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Student admits to writing threat on bathroom wall at Renton Junior High School Monday

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
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Posted Monday, Dec. 13, 2021

A 12-year-old student was taken into custody Monday after they admitted to police that they wrote a threat on a bathroom wall inside Renton Junior High School in New Boston.

At 12:30 p.m. Monday, a student told school staff about a threat to “shoot this school up” written on a bathroom at the school.

The Huron Township Police Department school liaison officer was immediately notified by school administration, and within 15 minutes, a 12-year-old middle school student was taken into custody.

Police say the student admitted to writing the threat.

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 filed.

The juvenile will be held in custody pending that review.

“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,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“This investigation resulted in a quick resolution due to the staff at Renton Junior High and we thank them for their quick response and assistance. 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.”

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, released a statement Monday afternoon regarding the threat.

“This afternoon, graffiti was written in one of the restrooms at Renton Jr. High School that caused concern for our team. The Huron Township Police Department was called in to investigate, and the student responsible was in custody within 15 minutes of the report. Using our surveillance equipment, we were able to determine the identity of the student who wrote the graffiti, and the student admitted responsibility. The Huron School District has zero tolerance for this type of behavior, and the student is being disciplined accordingly. In addition, the student has been taken into custody by the Huron Township Police Department. 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 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,” Rowe said.


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Student charged after making threat against Huron High School

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
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Posted Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

A 14-year-old freshman at Huron High School was formally charged Thursday for allegedly making a threat against the high school on Wednesday.

The student, who is not being identified due to their juvenile status, is charged with intentional threat to commit violence against a school, school employees or students.

Bond was set for $3,000/10%.

Bond was subject to the following three conditions:
1. That the juvenile must comply with the terms of school suspension, if any
2. That the juvenile may not have access to any firearm or other weapons, and
3. That the juvenile may not have access to the internet/social media without direct adult supervision

Background:

At about 10:16 a.m. on Wednesday, a teacher at Huron High School reported overhearing the student making a threat to “shoot up the school like Oxford” during a verbal altercation with another student.

The Huron Township Police Department school liaison officer was immediately notified, and the student was then taken into custody at 10:20 a.m.

Police said the student’s locker and belongings were searched and that no weapons were located. 

The student’s parents were notified.

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14-year-old freshman arrested for threatening to ‘shoot up’ Huron High School

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
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Posted Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021

A 14-year-old freshman at Huron High School in New Boston was arrested Wednesday after a teacher allegedly overheard the student make a threat to “shoot up” the school.

At about 10:16 a.m., the teacher reported overhearing the student making a threat to “shoot up the school like Oxford” during a verbal altercation with another student.

The Huron Township Police Department school liaison officer was immediately notified, and the student was then taken into custody at 10:20 a.m.

Police said the student’s locker and belongings were searched and that 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 the possibility of charges filed.

Police say the teen will be held in custody pending that review.

“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,” 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,” he said.


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Police investigating threat written on bathroom wall at Huron High School

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By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
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Posted Monday, Dec. 6, 2021

Huron High School in New Boston was placed on lockdown Monday after a threat was found written on a bathroom wall inside the school.

Police have no one in custody as of Monday evening, and they plan to increase their presence Tuesday at the high school as a precaution.

Multiple units with Huron Township police responded to the school Monday at 11:30 a.m. The school’s resource officer was already on scene.

The threat in the bathroom did not contain a specific threat, police said.

Students were placed in a lockdown status to contain any threat that may exist as the investigation proceeded.

Students were allowed bathroom breaks upon request and were escorted by school and law enforcement staff to ensure their safety.

Parents requesting to remove their student from the school were allowed and those students were safely escorted to their parent.

An investigation was conducted throughout the morning, afternoon, and is continuing throughout the evening Monday, according to authorities.

Multiple students were identified from school surveillance footage having entered the bathroom from the beginning of the school day until the time in which the threat was discovered and reported.

All of the students who entered the bathroom during the specific time in question were identified and interviewed.

Multiple lockers and belongings were searched. No weapons or anything else that presented an immediate danger to students or staff was located throughout the investigation.

“We will have extra staff on school grounds as a precaution at drop off, dismissal, as well as throughout the upcoming days. We have not located any evidence of an imminent threat, but that does not mean we shouldn’t all stay vigilant. If you see something or hear something, please say something,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“I would ask parents to talk to their students tonight and in the upcoming days and pass on any information they may have regarding the recent threats. It is important that we hold those responsible accountable so that our students can get back to getting an education.”

