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Huron Township Police conduct school bus safety operation

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor —

Huron Township Police conducted a proactive school bus safety operation on Wednesday and Thursday.

The special detail included several plain clothed officers on multiple buses, unmarked police vehicles following multiple busses, and fully marked patrol vehicles assigned to initiate traffic stops on offenders who illegally passed school busses.

High School, middle school, and elementary bus routes were targeted and enforced on both days.

The detail was organized and directed by Officer Vincent Price of the Huron Township Police Department Traffic Services Unit. 

Throughout the two-day detail, one driver was observed passing a bus illegally and was cited.

“This is a safety issue for our students that we have seen end up in tragic results nationally. This proactive detail has been planned for some time now and our department will continue to find creative ways to keep our children safe,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

“This is not the first time we have done this proactive detail and it certainly won’t be the last. We want our residents to know that just because you don’t see us, it doesn’t mean we aren’t there.”

Throughout the two-day proactive detail, Robbins said police developed the following tips from watching some potentially dangerous situations:

-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 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.

“I do think it is important for residents to know that the Huron School District has terrific school bus drivers who put the student’s safety first. The drivers did a fantastic job of taking necessary safety precautions to keep the kids safe. I thank them for the great work that they do,” Robbins said.


Police car rear-ended in Huron Township Wednesday

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

A police car was rear-ended in Huron Township on Wednesday.

The car was part of the department’s K9 unit, who came in that day from being off duty to work a hit and run scene.

RelatedHit and run suspect gets hit, killed on King Road after fleeing scene of earlier accident

Just after 6 p.m., the unit was sitting stationary at a red light in the area of Vining and Sibley Roads.

A driver then rear-ended the K9 patrol vehicle.

The Huron Township Fire Department responded and the driver of the second vehicle was treated for minor injuries, and the officer was not injured.

The Michigan State Police responded to conduct an independent traffic investigation.

The driver was cited and released from the scene.


Huron Township man dies after being hit on King Road Wednesday evening

Huron resident Mark Barley, 55, was killed after he was struck by a motorist on King Road Wednesday evening. Police say Barely fled the scene of a hit and run accident earlier Wednesday afternoon that police were investigating. Photos courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

A 55-year-old Huron Township man was killed Wednesday evening after he was hit by a motorist on King Road.

Mark Barley was pronounced dead at the scene after police responded to the area of King Road and Harrison at 6:47 p.m.

Police say Barley had fled the scene of a hit and run accident earlier in Huron Township before he was hit and killed while walking on King Road.

Upon arrival within three minutes of a 911 call reporting the King Road accident, police administered CPR to Barley before Huron Township Fire Department paramedics arrived two minutes later and took over medical care.

The driver that struck Barley stopped immediately and fully cooperated with the investigation, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

No charges are expected to be filed against the driver, who was determine to be not involved in the earlier hit and run that Barley fled from.

The Michigan State Police Downriver Crash Team responded and assisted with the accident investigation.

Robbins said just minutes prior to the 911 call reporting the hit pedestrian, the Huron Township Dispatch Center received multiple calls about a person dressed in all black walking in and out of the roadway on King Road.

Police were on the way to attempt to locate Barley when a call came in reporting that he had been struck.

After an investigation, Robbins said Barley was identified as the driver in a hit and run accident that occurred earlier Wednesday afternoon where one person was injured.

At 3:31 p.m., police and fire personnel were dispatched to the area of Inkster and West Roads for a hit and run.

Officers responded and were on scene within eight minutes.

Police located the suspect’s hit and run vehicle in the 27000 block of Bordeau Street.

The driver, later identified as Barley, fled the scene on foot.

A passenger in Barley’s vehicle was injured and transported to a local hospital.

The Huron police K9 unit was off duty and called in to conduct a search for Barley but he was not located at that time.

His vehicle was impounded and taken as evidence.

A neighborhood canvass was conducted and witnesses were interviewed.

Alcohol and/or drugs initially appear to have been in Barley’s system at the time of his death, Robbins said.

