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Canton Police: ‘Significant Amount’ of Alcohol Found at Planned Junior Prom After-Party Location

May 27, 2016 Police, Schools No Comments

Posted by John Fitts 

CANTON — Acting on a tip, officers found a “significant amount of alcohol,” at a private residence where some students had planned a post-event party the night of the Canton High School Junior Prom, police chief Christopher Arciero said.

The chief said police want to alert parents to the incident and offer suggestions prior to the Senior Prom in early June.

“The Canton Police Department wants to ensure a safe and unforgettable positive experience for those attending the senior prom,” Arciero stated in a message to Compass. “What we don’t want to see is the tragic impact of an alcohol related incident involving a minor.”

“I applaud those concerned individuals who provided information about the circumstances of that party which allowed us to stop it well in advance and the subsequent support from school officials,” Arciero added.

The incident is still under investigation and police did not provide further details. … Continue Reading

Following Sightings at and Near Canton Middle/High School Campus, Police Remind Residents to Be Educated on Bear Behavior

One of the Thursday bear sightings. Photo by Connor Clement

One of the Thursday bear sightings.
Photo by Connor Clement

Following a sighting of a bear on the Canton Middle/High School property and elsewhere in the area Thursday afternoon, Canton police said they want to remind residents to educate themselves on bear behavior.  … Continue Reading

CIS Kids Care Mud Run Raises Funds for K9 Vests

With a successful fundraising event this past weekend, the Kids Care Club at Canton Intermediate School has raised enough to purchase two bullet/stab proof vests for K9 officers.

The Second Annual CIS Kids Care Club Mud Run event was held on Saturday, May 7 and raised more than $1,500. With those funds, and money from other school fundraisers, the club plans to purchase two vests, which cost approximately $1,100 each.

The kids in the club were recently inspired by a visit from state trooper Gregory Fascendini and Ale, his canine companion, who is just shy of 3-years-old. The duo returned for the mud run this past Saturday, running the course alongside more than 50 kids who signed up for the event.

Students paid $10 to register for the event and were also able to obtain sponsors. Hailey Keen took top honors, raising $330 in sponsorships.

The Kids Care Club participates in outreach programs such as holiday projects for local seniors, bulletin board decoration, fundraising for less fortunate kids in other countries and collecting items for the Avon-Canton Animal Shelter.

Last year’s mud run benefit the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

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Community Mourns Death of Local 7th Grader

April 24, 2016 Fire, Police, Schools No Comments

Editor’s Note: This young girl’s identity is common knowledge in town and is being reported elsewhere but Canton Compass has still decided to withhold her name at this time. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

CANTON – The local community is reeling with the tragic news that a local 7th grader died from injuries sustained in a tragic incident Sunday afternoon.

“I’m writing to share some very sad news with you this morning,” Superintendent Kevin Case wrote in an email message to parents. “Last evening, (the girl), a 7th grader at Canton Middle School, passed away suddenly in a tragic accident. Mrs. Pamela Hamad, Canton Middle School Principal, and her teachers described (her) as ‘a sweet young woman who was a wonderful and true friend,’ ‘She was extremely hard working and always did her best in the classroom, on the field hockey team, and in band.’ She will be dearly missed’ . . .” … Continue Reading

Cause of Brush Fire Left ‘Undetermined’

April 22, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

The cause of a large Monday night brush fire off Andrew Drive will remain undetermined, fire marshal Timothy Tharau said.

Tharau added that there just wasn’t enough conclusive evidence.

“No evidence could point to a permanent conclusion,” he said.

The fire burned for more than two hours Monday night and additional area departments came to assist the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department in controlling it.

The fire posed a threat to several homes but none were damaged, officials said.

See more in our earlier story.

John Fitts 

Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night. Submitted Photo

Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night.
Submitted Photo


Canton, Area Crews Contain Brush Fire in North Canton

April 18, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments
Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night. Submitted Photo

Firefighters at the Canton Brush fire Monday night.
Submitted Photo

By John Fitts

CANTON — The town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and several area departments battled a large brush fire off Andrew Drive on Monday night.

