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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.

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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

Canton Police: Six Juveniles Charged With Breach of Peace Following October Complaint

January 7, 2015 Police No Comments

Editor’s Note 1 p.m., Jan. 8: Police have said they made an error in the date of the investigation, stating that it started Oct. 24, 2014. 

Original copy

“On October 10, 2014, the Canton Police Department received a complaint regarding inappropriate conduct by six (6) juveniles within the town,” according to to a submitted press release, that further states, “As a result of a two (2) month investigation, arrest warrants were issued for the juveniles, by the Juvenile Court.”

Four of the juveniles turned themselves in the week of Dec. 29 and two additional warrants were served on Jan. 5, 2015, police said. … Continue Reading

Two Hospitalized After Route 44 Accident

December 27, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Two people were sent to the hospital after a two-car accident on Route 44 Saturday evening, according to emergency radio reports.

The accident took near the intersection of Old Albany Turnpike at approximately 5:30 p.m. and Canton Police and the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department initially responded.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department extricated at least one patient and ambulance crews from Simsbury and New Hartford responded to assist. Initially three people were evaluated but officials said two received further medical attention.

Fire police from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department shut down Route 44 between the Shoppes at Farmington Valley and the Simsbury town line for approximately 45 minutes during the incident.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.  … Continue Reading

DEEP: Environmental Impact from Canton Oil Spill was ‘Minimal’

December 24, 2014 Fire, Health, Police No Comments
The oil spill Friday afternoon.  Submitted photo

The oil spill Tuesday afternoon.
Submitted photo

Environmental impact from a diesel oil spill Tuesday afternoon was minimal and did not affect the Farmington River, a spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said.

A delivery truck owned by Connecticut Cartage was delivering the fuel — specifically #2 home heating oil — to a bulk oil storage terminal on Powder Mill Road at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dennis Schain, Communications Director for DEEP, told Canton Compass in an email on Wednesday. 

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department at the scene Friday night.  Photo by John Fitts

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department at the scene Tuesday night.
Photo by John Fitts

During the delivery, 20 to 50 gallons of fuel were released, he said.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to the scene and placed several absorbent booms in the area.

DEEP Emergency Response was called to the site and observed fuel oil on the parking lot and confirmed that some had reached the storm system catch basin network, Schain said. The spill did not impact the nearby Farmington River, he added.

Connecticut Cartage hired an environmental contractor and the fuel and catch basins were cleaned under the supervision of DEEP staff, Schain added.  … Continue Reading

Crews Respond to Vehicle Fire on Route 44 in Canton

December 21, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

The town of Canton volunteer Fire and EMS Department and Canton Police responded to a vehicle fire along Route 44 near LaTrattoria early Sunday afternoon.

Early reports indicate that the vehicle caught fire, the operator pulled off the road and the occupants successfully got out of the vehicle. Two occupants were standing near the scene but understandably were visibly shaken and declined comment. The car was a total loss. … Continue Reading

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