By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
Thanks to a specialized unit that includes a detective from the Huron Township Police Department, multiple high profile arrests have happened in the Huron Township area between February 20 and March 18, 2015.
“The Western Wayne Community Resource Team assisted us with taking some individuals with some very serious charges against them off of the streets and out of our community,” said Huron Township Police Chief Everette Robbins.
Detective Jon Bettendorf, a 14 year veteran of the Huron Township Police Department, serves on the Western Wayne Community Resource Team.
“Our Detective assigned to this unit is a very valuable resource to our residents,” said Robbins.
On February 20, Timothy Michael Dye, a 34 year old Detroit resident, was arrested in Detroit on a criminal sexual conduct warrant for an alleged incident involving a seven year old.
Raymond Manley Ryckman, a 46 year old Dearborn resident, was arrested on March 9 in Huron Township. Ryckman is under investigation for an alleged criminal sexual conduct fourth degree involving a 11 year old.
On March 10, 46 year old Huron resident Victor Heath Farley was arrested in Taylor on an outstanding warrant for felony larceny. It is alleged that over $20,000 in jewelry was stolen by Farley.
29 year old Huron resident David Timothy Satneck was arrested in Monroe County on March 18 due to an outstanding warrant for larceny by conversion.
Robbins said that the unit is working on these, as well as several other projects within the Huron community and that they are seeing the positive results of their work.
A 51 year old Hazel Park resident was found dead in Huron Township on Monday, March 16 following an investigation into his whereabouts.
According to Huron Police Chief Everette Robbins, officers from the Huron Police Department first responded to Brenner Oil Company, 22100 Huron Township Court, on Sunday, March 15 in an attempt to locate the man after he had been reported missing in Hazel Park.
The missing man was an employee of the oil company.
On Monday, March 16, officers and detectives from the Huron Township Police Department, with air assistance from the Monroe County Sheriffs Department, conducted a search for the missing man in the area of the oil company.
The missing man, according to police, was located in a wooded area deceased. The initial investigation into the death points to an apparent suicide.
“Once again, we appreciate the air assistance of the Monroe County Sheriff Department,” said Robbins.
“Although this is not the outcome the family was hoping for, we are glad that we could locate the missing person quickly and provide them some closure and resolution.”
Any further information regarding this investigation should be directed to the Hazel Park Police Department at 248-542-6161.
On Monday, July 28, Huron Township Police responded to a citizen who claimed they were the victim of a fraudulent IRS phone call.
According to Police Chief Everette Robbins, the victim, who lives in the 29000 block of Van Horn Road, stated that they were contacted by telephone regarding a debt that they owed to the IRS.
The fraudulent IRS employee informed the victim that they owed money to the IRS and that they needed to pay immediately to avoid being arrested, Robbins said.
According to Robbins, the victim was advised to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak Card, which is a prepaid card typically used by people who don’t have bank accounts. These cards are readily available at stores like Walmart, CVS and Walgreens.
After loading the card with money, the victim was told to call a phone number and give the card’s PIN number to the fake IRS employee.
According to Robbins, the victim complied with this request and in turn, lost thousands of dollars.
Robbins said that an initial investigation showed that the fraudulent IRS employee is located in a foreign country.
While prepaid phone scams aren’t necessarily new, this type of scam is becoming more prevalent.
Scammers will call and pretend to be a representative of the IRS or utility company, claim that they have a debt to pay off and then advise possible victims to buy Green Dot MoneyPak cards to pay off the debt.
Once the scammers have the card’s PIN number, they will transfer the funds to another card or account.
Scam artists prefer the Green Dot cards because they aren’t linked to bank accounts, and the funds on them are the same as cash and are untraceable.
Consumers can protect themselves from future fraudulent activity
According to the Internal Revenue Service, the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by phone or email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication such as email, text messages or social media. The IRS uses the federal mail system to send official business to citizens.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, if you owe taxes or think you might, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes, then immediately call the IRS if you think you’ve received a fraudulent phone call.
The IRS says that they never ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information related to credit cards or bank accounts.
Possible fraudulent IRS activity should be reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484, as well as your local law enforcement agency.
Be weary of any phone calls trying to collect a debt, and keep in mind that many credible organizations don’t accept payment from a prepaid card.
Senior citizens are considered easy prey for fraudulent activity, so keeping them informed about the latest types of scams helps to keep them safe.
Huron Township Police will continue to investigate this incident.
Contact The Huron Hub’s Editor in Chief at ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com
The Huron Township Police Department is seeking two men who broke into a home in the 23000 block of Waterview Drive in Huron Township on July 13.
According to Police Chief Everette Robbins, the Department of Public Works responded to the residence on Tuesday, July 15 on official business.
Upon arriving at the location, DPW workers noticed damage to the front door of the residence, promoting them to contact Huron PD.
The resident of the home revealed that they had been a victim of an armed home invasion in the early morning hours of July 13.
According to Robbins, the resident said that two males wearing masks forcefully entered the home with a handgun.
Robbins said the victim, who has a current medical marijuana license, was robbed of cash, jewelry and other electrical items.
Huron PD does not believe that this home invasion was random. Police believe that the marijuana and the cash was the motive for the robbery.
Robbins said the victim did not initially report the crime. Police were first aware of the incident on July 15.
The first suspect that police are seeking is a white male, approximately 200 pounds and six feet-one inches tall, has dark eyes and a skinny bridge to his nose. This suspect carried a orange or pink stun gun.
The second suspect, who brandished a semi-automatic handgun, is a male that is about five feet-ten inches tall. The second suspect’s race is unknown.
