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Canton Police Charge Litchfield Man With Sexual Assault

April 21, 2015 Police No Comments

Canton Police have charged a 24-year-old Litchfield resident Aaron M. Napolitano with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Police said the charges stem from a March 13, 2015 of a possible sexual assault and the case was investigated by Canton police with the help of the state Police Computer Crimes Unit

Police said the suspect was taken into custody on the strength of a warrant at 8 a.m. on April 20.

Canton Police Capt. Lawrence Terra declined to give further details but did say the investigation is ongoing.

Canton Teachers Call Life-Saving Actions a Collaborative Effort

Andy Buckle and Diane Sodaro received the Life Saving Hero Award at the American Red Cross, Connecticut chapters 16th annual Community Heroes Breakfast last Friday. Photo by John Fitts

Andy Buckle and Diane Sodaro received the Life Saving Hero Award at the American Red Cross, Connecticut chapters 16th annual Community Heroes Breakfast last Friday.
Photo by John Fitts

At 15, Owen West has a deeper appreciation for life than most kids, or adults for that matter, ever could.

Last fall, when he was just 14, Owen’s heart stopped for 28 seconds. But when he collapsed in the Canton High School cafeteria, staff members sprang into action. They had the training, access to the right equipment and were in the right place at the right time. Their actions are the reason Owen is here today.

Andy Buckle and Diane Sodaro will tell you many were involved in a life-saving events on Sept. 17, 2014 but they clearly played a critical role.

“They gave me a second chance on living,” Owen said. “I don’t think there’s any way to show my gratitude.”

At its 16th annual Community Heroes Breakfast last Friday, the American Red Cross, Connecticut chapter, formally presented the Life Saving Hero Award to Buckle, a school technology specialist as well as a certified first responder, and Sodaro, RN, School Nurse Supervisor.

Owen was in school Friday but the two honorees, town volunteers, UConn medics, school officials and Owen’s parents were among those in attendance.

It was at the end of a lunch period when Owen collapsed in the school cafeteria.

Andy Buckle talks to Owen's mother, Jenn Van Scoter. In background is Teno West, Owen's father.

Andy Buckle talks to Owen’s mother, Jenn Van Scoter. In background is Teno West, Owen’s father.

A lunch monitor called for help on the school’s portable radio network.

“I heard the name Diane and student down,” Buckle said. “That was enough to get us all going.”

Owen had no pulse when Buckle and Sodaro arrived. While the two began a series of lifesaving techniques such as airway opening and CPR, assistant Principal Eric Verner arrived with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Sodaro used it to check Owen’s heart rhythms. No one was prepared for what came next. Owen’s heart needed a life-saving shock. … Continue Reading

Wind Creates More Problems in Canton

March 18, 2015 Fire, Police No Comments
A brush fire along Route 44 on Wednesday.  Photo by John Fitts

A brush fire along Route 44 on Wednesday.
Photo by John Fitts

The wind-related problems that started Tuesday afternoon continued into Wednesday, keeping police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and Public Works crews busy.

Notably, an afternoon power-line related brush fire along Route 44 caused several problems, closing the road for more than an hour and knocking out power to many area homes well into the night. … Continue Reading

Daily Mail Recounts Canton Crash That Killed Bruce Jenner’s Younger Brother and Another Teen

February 19, 2015 Police No Comments
Screen shot. DailyMail.uk

Screen shot. DailyMail.uk

Editor’s Note: Some people were upset by the painful memories of this coming back to the surface, the timing as well as our action of linking to a sensationalized story, which has allegedly has some inaccurate information. I realize so many had been curious about the connection that is part of our history and I saw the article as an opportunity to share something I hadn’t gotten the chance to delve into. At that same time, however, we sometimes forget what the families and first responders go through in these situations. I will likely keep the link posted as it’s hard to “take it back” at this point but I apologize if my actions caused anyone pain.

John Fitts

Fee Change Will Save Non-Profits Approximately 30 Percent in Private Police Duty Costs

February 17, 2015 Community, Government, Police No Comments

With a recent vote by the Canton Board of Selectmen, non-profit and many community groups will save approximately 30 percent in private police duty event fees. … Continue Reading

Officials Share Cold Weather Tips and Resources

February 13, 2015 Government, Police No Comments

Canton Officials have passed along the following tips to keep in mind

For Canton, the National Weather Service is predicting a low of -5 overnight into Saturday.

Temperatures are expected to stay cold throughout the weekend. On Saturday, while the high is predicted at 25, wind chill values could be as low as -11. Winds are also expected to pick up throughout the weekend. On Sunday, for example, the service is predicting northwest winds of 17 to 21 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 46.  … Continue Reading

One Minor Accident Reported in Canton, Officials Encourage People to Stay Off Roads if Possible

Colony Road at noon

Colony Road at noon

Canton police responded to one minor accident Monday morning and officials are encouraging people to stay off the roads if possible.

