Category Archives: Police & Fire

Metroparks Police ask public’s assistance in locating man missing from Oakwoods Metropark since July 11

Mitchell Lawrence Saari has been missing from Oakwoods Metropark since July 11, 2019. Police are asking the public for help in finding him.

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Monday, July 22, 2019
Article updated

Huron-Clinton Metroparks Police are asking for assistance from the public in locating a man who went missing from Oakwoods Metropark in New Boston on July 11.

Mitchell Lawrence Saari, 64, entered the park at 6:11 p.m. that day and hasn’t been seen since.

He was first reported as missing by authorities on July 16.

He’s reportedly an avid biker and often visits the metroparks to use the trails.

Michael Reese, chief of Metroparks police, said officers continue to search areas of the park.

Reese is asking the public for tips about Saari’s whereabouts.

“Metroparks PD continues to search the area around both Willow and Oakwood Metroparks with negative results. We’re still requesting the public’s assistance in locating Mitchell Saari,” Reese told The Huron Hub on Monday.

The gray 2013 Ford F-150 that Saari drives was found empty at the horse staging area of the park.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Metroparks Police Department at 734-697-9181 or the Huron Township Police Department at 734-753-4400.


Man missing from Oakwoods Metropark since July 11

Mitchell Lawrence Saari (Photo courtesy of Metroparks Police)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Metroparks Police say a man who visited Oakwoods Metropark hasn’t been seen since Thursday, July 11.

Mitchell Lawrence Saari, 64, entered the park at 6:11 p.m. that day and hasn’t been seen since, police say.

He’s reportedly an avid biker and often visits the metroparks to use the trails.

Oakwoods Metropark’s address is listed as 32911 Willow Road in
New Boston.

Police searched Oakwoods Metropark and didn’t locate Saari.

His gray 2013 Ford F-150 was found empty at the horse staging area of the park, police said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Metroparks Police Department at 734-697-9181 or the Huron Township Police Department at 734-753-4400.

Impaired driving crackdown begins today across Michigan

During this holiday week crackdown, officers will be on the look out for motorists under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Posted Monday, July 1, 2019

Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police are encouraging motorists to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with caution and have a plan to get home safely. Law enforcement wants to remind drivers that any form of impaired driving is illegal.

“Driving while impaired is completely preventable as are the deaths and injuries that result from this behavior,” said Michael Prince, OHSP director.  “The campaign is designed to inform the public that additional patrols will be out in force, and they should make alternate arrangements for transportation before drinking.  There is absolutely zero tolerance for impaired driving in Michigan.”

Stepped up drunk driving enforcement will take place July 1-14 across the state. During last year’s Fourth of July holiday, there were seven traffic fatalities with at least one crash involving alcohol.

During this crackdown, officers will be on the look out for motorists under the influence of drugs and alcohol. In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. Michigan has what is commonly referred to as a zero-tolerance drugged driving law.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and coordinated by the OHSP.

Source: Michigan State Police


Driver dies in crash on Hannan Road early Sunday morning

A photo posted on social media shows Huron Township firefighters responding to the scene of a fatal accident Sunday morning on Hannan Road. (Photo: Facebook)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Monday, June 24, 2019

Huron Township police say speed and alcohol may have played a roll in a fatal car crash that occurred on Hannan Road early Sunday morning.

After the crash ocurred, police say witnesses attempted to save the driver pinned in the fire engulfed car but unfortunately were unsuccessful.

Police and fire units responded to the 18400 block of Hannan Road at 1:19 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers and medical personnel on the scene found the vehicle involved fully engulfed in flames and the driver trapped inside the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene and has yet to be identified.

“I want to thank the multiple residents that did all they could to try and free to the victim from the vehicle. They each risked their own well-being to try and help without hesitation. Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do. It shows what a great community we live in,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

The Michigan State Police Accident Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assist the Huron Township Traffic Services Unit with the investigation.

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

An initial investigation shows that speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.

No one else was injured.

Death investigations, fleeing from police among several emergency calls that have occurred recently in Huron Township

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted June 19, 2019

It’s been a busy month of June so far for Huron Township Police.

Below is police blotter with information and updates related to several different crimes and other emergency calls that have occurred in the township during the first two weeks of June.

While the list may be long, this isn’t a complete list of calls, but rather a summary of some of the more extensive emergency calls that took place in June.

