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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.


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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

Chief: Police Obtain Arrest Warrant in Collinsville Tree Incident

July 25, 2014 Police No Comments
The scene on Main Street early Tuesday morning.  Photo by Jessie Deloy

The scene on Main Street after the tree was taken.
Photo by Jessie Deloy

Canton Police have “identified a suspect” and obtained an arrest warrant in connection with the May theft of a newly planted tree in downtown Collinsville, Police Chief Christopher Arciero said.

In May, a newly planted Jefferson Elm tree was stolen from the tree well in which it had been planted in front of the Valley House, along Main Street. Located on town property, the town had removed two locust trees and replaced it with the one Jefferson Elm. … Continue Reading

Canton Police Investigating Early-Morning Burglaries along Route 44

July 22, 2014 Police No Comments

IMG_5097Canton police are investigating break-ins at three businesses along Route 44.

Officers initially responded to the Citgo Service Station at 232 Albany Turnpike at approximately 4:30 a.m. on July 22 and found evidence of a “fresh” burglary, police said.

Shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday an employee at Subway, 250 Albany Turnpike, reported signs of break-in and officers discovered that Taco Bell had also been burglarized.

Police said officers searched the scenes for evidence and possible suspects. Police believe all occurred in the early morning hours Tuesday and are possibly related.

Police are working with other area departments due to similar incidents.

Further details were not immediately released.

Canton EMTs Now Equipped with Antidote for Heroin and Other Opiates

July 21, 2014 Police No Comments
Canton EMT Renee Fredette practices the Narcan dosage technique at a recent training session.

Canton EMT Renee Fredette practices the Narcan dosage technique at a recent training session. In background is Ryan Kerr. Photo: John Fitts

Propelled by recent changes at the state level, Canton EMTs now carry Naloxone (Narcan), a drug known to reverse the effects of heroin and other opiate overdoses.

High levels of opiates can often dramatically slow — or even stop — a person’s breathing. While other measures are still necessary, the drug counteracts the breathing changes, giving the patient a better chance to survival, according to medical experts.

Officials believe Canton is the first non-paramedic service in Connecticut to carry the drug, which results from recent legislation and a state health department decision to expand the scope of practice for EMTs.  That change allows the local EMTs to administer it before paramedics arrive. To carry the drug first responders must gain the approval of their local sponsor hospital, which in this case is UConn Health.  … Continue Reading

Town Receives Nearly $20,000 for Speed Enforcement Measures

July 18, 2014 Government, Police No Comments

The town has received a High Risk Rural Roads — Speed Enforcement Program Grant for the period of July 18 to September 14, 2014.

The federal funds, designated the state Department of Transportation, include $16,100 for enforcement and $3,591 for radar speed-detection equipment.

The grant will allow officers to deploy speed enforcement measure to roads that involve a high number of speeding complaints, as well as take a more proactive approach, officials said. … Continue Reading


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