Last week, a similar incident occurred at Renton Junior High School.

Authorities are warning young people that making threats against schools is a serious offense.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced charges recently against seven juveniles in separate incidents recently for making threats against schools or having a weapon in school.

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, released a letter to parents Monday. The entire letter is available below.


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Local stores checked for alcohol, tobacco sales to minors in Huron Township

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Posted by The Huron Hub | Nov. 22, 2021

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Huron Township Police Department conducted a proactive liquor and tobacco operation within Huron Township.

All establishments within the township that sell tobacco and/or liquor were tested for the sale of liquor and tobacco to a minor.

“We are pleased to say that every establishment passed the test. We commend our business owners for their continuing attention in this matter,” a statement from the police department said.

“Routine proactive operations targeting the sales of liquor and/or tobacco will be initiated by the Huron Township Police Department. Protecting the youth of our Township is a priority of our department and illegal sales to minors will not be tolerated.”


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Another day, another careless driver illegally passes school bus in Huron Township

At about 6:40 a.m., a driver in Huron Township illegally passed a school bus Wednesday morning. The driver was caught during a police patrol of the local bus routes.

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Nov. 3, 2021

Police caught another careless driver passing a school bus Wednesday morning in Huron Township.

Drivers illegally passing stopped school buses has been an ongoing issue in the community since school started in the fall.

And police are doing what they can to catch drivers in the act.

In the video, you can see the bus was stopped and had its red lights engaged as it was picking up a young child Wednesday morning.

Here is the police dash cam video of the incident:

Police were conducting a patrol of the bus routes Wednesday morning.

“We continue to receive complaints about careless drivers passing the school buses while emergency lighting is activated. We continue to be proactive and issue citations to violators,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“Please take a moment to share this and educate those in your inner circle about the danger this poses to our school children.”


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

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
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Posted Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021

If you notice a Huron Township police officer sporting a beard within the next two months, it’s not because they are breaking department policy.

The police department decided to participate in “No-Shave November” to support their annual Shop with a Hero Program.

Each officer will donate money to the event to have the opportunity to grow a beard this holiday season.

Officers will be allowed to begin wearing beards on Oct. 22.

Department policy does not allow officers, reserve officers, or dispatch staff to wear beards while in uniform.

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

Residents will be able to join the fun by judging the beards this year.

On the evening of the Shop with a Hero event, the department will have a best beard contest.

The best beard contest will be judged by residents on the Huron Township Department of Public Safety Facebook page.

The winning officer will be awarded with a night off to be worked, instead, by Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

Due to safety standards relating to the use of equipment, Huron firefighters cannot participate by growing facial hair.

Instead, residents can “adopt a firefighter” for the cause.

For a donation of $50 toward the Shop with a Hero event, a resident can grow a beard and support the fire department.

At the shopping event, a separate beard contest will be held for those that adopted a firefighter.

The contest will be judged by members of the fire department.

The winner of the 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 donate in November the Go Fund Me page that supports the Shop with a Hero Program.

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,” Robbins said.

“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.”


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Huron Township public safety department announces chaplain program


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 22, 2021

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety announced the launch of their chaplain program this week.

The public safety chaplain program offers a number of unique ministries and services to the Huron Township community.

The program will provide services related to serious injury, sudden illness or death of a police officer or firefighter (including their families), the counseling of police officers, dispatchers, or firefighters with personal or family related problems and the vital ministry of caring about the job that the professional public safety employee is asked to perform.

“Chaplains are looked upon with great respect as they represent their place of worship within our community. They will be there for the Huron Township community in times of great need or disaster while assisting our public safety department in carrying back the Department’s mission of service to the community,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“Many times, they will be asked to help promote a more positive relationship between the public safety department and the Huron Township community. They will also be of great benefit to our staff who see things daily that could rightfully affect their mental health and personal well-being.”

Some of the duties of a chaplain are:

-Fostering familiarity with the role of law enforcement in the community.

-Providing an additional link between the community, other chaplain coordinators and the Agency.

-Providing a liaison with various civic, business, and religious organizations.

-Assisting the community when they request representatives or leaders of various denominations.

-Assisting the community in any other function, as needed, or requested.

-Making referrals in cases where specialized attention is needed or in cases that are beyond the chaplain’s ability to assist.

