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Canton Makes Fire Marshal Position Part Time — At Least for Now; Voters to Decide if Police Chief Assumes Emergency Management Duties

September 24, 2014 Fire, Government, Police No Comments

TOCOn Wednesday the Canton Board of Selectmen concurred with Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner’s recommendation to make the position of fire marshal part time — at least for now.

After Adam B. Libros recently left his position as the town’s fire marshal/Director of Emergency Management to work in the town of Vernon, officials have discussed some changes.

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With New Features, Old Favorites, 20th Annual Sam Collins Day Will Showcase What Canton Has to Offer

The Bird House Scholarship Art Auction returns this year. Here is one decorated by Gary Tomolonius.

The Bird House Scholarship Art Auction returns this year. Here is one decorated by Gary Tomolonius.

With some staples, new features and revamped elements, organizers are excited about the 20th annual Sam Collins Day this weekend.

The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 20 (Rain date Sept. 21) on Canton Springs Road and downtown Collinsville.

First are the staples, such as the Business Expo, Live Music, a taste of Canton Food Court, Community Organization Booths, Canton Historical Museum events, Brad Gilchrist’s annual T-shirt, Made in CT Tent, Walking Tours in Collinsville and more.

Such aspects really showcase Canton, which was the original goal of the event, which Event chairwoman Mary Tomolonius feels has been accomplished on a yearly basis.

“It’s one day, you can really get a sense of what Canton is all about,” Tomolonius said. … Continue Reading

Canton BOS Votes to Give Emergency Management Duties to Police Chief

September 12, 2014 Government, Police No Comments

TOCThis week the Canton Board of Selectmen voted 3-1 to transfer the duties of emergency management director to Police Chief Christopher Arciero.

Board of Finance and town meeting approval is still needed for the change to take effect.

The action comes on the tails of the recent resignation and Adam B. Libros, who served as both fire marshal and emergency management director.

Selectmen have discussed the possibilities of handing the emergency management realm to Arciero and combining the fire marshal position with other fire service duties. Currently the town is utilizing the services of an interim fire marshal.

See more at http://www.courant.com/community/canton/hc-canton-emergency-management-0912-20140911,0,3876782.story

Area Residents Concerned About Safety of Route 44 in Area of Old Albany Turnpike

September 4, 2014 Police 1 Comment
The scene of the Thursday morning accident.

The scene of the Thursday morning accident.

Crews responded to a four-vehicle crash on Route 44 near the intersection of Old Albany Turnpike at approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. A westbound driver crossed the double yellow lines and hit an eastbound vehicle head-on, officer Marty Miller said. That caused a chain reaction with two more vehicles eastbound, police said. Injuries were minor, police said.

Police and the of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to the scene, which caused back-ups on Route 44. Westbound traffic was also diverted through Brass Lantern Road.

The accident was one of several recent crashes in the area. On one side of the road is Old Albany Turnpike, an access to many homes and Cape Cod Fence Company. On the other is Brass Lantern Road, mostly used to access the La Trattoria parking lot.  … Continue Reading

Officer Arrests Woman Wanted in Another Town, Allegedly Finds Heroin

September 2, 2014 Police No Comments

Late Tuesday morning, a Canton officer stopped a woman wanted in a nearby town and found heroin in the process, according to a department press release.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., Canton police received a call from Torrington police to look out for a woman wanted for four warrants on charges that included larceny and failure to appear, police said.

A short time later, Canton officer Adam Gompper observed the suspect’s vehicle and made a motor-vehicle stop on Powder Mill Road, police said.

The suspect, Deitra Hellandbrand, 35, of 181 Berry St., Torrington, was allegedly in possession of 7.2 grams of heroin, according to police.

Police said Gompper arrested her without incident. She was then released to Torrington police to face charges there.

In Canton, Hellanbrand was charged with possession of narcotics, operating under suspension and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

A non-surety bond in the possession case was set at $15,000 and she is due in court to face those charges on Sept. 11. A court date for the motor vehicle charges was set for Sept. 10. No bond was set for those charges.

 

Officials Respond to Gas Leak at Route 44, Lawton on Tuesday Morning

September 2, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Officials responded to a gas leak at the medical building construction site at Lawton and Route 44 on Tuesday.

Officials responded to a gas leak at the medical building construction site at Lawton and Route 44 on Tuesday.