“This is just a snapshot into the week of a public safety-first responder,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

June 9, 10:06 a.m. — FLEEING AND ELUDING:
Huron Township Police Officers responded to I-275 in Huron Township to assist the Monroe County Sheriff Depart Department with the arrest of a Domestic Violence suspect. During the investigation, the suspect attempted to assault a police officer with his motor vehicle and was wanted for Felonious Assault. Huron Township Officers apprehended the suspect after he fled from his vehicle on foot. The suspect was turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office pending charges.

A Huron Township Police Officer attempted to stop a vehicle in the 35900 block of Huron River Drive. The officer was conducting stationary stop sign enforcement at the intersection of King and Vining Roads. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle who fled at a high rate of speed westbound on Huron River Drive. Speeds reached more than 87 miles per hour while the officer had emergency lighting and sirens activated. The driver lost control on the Huron River Drive Railroad tracks. After spinning out and crashing, it appears that the driver attempted to continue to flee by driving in the direction of the officer, but the suspect vehicle was disabled. The driver of the vehicle fled into the Metro Park. A passenger within the vehicle, a 22-year-old Redford Township resident, was immediately taken into custody and eventually held on unrelated outstanding arrest warrants. The responding Officer immediately put out a suspect description and more than a dozen Huron Township Police Personnel responded to the scene and set up a perimeter. The Huron Township K9 Unit was called in to assist and conducted a track. Nixle and Facebook alerts were sent to the community and area schools were notified. CSX was notified and train traffic was halted in the area. At 8:21a.m., the second suspect was taken into custody on the Judd Road Railroad tracks. The suspect was intoxicated and registered PBT results of .151. However, he refused to submit to a breathalyzer and a search warrant was executed for the suspects blood. The suspect vehicle had improper plates and was impounded for investigative purposes. The fleeing suspect, a 20-year-old Detroit resident, was arrested for Fleeing and Eluding, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, and operating under the influence of alcohol. He also had an unrelated arrest warrant for possession with intent to deliver dangerous drugs out of West Virginia. The suspect has not yet been arraigned on charges as we are awaiting blood test results. Therefore, his identity is not being released at this time.

“This was a great example of the work being done by our night shift staff. I am proud of the work they do and the safety they provide during the nighttime hours. The officer who did the initial traffic stop did an incredible job of getting an accurate description of the fleeing suspect while immediately taking the passenger into custody which prevented having another suspect unaccounted for. Her training kicked in and she did everything right. These were certainly individuals who were in our community and could have caused harm. We were fortunate to have several units available to respond to the area based on our traffic services unit and our contracted policing staff,” Robbins said.

Huron Township Police and Fire Departments responded to the 27000 of Dupre Drive for a call of a 1-year-old child not breathing. The child was transported to an area hospital and pronounced deceased. The Detective Bureau was called in to assist in the investigation; the investigation is ongoing.

Huron Township Dispatch received a call from a victim who was travelling northbound I-275 near Will Carleton. The victim stated that a truck driver had just pointed a handgun at him out the truck driver’s window. The suspect vehicle was located near I-275 and Sibley Road by officers with the Traffic Services Unit. The Huron Township Police Department shut down northbound traffic and initiated a felony traffic stop on the driver of the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody and the handgun was recovered. Further investigation revealed that the initial incident occurred in Monroe County. The investigation was turned over to the Michigan State Police due to jurisdictional issues. The suspect was lodged in the Huron Township lockup facility pending charges.

“As one can imagine, this was complete chaos from the beginning due to the high volume of truck traffic on I-275. Our dispatch staff did a fantastic job getting the correct information out to responding units. Dispatchers never get the credit they deserve, and, in this case, we couldn’t have done this as quickly, safely, and efficiently as we did without them,” Robbins said.

Huron Township Officers responded to the area of Oakville Waltz and Mineral Springs for a vehicle that had crashed in a ditch. A concerned citizen stopped and the scene and attempted to assist the driver. The driver was reported to have kicked out the windshield and was assisted out the of the vehicle by the citizen. The driver then fled on foot westbound on Oakville Waltz. A search of the area was conducted to locate the suspect with negative results. On 6/16/19, the Huron Township Police Department made contact with the driver, a 41-year-old Trenton resident. The driver initially made a false report of a carjacking but changed that account of his story and is now cooperating with investigators. The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending.

JUNE 15, 11:48 p.m. — FELONIOUS ASSAULT:
The Huron Township Police Department responded to the 22000 block of Lafons Lane in reference to a Felonious Assault. A female victim fled to a neighbor’s residence and reported being strangled, punched and doused with lighter fluid with a threat to set her on fire. Multiple Huron Township Police Units responded to the scene and made entry into the suspect residence. The suspect, a 35-year old Huron Township resident was taken into custody pending charges from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The Huron Township Fire Department responded to the scene to give medical attention to the victim for her injuries.

