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Young Man Injured After Jumping From Rail Trail Bridge

July 20, 2016 Police No Comments

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By John Fitts

A young male was transported to the hospital after he jumped from the steel Farmington River Trail bridge into the Farmington River along the Collinsville/Burlington town line Wednesday afternoon.

Police did not disclose the exact nature of the person’s injuries but he was conscious as crews brought him up the embankment to a waiting ambulance.

“This kid averted what could have been a very serious injury,” said Canton Police Chief Christopher Arciero.

It was at approximately 4 p.m. when Canton police dispatchers received a call for an unresponsive male in the water.

Canton police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, state police and a Burlington ambulance crew responded.

The spot is popular spot for jumping but last year the town put up signs discouraging it and Arciero said it’s not a safe activity.

“He did it intentionally,” Arciero said, adding that the young man asked someone to videotape the activity. “Obviously for anyone’s safety, that’s inappropriate conduct to be jumping off this bridge. We’re taking a look at whether he violated any laws.”

“We want to encourage others not to do what this individual did,” the chief added. “It’s unsafe.”

Canton Police Arrest Suspects Accused of Stealing Car, Items From Vehicles

July 11, 2016 Police No Comments

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CANTON — Canton police have arrested five individuals accused of being involved with numerous area vehicle break-ins and thefts.

Shortly after 4:30 a.m. on July 10, Canton officers received a call of suspicious activity in the area of Breezy Hill Road and Old Mill Drive, police said. A resident reported a slow-moving vehicle and multiple individuals going through yards and “breaking” into vehicles.

Officers found the vehicle, which had been stolen from New Hartford, and the occupants fled into the woods, police said. Officers searched the area and neighbors spread the word and approximately 2 hours later officers, acting on another call from residents, took three suspects into custody. An hour after that officers caught up to two other suspects. All were apprehended near Route 44.

Michael Orozco

Michael Orozco

Jamie Patterson

Jamie Patterson

Police said the stolen vehicle was recovered as well as other stolen merchandise.

Police are still investigating the incident but allege the suspects were tied to items taken from vehicles in Avon, Barkhamsted, Manchester, East Haddam and Canton. The investigation is still ongoing and police are investigating to see if there are any connections to previous incidents in Canton and elsewhere. Additionally, police are still looking for owners of some of the stolen property.

Under the U.S. Criminal justice system a suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of

Jose Mena

Jose Mena

law but those charged include:

  • Michael Orozco, 20, of 207 Hillside Ave., Hartford was charged with interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trespass, criminal trover in the second-degree, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and third-degree larceny. He was due in court Monday.
  • Jose Mena, 18, of 192 Westland St., Hartford was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree larceny. He is due in court on July 20.
  • Jamie Patterson, 18, of 69 Connecticut Ave., New Britain, was charged with interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trespass, and sixth-degree larceny. He is due in court on July 21.
  • Paul Anthony Lavan

    Paul Anthony Lavan

    Paul Anthony Lavan, 18, of New Britain, was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and is due in court July 20.

  • A juvenile age 17, was charged with interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree larceny and was released with a promised to appear in juvenile court on July 22.

Police said they are thankful to alert residents who helped in this case and remind people to lock their vehicles, hide valuables and report suspicious activity.

 

Granby Man Pronounced Dead after Incident in Nepaug State Forest

July 3, 2016 Police No Comments

Submitted Release 

NEW HARTFORD — A 41-year old Granby man was pronounced dead Saturday night in Nepaug State Forest along the New Hartford town line when he was crushed while under his car, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police.

EnCon said Brendan P. Kohrer had pulled his 2001 Ford Explorer off the access road inside Nepaug onto an unauthorized side trail.  He was apparently underneath the vehicle to inspect or repair it when it rolled over onto him.

The incident was reported to police at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday by other people driving on the access road who saw Kohrer’s vehicle.

Canton Woman Reports Being ‘Nipped’ by Bear 

IMG_8382A Canton woman told officers she was nipped by a bear on Friday afternoon, police said.

The woman, who suffered a minor bruise, told police the bear came up to her on Atwater Road while she was gardening and nipped her. She scared the bear off and was transported to the hospital for minor injuries, police said.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to try and Locate and trap the animal. DEEP is taking over the investigation.

DEEP public information officer Cyndy Chanaca said Environmental Conservation Officers set up a trap but has not yet contained the bear. Officers will continue trying and she said generally such a bear would be relocated to a remote area. Chanaca could not  immediately confirm what would happen in this case but said she will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

Chanaca also said it is unusual for a bear to nip a person.