Emergency officials responded to the corner of Route 44 and Lawton Road at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday for an active gas leak.

A backhoe, operated at the medical building construction site, ruptured an underground service main, fire officials said.

Police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and Connecticut Natural Gas responded to the scene.

“CVS was evacuated as a precaution,” fire marshal Adam Libros added.

Portions of Route 44, Washburn, Lawton and Dry Bridge were closed during the incident.

Shortly before 10 a.m., CNG had capped the pipe, a small extension designed to service the building when complete. Other area businesses retained gas service, officials said.

 

Canton Officer David Rodriguez Going ‘Over the Edge’ for Special Olympics

August 24, 2014 Nonprofits, Police No Comments
Officer David Rodriguez participates in "Cop on Top" for Special Olympics.

Officer David Rodriguez participates in “Cop on Top” for Special Olympics.

Since coming to the Canton Police Department a couple years ago, Officer David Rodriguez has taken on several efforts for Special Olympics.

He’s actively solicited sponsors for the Special Olympics Torch Run, helped organize local fundraisers and participated in “Cop on Top” events to raise funds and awareness.

Late last year, he was even honored with a “rookie of the year,” award for helping to bring in more than $5,000 for Special Olympics Connecticut.

“I went with it,” said Rodriguez, who also raised funds for Special Olympics while an officer in Southbury. “I have a family member with a disability so it’s kind of close to home.” … Continue Reading

Police Identify Man Injured in Hit-And-Run Accident near Canton High School

August 14, 2014 Police No Comments
Life Star on Bowdoin Field Tuesday night.  Photo by John Fitts

Life Star on Bowdoin Field Tuesday night.
Photo by John Fitts

Police have identified the man who was hit by a vehicle on Simonds Avenue near Canton High School Tuesday night.

Mark Barney, 32, of Canton was the person walking a dog shortly after 9 p.m. when he was hit by a vehicle, police said. Barney was flown to Hartford Hospital by LIFE STAR and his condition has been upgraded to non life-threatening injuries at this time, according to a police department release.

The case is under investigation by the Canton Police Department and North Central Municipal Accident Reeconstruction Team and Joshua Lacombe, 26, of 430 Main St., New Hartford was charged with evading responsibility after allegedly leaving the scene. Lacombe has told Canton Compass he wishes not to comment on the case. He was released on a non-surety bond and will appear in court later this month.

 

See more at:

http://cantoncompass.com/2014/4879/charges-filed-canton-hit-run-accident/

http://cantoncompass.com/2014/4856/life-star-headed-to-canton/

Man Charged with Evading In Canton Hit-And-Run Accident

August 13, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Life Star on Bowdoin Field Tuesday night.  Photo by John Fitts

Life Star on Bowdoin Field Tuesday night.
Photo by John Fitts

Canton Police have charged a 26-year-old New Hartford man in connection with a Tuesday a vehicle/pedestrian accident near Canton High School.

Joshua Lacombe, 26, of 430 Main St., New Hartford was charged with evading responsibility after allegedly leaving the scene where a 32-year-old man sustained injuries on Simonds Avenue Tuesday night, police said. That injured man was flown to Hartford Hospital via LIFE STAR, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Police responded to the area in front of the school entrance short after 9 p.m. Tuesday after they received a 9-1-1 call. Officers found about the man lying in the road. He had been walking a dog at the time. The animal was not injured. LIFE STAR responded and airlifted the man.

The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded, fire police closed the road and a Simsbury ambulance crew attended to the patient until LIFE STAR came. Canton’s ambulance crew was on another call at the time. The North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Squad assisted at the scene.

Police received a tip after media outlets released the story and told the public that officers were seeking additional information. Canton officers and state police then responded to 430 Main St. in New Hartford and found the suspect and vehicle, police said.

Lacombe was brought to the Canton Police Department, charged with evading and released a $5,000 non-surety bond.

Canton Compass caught up to Lacombe Wednesday but he declined comment for now.

The investigation is ongoing, police said. See more about the accident in our earlier story here.

 

 

Two Sent to Area Hospital After Friday Afternoon Accidents on Route 44

July 25, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments

accidentTwo people were sent to an area hospital from two accidents on Route 44 Friday afternoon accidents, police said.

Shortly after 1 p.m. a three-car accident occurred at Route 44 and Brass Lantern Road (near La Trattoria), police said. … Continue Reading

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