Category Archives: Police & Fire

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


Article submitted by Huron Township Department of Public Safety
Posted Oct. 7, 2020

Huron Township Police Department policy does not allow for officers, reserve officers, and dispatch staff to wear beards while in uniform. However, if you see a Huron Township Police Officer sporting a beard over the next few months, they are not breaking the rules. The Police Department has decided to participate in No Shave November to support our annual Shop with a Hero Program. Each Officer will donate money to the event to allow the opportunity to grow a beard this holiday season. Officers will be allowed to begin wearing beards on October 1st, 2020.

To make this even better, we want to get our residents involved. On the evening of our Shop with a Hero event, we will have a best beard contest. The best beard contest will be judged by residents on our Facebook page. The winning beard (Officer) will once again win a free night off from work to be worked by Director of Public Safety Everette Robbins.

Unfortunately, due to safety standards relating to the use of equipment, our firefighters cannot participate by growing facial hair. However, we do not want to leave them out of this since they are a crucial part of our Shop with a hero event. So, we are offering the residents the opportunity to “adopt a firefighter” for this event. For a donation of $50 towards our Shop with a Hero event, a resident can grow a beard and support the fire department. At the Shop with a Hero event, we will have a separate beard contest for those that adopted a firefighter. The contest will be judged by members of our fire staff. The winner of this 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 in care of Director Robbins or donate to our Go Fund Me page that supports the Shop with a Hero Program. Please be sure to note on the Go Fund Me page that your donation is towards the “adopt a firefighter” program. The Go Fund Me page will become active on November 1st, 2020.

Last year, No Shave November raised more than $1800 towards the Shop with a Hero 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,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “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.”


Police continue search for missing Huron Township man


Raymond Foster, 69, went missing from the 19600 block of Middlebelt Road in Huron Township. He was last seen after leaving his home walking to the store at King and Middlebelt Roads.

Posted by Scott Bolthouse
The Huron Hub
Sept. 30, 2020 – 9:30 PM EDT

Police in Huron Township are continuing to search for a man who went missing Sept. 22.

Raymond Foster, 69, went missing from the 19600 block of Middlebelt Road in Huron Township. He was last seen after leaving his home walking to the store at King and Middlebelt Roads.

Here is an update from the police department posted this evening:

Mr. Foster was NOT located during our extensive ground search today. We have conducted multiple search’s in the area over the past week in an attempt to locate Mr. Foster.
We will continue to use every option available to locate him. Anyone with tips is asked to call the Huron Township Emergency Dispatch Center at 734-753-4400.
A special thank you to our Mounted Division, Our K9 Unit who worked with the assistance of the Ecorse and Taylor Police Department K9 Units, the Shielded Souls Motorcycle Club who allowed us use of their parking lot to establish a command center, and the residents of Huron Township who allowed us access to their properties for the search.
The Huron Township Department of Public Safety will be conducting a ground search for a missing person, beginning in the area of King and Middlebelt Roads. Multiple locations in the area may be searched.
The Huron Township Mounted Unit as well as the K9 Unit will be leading the search. Please do not approach searching staff members as it can affect the effectiveness of the search. Any questions should be directed to Director Robbins at 734-753-4400.
Raymond Foster, 69-years-old. Missing from the 19600 block of Middlebelt Road in Huron Township. Last seen after leaving his home walking to the store at King and Middlebelt Roads.
Dark complexion, short black hair, brown eyes. Clean shaven
Height: 5’8″
LAST SEEN WEARING: Yellow and Black colored pajama style pants. Black and white tennis shoes.
If located or observed, please contact the Huron Township Department of Public Safety Emergency Dispatch Center at 734-753-4400.

Police seeking missing Huron Township man

Posted by The Huron Hub | Sept. 23, 2020
2:00 PM EST

Raymond Foster, 69-years-old. Missing from the 19600 block of Middlebelt Road in Huron Township. Last seen yesterday morning after leaving his home walking to the store at King and Middlebelt Roads.

Dark complexion, short black hair, brown eyes. Clean shaven
Height: 5’8″

LAST SEEN WEARING: Yellow and Black colored pajama style pants. Black and white tennis shoes.