At approximately 7:40 p.m., crews were called to the area of 8 Andrew Drive for a brush fire, Assistant Fire Chief  Wayne Goeben said. There was a good half- to three quarters of a mile of fire line burning up the ridge and down toward Andrew Drive, Goeben said, adding the responding crews’ first priority was to push flames away from the house.

There were also three other homes in the vicinity, two on Andrew Drive and one on Hidden Valley Trail, but residents were not evacuated, Goeben said. Winds were also pushing the fire up the face of the mountain, he said.

A regional task force and numerous area departments responded to help with the fire, which fire officials said was largely extinguished in approximately 2 hours. Officials estimated that as much as 10 acres was involved. Late Monday night, firefighters continued to monitor the woods for “hot spots.”

Firefighters were able to reach most of the fire via tanker hoses from area driveways. With no hydrants in North Canton, tankers used a “dry hydrant” from Carpenter’s Pond on Case Street. … Continue Reading

After Search, Police Find ‘Lost’ Woman

April 17, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

At approximately 9:30 p.m Sunday, after an hour-plus search by police and volunteer firefighters in Canton and New Hartford, officers found a woman who had been reported lost earlier in the evening.

The woman was reported missing near a bridge or embankment and at one point told police dispatchers via cell phone that she had fallen. The search was conducted near the New Hartford/Canton town line and in Collinsville. The Canton Police Department, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and New Hartford crews were involved. Police ended up finding her in a room at an area motel.



Canton Officers Successfully Administer Opiate Antidote

April 15, 2016 Community, Police No Comments

By John Fitts 

CANTON – On Sunday night, Canton officers were able to successfully administer a drug designed to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.

The next day is when police were officially due to begin carrying Naloxone, commonly known under the brand name “Narcan,” a medication to reverse the effects of overdoses from heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet and other opioids. Crews with the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department also carry Narcan but police are often the first to arrive at a scene and officials say the sooner Narcan is administered, the better.

“ Within a day of the official start of the Canton Police Department’s Narcan policy, two Canton police officers responded to an emergency call involving an overdose situation and successfully used their narcan,” Police Chief Christopher Arciero said. “I give full credit to the various officers who were involved in the preparation of the kits for deployment, trained the officers on how to use it and the officer who eventually recognized the medical condition and used his narcan. A life was potentially saved and it is an opportunity for the person saved to re-evaluate his situation.” … Continue Reading

Canton Officials Recognize Latest Canton Emergency Response Team Graduates

As First Selectman Leslee Hill and Police Chief Christopher Arciero look on, Senior and Social Services Director Claire Cote congratulates Judy Byrne. Photo by John Fitts

As First Selectman Leslee Hill and Police Chief Christopher Arciero look on, Senior and Social Services Director Claire Cote congratulates Judy Byrne.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

CANTON — On Wednesday night, Canton officials formally acknowledged the latest graduates of the Community Emergency Response Team.

In this third class of recruits to complete the 8-week program, 20 people were trained to provide emergency support in areas such as first aid, medical TRIAGE, light search and rescue, community education and shelter operations.

The group includes 16  Canton residents who will join the 24 existing Canton CERT members, police chief Christopher Arciero.

“They’ll be that force multiplier that will support the traditional fire, police and emergency services in the town,” said Police Chief Christopher Arciero. … Continue Reading

Canton Police , Connecticut Highway Safety Office team up to Kick off National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 4, 2016 Police No Comments

Connecticut Enforces “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Statewide Crackdown

Submitted Release 

NEWINGTON – The Canton Police Department is partnering with the Connecticut Highway Safety Office as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month to crack down on drivers who choose to ignore Connecticut’s mobile phone laws.

The joint effort will span through the month of April, kicking off on April 4 and running through April 30.

In 2014, an estimated 3,179 people were killed (10 percent of all crash fatalities) and an additional 431,000 were injured (18 percent of all crash injuries) in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.  Last year, Connecticut drivers started to get the message as a result of this crackdown, and law enforcement wrote over 22,000 citations as part of last year’s effort to get drivers to put down their phones and pay attention to the road.   … Continue Reading


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