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Procession through Huron Township will honor local father, son who drowned during fishing trip

Authorities say Justin and Jaxon Oaks were last seen near the area of the Downriver Marina boat launch on March 29. After launching their boat and going fishing on the Huron River, they did not return to their vehicle, which was found parked at the Downriver Marina boat launch with an empty boat trailer attached to it. Both of their remains were found in April.

Posted by The Huron Hub
Saturday, May 2, 2020

A celebration of life procession will take place Saturday evening through Huron Township to honor the lives of Justin and Jaxon Oaks.

The father and son went missing during a fishing trip on the Huron River in late March.

Huron Township Public Safety will be escorting the procession.

The procession will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. Saturday and will head this route:

Waltz southbound to Willow Road from Lower Huron Metropark Entrance

Willow Road to Huron River Drive

Huron River Drive to Vining Road

Vining to Sibley Road

Sibley to Huron River Drive

Huron River Drive through town past Tiffany’s and the Oaks farm

King Road to Middle Belt Road

Middle Belt to Van Horn Road

Van horn to Huron High School (driving behind the building and ending near the baseball diamonds).

Justin Oaks grew up in Huron Township and graduated from Huron High School.

Here is an archive of news stories about Justin and Jaxon Oaks 


 

Police recover body of boy who went missing on Huron River in late March

Justin and Jaxon Oaks

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

Published April 25, 2020

Police on Friday recovered the body of Jaxon Oaks, 6, who went missing with his father Justin Oaks late last month during a fishing trip on the Huron River.

Justin Oaks’ body was was recovered on April 13.

“On April 24, 2020 a relative of the two boaters was continuing a search for the still missing 6-year-old, Jaxon Oaks. The relative subsequently discovered a body in the Huron River and reported it to the Michigan State Police. Members of the Michigan DNR assembled and assisted with the recovery of the body from the river. The body was positively identified as Jaxon Oaks, the 6-year-old son that went missing with his father on March 29, 2020,” Michigan State Police said.

Background

At 9:50 a.m. on March 29, Justin Oaks, 29, took his son Jaxon fishing on the Huron River between Lake Erie and the I-75 overpass.

Justin and Jaxon did not return to their vehicle, which was found parked at the Downriver Marina boat launch with an empty boat trailer attached to it.

A Michigan State Police investigation determined that the last contact with Justin was via text message with a family member at approximately 11:58 a.m. on March 29.

An extensive search was conducted by the Michigan State Police Marine Services Team with assistance from the United States Coast Guard, the Michigan DNR, the Brownstown Police and Fire Departments, the Rockwood Police and Fire Departments and the Flat Rock Police and Fire Departments.

The boat they had been in was later recovered overturned in the Huron River.

Justin Oaks grew up in Huron Township and was a graduate of Huron High School.

Article updated


 

ServiceMaster by DSM donates cleaning services to Huron Township Police Department

ServiceMaster by DSM, owned by Rob Spradlin of Huron Township and Mike Horback of Livonia, disinfected patrol vehicles after Huron police officers came in contact with a potential COVID-19 patient. (Photos courtesy Huron Township Department of Public Safety)


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

Published April 16, 2020

A company co-owned by a Huron Township resident donated their specialized cleaning services to the Huron Township Police Department recently.

ServiceMaster by DSM, owned by Rob Spradlin of Huron Township and Mike Horback of Livonia, disinfected patrol vehicles after Huron police officers came into contact with a potential COVID-19 patient.

The company offered their services free of charge.

“It’s important that we all contribute where we can during this difficult time. The saying, ‘we are in this together’ means we each have to do our part within our field of expertise to help. We understand the importance of keeping our first responders safe and healthy,” Spradlin said.

ServiceMaster by DSM has been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic since it began in March.

Their services have included cleaning detention rooms and patrol cars at other Downriver police departments, making containment rooms at Garden City hospital for coronavirus patients, and cleaning residential homes that have been contaminated by the virus.

