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Public Safety Department donates $3000 to Huron School District to pay for student lunches


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Dec. 20, 2019 — 3:00 PM EST

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety donated over $3,000 to fund school lunches for students in the Huron School District.

The funds came from the department’s no-shave November event, during which police officers donated their own money to charity for the chance to grow a beard, which is normally against department policy.

Read more: Police to sport beards for charity during no-shave November

“These donations will directly impact students in the Huron School District and will pay lunch balances for the remainder of the school year for students in need,” said Superintendent Donovan Rowe. “The Huron food service Director will be contacting the families that will be impacted by this generous donation. Thank you Director Robbins and all of our First Responders.”

The department also recently took several local children on a holiday shopping spree during their annual shop with a hero event.

Read more about the shop with a hero event here: Shop with a hero: Public Safety Department takes local kids on shopping spree


 

Shop with a hero: Public Safety Department takes local kids on shopping spree

The Department of Public Safety took local children on a shopping spree at Meijer in Flat Rock thanks to donations from the public. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Dec. 19, 2019 — 8:45 AM EST

It was a special night for a deserving group of local children on Monday.

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety took the group on a shopping spree at Meijer in Flat Rock as part of the department’s shop with a hero event.

The event was funded by donations from the public throughout the month of November, as well as personal donations from the police and firefighters who work for the department, and from community members.

On their way to Meijer, the department hosted a parade of lights, during which each child was brought to the store in a public safety vehicle with lights and sirens blaring.

Once at the store, each child was paired with a member of the department, who helped them shop for toys and cold weather gear.

“I couldn’t be prouder of how Huron Township came together for these children and families,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

He continued, “As for the shop with a hero event, it was a special sight to see more than 50 volunteers focusing on six special children and making them kings and queens for a day. We saw a community come together to not only provide funding, but to be there on the parade route to wave to the kids and show them that an entire community cares about them and their families. Even if they don’t yet realize how special this night was right now, they will someday. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving our organization the opportunity to be a small part of this great community team in the place we all call home.”

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Police in Metro Detroit will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this holiday season


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Dec. 17, 2019 

You know the slogan by now: drive sober or get pulled over.

While the holidays are often fun and busy times for families, friends and coworkers, it is also one of the deadliest times of year for drunk- and drugged-driving fatalities, authorities say.

Law enforcement, in partnership with the Office of Highway Safety Planning, are encouraging safe, sober driving this holiday season.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign runs from Dec. 18 – Jan. 1.

During that time, increased enforcement, along with statewide messages about the dangers of impaired driving, aim to drastically reduce traffic crashes, fatalities, and injuries on the roadways.

“The holidays should be an enjoyable time to spend with loved ones,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “It’s important for people to drive sober this holiday season – and every day. If you’re impaired by any substance, you shouldn’t drive.”

To reinforce this message, OHSP aired a new ad titled “Toe Tags” emphasizing the dangers of drugged driving.

In 2018, one person was killed every 50 minutes by a drunk driver on our nation’s roads, according to the Office of Highway Safety Planning.

In Michigan, of the 905 fatal crashes in 2018, 31.7 percent involved alcohol.

During last year’s Christmas holiday, there were 13 fatal crashes, with nine crashes involving alcohol.

Over the New Year’s holiday last year, there were nine fatal crashes, with one crash involving alcohol.

Officers during this campaign will be on the look-out for motorists under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Impairment of any kind while driving is illegal.

If a person chooses to drive while impaired, they can be arrested for a DUI and could face jail time and hefty fines.


 

Southgate teen charged with making terroristic threat against Huron High School student


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Dec. 10, 2019 — 9:30 PM EST

A 15-year-old Southgate resident is charged with making a terroristic threat against a Huron student through a social media post which caused an early dismissal of Huron High School on Tuesday.

Police say the suspect referenced a school shooting in the threat, which was reported to school staff Tuesday morning by another student who attends the school.

The threat was specific to Huron High School and targeted a student that the suspect believed was at the school.

The suspect who made the threat is not a student at Huron High School.

No other schools within the Huron School District were affected, mentioned or appeared to be a target in the threat, police said.

“We are very fortunate that the student who observed this threat had the courage to come forward and quickly notify school officials. That is a true credit to the school administrators who have educated the students and brought awareness to the importance of reporting these types of threats,” said Everette Robbins, Huron director of public safety.

Once school administration and police were made aware of the threat, the decision to dismiss school early was made.

“A collective decision between our department and school administration was made to only release Huron High School students and not the rest of the district. There was absolutely no threat indicated towards the other schools and evacuating the other schools could have potentially placed unaffected students unnecessarily in harm’s way. We were able to keep our resources concentrated to where the threat was directed,” Robbins said.

As school was being released, the Detective Bureau executed a search warrant to a social media provider which resulted in obtaining information identifying the suspect as well as his current location.

At 1:30 p.m., the student was taken into custody in the city of Southgate.

