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Sibley railroad crossing repairs begin today, expect road closures

Expect road closures this week near the Sibley railroad crossing in Huron Township.

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.

 

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St. Stephen festival rings in the spring with kid friendly environment, music and food (SLIDESHOW & VIDEO)

Holding on tight, A young festival goer enjoys a beautiful day at the St. Stephen Polish festival in New Boston on Sunday, May 18 2014.

Holding on tight, A young festival goer enjoys a beautiful day at the St. Stephen Polish festival in New Boston on Sunday, May 18 2014.

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor in Chief

 

Screams, laughter, cheers and Polish music could be heard Sunday afternoon on the campus of the St. Stephen Catholic Church in New Boston as residents and families of the Huron area enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at the 66th annual Polish Festival.

The festival, which is held every year on the weekend before Memorial Day, showcased an environment that could elate any young child. The rides, which were run by Maple Leaf Amusements, had that perfect mix of smaller less intense rides for younger kids, and the more high powered rides for teens and adults.

If rides aren’t your forte, don’t be worried. The festival definitely didn’t lack entertainment and food. The live music stage featured bands on all three days of the event, most notably of which was the popular Metro Detroit area band known as Fifty Amp Fuse, who rocked out the stage on Friday and Sunday evening.

Serving traditional Polish food as well as typical American eats, the food building in the middle of the festival was busy all weekend long.

Serving traditional Polish food as well as typical American eats, the food building in the middle of the festival was busy all weekend long.

Being that St. Stephen is a Polish festival, it held up to it’s ethnic heritage. The food building located right in the center of the festival grounds featured traditional Polish foods like pierogi, stuffed cabbage, sausage and kielbasa – all of which were extremely delicious.

The festival always features specialty cook-offs as well. Each day of the weekend featured special dishes, including lake perch, BBQ ribs and BBQ chicken.

For the adults out there: yes, the beer prices were reasonable. A $3.00 ticket got you about a pint of beer, which is worth enjoying while listening to some traditional Polish music, or while you take your chances in the adults only vegas tent.

Outside of the normal festival activities, there were multiple raffles for cash and gift baskets, as well as a softball tournament. The festival featured something for everyone.

The St. Stephen annual polish festival is always a great way to welcome spring and summer into Huron Township: even if the weather wasn’t necessarily up to par. If you couldn’t make it down this year, make sure to check it out next May. It is family friendly, reasonably priced and full of different entertainment options.

To stay up to date on the St. Stephen Polish Festival, visit their website at http://www.ststephenfestival.com.

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Police situation at Country Meadows complex ends peacefully

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According to police, the man who held his girlfriend hostage at the Country Meadows mobile home complex last night surrendered peacefully around 12:30 a.m.

The incident started around 3:30 p.m. on Monday when the unidentified man told police he would shoot his girlfriend if they tried to gain entry into the house. Huron Township Police and The Downriver Mutual Aid Task Force responded with a SWAT team and a negotiator. 

Following hours of negotiation, police were able to get him to come out of the home and at that point, the man was taken into custody.

The victim only had minor injuries, and no other injuries were reported.

Check back with The Huron Hub for updates on this story.

 

UPDATED: Possible hostage situation at Country Meadows mobile home park

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By Scott Bolthouse

Updated: Police situation ends peacefully 

The Huron Township Police Department is in the process of resolving a dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend at the Country Meadows mobile home complex on Will-Carleton Road.

According to Huron TWP Police Lieutenant Gary Dockter, “The male has made threats to harm his girlfriend if the police try to make entry into the home.”

“At this time we have no information that children are in the home,” said Lieutenant Dockter.

Lieutenant Dockter said that Huron Township Police is working together with the Downriver Mutual Aid Taske Force and that a negotiator is in contact with the suspect.

“We are attempting to revolve the situation in a peaceful manor,” said Lt. Dockter.

The Huron Hub will be updating this story as it unfolds. Check back for the latest information.

 

 

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Fire Chief honors Frank Marvaso at Apr. 23 Trustees meeting

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By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor in Chief

 

Huron Township Fire Chief Ed Gillman honored former Fire Chief Frank Marvaso during the Apr. 23 Board of Trustees meeting. Marvaso, who acted as Fire Chief in the township for 24 years, died on Apr. 20, 2014 at the age of 72.

Marvaso, who was a life-long resident of Huron Township, served with the fire department from 1963-1993. “As chief, he organized three departments into one Huron Township Department,” said Chief Gillman. According to Gillman, before Marvaso took over as Chief, firefighters in Huron were not dual certified as both a firefighter and EMT, and some medical calls took up to 40 minutes for a response. “Frank made all of the firefighters dual certified, as an EMT as well,” said Gillman. “If you didn’t like it, you didn’t get on,” said Gillman.

