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Fatal Crash on Route 44

April 22, 2017 Fire, Police No Comments

By John Fitts

Police have confirmed there was one fatality from a crash on Route 44 near the New Hartford town line Saturday afternoon.

Police said they received multiple 9-1-1 calls about the two-car accident at 1:46 p.m. One driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not immediately release the person’s identity.

The driver of the second vehicle was trapped and had to be extricated by members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, before being transported to an area hospital for serious injuries.

There were no passengers in the vehicles.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, Canton Police, New Hartford Volunteer Ambulance, Life Star and the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team were all at the scene. The road remained closed early Saturday evening.

Anyone who witnessed the crash, which is under investigation, is asked to call Canton police at 860-693-0221.

Canton Police to host Tip-A-Cop event for Special Olympics April 13

April 12, 2017 Community, Police No Comments

Officers with the Canton Police Department will host a Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut at Dish ‘n Dat Bar and Grill, 110 Albany Turnpike, Canton, from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 13.

Officers will assist restaurant staff in taking orders and serving meals to customers. All tips the officers earn during their shift will go to Special Olympics Connecticut to support its year-round sports, health, and fitness programs for athletes of all abilities.

Tip-A-Cop is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. For more information, call (203) 230-1201 or email specialolympicsct@soct.org.

Canton Officer Praised for New Hartford water rescue

February 28, 2017 Community, Police No Comments

Officer Andrew Schiffer

By John Fitts 

NEW HARTFORD – While the story ends sadly, a Canton police officer is being heralded for his bravery in rescuing an elderly man from the waters of the Farmington River Monday.

It was approximately 11:30 a.m. when state police spotted a 70-year-old New Hartford man in the Farmington River in New Hartford in the vicinity of the River Run complex on Route 44.

State police, New Hartford and Winsted ambulance crews, as well as volunteer fire departments from New Hartford, Nepaug and Canton, responded to the scene on the west side of the river but, due to a deep, fast-flowing channel of water, were hampered from immediately reaching the man.

Canton police officer Andrew Schiffer was asked to travel up Farmington River Turnpike on the east side of the river. A portion of that road is closed and blocked off during the winter and Schiffer had to reach the scene on foot. … Continue Reading

Canton Woman Dies After Vehicle, Bus Accident

February 23, 2017 Police No Comments

A 79-year-old Canton woman passed away from her injuries after an accident between her vehicle and a Connecticut Transit bus, police said.

It was at approximately 12:24 p.m. on Feb. 22 when police responded to a 9-1-1 call about a bus vs. car accident on Dowd Avenue, near Dunham, police said.

Arriving emergency personnel found a vehicle driven by Helen Ricard, 79, of Canton, off the roadway, police said. She was the lone occupant of the vehicle and had to be extricated from the vehicle by town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, according to a police department press release.

She was transported from the scene to an area hospital for treatment and police were later notified that she had passed away.  Eugene Rivers, 42, of Enfield, the driver and lone occupant of the bus, also found off the roadway, sustained minor injuries.

The incident remains under investigation and any witnesses are asked to contact the Canton Police Department at (860)693-0221.

Police: Passenger in Car that Crashed into Restaurant has Died

January 24, 2017 Fire, Police No Comments

The passenger in this vehicle has died from her injuries.
Photo by TAB Photographic

Canton police said the woman who was a passenger in the vehicle that struck the Crown and Hammer Restaurant has died. 

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Monday a car driven by Michael Stoppani crashed into the restaurant in downtown Collinsville. 

Margaret Stoppani, 86, of Canton, sustained fatal injuries, police said Tuesday morning. The Chief Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death accidental, with blunt injuries to torso, head and extremities. 

 Michael Stoppani sustained minor injuries. 

The town of Canton volunteer Fire and EMS Department extricated the woman from the vehicle and secured leaking water and gas in the building. 

Police said only one car was involved. They are also asking any witnesses to call 860-693-0221. 

