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Mailboxes Damaged in North Canton

August 11, 2016 Police No Comments

IMG_3257CANTON — Approximately 11 mailboxes were damaged overnight – late Wednesday or early Thursday – in the areas of North Mountain Road, Woodchuck Hill and Hilltop Drive, police said.

Residents reported the incidents to police on Thursday morning, said Capt. Lawrence Terra.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Canton Police Department at (860) 693-0221.  … Continue Reading

Crews Respond to Small Electrical Fire in Torrington Avenue Home

August 10, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

IMG_8775Canton police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, with assistance from area departments, responded to 119 Torrington Ave. Wednesday afternoon for reports of possible fire in the walls of the home.

Canton Fire Marshal Tim Tharau said the fire was quickly extinguished and was caused by an issue with the exhaust fan motor at the kitchen stove. Most of the damage was confined to that area with some damage to the walls as firefighters checked for any “extension” – or spreading of the fire. There was some smoke damage in the home as well, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, Tharau said. He confirmed reports that there was some electrical work done at the home but said there was no clear correlation to the fire.


DOT, Canton Police Announce Extended ‘U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.’ Initiative

August 3, 2016 Community, Police No Comments


unnamed-5Submitted Release 

Canton CT – The Canton Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, today announced the continuation of the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” initiative – an effort to crackdown on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving by using a hand-held mobile phone.

According to surveys conducted last year’s crackdown, there was an eight percent drop in mobile phone use by drivers at observation locations throughout municipalities where police conducted enforcement.  The drop in observed use is encouraging to law enforcement agencies, and demonstrates the need to reinforce to motorists that mobile phone use while driving is both dangerous and illegal. … Continue Reading

Canton Volunteers Help With River Rescue

August 1, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments
Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department helped rescue a young person from the banks of the Farmington River on Monday morning.
Canton Compass owner John Fitts was out of town during the incident, but according to WFSB, a 15-year-old swimmer injured his leg and was transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Craig Robbins, chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, later confirmed that Canton volunteers helped at the scene. In all, about 15 volunteers from Canton helped, he said.
“Due to the steep slope, a rope system was used to secure the patient and move him up the embankment,” Robbins said.
WFSB reported that State Environmental Conservation Police and Connecticut State Police also responded to the scene.

Canton, State Police Investigate Deaths of Judi and Lou Friedman

July 26, 2016 Community, Police 1 Comment

Lou and Judi Friedman at Roaring Brook Nature Center. Photo courtesy of Roaring Brook Nature Center

Lou and Judi Friedman at Roaring Brook Nature Center.
Photo courtesy of Roaring Brook Nature Center

See our tribute story here.

By John Fitts 

CANTON – A husband and wife long known for their activism were found dead at home early Tuesday morning, according to a police department release.

Officers from the Canton Police Department responded at 7:30 a.m. to a 9-1-1 call for an unknown situation on Lawton Road. Responding officers found Louis A. Friedman, 81, and Judith C. Friedman, 80 deceased, police said.

Police Chief Christopher Arciero said a family attorney had gone to their home for a pre-scheduled meeting and then called police.

“He had alerted us to an issue and we responded,” the chief said.

This incident is being investigated by the Canton Police Detective Division and assisted by the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad, the press release states. Police said it also appears to be an isolated incident with no other safety concerns. … Continue Reading

Young Man Injured After Jumping From Rail Trail Bridge

July 20, 2016 Police No Comments


By John Fitts

A young male was transported to the hospital after he jumped from the steel Farmington River Trail bridge into the Farmington River along the Collinsville/Burlington town line Wednesday afternoon.

Police did not disclose the exact nature of the person’s injuries but he was conscious as crews brought him up the embankment to a waiting ambulance.

“This kid averted what could have been a very serious injury,” said Canton Police Chief Christopher Arciero.

It was at approximately 4 p.m. when Canton police dispatchers received a call for an unresponsive male in the water.

Canton police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, state police and a Burlington ambulance crew responded.

The spot is popular spot for jumping but last year the town put up signs discouraging it and Arciero said it’s not a safe activity.

“He did it intentionally,” Arciero said, adding that the young man asked someone to videotape the activity. “Obviously for anyone’s safety, that’s inappropriate conduct to be jumping off this bridge. We’re taking a look at whether he violated any laws.”

