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Canton Police: Motorcyclist Listed in Critical Condition

November 26, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
The motorcycle involved in the crash (License plate blurred)  Photo by John Fitts

The motorcycle involved in the crash (License plate blurred)
Photo by John Fitts

A motorcyclist seriously injured in an accident at the intersection of Routes 179 and 202 on Sunday morning was listed in critical condition late Wednesday morning, police said.

That motorcyclist was Scott Suydam, 57, of Farmington, police said Wednesday. He was involved in a crash shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday with a vehicle driven by Fredrick Peruch, 71, of Rocky Hill, police said.

Suydam was airlifted from the scene by LIFE STAR after being initially attended to by a crew from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department with a UConn medic.

The department also worked the scene and fire police closed portions of the roads for hours as the  North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team responded to assist the Canton Police Department in investigating the accident. … Continue Reading

Motorcyclist Airlifted via LIFE STAR after Sunday Morning Crash at 179, 202 in Canton

November 23, 2014 Fire, Police No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

A motorcyclist was airlifted from the scene of a Canton crash late Sunday morning.

A crash between the motorcyclist and a car occurred at the intersection of Routes 179 and 202 near Saybrook Fish House and Ocean State Job Lot.

The patient was flown via Hartford Hospital’s LIFE STAR helicopter shortly before 11:30 a.m. Police described the injuries as serious in nature but did not offer any other details or immediately release a name.

Members of the Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and a UConn paramedic tended to the patient before LIFE STAR Landed.

The North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team is assisting the Canton Police Department with the investigation. Portions of the roadways were closed for hours by Fire Police with the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The accident is under investigation and no charges have been filed, police said. Any witnesses are asked to call police at (860) 693-0221.

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Arts Academy Artistic Instructor Terminated for Driving Canton Student Home

October 27, 2014 Police No Comments

A man charged with risk of injury by Canton Police was also terminated from his job as an artistic instructor at the Greater Hartford Arts Academy, according to a statement from the executive director of the Capitol Region Education Council.

On Oct. 23, Canton police charged Andrew Rae, 36, of New Haven with two counts of risk of injury/impairing the morals of a minor, based on alleged incidents on May 15 and June 1. Police have not released further details.  … Continue Reading

Canton Police Charge Man With Risk of Injury/Impairing the Morals of a Minor

October 24, 2014 Police No Comments

Canton Police have charged a New Haven man with two counts of risk of injury/impairing the morals of a minor.

Andrew Rae, 36, of 93 Mechanic Street of New Haven, was charged on Oct. 23 and released after posting bond, police said. He is due in court on Nov. 6, police said. … Continue Reading

Canton Selectmen to Consider Suggested Reduction in Transfer Station Hours, ‘New’ Animal Control Officer Position

October 8, 2014 Government, Police No Comments


Editor’s Note: On Wednesday night, the only change Selectmen made for the transfer station was to change the one-time use pass to a one-day pass. More discussion on other ideas could come closer to budget season. 

The animal control officer position was supported and will move on to the Board of Finance. 

Updates to follow. 


Potential changes to the town’s transfer station hours and Animal Control services are among the issues the Board of Selectmen will discuss when it meets Wednesday night.

Public Works Director Robert Martin proposes the changes at the transfer station. They include a proposal to reduce days of operation but add some Thursday evening hours for part of the year.

Martin’s idea is change days of transfer station hours from 5 to 3 days a week beginning in January 2016. New hours under the proposal would be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Saturday. Thursday hours would be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for part of the year but shift to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May 15 to Sept. 15. Current hours are 7 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  … Continue Reading

Drug Give Back Day is Sept. 27

September 25, 2014 Police No Comments

10665934_10202908368285359_7940526326223847937_n(Submitted) The Canton Police Department reminds everyone that the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will be holding its 9th National Take-Back Initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The DEA is again calling on Americans to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication and bring them to collection sites for proper disposal. This includes pet medication as well. Area sites include:  … Continue Reading

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


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