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Man attempts to stab police officer before dying from self-inflicted stab wounds; had history of similar incident

By Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub – Nov. 12, 2020
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A man with a history of a similar incident died from self-inflicted stab wounds on Saturday, Nov. 7 in the parking lot of Chapps Landing Travel Center, 35777 South Huron Road.

Police say the 48-year-old Canton man struggled briefly with officers before taking his own life by stabbing himself in the chest multiple times.

An officer received minor injuries during the incident and was treated at a local hospital.

Huron Township Department of Public Safety Dispatch received a call regarding a man and woman fighting inside a vehicle near one of the gas pumps at 11:04 a.m.

A Huron police officer assigned to the Traffic Services Unit working traffic enforcement on I-275 near South Huron Road was on the scene within 30 seconds, said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

The officer observed a struggle occurring in the vehicle between the man and woman and immediately intervened.

The man exited the vehicle with a large knife in his hand, and after a brief struggle, the suspect attempted to stab the officer and then attempted to flee the area on foot.

The Huron Township K-9 Unit responded within 20 seconds of the initial officer’s arrival on scene.

The second officer immediately took the suspect to the ground as he attempted to flee.

The suspect again brandished the knife and officers backed away and attempted to get him to drop the weapon.

The suspect then stabbed himself multiple times in the chest area.

Officers were able to secure the suspect, remove the weapon from his possession, and begin life-saving efforts.

Paramedics with the Huron Township Fire Department and Huron Valley Ambulance responded and continued with life-saving efforts, but the suspect was pronounced dead from the self-inflicted stab wounds.

The officer who was injured during the initial struggle received minor injuries from the knife and was treated at a local hospital.

“Our dispatch staff did a terrific job of getting every bit of information they could from the 911 callers and getting it our quickly to area patrol staff. They never get the credit they deserve for getting our police and fire first responders to the scene quickly and safely,” Robbins said. “I am so proud of the teamwork displayed between responding officers and fire staff. They quickly transitioned from addressing a threat to making life-saving efforts.”

The Huron Township Police Department Detective Bureau and Evidence Technician Unit responded to handle the investigation and process the crime scene for evidence.

After the on-scene investigation, the man’s remains were transported to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

An investigation revealed that the suspect was currently on GPS tether for a similar incident and was released from a jail outside Huron’s jurisdiction 24 hours prior to this incident.

Sumpter Township police, Canadian Pacific Railroad police, Huron Township Fire Department and Huron Township Police Reserve Unit assisted throughout the day with scene security and traffic control.

“Our investigation indicated that the initial struggle inside the vehicle between the man and woman was a fight over the large knife. Our female victim was without question fighting for her life. There is no doubt in my mind that our officer’s quick response and intervention likely saved her life. We were extremely fortunate that we had officers not only in a good position to respond quickly, but also willing to place themselves in harm’s way to stop the threat. I am extremely proud of them,” Robbins said. “We appreciate the patience and assistance of the owners of Chapp’s Landing as well as Burger King throughout our investigation. This was a random incident that was out of their control and should be no reflection on either business.”

Related: Public Safety Department responds to hoax call, several other calls during busy Saturday in Huron Township


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Car backfires and causes pole barn to catch fire in Huron Township on Monday


By Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub – Nov. 12, 2020
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A car backfired and caused a pole barn to catch fire in Huron Township on Monday.

At 1:41p.m., a 911 call came in from a resident in the 32000 block of Sibley Road. The caller reported a large fire inside a pole barn unattached to his home. The garage housed multiple classic cars.

“The cause of the fire was determined as accidental. The homeowner reported attempting to start a vehicle inside his garage. The vehicle backfired and sparked the fire. We are thankful he is ok,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

The homeowner was treated by Huron Valley Ambulance for minor injuries.

Sibley Road was closed between Vining and Merriman for several hours as the fire was extinguished.


 

Pole barn catches fire on Sibley Road between Vining and Merriman, no injuries reported


Posted Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 -- 4:00 PM EDT

A pole barn caught fire on Sibley Road between Vining and Merriman Roads on Monday.

Sibley Road is currently closed between Vining and Merriman Roads as first responders work at the scene.