ServiceMaster by DSM has been involved in emergency services in the southeast Michigan area, including bio-hazard cleanings and water and fire restoration, for over six years.

The company says they are trained and staffed in order to complete the work effectively and safely.

They can be reached for services at 248-987-6430.

“We cannot thank Rob and Mike enough for their contribution to our first responders. There is nothing more important right now than the continuous effort to keep them all safe and healthy as they serve our community,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “Rob is very invested in our community, not only during this crisis, but also as a Reserve Police Officer with our agency. We thank him and ServiceMaster for their support.”


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Former Huron Township fire lieutenant, paramedic passes away due to COVID-19

Paul Novicki, 51, served the Huron Township community for 26 years as a firefighter/EMT before retiring in 2018 to spend more time with his family. He passed away last Thursday from COVID-19 complications.


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

Published April 14, 2020 

Paul Novicki, a paramedic and former Huron Township fire lieutenant, died last Thursday from complications due to COVID-19.

Novicki, 51, served the Huron Township community for 26 years as a firefighter/EMT before retiring in 2018 to spend more time with his family.

He currently worked with Rapid Response EMS as a paramedic, and lived with his wife, Kristi, in Huron Township.

A small memorial service was held for family members following his death, but family says a larger celebration of Paul’s life will be planned for the future.

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety honored Novicki in a Facebook post, and said it plans to host a public parade in the future to further honor him.

A final radio call for Novicki was made Saturday night and shared on Facebook Live.

EMS services and other first responders held a parade outside of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital last week in honor of Novicki.


 

Huroc Park in Flat Rock closed due to COVID-19 pandemic; violators subject to fines, jail time

Huroc Park in Flat Rock is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Flat Rock police said those who enter Huroc Park area or parking lot will be subject to a misdemeanor citation and fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail. (Photo/Google)


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

Published April 9, 2020 – 11:00 AM EST

Huroc Park in Flat Rock is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flat Rock police and the City of Flat Rock  announced the closure on their Facebook pages Thursday.

Authorities said the park currently is not an ideal location for the public to be visiting as communities try to battle COVID-19 through social distancing and staying home.

“The decision comes after many warranted complaints and concerns from citizens for the spread of the virus. With the main entrance to the island and park being a narrow bridge, citizens would find themselves unknowing placing themselves within the governor’s recommended 6 ft social distancing range; thus, placing themselves and others, in possible danger of spreading the COVID-19 virus. It has also been noted, groups of people have been gathering inside the park and the general area,” the post said.

Flat Rock police said those who enter the Huroc Park area or parking lot will be subject to a misdemeanor citation and fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.


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Boat recovered during search for father, son that went missing on Huron River

Authorities say Justin and Jaxon Oaks were last seen near the area of the Downriver Marina boat launch on March 29. After launching their boat and going fishing on the Huron River, they did not return to their vehicle, which was found parked at the Downriver Marina boat launch with an empty boat trailer attached to it.
(Photo courtesy Flat Rock Police)

Posted by The Huron Hub | Monday, April 6, 2020

The boat used by Justin and Jaxon Oaks, who went missing last weekend during a fishing trip on the Huron River, was found Sunday by search teams.

Posted April 5 on Flat Rock Police Facebook page.

Search teams and volunteers from all over the area have been working to find the father and son.

At 9:50 a.m. on March 29, Justin Oaks, 29, took his 6-year-old son Jaxon, fishing on the Huron River between Lake Erie and the I-75 overpass.

State police investigation determined that the last contact with Justin was via text message with a family member at approximately 11:58 a.m. on March 29.

Justin and Jaxon did not return to their vehicle which was found parked at the Downriver Marina boat launch with an empty boat trailer attached to it.

Justin and Jaxon Oaks

1 confirmed case of COVID-19 in Huron Township


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

Published March 27, 2020

The first case of COVID-19 in Huron Township has been confirmed.

Authorities confirmed Friday there is one Huron resident who has the virus.

The Department of Public Safety and Supervisor David Glaab’s office released a joint release with information about the case.