An Officer with the Huron Township Police Department Traffic Services Unit was conducting stationary traffic enforcement in the area of I-275 and Huron River Drive. A traffic stop was initiated on a Chevrolet Cruze for speeding. The vehicle was found to be stolen out of Perrysburg, Ohio. Further investigation by patrol staff located several keys to multiple stolen vehicles inside the suspect vehicle and on his person. A 33-year-old Lansing man was taken into custody; the investigation is ongoing.

“This is just one example of the great work and need for our traffic services unit. Although perception is that it only about traffic citations, the truth is that they are putting together good investigations and making needed arrests throughout our community. This individual was clearly up to no good and fortunately our officer was in the right place at the right time to stop and criminal act before it had a chance to happen,” Robbins said.

Huron Township Firefighters and Police staff responded to the 31900 block of West Road for a report of a 78-year-old male who had fallen and was unconscious but breathing at the time of the call. Huron Township Officers and Firefighters worked as a team to perform CPR on the victim for several minutes. The victim was pronounced deceased at his residence.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. This one was personal to our staff and we wish it could have turned out differently.”

Huron Police Department recognized as outstanding law enforcement agency by MADD for second year in a row

On hand to accept the awards from MADD last Friday were Deputy Chief Mark Perkins (left); Officer Thomas Smith; Director Everette Robbins; Lieutenant Leo Girard; Officer Ahmed Kassem; Officer Vincent Price. (Photo courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted June 11, 2019 — 1:45 p.m. EST

The Huron Township Police Department was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving as an outstanding law enforcement agency for the second year in a row.

The department received the award last Friday.

In addition to the department receiving an award as a whole, the Traffic Services Unit and two officers within the department also received awards from MADD.

The Traffic Services Unit was recognized and awarded for “Recognition of Excellence.”

“The Huron Township Police Department is an area leader in proactive traffic policing and enforcement. The small rural community made 162 impaired driving arrests,” the award read.

Officer Vincent Price accepted the award on behalf of the Traffic Services Unit.

Officer Ahmed Kassem was nominated and received the award for “Outstanding Rookie of the Year.”

His nomination read: “Officer Kassem completed his first year of service with the Huron Township Police Department in 2018. Officer Kassem led the Huron Township Police Department with 17 Impaired Driving arrests. Officer Kassem has made impaired driving enforcement his number one priority and has made a concerted effort to get better at enforcement every day. Officer Kassem has done this while balancing his regular patrol duties. Officer Kassem’s efforts and high visibility have led to reduced impaired driving injuries and fatalities.”

Officer Thomas Smith was nominated in the “Outstanding Officer” category for his efforts to reduce or eliminate drunk and drugged driving.

His nomination read: “Officer Smith is a 3-and-a-half-year employee of the Huron Township Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Traffic Services Division. Officer Smith has made impaired driving his number one priority. Working in a rural community with 15,000 residents, Officer Smith represented the Huron Township with 14 impaired driving arrests and 209 hazardous driving related arrests in 2018. Overall, Officer Smith’s efforts and high visibility have led to reduced impaired driving injuries and fatalities.”

Everette Robbins, director of public safety, said the traffic unit is essential in targeting impaired drivers, even though it might not be obvious to everyone in the community.

“Although it may not be the perception of some, our traffic efforts save lives each and every day, especially in the area of reducing or eliminating drunk and drugged driving. These efforts are not necessarily quantifiable because the lives that are saved can never be measured,” Robbins said.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work of not only the recognized officers, but our department as a whole as it relates to our high visibility efforts. Every year when I attend this event, I think of our two local high school students Jimmy Williams and Shannon Henry and can’t help but wonder how much pain their families wouldn’t have had to endure if the drunk driver that hit them would have been arrested a minute before the crash. Remembering what happened to them makes everything we do and all of our traffic enforcement well-worth the effort.”


Person arrested after fleeing from Huron Township police Tuesday morning

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted June 11, 2019 — 8:30 a.m. EST

A person is in custody after fleeing from Huron Township police Tuesday morning.

This is an update to an earlier post.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety, has confirmed the person involved in a police chase, crash, and foot pursuit this morning has been arrested.

Robbins said the police department responded with over a dozen units, all were on the scene searching for the suspect before he was taken into custody.

Check back with the Huron Hub for updates