Police conduct proactive liquor, tobacco sales operation

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Huron Township police conducted a proactive liquor and tobacco sales operation in the community on Oct. 31.

All businesses in the township that sell tobacco and/or liquor were tested for selling 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,” said Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

The department performs routine operations targeting businesses that sell the products regularly.

“Protecting the youth in the township is a priority of the department, and illegal sales to minors will not be tolerated.”

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Police warn residents of recent larcenies from unlocked cars

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor–ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Police are warning residents to lock their vehicles at night after a rash of larcenies have occurred in the area.

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety issued a notice to the community Wednesday morning to inform residents about recent larcenies that have occurred from unlocked vehicles.

Several larcenies have also been reported out of Romulus and appear to be connected.

Romulus police released a video on their Facebook page of an alleged suspect. View the video here.

In one instance in Huron, a caller reported a suspicious person in their area on Oct. 31, which possibly scared a thief away.

Here is the full statement from the department of public safety:

Our department, along with neighboring communities, have received several reports of larcenies from vehicles. Some of the reports and suspect descriptions have been consistent with those reported in neighboring communities.

In the early morning hours of October 31st, we received a call from a vigilant resident about suspicious activity in their neighborhood. We had several cars respond and were in the area within minutes. It is believed that the vigilant resident scared the suspects and they fled the area. A very short time later, the Romulus Police Department had a similar incident inside a neighborhood in relatively close proximity to where our incident occurred.

All of the incidents appear to be occurring in neighborhoods within close proximity to the freeway. To my knowledge, all vehicles that have been entered have been unlocked. While I in no way believe that it excuses the behavior of a thief, it unfortunately makes it easy for them.

We will continue to work closely with our neighboring communities to address this issue. This is another reminder to PLEASE LOCK YOUR RESIDENCES AND VEHICLES and do not leave weapons or other valuables in your vehicles overnight. We also ask that you report any suspicious activity or persons inside your community immediately to us at 734-753-4400. Even if it is someone who belongs in the community, they should be thankful that people care enough to report what they see as suspicious.

Anyone with information in regards to the suspects in this investigation, please contact the Huron Township Police Department immediately at 734-753-4400.

 

This article has been updated 

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Once all of the information and photos are gathered, email it to ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com.

The article will also be archived in a special business section on our website and promoted through our social media channels.

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Community groups planet 18 new trees at Berlinn Park

Photos courtesy of Gregory Graham.

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

18 new trees were planted at Berlinn Park over the weekend.

The planting was sponsored by the Huron Township Rotary, the Huron Recreation Department, and Outdoor Challenge.

“The tree planting is the first in several steps to revitalize the park,” said Terri Riopelle, event organizer.

Melanie Shepler, another organizer, thanked Schoedel’s Nursery for supplying the trees.

Photos courtesy of Gregory Graham

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State rep asks MDOT to review railroad crossings

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

State Rep. Darrin Camilleri sent Michigan Department of Transportation an official request Tuesday asking for a study to be conducted on railroad crossings in Huron Township and Woodhaven.

Camilleri announced in a statement on his Facebook page that a Diagnostic Study Team Review should be done at railroad crossings located in both communities.

“These teams, made up of individuals from the Department, road authorities, railroads, and others, assist MDOT in determining crossing safety needs, including the coordination of roadway improvement projects,” Camilleri said.

Camilleri said that a diagnostic review of the Huron Township crossings has not been done since the 1980s.

Local officials have been unable to make progress on the crossing issues because the railroad is labeled as interstate commerce, which is regulated within a state only by the Federal Government according to Constitutional powers.

Motorists that travel over crossings in Huron Township are often left stranded at the safety gates and sometimes have to wait well over an hour for the crossing to eventually clear.

In August, a private company collaborated with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety to make available a camera system to the public that shows live video of each crossing in the township.

