Police/Fire News Notes: Package thefts, winter storm impacts and more

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Residents report stolen packages to police

Due to the rise in online purchasing, many local communities have seen an increase in thefts of packages at front doors and on porches. Canton police have received several such calls this week. Deputy Police Chief Helena Rafferty suggested that residents request that the packages be delivered to an enclosed area or to workplaces when possible.

First snowstorm nets 8 MV accidents

Saturday’s snowstorm brought 5.5 inches of plowable snow to Canton along with a rash of motor vehicle accidents. The most serious accident was a rollover reported near 271 Sherman Street around 10:30 p.m. Arriving firefighters found the vehicle overturned on a retaining wall. Fire Lt. Ryan Patrician said the driver left prior to the arrival of emergency services and there were no occupants inside the car. Engine 3 remained on the scene until the vehicle was removed. Other accidents were reported during the day on Turnpike Street, York Street and Flintlocke Lane, York Street, Elm Street, Bayberry Road, and Dedham Street and Cedarcrest Road.

DPW Superintendent Mike Trotta said sanding operations began around 1 p.m. on Saturday and plows were sent out around 6 p.m. Thirty-two DPW staff members manned the plows until 5 a.m. on Sunday, and sanders were also sent out Sunday night as the melting snow refroze on the roads. Trotta reported no problems and said motorists were off the roads for the most part by Saturday evening.

CFD responds to 2 transformer fires

Canton firefighters responded to two transformer fires last week — one at 5 Whitman Road on Wednesday afternoon, December 6, another a few hours later at 35 North Street. In the first incident, firefighters discovered a pole fire and the primary wires were burning. A safe zone was established and the electrical company was contacted to shut down the power. Engine 2 stood by for power company resources to arrive. There were no injuries or property damage reported

In the second incident, a bystander reported seeing the transformer explode and charring was observed above the transformer. The primary lines were down and arching. The power company was contacted and Engine 3 stood by for removal of the hazard. No injuries or building damages were reported.

In another call, Canton firefighters assisted Westwood in extinguishing a motor vehicle fire on December 8 around 9 p.m. on I-93 North, before Route 138. No injuries were reported.

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