Category Archives: Police & Fire

Michigan State Police accepting unwanted pills during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday

(Photo source: Pexels)


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

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2019

In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic that’s affecting nearly all corners of the U.S., Michigan State Police are asking residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted pills during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 26

“This is something every Michigan resident can do to make sure unused prescription drugs don’t end up in the wrong hands. Even one pill makes a difference,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police. “Take a few moments to check your home and get rid of these medications. Opioid and prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses are real. Help us fight this crisis.”

MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday by serving as drop-off points.

All collected pills will be destroyed, with no questions asked, MSP said.

Liquids, inhalers, patches and syringes cannot be accepted.

To view a list of MSP Posts, visit this link.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year in April and October.

During the April 2019 effort, MSP posts collected 1,184 pounds of prescription drugs, according to MSP.

Anyone who is unable to participate on Saturday can anonymously give their unwanted prescription drugs to any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Additionally, disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose environmental and health hazards.

For more information about opioids and the additional steps residents can take to protect themselves and loved ones, visit michigan.gov/opioids.

Related: State Police create new investigative unit focusing on illegally prescribed opioids


 

Michigan State Police ‘Click It or Ticket’ initiative starts today


Posted Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019


Autumn in Michigan includes tailgates and bonfires, along with Halloween parties. Officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police want to remind people to enjoy these activities and make safe driving choices this month as seat belt enforcement steps up across the state during the two-week Click It or Ticket campaign Oct. 17-31.

In Michigan, 192 people killed in traffic crashes during 2018 were not wearing a seat belt. October is the second deadliest month, behind only July, for fatalities of those unrestrained in a passenger vehicle in Michigan between 2013 and 2017.  

“Wearing a seat belt is the simplest thing you can do to save lives and reduce injuries in a crash,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “When you’re out enjoying fall in Michigan it’s important to remember to buckle up – every trip, every time, every passenger.”

Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up.  The fine and associated costs for not wearing a seat belt is $65.  Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4’9” tall, and children under 4 years old must be in the back seat.

In Michigan, the seat belt usage rate stands at 94.4 percent. The national seat belt use rate in 2018 was 89.6 percent.

The OHSP coordinates the Click It or Ticket effort which is supported by federal traffic safety funds. 

Source: Michigan State Police


3 drivers ticketed recently for failing to stop for school buses in Huron Township


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

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

Three drivers were cited recently in Huron Township for failing to stop for school buses.

The drivers were cited within the last week and were from Carleton, Newport, and Lincoln Park.

One driver was also cited for having no proof of insurance.

The fine for failing to stop for a school bus is $195 in addition to 3 points on a person’s driving record.

Both marked and unmarked Huron Township police vehicles have been randomly following school buses as they pick up students recently.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety, says policing bus stops will be a continued effort in the township.

“We will continue to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding this issue. Make no mistake, if you
disregard the signals and fail to stop and hurt one of our children, we will to see to it that you face the maximum penalties allowed by law,” he said.

Tips from the director of public safety regarding bus safety:

●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 have been seen crossing 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.

Here is some other noteworthy information about school bus safety from the Michigan State Police. View the info here.


 

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


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

Posted Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

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. 14.

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 drop their payment off at the Huron Township Police Department to Director Robbins, or donate to the Go Fund Me page that supports the Shop with a Hero Program.

Be sure to note on the Go Fund Me page that the donation is toward the “adopt
a firefighter” program.

The Go Fund Me page will become active on November 1st, 2019.

“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.”


 

Resident accused of pointing rifle at witness following altercation that started near bus stop, ended behind house


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

Posted Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

A 34-year-old Huron Township resident was arrested and charged with brandishing a firearm after an altercation began near a bus stop and ended with the suspect allegedly pointing a rifle at a witness behind a house.

Police were called to the 27800 block of Mockingbird in the Claremont subdivision at 8:12 a.m. on Oct. 11 for a report of an assault that had just occurred.

When police arrived, a witness told officers that the suspect was yelling profanities at them because their dog was barking.

According to the witness, the man was yelling the profanities at them in the vicinity of students waiting at a bus stop.

A second witness who was not involved in the initial altercation told police they approached the suspect and asked him to take the conversation to the back of the suspect’s house to get it out of view of the students at the bus stop.

