the post said.

“As you can see in the video below, a Traffic Services Officer was present, conducted a traffic stop, and issued a citation to the driver. The company management was notified and is taking the appropriate action against the driver.”


Huron Township Fire Department can install free smoke detectors for local residents

Posted by The Huron Hub | May 2, 2022

The Huron Township Fire Department is participating in a grant-funded initiative through MI Prevention that provides free smoke detectors to any owner/occupants (no rental properties) in Huron Township.

Huron Township Firefighters must do the installation and provide a free fire safety inspection for every resident.

Residents are encouraged to contact any of the staff members listed below to schedule an installation.

“We are always looking for opportunities to get our first responders into the community as a way to have direct interaction with our residents. In this case, we get to work hand in hand with homeowners to make sure homes within our community are a safer place for families. We have limited supplies, so I would encourage interested residents to make their appointment as soon as possible,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Requirements:
Must be an owner-occupied residence, not rental
Must be installed by Fire Department personnel
Must document installation with State of Michigan
Must discuss Home Fire Safety Checklist with residents

Procedure: Meet the above requirements set by MI Prevention
Contact Huron Township Fire Department to schedule
Allow Fire Department personnel access to install equipment
Feel comfortable knowing that you have protected your family

Contact Information:
Deputy Fire Chief Bill Metzger: bmetzger@hurontwpfd.us

Fire/Medic Willow Smith: wsmith@hurontwpfd.us


Renton Junior High student taken into police custody Monday for alleged shooting threat

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

Posted April 11, 2022

A 12-year-old student at Renton Junior High School in New Boston was taken into custody Monday for an alleged school shooting threat.

According to a statement from Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, at 10:15 a.m. Monday, a student reported to a teacher that he received a prank call while at home at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday night.

The student reported that the caller made a comment about “shooting up the school” while on the phone.

The student also stated that the person called back shortly after, saying that the previous call was all a prank.

Rowe said as soon as this was reported, school officials notified the school resource officer, and the alleged caller was immediately brought to the office, her locker was searched, and her belongings were searched.

The alleged caller admitted to making the call, and she stated that it was a joke.

Police say the student’s parents were notified, and the investigation is ongoing.

The case will be sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for prosecutorial review and the possibility of charges. The juvenile will be held in custody pending that review.

“Unfortunately, the statement and quotes we make are the same as always. I am honestly unsure how the message has not gotten out to all students that this behavior and threats of this type are unacceptable and is not funny under any circumstance,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“We have worked hard to have a strong visible presence in and around our schools in an effort to make parents and students feel safe. We will continue that presence. This investigation resulted in a quick resolution due to the staff at Huron High School and we thank them for their quick response and assistance. We will continue to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding threats of any kind to our schools and our students, period. Once again, we ask parents to have this discussion with your children at home tonight. We all want the same thing for our children, a safe and comfortable learning environment within our great school districts,” he said.


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Man allegedly beaten by biker group at Carleton bar after accidentally bumping into member

Carleton police are asking the public’s help identifying the people of interest in the attached photograph. Photo courtesy of Carlton Police.

Posted by The Huron Hub | April 4, 2022

Updated: Carleton Police say they have identified all of the suspects in the photo, according to a social media post made by the department.

On April 2, Carleton Police were called to the Wolf’s Den Bar located in the 1400 block of Monroe in downtown Carleton on a report of several men assaulting one victim.

According to witnesses, the victim was exiting the bar through the front door and accidentally bumped into another customer who was a biker wearing Iron Coffins colors and multiple bikers started yelling at him.

The victim decided to leave through a side door and began walking away from several members of the Iron Coffins M.C, who came after the victim.

The victim was able to fend off the first attacker and attempted to fend off the second attacker when several more club members joined in.

The victim is a 35-year-old Carleton man that suffers from seizures as well as receiving 28 staples to close the head wound received from the assault.

Carleton police are asking the public’s help identifying the people of interest in the attached photograph.

If you have any information about this incident or can identify anyone in the picture, please call Carleton Police at 734-654-6717.


Huron Township man charged in fatal shooting of girlfriend

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

Posted March 3, 2022

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Nathan Jordan-Donald Barks, 30, of Huron Township, in connection with the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Dawn Sinkey, 36, also of Huron Township.

On Feb. 27 at 1:15 p.m., Huron Township police responded to a 911 call at a house in the 27430 block of Bordeau Street in the Huron Estates mobile home community.

Upon their arrival, officers located the victim with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Medics arrived on scene and transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Nathan Jordan-Donald Barks

It is alleged that an argument between the defendant and the victim escalated, and Barks fired a handgun, fatally wounding Sinkey, before fleeing the scene.

Barks has been charged with one count of second-segree murder, one count of felon in possession, and two counts of felony firearm.

He is expected to be arraigned this morning in 34th District Court.


Man arrested in connection with fatal shooting in Huron Estates mobile home community


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

Posted March 1, 2022, Updated

A 30-year-old Huron Township man was arrested Sunday in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred in the Huron Estates mobile home community.

At 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, first responders were called to the 27000 block of Bordeau in the mobile home community on a report of a shooting.

Huron Township police and fire units responded within five minutes of being dispatched.

Upon arrival, first responders located a 36-year-old woman from Huron Township who had sustained a gun shot wound.

She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. Following an autopsy, the death was ruled a homicide by the Wayne County medical examiner.

Police said the home was secured for several hours, and the immediate area was blocked off pending further investigation.

The Huron Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Evidence Technician Unit responded to conduct the death investigation.

The Michigan State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit was also contacted to assist with the crime scene investigation.

The shooting was not a random act and local residents were never deemed to be in danger following the shooting, police said.

The suspect is currently being held in custody pending formal charges from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

“Our Detective Bureau, in partnership with patrol and command staff, has conducted a methodical and thorough investigation over the past several days and have worked non-stop to ensure no available detail was missed. Every investigative tool available to us was utilized. The investigation is still ongoing and no other information will be released until a charging decision is made by the Prosecuting Attorney’s office,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Check back with The Huron Hub for more information when it becomes available.