Read more: Camera system shows live feed of railroad crossings in Huron Township

Here is Camilleri’s statement in full:

Today, I sent two letters to the Michigan Department of Transportation requesting Diagnostic Study Team Reviews on two Downriver railroad crossings. These teams, made up of individuals from the Department, road authorities, railroads, and others, assist MDOT in determining crossing safety needs, including the coordination of roadway improvement projects.

While these reviews are usually done by the Department at the request of railroad corporations, I think it is time that we also put these state agencies to work for Downriver residents. In the case of the Huron Township crossing, one of these reviews has not been conducted since the early 1980s.

Given increases in traffic and business activity in our community, and the unacceptable number and length of road blockages, I have asked MDOT to conduct these safety reviews as part of a broader effort to work on this issue that rightfully causes so many in our community so much frustration.

Camilleri is representative for House District 23, which includes the communities of Brownstown, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Trenton, and Woodhaven.

Here is the letter Camilleri sent to MDOT regarding to the Huron Township crossings:

Image: Darrin Camilleri on Facebook

Huron Township Fire Department visits Brown Elementary

Kindergarten students at Brown Elementary learn to stay low in the case of a structure fire. Photos courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety.

In honor of Fire Prevention Month, the Huron Township Fire Department spent the morning of Oct. 20, 2017 with the kindergarten classes at Brown Elementary. The fire staff first conducted a classroom session with each classroom introducing fire safety technique’s such as staying low to avoid smoke, stop drop and roll, and how to call 911.

The students then moved outside where they were able to see a real fire truck and ambulance. Our fire department was joined by paramedics from Huron Valley Ambulance. The students were educated on equipment contained within both the fire engine as well as the ambulance.

At the conclusion of the fire safety educational session, the students got a visit from “Flash,” a horse from the Huron Township Police Mounted Unit. Mounted Unit Officer Cherie Stump educated the kids on horse and animal safety.

Public Safety Director Everette Robbins, Chief Jamie Hinojosa, Battalion Chief Jim Katona, Firefighter Vincent Webb, Paramedic Jeff Stachnik, Firefighter Julius Rea, and Mounted Unit Officer Cherie Stump were present for this educational staff.

“This is just one of many educational sessions we plan on conducting with the children in our schools. I couldn’t be prouder of Chief Hinojosa and his staff for the great work they did with the students. There is nothing more important than the safety of our children,” Robbins said.

Source: Huron Township Department of Public Safety

Search for superintendent narrowed to three candidates

 

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor—ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

The Huron School Board has narrowed their search for a new superintendent who will takeover for retiring Supt. Richard Naughton on Feb. 1, 2018.

The final interviews will be held beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23 at Huron High School media center. The public is encouraged to attend the interviews.

The school board interviewed five candidates on Oct. 16 and 17 and asked questions regarding each candidate’s vision for the school district, communication style, management and decision-making style, vision for technology, and many others.

Candidates also were able to offer opening and closing statements.

There were about 25 staff and community members in the audience.

Related: Huron School District superintendent to retire

 

The school board has been assisted during the search process by Dr. Rodney Green, Michigan Association of School Boards consultant.

Candidates and the times they will be interviewed are as follows:

Monday, Oct. 23:

6 p.m. — Julie Brown, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum/Instruction at Linden Community Schools since 2014.    Previously, she was Middle School Principal in Linden beginning in 2004. Also, she was High School Assistant Principal in Carmen-Ainsworth for four years.  She taught English and math and coached for eight years in Ravenna and Carmen-Ainsworth.

7:15 p.m. — Donovan Rowe, Principal at Huron High School since 2008.  Previously, he served as assistant principal for five years.  He has also taught English, coached and held various leadership positions in the district.

8:30 p.m. — Rick Carsten, Superintendent at Ida Public Schools since 2010.  Previously, he served as High School Principal at Genesee Schools for nine years.  He also was High School Principal in Bath, Assistant Principal in Forest Hills, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director in Durand, and taught math at Flint Northern High School.