Category Archives: Police & Fire

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—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

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.


 

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Public Safety Department updates community on several issues

I wanted to take a moment to update our residents on some things that we have been working on around our community.

First, I have heard many complaints about the garbage issues on South Huron. I also observe these issues each and every day. I had a lengthy meeting today with the management of Republic Services (Recycling Center). They were advised that we intended to continue to cite trucks leaving their center and losing garbage onto our roads. At the end of the meeting, they immediately assigned staff to clean South Huron all the way to the freeway as best they could. I witnessed their efforts. They also agreed to hire a street sweeping company to come at least weekly to clean the affected areas. I commend the efforts and thank our residents who took the time to lead clean up efforts on South Huron recently. I promise that we will stay on top of this issue and continue to take enforcement.

Second, we are continuing to take enforcement action against car hauler vehicles impeding traffic at TDSI near Sibley and I-275. Despite hundreds of issued citations, the issue and problem remains. We are working with MDOT and you should see no parking signs on the Sibley ramps very soon. We have attempted to work with TDSI management about the issues several times over the last four years and they have not been able or willing to provide an adequate solution. This is a safety issue for our residents and we remain committed to continuing to take enforcement action in that area.

I am in the process of requesting speed studies from Wayne County on multiple roads within the township. We have done this in the past and have not been successful. We will be using up to date statistical information to once again request speed limit adjustments and will update you on the progress of any requests.

Lastly, we have received numerous requests about drivers disregarding stop signs throughout the community. Please take this opportunity to speak to your teen drivers about the importance of obeying traffic signals and please be aware of it as well. Since Oct. 1, our department has issued 22 citations for disobeying a stop sign and 13 citations for avoiding or disobeying a traffic control device. We will not catch every offender, but I want our residents to know we are making every effort to control the problem.

We always make an honest effort to communicate effectively with our residents. I intend to do more of these types of updates to keep you informed as to the issues that affect each of our quality of life. As always, my door is always open. Feel free to drop by, call me at 734-753-4400, or email me at erobbins@hurontwppd.us

Source: Huron Township Department of Public Safety

Surveillance footage captures thief targeting Ash Road in Huron Township

Huron Township Police are seeking the identity of this man, who burglarized multiple unlocked cars and sheds on Ash Road in Huron Township between Sept. 22 and 30.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A thief targeted unlocked cars and sheds on Ash Road in Huron Township between Sept. 22 and 30.

While the thief was rummaging through an SUV, a homeowner’s surveillance camera captured him in the act. (View the video below) 

On Sept. 22, officers responded to the 34500 block of Ash for a burglary of an unlocked shed and an unlocked vehicle. A lawn mower was taken from the unlocked shed. A wallet, laptop, and kitchen faucet were taken from the unlocked vehicle.

On Sept. 25, officers responded to the 33900 block of Ash for a larceny from an unlocked car. Tools were taken from the car.

On Sept. 30, officers responded to the 34100 block of Ash for a report of a burglary to an unlocked garage. Tools were stolen from the garage.

Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said some of the calls may have been delayed in reporting to police, and it is possible they occurred on different dates than initially reported.

“I can’t stress the importance of residents locking their cars, homes, and outbuildings. Thieves are looking for quick scores and easy targets. In many cases, not all, thieves will move on from a locked item and find one that is unlocked,” Robbins said.

Anyone who can identify the thief should contact the Huron Township Police Department Detective Bureau at 734-753-4400.


 

Former interns hired-on with Huron Township Public Safety Department

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety has hired several employees who have been products of the Huron Township Public Safety Intern Program that was established in late 2014. Our organization has established relationships with numerous colleges and universities throughout the state. Interns are assigned to different divisions within our department depending on their areas of study. Interns are unpaid positions who receive college credit in return for their work time.

“I am very proud of the success of our internship and co-op program. Recruiting and retention of quality employees is always a challenge in public safety. What better way for not only us to get to know them, but also for them to get to know our organization. It is never lost on me that each of them could have chosen to work anywhere they wanted, but still chose our organization,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

The following are employees hired following successful completion of our intern/ co-op program:

Jordan Longenbarger was an intern for the Huron Township Police Department in 2017 and 2018 from Spring Arbor University. Longenbarger graduated from the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy on September 14th, 2018. He was sworn in as a Huron Township Police Officer at the Board of Trustees meeting on September 26th, 2018 by Clerk Jeremy Cady. He is pictured below with his mother, Kate, following the swearing in ceremony.

“Jordan came to our department as an intern and earned instant respect from all of us with his positive attitude. He is an extremely intelligent and motivated young officer. I was so proud to watch Jordan walk across the stage and graduate in our uniform. Immediately following graduation, he told me that he is very excited to become a part of this community and get to know our residents. I have been fortunate to know Jordan and his family for several years. He comes from a great family that has a tradition of being in Law Enforcement, beginning with his uncle and his father Dan. We are lucky to have Jordan with us and know that anything is possible for him,” Robbins said.

Jordan Longenbarger (left) and Everette Robbins, Huron director of public safety.