At 1:18p.m. on March 23, the Huron Township Department of Public Safety and Huron Valley Ambulance responded to the 28000 block of Mineral Springs regarding a medical emergency where a 51-year-old man was showing symptoms of COVID-19.

The patient was then transported to a local hospital where he tested positive for COVID-19.

As of March 27 there are 3657 cases of COVID-19 reported in Michigan, with 92 deaths associated with the virus.

Wayne County is currently a hotbed in the state for confirmed cases of the virus.

On March 27, 735 cases and 14 deaths have been confirmed in the county.

The state updates the virus statitsics daily at 3 p.m. at  michigan.gov/coronavirus

COVID-19 can be spread from an infected person to others through:

-The air by coughing and sneezing without covering your mouth and nose with your elbow
-Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
-Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your face, in particular, your mouth, nose or eyes.

Steps you take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:​

-Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when coughing or sneezing ​
-Wash your hands frequently with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds​
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth​4.
-If feeling ill, call your doctor immediately

Related: Public Safety Director updates community on department’s COVID-19 procedures


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For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

Public Safety Director updates community on department’s COVID-19 procedures

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety


Posted by The Huron Hub on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety, released the following message to the community Tuesday afternoon that lays out the department’s updated procedures and response during the COVID-19 situation.

As we all well know by now, we are facing unprecedented times as global fears continue to rise regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.

I thought it would be important, and hopefully reassuring, for the residents and business owners to know that our public safety department remains committed to serving the community during this time of great uncertainty. While we do not want to overreact or create panic, we feel it is important to put procedures in place that balance the need for our first responders to serve the public with the need for us to keep them healthy so they can continue to perform their duties. With that delicate balance being kept in mind, the following operational changes that may affect the way services are delivered will be enacted for the immediate future:

Public Safety buildings, including both the police and fire departments, will be closed to the public. The facilities have been cleaned and disinfected for the safety of our employees. The records department is closed to in-person contact, but emergency requests and FOIA’s can still be requested by emailing jgodzina@hurontwppd.us. The records department can also be contacted by telephone at 734-753-4400, ext. 128 or 123. The community is further asked to call the Huron Township Dispatch Center to request a non-emergency police response. No non-emergency in-station complaints will be taken at the Police Department facility.

Huron Township Police Officers have been instructed to avoid entering residences in non-emergency situations for the safety of both the resident, as well as themselves. Non-emergency reports will still be taken in the normal fashion, but the reporting party will be asked to give the necessary report information outside of the residence. Officers have also been instructed NOT to enter residences on non-life-threatening medical calls unless requested to do so by responding medical personnel.

Huron Township Fire Personnel will begin following a recently updated Health Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) protocol as it relates to non-emergency medical responses that include patients screened positive for COVID-19. The protocol recommends that ONLY the transporting unit respond directly to the location of the call for service as long as the units estimated time of arrival is less than 30 minutes. Back-up paramedics and police units will also respond within close proximity to the call location so they can be activated to assist if needed but will not respond directly to the location. Again, this is for non-life-threatening medical calls ONLY. There is no change to the way emergency and life-threatening calls for service will be delivered. Patient care is always our number one priority.

Huron Township Dispatch Staff will ask the following questions on ALL incoming calls for service:

Does the patient have respiratory symptoms (cough or shortness of breath) or fever?
Has the patient traveled out of the country or been in close contact with a person known to have 2019-nCoV illness within the 14 days before symptom onset?

We realize that this may be inconvenient for callers, but the intent is to provide our first responders with all of the pertinent information that can be made available to assist them with responding in a safe manner.

I want to assure the community that your public safety team is committed to keeping the community informed, educated, and most importantly safe. We are meeting daily to discuss changes in this fluid and ever-changing situation. I also want to assure our residents and business owners that Huron Township First Responders are doing all we can to provide you with the quality of service we hope you have come to expect from us.