Anyone who has further information regarding this incident should contact the Huron Township Police at 734-753-4400.
Traffic enforcement has always been a controversial division of a city or township’s police department.
The common thinking among the public is that the traffic enforcement division is only there to generate revenue.
However, the Huron Township Police Department says traffic enforcement is an important policing program that benefits the community in several ways.
The Huron Hub had the opportunity to do a ride-along with traffic enforcement in July 2014.
Sitting between north and southbound I-275 in a black, tinted Huron Township police Dodge Charger, veteran Officer Fred Yono explained the public’s typical view of traffic enforcement.
“Most people think it’s all a money generator,” said Yono.
“While that’s part of it, this work also benefits the community as well.”
The high-pitch squeal of the police car’s radar can be heard, signaling a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.
Yono steps on the pedal and the engine accelerates rapidly as he pulls over a car going ten-over the speed limit, which on I-275 is 70 mph.
“If you’re going ten over or more, you’re getting pulled over,” said Yono.
Yono works for the Huron Township Police Department’s traffic division, and while one of his main duties as a traffic officer is to write tickets which generate revenue, his job isn’t limited to those responsibilities alone.
Before joining Huron’s traffic division, Yono worked traffic in Van Buren Township for eight years.
“We do things within the community as well. I work with families on child safety and car seat inspection, and have also organized mock disasters,” said Yono.
A mock disaster is a training exercise where participants are challenged to test the actions they would take in the event of a specific disaster scenario.
“I would love to do a mock disaster here in Huron Township in the future. That was the best thing I have done in my career,” he said.
One of the things that also Yono is most proud of is the fact that the traffic division in Van Buren generated enough revenue to pay for itself while being an asset to the police department’s normal day-to-day operations.
“The traffic division in Van Buren solved problems, assisted on emergency runs and paid for itself,” said Yono.
“We helped to reduce accidents, assisted on other calls and tried to do good things in the community,” he said.
Yono explained that a traffic division is also about visibility.
When people see a police presence on the roads, they naturally slow down, and slower speeds means safer travel.
“We are looking to put one or two more people into traffic,” said Yono.
Chief of Police Everette Robbins had similar things to say about building the traffic division.
“We would like to (in the future) have a more full time traffic unit,” said Robbins.
“This agency is lucky to have a person with Officer Yono’s experience and knowledge,” said Robbins.
The traffic division in Huron doesn’t limit it’s patrols to the freeway, however.
“We work selective enforcement as well — if we receive complaints from citizens, we’ll patrol those high accident or high problem areas,” said Yono.
“I don’t just sit on the freeway. If someone is breaking into your house, I’m going,” he said.
Yono noted that the peaks times for speeders on I-275 is on the weekends, and that he doesn’t hand out many tickets to township residents.
Most of the speeders he pulls over are from Ohio. He also catches several travelers that are in a hurry to get to Cedar Point.
Not all speeders get the full brunt of a ticket. Yono hands out a lot of impeding traffic and five-over tickets. Drivers who are apologetic and aware of their actions tend to be let off with a lighter infraction.
In about two hours, Officer Yono wrote twelve tickets and gave one warning.
As he handed out a ticket a ticket to a speeder, Yono received a response that many people probably wouldn’t expect.
“(The driver) thanked me very much,” said Yono. “You can’t beat that — that means we’re doing a good job.”
Some much needed resurfacing and repair work may be coming to some roads in Huron Township in the near future.
Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano announced the Township Roads Initiative on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
The initiative is designed to make funds available to help repair, resurface or reconstruct township roads.
According to a news release from Ficano’s administration, Wayne County’s nine townships are all eligible to participate. Huron Township, Canton, Redford, Northville, Brownstown, Van Buren, Plymouth, Grosse Ile and Sumpter will all have a chance to take advantage of the initiative.
According to the release, the Township Roads Initiative is a unique partnership between the Wayne County Department of Public Services and the county’s townships. The initiative will make $14 million available over the next two years to help address local township roads.
To be eligible, the roads must be zoned residential and have to be within Wayne County’s jurisdiction.
Counties are responsible for road repairs within a township, which differs from cities. Cities receive state gas tax revenues to help with road repairs.
$7 million in funds will be available for townships during the 2014-2015 fiscal years, while the other $7 million will be available during the 2015-2016 fiscal years.
In the release, Ficano stated that this initiative will bring much needed resources for residential township roads that need attention.
The initiative will be a reimbursement based program, which will require townships to match at least 20 percent of the total cost of a project to qualify. Wayne County will fund up to 80 percent of the project costs capped at the amount available for each township.
The amount of funds a township can receive will be based on population.
Huron Township, which has a population of just over 15,460, will have $500,000 available during each fiscal cycle. The total initiative amount for Huron, which includes a 20% match by the township, will add up to $1,250,000.
Canton Township, which has the highest population when compared to the other eight townships in Wayne County, will receive an annual initiative amount of $1,500,000 for each fiscal cycle.
Each township is required to submit their proposals for repairs by November 30.
Expect road closures this week near the Sibley railroad crossing in Huron Township.
According to a Nixle message sent out this morning by the Huron Township Police Department, CSX Transportation will begin repair work on the Sibley Road crossing between South Huron River Drive and I-275 in Huron Township.
According to Huron Township Police, the road will be closed to traffic from Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 11.
Huron Police recommend using Warhman Road to Pennsulvnaia Road to South Huron River Drive as a detour to Sibley Road.
Plan ahead and expect closures at that railroad crossing this week.