“It is unfortunate that this reached the conclusion that it did. My thoughts go out not only to the family of the deceased, but also to the driver of the vehicle that had the unfortunate circumstance to be in that place at that time. The sad reality is what started as a simple crash ended in a tragedy that could have been avoided,” he said.

“This was an ultimate day of teamwork within our public safety team, starting with our dispatch staff. They pulled together and did a great job making sure that everyone was safe and where they needed to be. Throughout these calls we had numerous other calls such as a suicidal person and multiple medical calls. I always say that our dispatchers are the glue that holds our public safety department together and they certainly lived up to that billing over the last 24 hours.”


Huron Township Police to grow beards for charity during ‘No-shave November’

Huron Township Department Police Department policy does not allow for officers to wear beards while in uniform. However, if you see a Huron Township Police Officer sporting a beard over the next two 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.

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 the resident group that assisted us in passing millage fliers out this past summer. All money raised will be donated to the Shop with a Hero event in the name of the resident group that assisted with Millage Fliers. The winning beard (officer) will win a free night off work to be worked by Director of Public Safety Everette Robbins.

Donte to the fundraiser by visiting this GoFundMe link

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.

“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 I can’t wait to see them come together and have a little fun for a good cause.”

Source: Huron Township Department of Public Safety


Huron Township Fire Department conducts training at former DeAngelo’s Pizza building in New Boston

The Huron Township Fire Department conducted training exercises at the former DeAngelo’s Pizza in New Boston on Saturday. (All photos courtesy of Huron Department of Public Safety.)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

The Huron Township Fire Department conducted training exercises at the former DeAngelo’s Pizza building at 37302 Huron River Drive in New Boston on Saturday.

The training consisted of a controlled burn, concrete wall breaching, and ventilation exercises.

DeAngelo’s closed for business about a week ago and the department was able to use the building for training.

“We were very pleased to have the opportunity for our fire staff to have the ability to train in a practical, but safe and controlled setting. The command staff did a great job making sure that everyone got the most out of this training opportunity. I know that this building is rich in it’s history in Huron Township, so we wanted to share this training with our residents through pictures,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

Photos: Huron Township Fire Department training in downtown New Boston

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Huron Township public safety dispatcher commended for helping save suicidal man’s life

Alexis Powell

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

Alexis Powell, a dispatcher with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety, was commended Monday for her swift reaction during a Sept. 9 911 call regarding a man who said he was going to take his life.

In the letter, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins noted how calm and compassionate Powell sounded during the 911 call.

He said that keeping composure is an essential part of a dispatcher’s job, and that Powell did exactly that during the call.

Robbins also said that Powell did a great job relaying important information to responding police units, which prompted a thank you from the Sumpter Township Police Department, who also responded the callers location.

Read the full letter by clicking here

Powell began at the department as an intern, records clerk, and was eventually promoted to dispatcher.


Bettendorf graduates from EMU’s police leadership program.

Sgt. Jon Bettendorf (left) receives a diploma after completing training in EMU’s School of Police Staff and Command Executive Leadership Program. (Photo courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety)

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—

Sgt. Jon Bettendorf graduated from Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command Executive Leadership Program on Oct. 4.

The program is a 10-month training session which meets for one 40-hour week per month.

The School of Police Staff and Command has a reputation for excellence, and is made up of quality instructors and law enforcement professionals who are the foundation of the educational/training program, Huron Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

“Our goal is to provide our public safety command staff with consistent and professional training as it relates to their leadership in delivering quality service to our residents. The Eastern Michigan School of Staff and Command is one of the preeminent programs in the country that focuses on the executive level training and development,” he said.

“Sgt. Bettendorf is growing every day as a leader within our department. I am very proud of this accomplishment for him. This is very intense program and I thank his family for supporting him throughout this past 10 months.”

Other Huron Township Public Safety staff that have graduated from the EMU School of Staff and Command include Everette Robbins, director of public safety; James Hinojosa, fire chief; Mark Perkins, deputy police chief; Detective Lt. Leo Girard, Sgt. Robert Kelch, Lt. Bryan Tyitye; Fire Captains Bradley Bauman and Shawn Williams.