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety, said the fire has been extinguished and that Sibley could be closed for about 1-2 more hours Monday evening.

Robbins said there were no injuries reported during the incident.

-Scott Bolthouse


 

1 person reported dead after thieves attempt to steal several cars from CSX rail yard Thursday

(Photo courtesy/CSX)
Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Oct. 23, 2020
11:15 AM EDT

A person has died following the attempted theft of several cars out of a CSX rail yard early Thursday morning, according to a media report. 

WDIV-Detroit is reporting that one person has died during the incident.

WDIV is reporting that the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that someone had died. It’s not clear if that person was in the vehicle that rolled over and was partially submerged.

Police are working to identify the man who died and notify his family.

CSX authorities would not confirm the death to The Huron Hub as of Thursday afternoon. 

CSX says shortly after 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning, several people attempted to steal six vehicles from a CSX rail yard on Pennsylvania Road.

During the incident, one of the stolen vehicles ended up in a pond on the property.

Three of the six vehicles have been recovered.

Here is a statement from CSX media relations regarding an incident that took place early Thursday morning:

Shortly after 4:00 a.m. this morning, several trespassers attempted to steal six vehicles from a CSX railyard in Romulus, MI. Three of the six vehicles have been recovered. CSX thanks the Romulus Police Department and Huron Township officers for their prompt response. CSX police are currently investigating the incident.

Original posting: Vehicle ends up in pond after thieves try to steal cars from CSX rail yard

Check back with The Huron Hub for an update when more information is available.


 

CSX police: 3 vehicles recovered after thieves attempt to steal 6 cars from local rail yard

(Photo courtesy/CSX)


Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Oct. 22, 2020
12:05 PM EDT

Here is a statement from CSX media relations regarding an incident that took place early Thursday morning:

Shortly after 4:00 a.m. this morning, several trespassers attempted to steal six vehicles from a CSX railyard in Romulus, MI. Three of the six vehicles have been recovered. CSX thanks the Romulus Police Department and Huron Township officers for their prompt response. CSX police are currently investigating the incident.

Original posting: Vehicle ends up in pond after thieves try to steal cars from CSX rail yard

Check back with The Huron Hub for an update when more information is available.


 

Developing: Vehicle ends up in pond after thieves try to steal cars from CSX rail yard


Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Oct. 22, 2020
11:15 AM EDT

This article has been updated with a statement from CSX police at this link. 

Original post:

Thieves attempted to steal cars from a rail yard along Pennsylvania Road early Thursday morning.

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety, said the investigation is being handled by CSX police, and that it will be CSX police that will release further updates when available.

“We responded to the incident and ultimately turned it over to the CSX railroad police due to jurisdictional constraints,” Robbins told The Huron Hub.

One of the vehicles ended up in a pond on the property according to media reports, and no other information about the incident is immediately available.

Check back with The Huron Hub for an update when more information is available.


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Public Safety Department, township supervisor schedule ‘community conversation’ for Oct. 22 at local restaurant (event cancelled)


Posted by The Huron Hub

Oct. 16, 2020

EVENT CANCELLED: Out of an abundance of caution, this event is being cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date 

Huron Township Department of Public Safety and Township Supervisor David Glaab are hosting a ‘community conversation’ at Tony’s Coney Island in downtown New Boston on Oct. 22.

The meeting will cover topics on public safety.

View the event flyer for more information:


Police say human remains found on Middle Belt Road Sunday are consistent with identity of missing man


Posted Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020

Alert posted from the Public Safety Department:

At approximately 12:20p.m. this afternoon, the Huron Township Police and Fire Departments responded to the 19000 block of Middlebelt Road after receiving a 911 call regarding a deceased person located in the area. Upon arrival, First responders located a deceased male inside a ditch within a wooded area. The initial investigation is indicating that the physical characteristics are consistent with Raymond Foster, a local missing person.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy in an attempt to determine cause of death as well as provide a positive identification. The family of Mr. Foster has been notified and is very thankful for our community’s support. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Huron Township Police Department Detective Bureau at 734-753-4400. We will provide further updates as it becomes available.


