Category Archives: Police & Fire

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.

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Student admits to writing bomb threats on bathroom walls in Huron High School

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

Posted Feb. 24, 2022

A 14-year-old student at Huron High School in New Boston admitted to writing bomb threats on multiple bathroom walls in the school on Thursday.

According to police, the Huron Township school resource officer and high school administration investigated the threats made Thursday, and soon after police took the student into custody.

Police said the student admitted to writing the threats.

The student’s locker and belongings were searched, and no weapons were located.

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

The case will be sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible charges.

The student 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,” 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.”

Police and the schools will continue to have a zero-tolerance policy for threats.

“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.”

Superintendent Donovan Rowe made a statement regarding the threat on Thursday:

Graffiti was found drawn on a bathroom wall in the high school that caused concern for our team. As a result, our team worked with the Huron Township Police Department to watch video and determine who drew the graffiti on the wall.

Following the investigation, we were able to determine who drew the graffiti, and the individual is being disciplined in accordance with the Huron School District Code of Conduct and in cooperation with the Huron Township Police Department.

Due to the significant community impact that these types of incidents can have, we are asking for parents and educators to help us in communicating to our students the severe impact these “pranks” can have on students, parents, and staff. Please talk to your son or daughter, stressing the importance and potential impact that their language can have on the school community, whether that is in the form of a verbal statement, note, graffiti, or social media post. Please take time to reinforce that jokes about threats, inappropriate graffiti, and/or threatening language of any kind in a school setting is not funny and will be taken seriously by school officials and law enforcement.

Student safety is our primary concern, and we will continue to work closely with the HTPD to keep our schools safe. It is unfortunate that, like many other school districts, we found ourselves dealing with inappropriate graffiti. Nevertheless, I want to thank you for your patience and trust in our process as we continue to work to keep our students safe.

We have wonderful families in Huron, with great kids. If we all work together, we can help keep our kids safe. I appreciate your support in this area.


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Police conduct proactive canine search of Huron High School on Wednesday

Huron Township canine unit (courtesy photo)

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

Posted Feb. 23, 2022

Huron Township Police and Wayne County Sheriff’s Canine Unit conducted a proactive search within Huron High School in New Boston on Wednesday morning.

According to police, school administration was not made aware of the planned search until this morning.

The search was not in response to any particular incident or ongoing problem within the schools, police said.

The search was focused on the lockers, and students were not searched.

During the search, an announcement was sent out to high school parents by Principal Megan O’Brien, advising them of the search.

Principal O’Brien also made an announcement over the PA system for teachers to conduct a lock down of the school.

Police say this was done to ensure that students would not exit their classroom, and to check the thoroughness of the high school safety protocol in the event of a critical incident

All student restrooms, the athlete bag room, and locker rooms were searched during the operation.

Upon completion of the sweep, there were several lockers that were alerted by the canines.

A search of each locker was conducted by school staff and nothing illegal was located.

In addition to the sweep for illegal narcotics, two canines certified in locating explosives also participated in the search.

“Our goal, as always, is to be proactive rather than reactive in an effort to keep our students safe,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“A lot of credit should go to the Superintendent, School Board, Principals, Athletic Director, Teachers, Secretaries, and all other staff that work in the Huron School District. Together, they do all they can to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students.”


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‘Oily substance’ found in Huron River in Flat Rock; Huroc Park closed as precaution Tuesday

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022 — 3:00 p.m. EST

The City of Flat Rock said Tuesday that an oily substance was found floating in the Huron River within the city on Monday evening.

As a precaution, several local and state authorities have responded to the scene to begin cleanup efforts and investigate the substance.

Additionally, Huroc Park is closed as of Tuesday, Feb. 22 as a precaution.

Below is the full statement from the Mayor of Flat Rock released Tuesday afternoon.

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Crime is down in Huron Township, according to annual report from Public Safety Department

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety

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

Posted Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022

Crime is down in Huron Township, according to an annual report released by the Huron Township Department of Public Safety.

The report says that police responded to 26,792 calls for service in 2021, a decrease of 0.423% from the previous year.

Crime is broken down into three categories, and all three saw a decline.

See below:

A screen shot from the report shows a decrease in overall crimes in Huron Township.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety, wrote a message to the community at the beginning of the report.