On a personal note, I want to ask the community to keep our local businesses in your thoughts and hope that we can all support them during this difficult time for them. I also want to thank the Summit Academy and Huron School Districts for donating cleaning and disinfecting supplies to our first responders at a time in which those supplies are scarce. As both your Director of Public Safety, as well as a resident of this community, I am extremely proud of the way Huron Township community has represented itself during these uncertain times. There is no doubt in my mind that we will get through this together, and when we do, we will be stronger and safer than ever before.

Lastly, I want to assure the public that every decision that we make is made with the safety of both our community as well as our first responders in mind. I respectfully ask residents who are unhappy with the way service is delivered during this difficult time to direct their frustration to me instead of the first responder staff. Decisions to change the delivery of service are made by me and the staff are just following my direction. I have not heard a single complaint from our first responder staff about their role in keeping the community safe during this period. I thank each of them and their families for unselfishly putting themselves on the front line. As always, I am happy to speak to any resident at any time. Your concerns, thoughts, and ideas are welcomed. Please feel free to contact me by email at erobbins@hurontwppd.us or by telephone at 734-753-4400.


Detroit man arrested for allegedly breaking into businesses in Huron TWP, Flat Rock


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

Published Friday, March 13, 2020

A 46-year-old Detroit man was arrested Friday after he allegedly broke into a gas station in Huron Township and a butcher shop in Flat Rock.

Huron Township Police responded to the Chapp Oil Company Sunoco station located at the corner of South Huron and Waltz Road for a burglary alarm just after 4 a.m.

On arrival, officers observed the front glass door of the business to be broken.

The Huron Township Detective Bureau and Evidence Technician Unit immediately responded to the location.

Surveillance video showed the suspect damage the glass and gain entry by using a hammer.

The suspect stole cigarettes and a cash drawer from the business.

Huron police then received information from the Flat Rock Police Department that they had a similar incident happen at a business in their city early Friday morning.

After investigating the break-in, the Huron Township Detective Bureau took the suspect into custody at his house in Detroit at 11:45 a.m. Friday.

The Michigan Department of Corrections Parole and the Gibraltar Police Department assisted during the arrest.

The suspect’s vehicle, as well as property stolen during the break-in, was recovered at the suspect’s residence.

He was interviewed by detectives and admitted to breaking into both businesses, said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety.

“I am extremely pleased with the direction that this investigation took right from the onset. We used every resource available to us and are appreciative of the Michigan Department of Corrections Parole Division and the Gibraltar Police Department for their assistance with this investigation,” Robbins said.

The suspect’s identity is being withheld pending formal charges from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney.

He is being held in the Huron Township Police Department jail.

Robbins said that it’s possible the man may have committed a similar crime at a third business.

“We have information to believe that there may have been a third business victimized sometime within this time period. We would ask any jurisdiction that may have had a similar incident to reach out to us for more information.”


 

Man caught on camera breaking into Chapp Oil Co., Jim’s Butcher Shop early Friday morning

The man seen in this surveillance footage broke into at least two downriver area businesses early Friday morning. This screen shot shows the suspect that broke into Chapp Oil Company in Huron Township, and he is alleged to be connected to a break in at Jim’s Butcher Shop in Flat Rock on the same morning. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Lukosavich)


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

Published Friday, March 13, 2020

This story has been updated with arrest information at this link: https://wp.me/pMi3g-2Zf

Original post: 

A man was caught on surveillance camera early Friday morning after he broke into Chapp Oil Company, 37333 S. Huron Road in New Boston.

The same man is alleged to have also broke into Jim’s Butcher Shop, 28418 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock on the same morning.

The man’s face is on full display for all to see after taking no measures to hide his identity.

Both businesses posted the man’s photos on their Facebook pages Friday asking the public for help identifying the suspect.

“Please help us catch this person! Broke into our store this morning! He also hit several other local businesses! Please contact Huron Township Police dept,” a post shared by Chapp Oil Company said.

Anyone with information should contact the Huron Township Police Department at 734-753-4400.