“(Marvaso was) a good chief, dedicated to the service of this community and the department. He will be greatly missed; it was an honor and pleasure to serve with him,” said Chief Gillman.

Funeral services for Marvaso were held on Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 and he will be buried at Michigan Memorial Park in Huron Township. Memories can be made to Karmanos Cancer Institute at www.karmanos.org.

 

Business conducted at the meeting:

 

  • The board approved the hiring of Part Time Police Officer Thomas Hickman. According to Lieutenant Gary Dockter, Hickman is 22 years old and has lived in Huron Township for one year. Hickman is a graduate of Woodhaven High School and the Schoolcraft Police Academy, and is working towards a bachelors degree in criminal justice from Eastern Michigan University. The board also accepted the resignation of Part Time Police Officer David Pinnow.

 

  • Trustee RP Lily gave an update on the Apr. 16 LDFA meeting. According to Lily, the LDFA marketing representative gave an update on statistics during the meeting. Lily also updated the board that Load One Logistics continues to negotiate with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in regards to the finance of the project. Trustee Lily gave an update on Brose, a German automotive supplier who operates out of Huron Township. Brose, in accordance to Act 328, was required to develop a minimum employment level of 200 jobs. According to Lily, actual jobs at the complex come to 175. Brose projects a total of 260 jobs once all positions are filled. “Everyday you go by the parking lot, and it is getting more crowded,” said Trustee Lily, who hopes to tour the facility with the rest of the board in the near future.

 

  • The board approved a request from Willow Metro Park that allows them to add mixed liquor drinks to the beer and wine license that they already possess. According to the Metro Park, residents, visitors and wedding receptions have all requested the availability of liquor at the park. It was noted by the board that the Metro Parks have their own police force that patrols the parks.

 

  • It was announced that Huron High School won the State of Michigan Class-B Championship of the Quiz Bowl. High school students refer to this contest as “team jeopardy.” The Huron High School team was made up of five seniors, one junior and three sophomores. “(This is a) testimony to the wonderful school system we have in our great community,” said Trustee Lily.

 

  • The board approved the second reading of the private road ordinance, which the Huron Hub reported on following it’s first reading during the Apr. 9 Trustees meeting.

 

 

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Huron Township police release statistics from December 2013 through March 2014

(Photo/Jeremy Cady)

(Photo/Jeremy Cady)

The Huron Township Police Department’s Facebook page posted police statistics on Tuesday, March 22. The statistics cover December 2013 through March 2014 and are as follows:

December 2013 Stats
Dispatch received 4,249 incoming phone calls
Dispatch received 496 calls on incoming 911 lines
Officers responded to 374 calls for service
Officers completed 156 reports
Officers made 32 Arrests
Officers wrote 26 accident reports.

January 2014 Stats
Dispatch received 7,682 incoming phone calls
Dispatch received 802 calls on incoming 911 lines
Officers responded to 428 calls for service
Officers completed 109 reports
Officers made 23 Arrests
Officers wrote 36 accident reports.

February 2014 Stats
Dispatch received 6,343 incoming phone calls
Dispatch received 637 calls on incoming 911 lines
Officers responded to 347 calls for service
Officers completed 83 reports
Officers made 25 Arrests
Officers wrote 37 accident reports.

March 2014 Stats
Dispatch received 3,080 incoming phone calls
Dispatch received 284 calls on incoming 911 lines
Officers responded to 388 calls for service
Officers completed 132 reports
Officers made 37 Arrests
Officers wrote 29 accident reports.

It is interesting to note that incoming calls for January and February 2014 were almost double that of December 2013 and March 2014.

Back in the beginning of March, the Huron Hub reported a SafeWise study that listed Huron Township in the top 50 safest cities in Michigan. According to the company’s social media pages, SafeWise is “the authority on safety and home security news.”

 

 

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Huron Township police officers commended for preventing potential suicide

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By Scott Bolthouse

 

Officers Sterling Price and John Bettendorf were commended for persuading a suicidal woman to surrender her gun.

According to Huron Township Police Lieutenant Gary Dockter, Officers Price and Bettendorf arrived at the woman’s home on Ellis Street on March 15 and found the woman in a garage with a gun.

According to Lieutenant Dockter, the officers heard the woman say that she was going to point her gun at the officers in an attempt to make them shoot her.

Following an hour long negotiation, the woman agreed to surrender her weapon. Lieutenant Dockter said that the woman was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Both officers received letters of commendation and were publicly recognized at last week’s board meeting.