In a statement, Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron Schools, said: “This morning, officials at Huron High School were made aware of a social media post mentioning threats of violence and a weapon. The post was sent late last night to an individual who does not attend school in the Huron School District, and school administrators were made aware of the post late this morning. After consulting with the HTPD officials and reviewing our school emergency operations plan, students at Huron High School were dismissed early at 12:20 as a precaution. Following the early dismissal, the Huron Township Police investigated the situation, including working with the social media outlet. During the course of that investigation, the HTPD was able to identify the I.P. address from which the post was made, and an individual has been taken into custody. Student safety is our primary concern, and we will continue to work closely with the HTPD to keep our schools safe. It is unfortunate that, like many other school districts, we found ourselves in a situation such as this. Nevertheless, I appreciate your patience and trust in our process as we continue to work to keep our students safe.”

While the high school was being dismissed, officers were sent to Brown and Miller Elementary Schools as well as Renton Junior High as a precaution.

The Huron Township Fire Department responded to the high school as a precaution in case medical care of any type was needed during the student release process.

“I am very appreciative of the way that Superintendent Rowe, Principal Huddock, Assistant Principal O’Brien and the entire high school staff handled this situation. They brought professionalism and calm to a potentially chaotic situation. As not only the Director of Public Safety, but more importantly a parent of students within the district, I am proud of the concern they show for the safety of our students,” Robbins said.

“I want the residents to know that every threat made within our school district will be handled quickly and taken seriously. We will charge anyone making threats to the fullest extent of the law. We will always choose to overreact rather than underreact. It is a great opportunity once again for parents to speak to their children about the consequences of posting any type of threat on social media,” he said.

Robbins said school is safe to attend on Wednesday.

“The suspect is in custody and is not a threat. As a precaution, we will have a police presence at all of the schools within the district tomorrow morning in an effort to make parents and students feel safe,” Robbins said.

The suspect is being held in the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center awaiting possible felony charges from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

His identification is not being released at this time.


 

 

Huron High School dismissed early on Tuesday due to threatening social media post


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Dec. 10, 2019 — 12:30 PM EST

UPDATE: Southgate teen charged with making terroristic threat against Huron High School student

Huron High School in New Boston was dismissed early Tuesday due to a social media post alleged to be threatening in nature, according to Huron Township Police.

The police department posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon explaining the decision to dismiss the high school early.

The social media post allegedly mentioned threats of violence and a weapon, according to police.

Evening events scheduled for Tuesday at the high school have also been cancelled or postponed.

School remains in session in Renton Junior High and in both elementary schools in the district.

Officials say extra police patrols will be present at the other schools.

A letter to parents in the district explaining the incident was emailed Tuesday afternoon from the superintendent’s office.

Check back with The Huron Hub for further developments regarding this story. 


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Project Breathe donates pet oxygen masks to Huron Township Fire Department

Pet oxygen masks, like the one seen here, were donated recently to the Huron Township Fire Department through Project Breathe, an effort organized by Invisible Fence, makers of pet containment products. (Photos courtesy of Invisible Fence)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Dec. 4, 2019

Pets that live in the township are safer from the effects of a house fire thanks to a program that donates pet oxygen masks to fire departments across the country.

Project Breathe, an oxygen mask donation effort spearheaded by Invisible Fence, makers of pet containment products, held its second annual Project Breathe Giveaway on Facebook in honor of National Fire Safety Month in October.

The public was invited to nominate their local fire departments for pet oxygen mask donations.

Huron Township was one of the fire departments nominated by the public and chosen as a donation recipient.

“The Project Breathe Program goal is simple,” said Ed Hoyt, director of Invisible Fence. “We want to ensure that every fire department and rescue unit across the U.S. and Canada are equipped with life-saving pet oxygen masks.”

Experts say each year, it’s estimated that more than 40,000 pets die in fires, mostly due to smoke inhalation.

Organizers of the donation effort say in most cases, first responders lack the equipment to resuscitate and save pets, and programs like Project Breathe are addressing this issue.

Since the program’s launch in 2006, over 28,803 masks have been donated to first responders.

Fire departments can request pet oxygen mask kit donations here.


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Donate to Huron Township Department of Public Safety’s ‘Shop with a Hero’ event

(Image courtesy of Huron Public Safety)


Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety launched a GoFundMe page Monday in support of their annual “Shop with a Hero” event.

Here is a link to the GoFundMe page

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Below is a message from the department about the event:

The Huron Township Police Department would like to once again work with deserving children this holiday season with our 6th annual “Shop with a Hero” event.

Last year, we were able to provide a Christmas for six Huron Township children and multiple other well-deserving families. It was and is truly the best day of the year. Huron Township First Responders, members of the community, Huron School District staff and their families volunteered their time to make this happen. Our goal is to make this the best Christmas for children that other wise may not have one.

After seeing our event the last five years, many residents asked us how they could donate to this wonderful cause. We decided to ask our community partners once again for help in this project. Anything will help. We can assure you that every dollar will go towards Huron Township Children and receipts will be maintained.

In 2016, the Huron Township Fire Department joined in this great event, essentially making this a night to “shop with a hero.” We are proud that they will be joining this effort once again.

The goal is to make this happen, not just from the Police and Fire Departments, but from this great community! If we are lucky enough to surpass our goal, the Huron Township Police Department will gladly use extra money help other families in other ways in our community. In that instance as well, all expenditures will be publicly revealed.

Based on the generosity of our residents, we were able to help many more people last year during the holiday season than ever before.

Video from last year’s event: