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Canton Citgo Reportedly Robbed at Gunpoint

October 30, 2015 Police No Comments

TIMG_2999he Citgo Gas Station on Route 44 was reportedly robbed at gunpoint Friday night, police said.

Police received a 911 call at 7 p.m. Friday indicating that the robbery had occurred and responding officers were told a lone suspect had displayed a firearm and taken an undetermined amount of cash, according to a department press release. A gas station employee there at the time was not injured, police said.

Some evidence was recovered and a canine search conducted but the suspect remained at large as of late Friday night, police said.

Police believe the suspect was a male who was wearing a hooded sweat shirt to conceal his face and armed with a firearm.

Anyone who may have witnessed the robbery is urged to contact the Canton Police Department at (860) 693-0221.

The incident remains under investigation.

Life Star Responds to Canton After Accident at 202, 179

August 19, 2015 Fire, Police No Comments
Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department pry open the car Wednesday night. Photo by John Fitts

Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department pry open the car Wednesday night.
Photo by John Fitts

Two people were transported to area hospitals, one via Life Star helicopter, after a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Routes 179 and 202 Wednesday night, police said.

The accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m., police said.

Canton Police and the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department initially responded to the crash.

Arriving personnel closed the intersection due to the serious nature of the accident and evident injuries involving the operators of the vehicles, police said.

Firefighters extricated one victim from a car, since the impact of the crash caused her to be trapped inside. Police described the nature of the injuries as serious. Another person was transported to the hospital via ambulance.  … Continue Reading

Arciero Appointed to United Way Board of Directors

July 6, 2015 Community, Police No Comments

(Submitted) ROCKY HILL – United Way of Connecticut recently announced the appointment of Christopher G. Arciero to its board of directors. Arciero is Chief of Police and Director of Emergency Management for the Town of Canton.  

Prior to joining the Canton Police Department in 2010, Arciero had served in a variety of roles with the Connecticut State Police, most recently as Lieutenant Colonel in the Office of Administrative Services. His emergency management experience includes 7 years as a State Police liaison to the State of Connecticut Emergency Operations Center, and assignments during major weather events and in-state response related to the September 11, 2001 attacks.  … Continue Reading

Police Identify Tree Worker Killed in Canton Accident

May 8, 2015 Police No Comments

Police have identified the 55-year-old man who died after falling from a tree in Canton Thursday afternoon.

Gregory C. Warrick, 55, of Manchester, died of injuries sustained in a fall from a tree on Wright Road Thursday afternoon, police said.

Police and a town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department Ambulance crew responded to 111 Wright Road at approximately 2:30 p.m. that day and found Warrick, who was working with Wayne’s Tree Removal of Windsor Locks, badly injured. Life Star also responded but the victim was pronounced dead on scene, police said.

The U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration also responded to investigate, police said.

Police, the U.S. office and the office of the Chief Medical Examiner continue to investigate but police said no foul play is suspected.

Tree Worker Dies After Fall in Canton

May 7, 2015 Police No Comments

A tree worker died of injuries sustained in a fall from a tree on Wright Road Thursday afternoon, police said.

Police and a town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department Ambulance crew responded to 111 Wright Road at approximately 2:30 p.m. A person working with Wayne’s Tree Removal of Windsor Locks had fallen from a tree and sustained serious injuries, police said. Life Star also responded but the victim was pronounced dead on scene, police said.

The U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration also responded to investigate, police said.

Police, the U.S. office and the office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating. Police did not immediately identify the person who died.

Life Star landed in a field at Cherry Brook Primary School during the incident, delaying some buses and causing some traffic delays.

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

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