If located or observed, please contact the Huron Township Department of Public Safety Emergency Dispatch Center at 734-753-4400.


Toledo man charged with felonies after police recover handgun during pursuit in Huron Township

Dash cam footage from an Aug. 25 police pursuit in Huron Township shows the moment after the driver crashed into a tree and then fled from police on foot. You can view the full dash cam footage below.

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Aug. 27, 2020 

A 23-year-old Toledo man is facing felony charges after he fled from Huron Township police, resulting in a crash and police recovering a loaded handgun from the scene.

On Aug. 25 at 3:18 p.m., an officer assigned to the police department’s Traffic Services Unit attempted to pull over Calvin Marlowe Ware as he was headed north on I-275 near Sibley Road.

Police said Ware was going 85 mph in a 70 mph zone.

The vehicle, with three people inside, did not stop after police activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens.

Police dash cam footage released by Huron Township Police shows what happened next.

The vehicle headed eastbound on Sibley Road and then southbound on Wahrman Road.

The driver opened the door of the vehicle in what appeared to be an initial attempt to flee on foot.

The driver then turned around in the front yard of a house on Wahrman Road before again heading southbound on Wahrman.

A few moments later, the driver crashed into a tree near a ditch.

During the crash, the driver was ejected from the vehicle into a ditch, and then fled the scene northbound on foot.

The responding officer immediately took the two other people into custody.

Multiple Huron Township marked and unmarked units responded and setup a perimeter in the area with assistance from the Metroparks Police Department.

The perimeter was held for several hours while the search for the driver continued.

The Huron Township Police Department K9 Unit responded and initiated a search within five minutes following the vehicle crash.

While the K9 was tracking the suspect, it also located narcotics near the location where the suspect entered a wooded area.

During the search, police used a drone equipped with infrared night and day vision cameras. The infrared cameras can detect heat signatures within the wooded area.

At 6:05 p.m., a resident on the southern end of Wahrman Road observed the suspect exit the wooded area on his property.

The resident contacted 911 and officers who were still maintaining a perimeter took the suspect into custody without incident.

Evidence technicians located a loaded handgun in the ditch near the driver’s side door where the suspect was thrown from the vehicle.

The handgun was listed as stolen out of Perrysburg, Ohio.

Ware is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and fleeing from police, both five-year felonies.

He is also charged with misdemeanor driving with a revoked license and habitual offender charges.

23-year-old Calvin Marlowe Ware of Toledo

“A passenger within the vehicle advised us during the investigation that immediately upon the officer attempting to stop the vehicle, the suspect was observed to pull the handgun from his waistband area. We believe the crash ejected both the suspect, as well as the weapon from the vehicle. I hate to think of the ways this scenario could have played out had that not happened,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety. “Our staff remained persistent and maintained the perimeter for several hours while continuing to search. I believe this ultimately cornered the suspect, forced him northward and ultimately out of the woods where he was taken into custody.”

Seen here is the gun that was allegedly discarded by the driver after crashing and fleeing on foot. Photo courtesy Huron Township Police.

Robbins said the department has added several resources over the past few years that assist them during incidents like these.

“As a Public Safety Organization, we have worked extremely hard over the past few years to train our staff to provide crucial services to our community such as K9, Evidence Technician, and Detective services. Within the past few months, we have also established our drone unit. This case certainly shows the importance of our traffic services unit and the need for professional proactive policing methods,” he said.

Robbins said the emergency dispatch center played a crucial role in helping locate the suspect.

“Our Emergency Dispatch Center was without doubt the unsung hero throughout this incident. I say without hesitation that their performance is a key reason that not only this suspect was taken into custody, but more importantly why this incident ended safely for everyone involved. I thank them for their efforts.”

Including the dash cam footage for the public to see was important, he said, because it shows how quickly things can happen during a pursuit.

“I included the dashcam video of the initial pursuit so that our community can see firsthand not only the professional and quick police response, but also as a lesson as to how quickly a situation like this can become dangerous. This began as a routine traffic stop for speed, but as you can see, nothing is ever routine.”


Suspect in custody after police pursuit ends in crash, foot chase on Wahrman Road

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

First posted Aug. 25, 2020 — 6:15 PM EST

Huron Township Police say a man is in custody after a police pursuit ended in a crash and foot chase on Wahrman Road Tuesday afternoon.