In the message, Robbins lays out some of the challenges that law enforcement officers have faced recently, and updated the community on various positive changes made within the department as of late.

Below is a portion of the message:

“As we closed out 2021, looked forward to a better 2022, and continued to wrestle with the reality of COVID-19’s long-lasting impact, we have learned that humanity can rise above. Resilience is everywhere. Last year was especially tough on Law Enforcement with 530 officers killed in the line of duty. Nationally, the value of policing has been routinely challenged, and the entire law enforcement profession has been vilified, mocked, and attacked. Strong relationships of mutual trust between police agencies and the communities they serve are critical to maintaining public safety and effective policing. Every day I truly wake up thankful to have an opportunity to work and live in a community that is incredibly committed to supporting OUR first responders!” the letter to the community said.

It continues: “True leadership comes from the top of any successful organization. With that in mind, I must thank the Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer, and the Board of Trustees for their unwavering support of public safety. I must also thank my hard working, professional, and dedicated command staff who each stand by my side every step of the way. Over the past several years, we have seen some remarkable changes and accomplishments within the public safety departments. Most importantly, we have made some great strides in building a strong relationship within our community and hope to see our community partnerships continue to grow. Relationship building is one of our most important fundamental principles and is something that we can all participate in to eliminate the negativity and deficiencies that impacts all of us. Initiatives such as the Citizen Police Academy, Public Safety Explorer Program and Shop with a Hero are great examples of things that we can accomplish when we all work together.

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety embraces a community-based problem-oriented, data- driven policing strategy that emphasizes the use of problem-solving and community policing techniques and a reliance on data to identify threats, measure the results of our interventions, and to hold ourselves accountable; to each other and the community.”

You can view the entire messege from the public safety director, as well as the entire 2021 report, by clicking on this link.


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Michigan State Police urge residents to prepare for hazardous winter weather

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Feb. 16, 2022

Michigan State Police are encouraging residents and visitors to prepare for a mix of winter weather expected to affect the southern Lower Peninsula Wednesday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 18, that could lead to dangerous driving conditions.

The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rain Wednesday that could lead to ice jams and possible flooding. As the rain changes over to snow Thursday, expect freezing rain, sleet and then snow. The most heavily impacted areas could see a tenth of an inch of ice, as well as 6 inches or more of sleet and snow.

“This is the second round of severe winter weather just this month for the southern part of our state and we want to thank first responders and road crews for their continued efforts to keep us safe,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “With multiple types of precipitation expected, every Michigander should take precautions on the road and check the forecast before they head out the door. We know how to deal with winter weather. We will get through these next few days together.” 

“This storm has the potential for multiple different hazards, with rain, sleet and snow in the forecast,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP. “Michiganders need to prepare for quickly-changing road conditions over the next few days and potentially dangerous conditions throughout the day Thursday.”

Driving tips during heavy rain:

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Remember: Turn around, don’t drown.
  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Driving tips during winter weather:

  • Check the weather before leaving for a destination. If the weather forecast looks dangerous, reschedule or postpone the driving trip, if possible.
  • DO NOT crowd snowplows. Give snowplow drivers plenty of room to clear snow from the roads.
  • Keep tires at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure and routinely check tire pressure during cold weather. 
  • Make sure the windshield solvent reservoir is full and check the condition of all wiper blades and replace when necessary. 
  • Wash your vehicle for better visibility to other drivers. Remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and license plate before driving. 
  • Periodically check all lights and replace when necessary. 
  • Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle stocked with batteries, battery powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight, windshield scraper, jumper cables, shovel, blankets, first aid kit, non-perishable food and bottled water in the event you get stranded or stuck.

For more information about how to stay safe during winter weather, take a look at the MDHHS Cold Health and Safety Fact Sheet. For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit www.michigan.gov/miready or follow MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.


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2 dead after wrong-way driver causes head on crash on I-275 and S. Huron River Drive Friday night

Posted by The Huron Hub | Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, Article Updated

Two are dead after a wrong-way driver caused a head on crash late Friday night on I-275 near South Huron River Drive.

Michigan State Police released a series of tweets with details about the incident on Saturday.

The tweets from MSP say the crash happened at 11:55 p.m. Friday night.