Traffic has been relatively light and that has helped crews, said Christopher Arciero, the town’s police chief and director of emergency management.

“The fact that schools are closed and many people are heeding the common sense approach to limit driving for necessary needs only has allowed DPW (Department of Public Works) crews to address the roads in an effective manner,” Arciero said.

The plowing and de-icing on roads continues, DPW director Robert Martin said.

“Town roads continue to be plowed and de-iced,” he wrote in a message to Compass. “If you don’t need to go out please stay in until the weather clears. If you do need to go out, please drive carefully.”

Schools were canceled Monday as were senior center programs such as Qualified Food Handling training, Cooking with Kristen and Dial a Ride services.

… Continue Reading

January 2015 Blizzard Coverage

Canton DPW workers load treated salt into the plow trucks on Monday afternoon. Photo by John Fitts

Canton DPW workers load treated salt into the plow trucks on Monday afternoon.
Photo by John Fitts

Update 12: 30 p.m. 

The town has released the following updates:

1.  Effective at 2pm today, the statewide travel ban will be lifted by the Governor.  Although Canton’s roads are passable, please proceed with caution as you travel to your destination.  If you are traveling out of state, please also note that as of this posting, Massachusetts and Rhode Island still have travel bans in effect.

2.  Canton’s overnight parking ban is still in effect.

3.  All Town offices will remain closed through the end of today.  They will re-open with normal hours and operation Wednesday, Jan 28th.

Updated 8:22 a.m. Tuesday 

Officers responded to two minor accidents overnight and no roads are blocked, police chief and emergency management director Christopher Arciero said.

While the storm’s impact in the area seems less than originally predicted the National Weather service is predicting another 3 to 6 inches today with, areas of freezing fog before noon and fog between noon and 4 p.m.

Winds will also be “blustery” with wind chills as low as -3.

The Town Hall, Library/Community Center, Senior Center and Transfer Station are all closed today as are many businesses.

The governor imposed a travel ban as of 9 p.m. Monday and Arciero is still urging people to stay off the roads when possible.

“The longer unnecessary travel is delayed, the more effective ongoing plow operations will be,” he said in a message to Canton Compass.

Updated Monday 2:20 p.m.

With expected blizzard conditions, Canton officials are asking everyone to stay off the roads for the duration of the storm Monday night and Tuesday. There is also a parking ban on all Canton streets starting at 6 p.m. Monday.

Staying off the roads will be critical for the safety of residents, plow drivers and emergency vehicles, said Police Chief Christopher Arciero, who is also the town’s emergency management director.

“We ask that people not be out on the road unnecessarily,” he said.

Cars parked in the town hall parking lot in Collinsville should be registered. Call (860) 693-0221. … Continue Reading

Documents Show Juvenile Charges Are Related to Song That Was Posted Online

January 11, 2015 Police, Schools 3 Comments
A portion of a document related to the case and shown to Canton Compass.

A portion of a document related to the case and shown to Canton Compass.

By John Fitts 

Canton Compass has learned that the recent charges against six juveniles are related, in part, to a song that was posted online and allegedly degraded several Canton High School students.

Police said that 6 juveniles were recently charged with breach of peace, following an investigation that began Oct. 24 over complaints about “inappropriate conduct.”

Portions of selected, redacted documents shown to Canton Compass indicate a recorded song that had been posted online prompted an investigation at Canton High School, which began on Oct. 22.

The case number on one the documents also matches that of the press release on the charges.

Canton Compass has also retained a copy of the song in question. Nothing in our possession, however, names anyone allegedly involved.

While the song includes the words “this song is not based on any real people,” it included nicknames, physical traits, beliefs, ethnicity references and other descriptors that allegedly very clearly identify and degraded several students. … Continue Reading

Crews Recover Body from Vehicle in Farmington River

Crews recover a body from a vehicle in the Farmington River Wednesday.  Photo by John Fitts

Crews recover a body from a vehicle in the Farmington River Wednesday.
Photo by John Fitts

State Police have confirmed that one person is dead following an incident in Barkhamsted in which a car plunged into the Farmington River on Wednesday afternoon.

Volunteer firefighters and numerous crews from around the area, along with state police, responded to West River Road shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, where a car had gone down a short, but steep embankment into the river.

Crews spent a long time at the scene, accessing the car and eventually pulling a covered body from the car.

West River Road was slated to be closed for some time.

State Trooper Kelly Grant confirmed that there was a fatality in the incident. According to Fox Connecticut and other news sources, the deceased was identified Kenneth Gibb, 46, of Barkhamsted. … Continue Reading

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