“We want to encourage others not to do what this individual did,” the chief added. “It’s unsafe.”

Canton Police Arrest Suspects Accused of Stealing Car, Items From Vehicles

July 11, 2016 Police No Comments


CANTON — Canton police have arrested five individuals accused of being involved with numerous area vehicle break-ins and thefts.

Shortly after 4:30 a.m. on July 10, Canton officers received a call of suspicious activity in the area of Breezy Hill Road and Old Mill Drive, police said. A resident reported a slow-moving vehicle and multiple individuals going through yards and “breaking” into vehicles.

Officers found the vehicle, which had been stolen from New Hartford, and the occupants fled into the woods, police said. Officers searched the area and neighbors spread the word and approximately 2 hours later officers, acting on another call from residents, took three suspects into custody. An hour after that officers caught up to two other suspects. All were apprehended near Route 44.

Michael Orozco

Michael Orozco

Jamie Patterson

Jamie Patterson

Police said the stolen vehicle was recovered as well as other stolen merchandise.

Police are still investigating the incident but allege the suspects were tied to items taken from vehicles in Avon, Barkhamsted, Manchester, East Haddam and Canton. The investigation is still ongoing and police are investigating to see if there are any connections to previous incidents in Canton and elsewhere. Additionally, police are still looking for owners of some of the stolen property.

Under the U.S. Criminal justice system a suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of

Jose Mena

Jose Mena

law but those charged include:

  • Michael Orozco, 20, of 207 Hillside Ave., Hartford was charged with interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trespass, criminal trover in the second-degree, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and third-degree larceny. He was due in court Monday.
  • Jose Mena, 18, of 192 Westland St., Hartford was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree larceny. He is due in court on July 20.
  • Jamie Patterson, 18, of 69 Connecticut Ave., New Britain, was charged with interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trespass, and sixth-degree larceny. He is due in court on July 21.
  • Paul Anthony Lavan

    Paul Anthony Lavan

    Paul Anthony Lavan, 18, of New Britain, was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and is due in court July 20.

  • A juvenile age 17, was charged with interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree larceny and was released with a promised to appear in juvenile court on July 22.

Police said they are thankful to alert residents who helped in this case and remind people to lock their vehicles, hide valuables and report suspicious activity.


Granby Man Pronounced Dead after Incident in Nepaug State Forest

July 3, 2016 Police No Comments

Submitted Release 

NEW HARTFORD — A 41-year old Granby man was pronounced dead Saturday night in Nepaug State Forest along the New Hartford town line when he was crushed while under his car, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police.

EnCon said Brendan P. Kohrer had pulled his 2001 Ford Explorer off the access road inside Nepaug onto an unauthorized side trail.  He was apparently underneath the vehicle to inspect or repair it when it rolled over onto him.

The incident was reported to police at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday by other people driving on the access road who saw Kohrer’s vehicle.

Canton Woman Reports Being ‘Nipped’ by Bear 

IMG_8382A Canton woman told officers she was nipped by a bear on Friday afternoon, police said.

The woman, who suffered a minor bruise, told police the bear came up to her on Atwater Road while she was gardening and nipped her. She scared the bear off and was transported to the hospital for minor injuries, police said.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to try and Locate and trap the animal. DEEP is taking over the investigation.

DEEP public information officer Cyndy Chanaca said Environmental Conservation Officers set up a trap but has not yet contained the bear. Officers will continue trying and she said generally such a bear would be relocated to a remote area. Chanaca could not  immediately confirm what would happen in this case but said she will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

Chanaca also said it is unusual for a bear to nip a person.

See more about black bears in Connecticut at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=325968&depNav_GID=1655

Canton Police Investigating Weekend Vehicle Thefts

June 1, 2016 Police No Comments

Canton police are still investigating the theft of three vehicles last weekend.

The three vehicles were taken from driveways on Thayer Avenue and Hill Street some time after 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, Capt. Lawrence Terra said.  There were no break-ins and police believe all were accessed with readily available keys, Terra said.

The vehicles have not been recovered and the incidents remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Canton Police at (860)693-0221.

Police are also asked people to lock their cars, remove their keys and place them in a secure location, preferably inside your home.

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