See more about black bears in Connecticut at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=325968&depNav_GID=1655

Canton Police Investigating Weekend Vehicle Thefts

June 1, 2016 Police No Comments

Canton police are still investigating the theft of three vehicles last weekend.

The three vehicles were taken from driveways on Thayer Avenue and Hill Street some time after 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, Capt. Lawrence Terra said.  There were no break-ins and police believe all were accessed with readily available keys, Terra said.

The vehicles have not been recovered and the incidents remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Canton Police at (860)693-0221.

Police are also asked people to lock their cars, remove their keys and place them in a secure location, preferably inside your home.

Posted by John Fitts

Canton Police: ‘Significant Amount’ of Alcohol Found at Planned Junior Prom After-Party Location

May 27, 2016 Police, Schools No Comments

Posted by John Fitts 

CANTON — Acting on a tip, officers found a “significant amount of alcohol,” at a private residence where some students had planned a post-event party the night of the Canton High School Junior Prom, police chief Christopher Arciero said.

The chief said police want to alert parents to the incident and offer suggestions prior to the Senior Prom in early June.

“The Canton Police Department wants to ensure a safe and unforgettable positive experience for those attending the senior prom,” Arciero stated in a message to Compass. “What we don’t want to see is the tragic impact of an alcohol related incident involving a minor.”

“I applaud those concerned individuals who provided information about the circumstances of that party which allowed us to stop it well in advance and the subsequent support from school officials,” Arciero added.

The incident is still under investigation and police did not provide further details. … Continue Reading

Following Sightings at and Near Canton Middle/High School Campus, Police Remind Residents to Be Educated on Bear Behavior

One of the Thursday bear sightings. Photo by Connor Clement

One of the Thursday bear sightings.
Photo by Connor Clement

Following a sighting of a bear on the Canton Middle/High School property and elsewhere in the area Thursday afternoon, Canton police said they want to remind residents to educate themselves on bear behavior.  … Continue Reading

CIS Kids Care Mud Run Raises Funds for K9 Vests

With a successful fundraising event this past weekend, the Kids Care Club at Canton Intermediate School has raised enough to purchase two bullet/stab proof vests for K9 officers.

The Second Annual CIS Kids Care Club Mud Run event was held on Saturday, May 7 and raised more than $1,500. With those funds, and money from other school fundraisers, the club plans to purchase two vests, which cost approximately $1,100 each.

The kids in the club were recently inspired by a visit from state trooper Gregory Fascendini and Ale, his canine companion, who is just shy of 3-years-old. The duo returned for the mud run this past Saturday, running the course alongside more than 50 kids who signed up for the event.

Students paid $10 to register for the event and were also able to obtain sponsors. Hailey Keen took top honors, raising $330 in sponsorships.

The Kids Care Club participates in outreach programs such as holiday projects for local seniors, bulletin board decoration, fundraising for less fortunate kids in other countries and collecting items for the Avon-Canton Animal Shelter.

Last year’s mud run benefit the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

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Community Mourns Death of Local 7th Grader

April 24, 2016 Fire, Police, Schools No Comments

Editor’s Note: This young girl’s identity is common knowledge in town and is being reported elsewhere but Canton Compass has still decided to withhold her name at this time. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

CANTON – The local community is reeling with the tragic news that a local 7th grader died from injuries sustained in a tragic incident Sunday afternoon.

“I’m writing to share some very sad news with you this morning,” Superintendent Kevin Case wrote in an email message to parents. “Last evening, (the girl), a 7th grader at Canton Middle School, passed away suddenly in a tragic accident. Mrs. Pamela Hamad, Canton Middle School Principal, and her teachers described (her) as ‘a sweet young woman who was a wonderful and true friend,’ ‘She was extremely hard working and always did her best in the classroom, on the field hockey team, and in band.’ She will be dearly missed’ . . .” … Continue Reading

Cause of Brush Fire Left ‘Undetermined’

April 22, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

The cause of a large Monday night brush fire off Andrew Drive will remain undetermined, fire marshal Timothy Tharau said.

Tharau added that there just wasn’t enough conclusive evidence.

“No evidence could point to a permanent conclusion,” he said.

The fire burned for more than two hours Monday night and additional area departments came to assist the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department in controlling it.

The fire posed a threat to several homes but none were damaged, officials said.

See more in our earlier story.

John Fitts 

Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night. Submitted Photo

Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night.
Submitted Photo

 

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