Canton Police To Offer Civilian Police Academy
The Canton Police Dept will be offering a free Civilian Police Academy beginning in late April and running through May. According to Community Police Officer Scott Connor, the informational academy is designed to give civilians a more in-depth look at the inner workings of the police department.
The academy will discuss such topics as motor vehicle law, car seat regulations, crime scene investigation, firearms law and safety, basic first aid and CPR.
The program, which will be held at the police station will run five weeks with each class 90 minutes long every Tuesday night from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The first class will be April 28 and run through May 26. There is no charge for attending and seating will be limited. Early registration is urged.
If interested, log onto to www.cantonpolice.com and click on the community involvement link and then on to the Citizens Police Academy to click on to the online registration form. For information or to leave a message, call 781-828-1214 ext. 507 and leave your name, address, and contact information.
The first class on Tuesday, April 28 will be led by Officer Connor will include a tour of the police station, a visual inspection of a patrol cruiser and the start of the motor vehicle law part of the program.
The next class on Tuesday, May 5 will include the completion of the motor vehicle law, live radar outside of the station and a firearms overview by Lt. Tom Keleher Jr. The May 12 session will be led by Detective Sgt. Jim Quigley and will cover a crime scene investigation and drug awareness. The May 19 session will be led by Juvenile Officer Chip Yeaton and cover an overview of the juvenile law, first aid and CPR. The last session on Tuesday, May 26 will by led by Police Chief Ken Berkowitz Officers Paul Ezepik and Robert Zeph. The session will include talks on infant car seat regulations, an open question and answer forum, and graduation.
Police Lt. Patty Sherrill Leads Hand-On Session On Self-Defense & Safety
Police Lt. Patty Sherrill who has given talks on self defense was a recent guest speaker at a meeting of the National Charity League. She spoke to a group of 12 year old Canton girls about personal safety. Topics discussed were Internet safety, dating safety, and basic self defense and self defense tactics. The girls were able to practice their hands-on skills during the 90-minute presentation. Lt. Sherrill said, “The girls were incredible. They showed a lot of personal confidence, strength, and agility. There wasn’t a lot of time to practice the skills they learned but if they can each remember at least one technique that would help them in an encounter, then my job was a success.” (Photos, courtesy of Lorraine McGrath)
Surrounding Lt. Patty Sherrill (far left) were members of the National Charity League including Ali McGrath, Nicole Macedo, Saroj Schutt, Elise Barry, Katie Gelerman, Samantha Nolte, Monica Leveckis, Elizabeth Crespi, Amanda Cameron, Taylor Agapite, Julie Newton, Jackie Walsh, Reid Lee and Abbey Bonnanzio.
Police Probe Foiled Home Invasion
A roommate coming home to his Arboretum Residence surprised three armed home invasion suspects who fled Thursday night, Feb. 12 at 9:22 p.m. Police Lt. Helena Findlen said police continue to investigate and may have a good lead into the case While investigating the incident, police found marijuana at the residence and charged Adam Cohen, 19, of 914 Arboretum ay with distributing a Class D substance.
Canton Safety Teams Police To Play Stoughton In Raise Money for Kelley Family
Members of the Canton fire and police will face off against the Stoughton Fire and Police in memory of Boston Fire Lt. Kevin Kelley on March 21 at 8 p.m. at Metropolis Rink on Rte. 138 . Lt. Kelly was 30-year veteran of the Boston Fire Dept. who was tragically killed in the line of duty on Jan. 9. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. All proceeds of the game will go directly to the Kelley family. For those who can’t attend the game, donations can be dropped off to the Canton Fire Dept., 99 Revere St.
Head On Collision Injures Two Outside of Blue Hill Ski Area
Milton and Canton firefighters along with Canton and State Police responded to a two car accident Monday Feb. 23 around 11 a.m. at 4001 Washington St., right outside the entrance to the Blue Hill Ski Area. Two sets of the Jaws of Life were used to extricate two victims, both identified by Fire Lt. John Hutchinson as a 30 year woman from Stoughton and a 22 year old woman from Hull. Lt. Hutchinson described their injuries as serious and both were transported by ambulance to Boston Medical Center. The Rte. 138 road around the accident was closed for about 25 minutes to extricate the women and to complete the investigation.
Detective Investigation Leads Into Drug Arrest
A multi week probe into suspicious activity at a Pequit Street residence led detectives and police to charge two women with various drug charges Friday, Feb. 20. Karilyn Arroyo, 31 of Charlestown and Crystal Prater, 24 of Boston was charged with two counts of distributing a Class B substance (cocaine) and drug violation near a school. Prater was also charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Both women were found with 13 grams of cocaine, worth $1,330, said Police Lt. Helena Findlen. Both women pleaded not guilty to the charges at their arraignment and were released on their own person recognizance. Lt. Findlen praised detectives for their investigation
Quick Response By Midnight Officer Solves Sheetmetal Theft Arrest
A midnight shift officer doing surveillance on rash of sheetmetal scrap thefts at Commercial l Sheetmetal on Turnpike Street spotted suspicious activity and arrested two Boston men early Thursday morning, Feb. 26.
Officer Don Stapleton was watching the rear dumpster at Commercial Sheet Metal around midnight when he noticed a van pulling up to the 30-yard dumpster. Previously, Commercial Sheet Metal officials had reported three thefts of the dumpster which contained scrap metal worth $90 per ton. In all an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 worth of metal was stolen from the thefts, said Police Lt. Helena Findlen.
Officer Stapleton stopped the men and called for backup coming from Officer Brian Ronayne. Lt. Findlen said after further questioning by Detective Eric Wade, the two men admitted to the previous thefts. Arrested were Jaime M. Henriques, 32, of East Boston and Pedro Coreas, 31, of Revere. Both were charged with trespassing with a motor vehicle and several counts of larceny over $250. Both were held on bail. Coreas is under investigation by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
Lt. Helena Findlen said the officers involved especially Officer Stapleton did an excellent job in the investigation.