Huron Township Public Safety updated the community on their Facebook page.

The post reads:

Update:After an extensive search and neighbor cooperation, the suspect is IN CUSTODY.
The Huron Township Police Department is on the scene of a Police pursuit/crash in the area of Wahrman Road between Sibley and Huron River Drive.
One occupants fled on foot from the vehicle and a handgun was recovered at the scene. Residents in the area should be observant and call 911 immediately if the suspect is seen. The suspect is a black male, with dreadlocks, wearing a white shirt. It is unknown if he is armed. Do not approach if observed.
The Huron Township K9 Unit and Detective Bureau are on the scene and the Huron Township drone is in the process of being deployed for an area search.
Please avoid the area if possible

This story will be updated when more information is available 


Updated: Man wanted in connection to allegedly killing 4 in Sumpter Township turns self in

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

First posted Aug. 16, 2020 — 12:20 PM EST

Updated Aug. 16, 2020 — 11:00 PM EST: 

Sumpter police said that the suspect, 37-year-old Raymond Lee Bailey of Sumpter Township, has turned himself in. He will be transferred to their custody. Check back for any updates released in the future.

Initial article:

Sumpter Township police are searching for a man wanted in connection with a quadruple homicide that occurred on Saturday in Sumpter.

Sumpter police released information on Sunday morning about the incident in a Facebook post.

Police responded Saturday to a quadruple homicide at a house in the 24000 block of Martinsville Road.

Sumpter officers found two men and two women, all in their 30s, dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

A Crime Scene Response Team from the Michigan State Police Forensic Division was requested and arrived to assist police.

Detectives said they identified 37-year-old Raymond Lee Bailey of Sumpter Township, the ex-boyfriend of one of the women, as a suspect.

Police said they obtained information that he had fled north, possibly heading to the Upper Peninsula.

Police were told the suspect allegedly confessed to the killings to several people via telephone and texts.

Detectives were able to begin tracking him as he fled North and located his vehicle abandoned near Bay City.

“Sumpter police has worked through the night with authorities in that area to attempt to find him, and a statewide BOL is active. The search is ongoing,” a statement said.

Sumpter police ask anyone with information to contact the Sumpter Township Police Department detective bureau at 734-461-4833, option 4.

This story will be updated 


Huron firefighter commended for responding to house fire in Ash Township while off-duty


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

Posted Aug. 3, 2020

A Huron Township firefighter was commended recently for responding to a house fire while driving off-duty through Ash Township.

Firefighter Chris Ciersezwski was driving on Sigler Road in Ash Township on May 5 when he noticed a chair was on fire on the front porch of a house with people inside.

Even though Ciersezwski was off-duty and outside his jurisdiction, he still took action and responded to the fire, which had been burning unnoticed by the residents.

Ciersezwski evacuated the residents and began to fight the fire, which had spread throughout the house, according to a letter of commendation from Everette Robbins, Huron director of public safety.

Ciersezwski was fighting the fire without his regular department equipment.

He then contacted Monroe County Emergency Dispatch and relayed information to them regarding the fire.

Ciersezwski was also commended by Fire Chief James Hinojosa and Deputy Fire Chief Bill Metzger for his brave actions.

You can read the full letter of commendation for Chris Ciersezwski at this link.


Police identify man they say is wanted in connection with July 27 break-ins


Huron Township Police say the man seen in this photo has been identified following an alleged break-in and other suspicious activity that occurred in Huron Township on July 27. Detectives are currently working on locating the suspect. Photo courtesy of Huron Township Public Safety.

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub

July 31, 2020

Police have identified a man they allege is connected to break-ins that occurred in Huron Township on July 27.

According to police, it is not the first time the suspect has victimized the Huron Township community, and they are currently working on locating him.

On July 27 at 2:45 p.m., police responded to the 22600 block of Rust Road for a break-in.

A resident in the area called 911 to report that the front door of a neighbor’s house looked forced open.

He told dispatch that the door remained open and he was unsure if anyone was inside the house.

When police arrived, they searched the house but did not locate anyone inside.

