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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.

Accident Results in Injuries, Closure of Route 179, Some Delays in Getting Kids to School

September 2, 2016 Police No Comments

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CANTON — Two motorists were injured in a two-car accident on Cherry Brook Road Friday morning, police said.

The crash, in the vicinity of 347 Cherry Brook, was reported shortly before 8 a.m.

Police received a 9-1-1 call at 7:54 a.m. and responding crews found the road completely blocked. Both drivers were transported to area hospital but were conscious and their injuries were considered non life threatening, police said.

Police officers, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and a Canton paramedic responded.

The road remained closed for an hour and there were some delays in school bus transportation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the accident to call 860-693-0221.

The investigation is ongoing and police have not released any names.

 

September is National Preparedness Month

August 16, 2016 Community, Fire, Opinion, Police No Comments

Submitted Release 

The Town of Canton’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is reminding everyone that September is National Preparedness Month.

Throughout the month of September, CERT Members will be available to local groups, including housing complexes and condo associations, town and school groups, girl and boy scouts, churches and non-profit organizations to come out and speak about preparedness, offering resources and advice in regard to sheltering in place or making the decision to leave when faced with weather-related disasters.

This educational outreach campaign coincides with FEMA’s annual National Emergency Preparedness Month theme of “Should I Stay or Should I Go”.  Presentations can be catered to fit a variety of settings and populations. Groups interested in inviting CERT Members to present should email Member Kevin Bradley at Bradley_kevinp@msn.com. … Continue Reading

Injured Tuber Rescued, Flown to Hartford Hospital

August 14, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

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By John Fitts 

A man who had been tubing in the Farmington River on Sunday evening was flown to Hartford Hospital via Life Star.

Canton received the call at 4:59 p.m. to assist New Hartford with a water rescue, said Wayne Goeben, assistant chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The victim was located in Nepaug State Forest.

“New Hartford fire, New Hartford EMS, Canton Fire, Canton EMS and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection went into the forest, located the patient, provided medical attention, extricated the patent up an embankment approximately 50 feet using a rope belay system and then transported the patient out and met Life Star at Memorial Field in Canton,” Goeben said.

The patient was flown to Hartford Hospital. He appeared conscious when being transferred to the chopper but officials did not provide an exact status. According to emergency radio reports the man suffered a head injury.

Mailboxes Damaged in North Canton

August 11, 2016 Police No Comments

IMG_3257CANTON — Approximately 11 mailboxes were damaged overnight – late Wednesday or early Thursday – in the areas of North Mountain Road, Woodchuck Hill and Hilltop Drive, police said.

Residents reported the incidents to police on Thursday morning, said Capt. Lawrence Terra.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Canton Police Department at (860) 693-0221.  … Continue Reading

Crews Respond to Small Electrical Fire in Torrington Avenue Home

August 10, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

IMG_8775Canton police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, with assistance from area departments, responded to 119 Torrington Ave. Wednesday afternoon for reports of possible fire in the walls of the home.

Canton Fire Marshal Tim Tharau said the fire was quickly extinguished and was caused by an issue with the exhaust fan motor at the kitchen stove. Most of the damage was confined to that area with some damage to the walls as firefighters checked for any “extension” – or spreading of the fire. There was some smoke damage in the home as well, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, Tharau said. He confirmed reports that there was some electrical work done at the home but said there was no clear correlation to the fire.

 

DOT, Canton Police Announce Extended ‘U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.’ Initiative

August 3, 2016 Community, Police No Comments

 

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Canton CT – The Canton Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, today announced the continuation of the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” initiative – an effort to crackdown on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving by using a hand-held mobile phone.

According to surveys conducted last year’s crackdown, there was an eight percent drop in mobile phone use by drivers at observation locations throughout municipalities where police conducted enforcement.  The drop in observed use is encouraging to law enforcement agencies, and demonstrates the need to reinforce to motorists that mobile phone use while driving is both dangerous and illegal. … Continue Reading

Canton Volunteers Help With River Rescue

August 1, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments
Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department helped rescue a young person from the banks of the Farmington River on Monday morning.
Canton Compass owner John Fitts was out of town during the incident, but according to WFSB, a 15-year-old swimmer injured his leg and was transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Craig Robbins, chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, later confirmed that Canton volunteers helped at the scene. In all, about 15 volunteers from Canton helped, he said.
“Due to the steep slope, a rope system was used to secure the patient and move him up the embankment,” Robbins said.
WFSB reported that State Environmental Conservation Police and Connecticut State Police also responded to the scene.

Canton, State Police Investigate Deaths of Judi and Lou Friedman

July 26, 2016 Community, Police 1 Comment

Lou and Judi Friedman at Roaring Brook Nature Center. Photo courtesy of Roaring Brook Nature Center

Lou and Judi Friedman at Roaring Brook Nature Center.
Photo courtesy of Roaring Brook Nature Center

See our tribute story here.

By John Fitts 

CANTON – A husband and wife long known for their activism were found dead at home early Tuesday morning, according to a police department release.

Officers from the Canton Police Department responded at 7:30 a.m. to a 9-1-1 call for an unknown situation on Lawton Road. Responding officers found Louis A. Friedman, 81, and Judith C. Friedman, 80 deceased, police said.

Police Chief Christopher Arciero said a family attorney had gone to their home for a pre-scheduled meeting and then called police.

“He had alerted us to an issue and we responded,” the chief said.

This incident is being investigated by the Canton Police Detective Division and assisted by the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad, the press release states. Police said it also appears to be an isolated incident with no other safety concerns. … Continue Reading

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