See more about the incident in our previous story

Woman transported to hospital after car crashes into Crown and Hammer

January 23, 2017 Fire, Police 1 Comment

Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department use a hydraulic tool to remove the roof of the vehicle.
Courtesy of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

Editor’s Note: Sadly, the female passenger in this vehicle has died from her injuries. See our updated story here

By Mark Jahne and John Fitts

A car slammed into the Crown & Hammer Pub Jan. 23, punching a hole through the wall. 

Police chief Christopher Arciero said an elderly female  was extricated by members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and transported to an area hospital. Her son was driving, police said. 

Fire officials said the car went three to four feet into the building. 

There was an active natural gas leak and water pouring from the structure, fire officials said, and Connecticut Water, Connecticut Natural Gas and Eversource also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, fire crews shut off the natural gas and water lines, as Canton’s paramedics and EMTs medically evaluated the driver and passenger, fire officials said.  Fire crews used a hydraulic tool to quickly remove the roof of the car while a paramedic worked to stabilize the patient, fire officials said. As a precautionary measure, fire crews also charged a hose line to the building, officials added. 

The accident, which occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m., is under investigation. Police are looking into exactly what happened. 

“We’re still trying to piece that together,” Arciero said.  … Continue Reading

It’s Not Too Late to Help The Less Fortunate Among Us

December 7, 2016 Business, Community, Police No Comments
Some of the gifts that were given out to families Tuesday morning. Photo by John Fitts

Seen here are some of the gifts that were made available to needy Canton families in 2015.

Gifts for Canton Collection Runs Through Dec. 11

By John Fitts

CANTON – There might be just a few days left in the annual Gifts for Canton effort but there’s still many ways to pitch in.

Since 1995 the Canton Chamber of Commerce has led the effort, which involves collecting items such as holiday gifts, everyday essentials and gift cards to help struggling Canton residents. Last year, the effort helped some 60 families, which collectively represented 388 people.

The effort relies on donations from local residents as well as the help of partners such as ShopRite of Canton, The Canton Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Avon-canton, Larsen ACE Hardware and Jeannine Fund Raisers. The chamber also holds other fundraisers during the holiday season.

“The community is extremely involved,” said Jill Brandon, who is chairing this year’s drive. … Continue Reading

Two Injured When Vehicle Veers off Maple Avenue

November 17, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

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Photos courtesy of Bill Glass

CANTON – Two people were injured early Thursday evening when a Sports Utility Vehicle veered off Maple Avenue and ended on its side, police said.

The driver of the vehicle and a passenger were both transported to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries, police said.

A long section of the metal and wood guide rail in the “s curves” on the road was damaged by the vehicle, which ended up on its side. Police said the accident is under investigation. Further details were not immediately available.

… Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative

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On Wednesday, Canton officials and department heads participated in the 2016 Statewide Governor’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative Exercise.

On Wednesday, Canton officials and department heads participated in the 2016 Statewide Governor’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative Exercise, which centered around a prolonged ice storm.

Participants reviewed the town’s Emergency Center Operations, Mutual Aid partnerships, notification systems, equipment resources and shelter capabilities – and discussed the town’s policies and practices before, during and following such an event. … Continue Reading

Village Cafe Burglarized, Now Re-Open

September 3, 2016 Business, Police No Comments

By John Fitts

It was an especially hectic morning at the popular Village Cafe and Bistro in Canton Village on Saturday.

Chef/owner Steven Day received a call at 5:30 a.m. from a staff member who had gone to open the restaurant and discovered that the place had been burglarized.

Day said someone had managed to pry open the front door and rip out the cash register system.

Day said the person (s) responsible did get a small amount of money and did break and trash some items in the restaurant but did not steal anything else.

“It was a quick job,” he said.

Fortunately for Day, he had some additional equipment he had secured for a planned expansion and was able to open at 8 a.m. – an hour later than usual. As of late morning Saturday, he was still working on getting some specialty cords and a few other details.

“Everything will be resolved, I think, by the end of the day,” he said. “It’s just one of those things.”

Canton police did respond to the restaurant Saturday morning but did not immediately release any further information.

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