Police received a 911 call regarding a wrong way driver on I-275 in Romulus heading northbound in the southbound lanes.

MSP and Romulus police started looking for the driver.

Not long after, police received a 911 call reporting a head on collision near South Huron River Drive.

Below is the full statement from MSP, and the only details released at this time:

This article has been updated


Romulus Fire Department secures health equipment donation from Beaumont Hospital, Wayne

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Feb. 1, 2022

The City of Romulus Fire Department received a donation recently from Beaumont Hospital, Wayne in the form of a LUCAS chest compression unit, with accompanying charger, battery and power supply, which has an approximate value of $15,000.

This equipment will allow the Romulus Fire Department to provide consistent, quality chest compressions during resuscitation attempts, improving patient outcome as much as possible before arriving to the emergency room.

“The Romulus Fire Department is pleased to partner with Beaumont, Wayne, and this most recent donation of the LUCAS chest compression unit will better support us in our mission to save lives and serve the community,” said Chief Kevin Krause, director or fire services and emergency management for the City of Romulus. “Today’s announcement is another step in our continuing efforts to prioritize bringing life-saving technology and equipment to the city.”

The LUCAS chest compression kit can benefit any patient but is most frequently used in cardiac arrest emergencies. The equipment allows first responders to keep patients in better condition, for longer periods of time, while in transit to the hospital. 

“It is important to support our community partners and strengthen the capabilities of our incredible first responders,” said Jeffrey Chicoine, regional community affairs manager for Beaumont Health. “We want to do everything we can to improve patient outcomes, especially in these challenging times.” 

Kristine Donahue, chief operating officer of Beaumont, Wayne, highlighted the importance of collaboration between the hospital and the fire department. 

“Providing this life-saving equipment to our partners at the Romulus Fire Department is just one small gesture to acknowledge their continued support of the Beaumont Hospital, Wayne campus,” she added. “We are grateful this equipment will enhance the care they provide to the community.” 

The City of Romulus Fire Department averages 15 calls a day, roughly 80% of which require Emergency Medical Services (EMS) support. The department recently obtained its Advanced Life Support (ALS) certification, giving Romulus firefighters the ability to treat patients on the scene and transport them directly to the hospital instead of waiting for EMS support to arrive. This reduces the number of emergency vehicles on the road and improves patient outcomes. The LUCAS equipment will provide firefighters additional support when working to improve patient outcomes, as it offers better results than basic CPR. 

To learn more about the City of Romulus Fire Department, please visit romulusgov.com/.


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Huron High School student arrested for claiming to have loaded weapon in backpack

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

Posted Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

A 17-year-old student at Huron High School in New Boston was arrested Friday after they allegedly told classmates that they had a loaded weapon in their backpack.

Police responded to the high school Friday afternoon on a report of a threat made.

The Huron Township police school resource officer assigned to the Huron School District was immediately at the school.

The Detective Bureau, Evidence Technician Team, Traffic Services Unit, Command Staff, Community Policing Officers, and on-duty patrol staff responded to assist with the investigation.

Police say multiple students reported that the suspect approached them and said that they had a loaded weapon in their backpack.

The suspect then made a direct threat to a classmate, according to police.

Police, with the help of school administrators located and took the suspect into custody.

A search of the student, backpack, and the student’s locker was conducted and no weapon was located, police said.

The student is currently at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center pending charges.

The investigation will be sent to the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

“We will always err on the side of caution and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students. We are fortunate to work with our local school administrations that share that same goal. It is unfortunate that some students still haven’t figured out that threatening statements will not be taken as a joke and will ultimately get them taken into custody and charged,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“I would ask parents to once again talk to their students tonight and reinforce that these threats are unacceptable. Interrupting the learning process is not funny and they will be held accountable,” Robbins said.

Huron School District released a statement regarding the incident on Friday.

“Later this afternoon, a student reported that they overheard another student at H.H.S. state that they had a weapon in their backpack. H.H.S. Administration and the Huron Township Police Department immediately investigated this matter and determined that there was no weapon on campus. The building was secure at all times, and all staff and students were safe during the investigation. As always, safety and security will continue to be our number one priority, and we will continue to work closely with the Huron Township Police Department,” the statement said.


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