The second witness told police that when they went to the rear of the suspect’s house, the suspect exited the back of his house holding a rifle.

The witness told police the suspect eventually pointed the rifle at him.

The suspect then reportedly put the rifle down and the witnesses contacted the Huron Township Police Department.

No shots were fired and no one was injured during the incident.

“At no time do we believe that the weapon was within the view of the children at the bus stop, nor was the gun pointed at or in the direction of the children. We have no reason to believe that the suspect was targeting the students waiting for the bus,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

When police first arrived on scene, the suspect was still inside his house.

After Huron Township dispatch contacted him, he eventually came outside.

The suspect complied and was arrested, and the rifle was recovered and held as evidence.

“On Friday, we were proactive and had marked police units in the area of the bus stop to make residents feel safe. We will continue to do that as much as possible in the upcoming days and weeks,” Robbins said.

“We are working closely with Superintendent Rowe and the Transportation Department regarding this situation. The decision was made to move one bus stop and we will continue to work together to monitor the situation and it’s impact on the students in the neighborhood.”

The investigation was turned over to the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, who charged the suspect with a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a firearm.

The suspect posted a $500 bond and was released.

The suspect’s name is not being released because he has not yet been formally arraigned in court.


 

4 arrested during undercover human trafficking operation in Huron Township


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

Posted Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

Four people were arrested by Huron Township Police during an undercover human trafficking operation on Oct. 10.

Police conducted the operation with the goal to identify and arrest people attempting to solicit prostitution from female decoys, as well as those traveling to Huron Township to provide prostitution services.

The operation was held at an undisclosed vacant residence in Huron Township, said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

Romulus Police Department assisted Huron Township Police during the operation.

“It is important that law enforcement send a clear message that the victimization of anyone through the means of prostitution or Human Trafficking will not be tolerated. More importantly, we want to get the victim’s the help and resources they deserve to get out of this dangerous lifestyle,” Robbins said.

The four arrested are from different southeast Michigan communities.

A 46-year-old man from Monroe was arrested for soliciting prostitution. His vehicle was forfeited for its use in the crime.

A 28-year-old man from Taylor was also arrested for soliciting prostitution, and a 42-year-old female from Warren was arrested for prostitution.

A 49-year-old man from Dearborn Heights was arrested on felony charges for transportation of a prostitute. His vehicle was also forfeited for its use in the crime.

The Huron Township Police Department currently has two members assigned to the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force — Director Robbins and Cpl. Sterling Price.

“We are thankful for the partnership we have with the City of Romulus and hope to conduct similar operations in the near future. Crimes such as these do not respect borders and affect us all. It is helpful to take a teamwork approach and work together to tackle these types of crimes,” Robbins said.


 

ATM, truck involved in smash-and-grab recovered in Huron Township; police believe incident part of larger operation

The front entrance of Mobile gas station, 37330 Huron River Drive, is seen destroyed in this photo shared on Facebook. An ATM was stolen from the gas station early Tuesday morning by three thieves who used a pickup truck as a battering ram to gain entry into the business.


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

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019

Police have recovered an ATM and stolen truck used in a smash-and-grab robbery that occurred early Tuesday morning at Mobile gas station, 37330 Huron River Drive.

The truck and ATM were recovered in Huron Township after being ditched by three suspects, who were recorded on surveillance footage wearing items to hide and alter their identities during the robbery.

“This appears to be a larger scale operation that has affected multiple cities throughout the Metro Detroit area. We will be collaborating with the other affected police agencies and continue to investigate this incident. We have some investigative leads that we are following up on,” said Everette Robbins, Huron director of public safety.

At 3:14 a.m., Huron Township’s emergency dispatch center received a call from Wyandotte Alarm Company regarding an active alarm at the gas station.

Huron Township police responded within five minutes and observed major damage to the building.

Further investigation revealed that an ATM was stolen from inside.

The amount of cash taken with the machine is being withheld by police pending further investigation.

Huron Township detectives and evidence technicians responded to the scene to lead the investigation, Robbins said.

Surveillance footage shows a full-size truck was used as a battering ram to penetrate the building’s main entrance.

The truck was stolen before to a third incident that occurred in Romulus.

The investigation is ongoing and no other information is available.