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

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Article submitted by Huron Township Department of Public Safety
Posted Oct. 7, 2020

Huron Township Police Department policy does not allow for officers, reserve officers, and dispatch staff to wear beards while in uniform. However, if you see a Huron Township Police Officer sporting a beard over the next few months, they are not breaking the rules. The Police Department has decided to participate in No Shave November to support our annual Shop with a Hero Program. Each Officer will donate money to the event to allow the opportunity to grow a beard this holiday season. Officers will be allowed to begin wearing beards on October 1st, 2020.

To make this even better, we want to get our residents involved. On the evening of our Shop with a Hero event, we will have a best beard contest. The best beard contest will be judged by residents on our Facebook page. The winning beard (Officer) will once again win a free night off from work to be worked by Director of Public Safety Everette Robbins.

Unfortunately, due to safety standards relating to the use of equipment, our firefighters cannot participate by growing facial hair. However, we do not want to leave them out of this since they are a crucial part of our Shop with a hero event. So, we are offering the residents the opportunity to “adopt a firefighter” for this event. For a donation of $50 towards our Shop with a Hero event, a resident can grow a beard and support the fire department. At the Shop with a Hero event, we will have a separate beard contest for those that adopted a firefighter. The contest will be judged by members of our fire staff. The winner of this contest will receive their choice of a ride to work, as local as possible, or their child to be taken to school in a fire truck. Those interested in adopting a firefighter can drop their payment off at the Huron Township Police Department in care of Director Robbins or donate to our Go Fund Me page that supports the Shop with a Hero Program. Please be sure to note on the Go Fund Me page that your donation is towards the “adopt a firefighter” program. The Go Fund Me page will become active on November 1st, 2020.

Last year, No Shave November raised more than $1800 towards the Shop with a Hero Program.

“I think this is a fun way for our departments and the residents to come together for a great cause. Our Shop with a Hero Program is special because it is funded by the big hearts in our community. What better reason to come together than making the Christmas season special for some deserving children? No kid should ever wake up without a Christmas,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “Our public safety staff approach me on a regular basis and ask how they can get more involved with and help our community. This is a great way to bring everyone together. They have a tough job some days and it is fun to see them come together and have a little fun for a good cause.”


 

Police continue search for missing Huron Township man

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Raymond Foster, 69, went missing from the 19600 block of Middlebelt Road in Huron Township. He was last seen after leaving his home walking to the store at King and Middlebelt Roads.


Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Sept. 30, 2020 – 9:30 PM EDT

Police in Huron Township are continuing to search for a man who went missing Sept. 22.

Raymond Foster, 69, went missing from the 19600 block of Middlebelt Road in Huron Township. He was last seen after leaving his home walking to the store at King and Middlebelt Roads.

Here is an update from the police department posted this evening:

SEARCH UPDATE:
Mr. Foster was NOT located during our extensive ground search today. We have conducted multiple search’s in the area over the past week in an attempt to locate Mr. Foster.
We will continue to use every option available to locate him. Anyone with tips is asked to call the Huron Township Emergency Dispatch Center at 734-753-4400.
A special thank you to our Mounted Division, Our K9 Unit who worked with the assistance of the Ecorse and Taylor Police Department K9 Units, the Shielded Souls Motorcycle Club who allowed us use of their parking lot to establish a command center, and the residents of Huron Township who allowed us access to their properties for the search.
GROUND SEARCH:
The Huron Township Department of Public Safety will be conducting a ground search for a missing person, beginning in the area of King and Middlebelt Roads. Multiple locations in the area may be searched.
The Huron Township Mounted Unit as well as the K9 Unit will be leading the search. Please do not approach searching staff members as it can affect the effectiveness of the search. Any questions should be directed to Director Robbins at 734-753-4400.
MISSING PERSON/ PLEASE SHARE:
Raymond Foster, 69-years-old. Missing from the 19600 block of Middlebelt Road in Huron Township. Last seen after leaving his home walking to the store at King and Middlebelt Roads.
MISSING PERSON DESCRIPTION:
Dark complexion, short black hair, brown eyes. Clean shaven
Height: 5’8″
LAST SEEN WEARING: Yellow and Black colored pajama style pants. Black and white tennis shoes.
If located or observed, please contact the Huron Township Department of Public Safety Emergency Dispatch Center at 734-753-4400.