-Responding to any significant incident (e.g., natural, and accidental deaths, suicides and attempted suicides, family disturbances) in which the Patrol Sergeant or supervisor believes the chaplain could assist in accomplishing the mission of the Agency.

-Responding to all major disasters, such as natural disasters, bombings, and similar critical incidents

“I want our residents, business owners, and anyone who travels through our community to know this service is available to them anytime they may need it. It is an optional service that’s only intent is to help those that need it the most to get through a difficult time,” Robbins said.

“Without doubt, we have chosen two men who very much invested in this community, a place where they both call home. They both possess the integrity and ethics consistent with our organization’s core values. I am personally very proud to have Jim and John as part of our public safety family.”

Chaplain John Schwartz Bio:
Chaplain Schwartz grew up in Taylor, Michigan and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1973. He worked 24 years in the automotive industry before hearing God’s call to Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Chaplain Schwartz graduated from CTS with a Master of Divinity degree and received his first parish call to St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Shelby, Michigan. In 2007, God called him to Peace Lutheran Church and School in Warren, Michigan where he served 9 years. Chaplain Schwartz currently serves St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Boston. He pursued Chaplain training and is honored to serve First responders and the community of Huron Township in this role.

Chaplain James DuFour:
Chaplain James (Jim) DuFour is the founding pastor of Christian Bible Church, which initially started meeting in Huron High School back in August of 2008. CBC is a non-denominational, Bible Church that has since relocated to a permanent site located in Trenton, at 647 Sibley Road.

Jim has also been serving the community as the commander of the Huron Township Police Reserve Unit for 20 years. Jim is a fourth-generation resident of the Township and graduated from Huron High School in 1978. He and his wife, Marie DuFour (Moran), have lived in Huron for 39 of their nearly 40 years of marriage. Together they have raised four children and currently have one granddaughter.


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Huron TWP public safety staff graduate from EMU School of Police Staff and Command leadership program

From left: Lt. Bryan Tyitye; Sgt. Edward Hindley; Communications Administrator Jill Evans; Director Everette Robbins; Deputy Chief Mark Neumann. (Photos courtesy of Huron Township Public Safety)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 20, 2021

Huron Township public safety staff recently graduated from the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command Executive Leadership program. 

Sergeant Edward Hindley and Communications Administrator Jill Evans graduated from the program that consists of a 10-month training program which meets for one 40-hour week per month.

“Professional, service-oriented, and transparent policing within any public safety organization starts with those we entrust as leaders. 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,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Graduates have stated publicly that the knowledge, skills and abilities learned assisted them in: problem analysis; management situations; project management; grant funding projects; managing fiscal budgets; managing personnel matters.

“I am very proud of this accomplishment, and I think it will benefit them as they continue to be important leaders and mentors within our organization. This is a very intense program and I thank their families for supporting them throughout this past 10 months,” Robbins said.

Other Huron Township public safety staff that have graduated from the EMU School of Staff and Command: Everette Robbins, Director of Public Safety; James Hinojosa, Huron Township Fire Chief; Captain Bradley Bauman, Huron Township Fire Department; Detective Lieutenant Leo Girard, Sergeant Robert Kelch, Lieutenant Bryan Tyitye.

Communications Administrator Jill Evans and Sgt. Edward Hindley

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Police bus route patrol nabs 3 violators; public safety director reminds parents of safe bus stop habits


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 18, 2021

Three drivers were cited Monday for illegally passing school buses in Huron Township during a police patrol of the local routes.

Additionally, Huron’s public safety director wants to remind parents to practice safe bus stop habits as we head into the school year.

The special proactive detail included several plain clothes officers on multiple buses, several unmarked police vehicles following multiple busses, and fully marked patrol vehicles assigned to initiate traffic stops on offenders.

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

Two drivers were cited near King Road and Merriman Road and one near Sibley Road and Merriman.

“One thing that caught me by surprise and was concerning today was the number of elementary age children standing by the busy road alone while parents waved from the door. My advice in the name of safety would be for parents to be with their children until they safely are on the bus, especially as we enter the cold weather season,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“We will continue to do these proactive details on a regular basis as the safety of our children is our top priority. If you as a driver feel that you in such a hurry that you put one of our kids safety in jeopardy, my advice is to think twice, leave earlier for your destination, or accept your citation that we will gladly serve to you. We will have a zero-tolerance policy as always regarding this issue.”

Some tips for parents:

-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 wet 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.


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