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CAASA to open info and drop-in centers

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The Canton Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) is working with Town Hall, the Council on Aging, Canton Public Library, and the Parks & Recreation, Health, Police, and Fire-Rescue departments to place information centers in their locations with substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery resources for the public. CAASA Chairman Nick Pirelli said information centers […]

Training on 21st century policing held in Canton


Over 150 law enforcement personnel from around greater Boston attended the White House’s Advancing 21st Century Policing Briefing, held on December 5 at Bank of Canton’s corporate headquarters on Turnpike Street. Organized by Canton Police Chief Kenneth Berkowitz (right) and Boston Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, and featuring Ronald L. Davis (center), director of the U.S. Department […]

News Notes: Police, firefighters rescue accident victims

Several Canton police officers and firefighters worked to extricate three accident victims from a wet swampy area near Brad’s Glass at 872 Turnpike Street (Route 138) on Saturday, November 19, around 8:15 p.m. All three victims were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. According to Deputy Police Chief Helena Rafferty, the […]

Deer hunting returns to the Blue Hills this week

This unchanged view across Ponkapoag Pond is quite close to a native site used for perhaps 5,000 years as an autumn hunting camp. (Photo by the author)

The addition of bow-and-arrow permits and an expansion into the previously off-limits area around Ponkapoag Pond in Canton are some of the major changes in store for the 2016 edition of the Blue Hills controlled deer hunt, which gets underway just before sunrise this coming Tuesday, November 29. Launched in 2015 in response to a […]

Police ID 3 suspects in alleged hacking of town account

Canton police plan to bring three Connecticut residents to court and charge them with felony counts of larceny over $250 (false pretenses) after officials found a town of Canton vendor account had been compromised. Detective John Ruane was credited with cracking the case, and he is in the process of summoning the three individuals to […]

News Notes: Motor vehicle crash leads to B&E charges


A Canton man and two other men from Stoughton will be summoned to court to face charges of breaking and entering into a vehicle following a two-car accident on Pleasant Street on Sunday, November 6, around 11:45 a.m. The driver of one of the vehicles, Albert G. Smith IV, 18, of Stoughton, faces additional charges […]

Chief reports resolution on JFK fire investigation

Police Chief Ken Berkowitz reported a resolution in the joint Police/Fire Department investigation into the suspicious fires reported on the grounds of the Kennedy Elementary School on Sunday morning, September 25. Firefighters had initially responded to a dumpster fire around 8 a.m. and then were called back at 9 a.m. for a second fire behind […]

Canton voters face tough decision on ballot question 4

Early voting in Canton begins October 24.

The debate over whether to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in Massachusetts has kicked into high gear in recent weeks as voters in Canton and across the commonwealth continue to mull the pros and cons of the proposed ballot initiative in the run-up to the November 8 state election. Ballot Question 4, submitted by the […]

Convicted Canton killer denied parole for third time

Rod Matthews (center) appears before the parole board.

Convicted Canton murderer Rod Matthews will remain behind bars for at least the next five years after the state parole board rejected his latest bid for release, marking the third time since 2001 that he has been denied a request for parole. In its decision, handed down earlier this week, the board determined that Matthews, […]

News Notes: Firefighters respond to hazmat incident

Firefighters responded to a hazardous materials incident on Wednesday, September 14, at 7 a.m. at R&L Carriers, a shipping company located at 30 Industrial Drive. A container of hydrazine hydrate — a flammable and highly toxic liquid used as a foaming agent and as a rocket propellant — was accidentally overturned by a forklift in […]

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