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Canton, Area Crews Contain Brush Fire in North Canton

April 18, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments
Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night. Submitted Photo

Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night.
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By John Fitts

CANTON — The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and several area departments battled a large brush fire off Andrew Drive on Monday night.

At approximately 7:40 p.m., crews were called to the area of 8 Andrew Drive for a brush fire, Assistant Fire Chief  Wayne Goeben said. There was a good half- to three quarters of a mile of fire line burning up the ridge and down toward Andrew Drive, Goeben said, adding the responding crews’ first priority was to push flames away from the house.

There were also three other homes in the vicinity, two on Andrew Drive and one on Hidden Valley Trail, but residents were not evacuated, Goeben said. Winds were also pushing the fire up the face of the mountain, he said.

A regional task force and numerous area departments responded to help with the fire, which fire officials said was largely extinguished in approximately 2 hours. Officials estimated that as much as 10 acres was involved. Late Monday night, firefighters continued to monitor the woods for “hot spots.”

Firefighters were able to reach most of the fire via tanker hoses from area driveways. With no hydrants in North Canton, tankers used a “dry hydrant” from Carpenter’s Pond on Case Street. … Continue Reading

After Search, Police Find ‘Lost’ Woman

April 17, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

At approximately 9:30 p.m Sunday, after an hour-plus search by police and volunteer firefighters in Canton and New Hartford, officers found a woman who had been reported lost earlier in the evening.

The woman was reported missing near a bridge or embankment and at one point told police dispatchers via cell phone that she had fallen. The search was conducted near the New Hartford/Canton town line and in Collinsville. The Canton Police Department, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and New Hartford crews were involved. Police ended up finding her in a room at an area motel.

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Canton Officers Successfully Administer Opiate Antidote

April 15, 2016 Community, Police No Comments

By John Fitts 

CANTON – On Sunday night, Canton officers were able to successfully administer a drug designed to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.

The next day is when police were officially due to begin carrying Naloxone, commonly known under the brand name “Narcan,” a medication to reverse the effects of overdoses from heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet and other opioids. Crews with the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department also carry Narcan but police are often the first to arrive at a scene and officials say the sooner Narcan is administered, the better.

“ Within a day of the official start of the Canton Police Department’s Narcan policy, two Canton police officers responded to an emergency call involving an overdose situation and successfully used their narcan,” Police Chief Christopher Arciero said. “I give full credit to the various officers who were involved in the preparation of the kits for deployment, trained the officers on how to use it and the officer who eventually recognized the medical condition and used his narcan. A life was potentially saved and it is an opportunity for the person saved to re-evaluate his situation.” … Continue Reading

Canton Officials Recognize Latest Canton Emergency Response Team Graduates

As First Selectman Leslee Hill and Police Chief Christopher Arciero look on, Senior and Social Services Director Claire Cote congratulates Judy Byrne. Photo by John Fitts

As First Selectman Leslee Hill and Police Chief Christopher Arciero look on, Senior and Social Services Director Claire Cote congratulates Judy Byrne.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

CANTON — On Wednesday night, Canton officials formally acknowledged the latest graduates of the Community Emergency Response Team.

In this third class of recruits to complete the 8-week program, 20 people were trained to provide emergency support in areas such as first aid, medical TRIAGE, light search and rescue, community education and shelter operations.

The group includes 16  Canton residents who will join the 24 existing Canton CERT members, police chief Christopher Arciero.

“They’ll be that force multiplier that will support the traditional fire, police and emergency services in the town,” said Police Chief Christopher Arciero. … Continue Reading

Canton Police , Connecticut Highway Safety Office team up to Kick off National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 4, 2016 Police No Comments

Connecticut Enforces “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Statewide Crackdown

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NEWINGTON – The Canton Police Department is partnering with the Connecticut Highway Safety Office as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to crack down on drivers who choose to ignore Connecticut’s mobile phone laws.

The joint effort will span through the month of April, kicking off on April 4 and running through April 30.

In 2014, an estimated 3,179 people were killed (10 percent of all crash fatalities) and an additional 431,000 were injured (18 percent of all crash injuries) in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.  Last year, Connecticut drivers started to get the message as a result of this crackdown, and law enforcement wrote over 22,000 citations as part of last year’s effort to get drivers to put down their phones and pay attention to the road.   … Continue Reading

Following Thefts, Police Offer Tips for Keeping Valuables From Being Stolen Out of Vehicles

March 24, 2016 Police No Comments

Between March 13 and 19, Canton police received nine reports of items stolen out of vehicles. Unknown individual(s) entered unlocked vehicles in the overnight hours, in various parts of Canton, and stole small electronics, cash and valuables, police said.

“We are currently following some leads and the investigation is ongoing,” Capt. Lawrence Terra wrote in a message to Compass. ” We are reminding town residents to lock their cars and removed valuables form view.”

Police offered the following tips: … Continue Reading

(Canceled) Silver Alert Issued for Missing Collinsville Man

March 8, 2016 Community, Police No Comments
Lazarus Strichartz

Lazarus Strichartz

Update – This gentleman has been located. 

Lazarus Strichartz wandered from his Collinsville house approximately 1 p.m., local officials said.

He is described as 5’6″, 188 pounds and possibly possibly wearing a dark colored jacket. Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.

Police Chief Christopher Arciero said the town has alerted local bus drivers, business owners and others to be on the lookout.

 

Stolen Painting Returned to Canton Barn

February 25, 2016 Business, Police 1 Comment
Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest for this stolen painting.

Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest for this stolen painting.

The owners of Canton Barn have reported that a painting stolen from the business earlier this month has been returned.

The cica 1880 8″x6″ oil painting on board, with an estimated value between $200 to $400, arrived at the auction gallery via U.S. mail on Thursday, said Susan Wacht Goralski, co-owner and business manger. It had been stolen from the auction gallery on Feb. 6 or 7.

“Huge thanks to all those who helped publicize the theft of our painting,”  Goralski said. “We’re certain we would never have seen it again if not for the sharing and spreading of the details of the theft through social media, news sources, and television. We are grateful and thankful.” … Continue Reading

Canton Auction Barn Seeks Information on Stolen Painting

February 18, 2016 Business, Police No Comments
Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest for this stolen painting.

Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest for this stolen painting.

Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information that leads to an arrest of the person who stole a painting from the auction gallery earlier this month.

The cica 1880 8″x6″ oil painting on board was slated to be auctioned Feb. 20, with an estimated value between $200 to $400.

“In over 50 years of business, this is the first time the Canton Barn has had to file a police report for a theft,” said Susan Wacht Goralski, co-owner and business manger at the facility.

It was stolen from the auction gallery on Feb. 6 or 7 and owners believe someone must have witnessed the crime.

The business is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information can call 860-693-0601 or the Canton Police at 860-693-0221.

Images of Canton: Main Street Volunteer Fair

More than 20 organization participated in Canton Main Street's Volunteer Fair on Feb. 6. Photo by Shawn Cole

More than 20 organization participated in Canton Main Street’s Volunteer Fair on Feb. 6.
Photo by Shawn Cole

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Canton Main Street recently hosted its Volunteer Fair at the Canton Community Center. More than 20 community and town organizations participated. Canton Main Street is already preparing to organize another fair. For now, people can also find volunteer opportunities and more information at www.cantonctmainstreet.org… Continue Reading

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