Ryan Wright was officially hired as a firefighter at the Board of Trustees meeting on September 26th, 2018. Ryan will be attending firefighter training this month and upon graduation, will become a paid-on-call firefighter. Ryan was the first ever Huron Township Department of Public Safety Co-op student in partnership with Summit Academy Schools during the 2017-2018 school year.

“The relationship that we developed with Ryan was exactly what we hoped to achieve with the implementation of our student co-op program. I have never seen a young man more eager to learn. He came highly recommended by all the High School Staff at Summit Academy North High School and we thank them for allowing him to work with us. He has an incredible work ethic and deserves this opportunity and jump start into adult life. I can wait to see his future achievements,” Robbins said.

Ryan Wright (left) with his mom, Elizabeth.

Angelica Gonzales was an intern with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety in 2016 from Eastern Michigan University. She is currently the records clerk for the Huron Township Fire Department.

“Angelica mastered so many of the duties of the records department as an intern that we knew we had to find a way to make her a part of our team. She quietly comes to work everyday and goes above and beyond to make sure the records department runs efficiently. She is the first friendly face our residents see when they come to our department and I feel very fortunate to have her with us,” Robbins said.

Angelica Gonzales

Alexis Powell was an intern with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety in January of 2017 out of the University of Michigan Dearborn. She was initially hired as a records clerk in July of 2017 and promoted to the position of full-time dispatcher in November of 2017.

“Alexis has quickly established herself as a well-respected and trusted dispatcher who I am very proud of. The importance of an emergency dispatcher is often underestimated, but there is no doubt that dispatchers are the glue that holds everything together and the ones that make sure we all go home safely to our families each night. Almost every day an officer or a firefighter make it a point to tell me how much they trust Alexis and appreciate her efforts. To me, that is the ultimate show of respect for a young lady that I believe can achieve anything she sets her mind to in this profession,” Robbins said.

Alexis Powell

Officer Vincent Price is currently assigned to the Traffic Services Division of the Huron Township Police Department. He was an intern with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety out of Baker College in 2014 and 2015. Since being hired, he has become a PPCT Instructor and Accident Reconstruction Investigator.

“Vinnie established himself quickly earned respect as an intern with his team first attitude. He was our first intern to graduate the police academy and walk across the stage in the Huron Township uniform. He had the opportunity to work anywhere he wanted and chose our community and for that, I am grateful. He is a quiet leader and professional officer who is a great example to us all. He has great work ethic and never has a bad day. The sky is the limit for what he can achieve, and I am proud to be a small part of what I know will be a great career,” Robbins said.

Officer Vincent Price

Officer Thomas Smith is currently assigned to the Traffic Services Division of the Huron Township Police Department. He was an intern with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety out of Ferris State University in 2014. Since being hired, he has become a Taser Instructor, Field Training Officer, Reserve Officer Coordinator, bicycle patrol unit, and has been honored by MADD multiple times for his efforts to eliminate impaired driving in Huron Township. Officer Smith is a lifelong resident of Huron Township and graduated from Huron High School in 2011.

“Tom is a young man with outstanding character who always puts everyone else first. I am very proud of the hard work and determination that he has shown throughout his life to get here, nothing has ever been given to him. He has taken on multiple responsibilities within our department and puts everything he has into each and every assignment. I am always proud of the great pride that he takes in working in the community where he grew up. He is truly dedicated to this department and more importantly, the residents of Huron Township,” Robbins said.

Officer Thomas Smith

Source: Huron Township Department of Public Safety


 

16-year-old driver hits teen walking on Van Horn Road, leaves scene of accident

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A 16-year-old Huron Township resident hit a 14-year-old, also from Huron, who was walking on Van Horn Road Tuesday evening.

After hitting the teen, the driver left the scene of the accident, according to police.

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety responded to the area of Van Horn Road, east of Huron River Drive, on a call of a hit and run crash involving a pedestrian. 

When they arrived, they found the teen had sustained injuries from the hit and run that were non-life threatening.

He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.

The Huron Township Detective Bureau worked the investigation overnight and throughout the day Wednesday with the assistance of the Michigan State Police Accident Reconstruction Team. 

 At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, police located the driver of the vehicle.

The driver and his parents are fully cooperating with the investigation, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

The initial investigation, according to Robbins, indicates that weather conditions and poor visibility played a role in the accident.

Alcohol or drug use does not initially appear to be a factor in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing and no other information is available at this time. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our young victim. He is a great kid and we are very fortunate and thankful that this did not turn out worse. We are also very thankful for the community support and sharing of information during this investigation,” Robbins said.


 

Belleville man dies in car accident near Waltz and Judd Roads

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

A 75-year-old Belleville man died in a car accident that occurred near Waltz and Judd Roads on Sept. 16.

Huron Township emergency personnel were called to the area at 2:21 p.m. on a call of an accident.

Upon arrival, officers and medical personnel on scene found Thomas Mucker pinned inside the vehicle.

Mucker had reportedly clipped another car and then drove into a culvert near the area.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Michigan State Police Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released when it’s available, Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said.

Alcohol and/or drugs do not initially appear to be a factor in the crash, he said.

No one else was injured and the next of kin has been informed.

“Our sincere condolences go out the family of Mr. Mucker. Hopefully the investigation will ultimately give them some answers and closure,” Robbins said.