The police department K9 unit responded and assisted with a search for suspects still in the area, along with the Huron Township Detective Bureau and Evidence Technician Unit.

The homeowners reported a handgun was missing from the house but no other property was reported missing. No vehicles or suspects were observed during the incident.

At the same time police were investigating the Rust Road break-in, 911 received a call from the 20200 block of Middle Belt Road for a report of a home invasion of an occupied house.

The homeowner reported that he arrived home and observed a red older Dodge Ram truck parked behind his house

The homeowner told police he then saw a man inside his house.

A verbal confrontation occurred, and the suspect fled the house northbound on Middle Belt Road.

The homeowners reported jewelry missing from inside.

Later the same day at 7:25 p.m., a resident reported suspicious activity at his house located in the 27100 block of Rust Road.

The resident reported that at 11:35 a.m., a suspicious man and his vehicle were captured on the surveillance camera at his house. (photos below)

The suspect seen on footage knocked on the door of the house but did not make entry inside.

“We believe all of these incidents are related. Fortunately, we have been able to identify this individual and are attempting to locate him. The unfortunate part is that this is not the first time he has victimized our community. In the summer of 2014, we located, arrested, and charged this individual after he did multiple home invasions here in Huron Township. He was released on parole after doing only a fourth of the time he was sentenced to and is out and back at it again,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

“The community has our word that we are working hard and using multiple resources to locate this individual. Truth be told, we are angry that he has been given the ability to victimize our residents again unnecessarily. Our Detective Bureau has worked tirelessly to put this investigation together and did a terrific job identifying him once again. We are asking our residents to come together, watch out for each other, and report anything suspicious to us immediately. If you wonder if you should call, please do. Again, please keep a look out for the vehicles we described, but also be aware he could have access to other vehicles. A common method is for thieves to knock on a door to see if someone is home. If this happens to you, even if they do not attempt entry, call us via 911 immediately.”


Public Safety Department collecting new school supplies during “Stuff the Bus” event


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 31, 2020

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety is partnering with local schools and community groups to collect new school supplies for the upcoming school year during their annual “Stuff the Bus” initiative.

The Huron School District, Summit Academy Schools, Huron Township Rotary, Willow United Methodist Church and Huron Township Goodfellows are joining forces with the department for the school supply drive.

New school supplies, backpacks, child-size face masks, hand sanitizer, washable markers, and small denomination gift cards to Target, Meijer, or Walmart are needed to assist local families in need.

Anyone interested in dropping off donations can do so at the Huron Township Police
Department, 36500 S. Huron Rd. New Boston, beginning Aug. 3. Drop-offs will be accepted from 8 a.m to 10 p.m.

“Even as an adult, I still remember the feeling of going to the first day of school with my new clothes, backpack, and school supplies. Unfortunately, some kids who go to school in our community never get to experience that feeling. My favorite part of this job is having a platform to help kids in my community that can use it,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

“I have seen first-hand the generosity of this community, especially when it comes to our children through the shop with a hero Christmas Program. I am hoping that we can all come together to stuff the busses. All the collected items will be given to kids who show up the first week of school without the things they need. I am excited to see what this community can do. I want to thank all of our community partners for the support. We always get immediate support from Superintendent Rowe and Superintendent Hedke and they are as excited about this initiative as we are. The busses are here, and we are ready to go.”


Police seek information on vandalism at Waltz Park

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 14, 2020

Huron Township police are seeking information regarding vandalism that occurred recently at Waltz Park.

“Very recently, this park was vandalized. I apologize for the language in the photographs, but we hope it will anger the community as much as it does us,” a Facebook post from the public safety department said. “We are asking anyone with information as to who may have done this to contact the Huron Township Police Department Detective Bureau or Director Robbins immediately at 734-753-4400. Your tip can stay anonymous. We truly hope that we can use our community partnerships to come together and hold those that did this accountable.”

Here are photos of the vandalism.

Warning: these images contain profanity. Viewer discretion advised. 

Image may contain: tree, house, sky, grass, plant and outdoor

Image may contain: tree, house, grass, plant, sky and outdoor

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“We will be taking several steps to deter this behavior in the future. A thank you to the Huron Township Department of Public Works for cleaning up this mess and making it presentable for our children and their families,” the post said.