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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.

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

Life Star

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.

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