Wednesday December 31, 2008
CWN storm team coverage of the New Year's Eve storm
 CAPE COD - 2008 went out with a bang as a major winter storm moved through the region. Note the classic "comma" shape of the storm on this satelite photo.
11 p.m. update: Although we still have to contend with strong winds for a few more hours the Cape appears to be holding its own. Yours truly made the trek to work and found roads passable as long as you go slow. Most important to bundle up due to low windchills. Two things seemed to have spared us major trouble. First the storm did not stall but kept moving. Second the snow stayed powdery and did not mix with rain and then back to snow. The latter undoubtedly spared us extensive power outages. Latest snowfall reports range from 3-7 inches. Current temperature is 12 degrees.

9 p.m. update: Temperatures have dropped 10 degrees to the upper teens. Snowfall is prety much done, The weather service reports 3-6 inches but the drifting makes it difficult to get an exact measurement. NStar continues to report only scattered outages.

5:15 p.m. update: Hyannis firefighters called to the Auto Zone store on Iyannough Road (Route 28) after smoke was spotted coming out of it. Firefighters discovered a rooftop gas heater unit had malfunctioned and caught fire. It was quickly put out and the smoke vented.

4:45 p.m. update: 3-5 inches of snow. Peak wind gusts so far of 53 MPH. A few scattered power outages reported. Several crashes reported on area roads including Route 6 in Truro near the Wellfleet line during the noon hour. A vehicle tipped on its side at the Otis Rotary in Bourne. No serious injuries were reported in any of the crashes.  
 

First Night Chatham canceled
CHATHAM - Due to severe weather conditions and high winds, Chatham public safety officials have canceled all First Night Chatham events scheduled after 6:00 p.m. Fireworks have been re-scheduled for Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. No other events have been rescheduled. For further information contact First Night Chatham Headquarters, 508-945-1122.

The return of winter

The snow-slick roads of Cape Cod have played host to numerous accidents today. CWN photographer Frank Paparo shot this more tranquil scene in Centerville around 11 a.m.

Dennis parking ban in effect
DENNIS - The Town of Dennis has announced that there is a parking ban in effect from noon Wednesday through noon on New Years Day (Thursday).  Vehicles parked on the street may be towed. Motorists are asked to limit travel if possible to allow Public Works staff to effectively plow the snow.

Citizens encountering fallen trees or wires should call the Police Department using the 911 system -- if an emergency -- or dialing 508-394-1315. Do not go near downed lines –- they may still be charged. Police or fire personnel will respond to these calls and notify appropriate utilities. The phone number for citizens to report a power outage to NSTAR is 1-800-592-2000. Citizens are encouraged to use the NSTAR phone system to report power outages. The system automatically tracks these calls and provides information to NSTAR as to how many people are out in a given area. The system will also give the caller a call back to provide information as to when the power is expected to be turned back on.

Many other towns are undoubtedly issuing parking bans as well.

Barnstable Police seek missing elderly man
HYANNIS - (From WXTK reports) Barnstable Police are looking to the public for help as they search for a Cotuit man missing since yesterday. 80-year-old Robert Ouellette and his wife drove to a Hyannis auto repair shop to pick up his vehicle. They left the shop in separate cars but Ouellette failed to return home. His wife told police he occasionally suffers from dimentia. He was last seen driving a light blue Mercury Marquis with Mass plate 472-BXC. Anyone with information is asked to call Barnstable Police at (508) 775-0387.

Police arrest man with 14 grams of cocaine
 YARMOUTH - On Wednesday at 1:03 a.m. Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Christopher Marino reportedly spotted two suspicious males at the Great Island Shopping Plaza on Route 28 in West Yarmouth.

Patrol Officer Marino was able to encounter one the males who allegedly made threatening gestures and was physically aggressive and non-compliant.

Fellow Yarmouth Patrol Officers Justin Haire and Mary Gibney arrived and provided assistance and force protection.

A subsequent pat frisk of the subject revealed a large amount of white powdery substance in a clear plastic baggie in his front pants pocket.

 The substance was field tested and proved positive as 14 grams of cocaine. The suspect, 25-year-old Taurian Rogers of West Yarmouth, was placed under arrest for possession of cocaine and transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters. He was scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court this morning.The cocaine was seized and is being held as evidence.

Yarmouth Police recognized Officer Marino for his efforts: For initiative and outstanding performance while patrolling in a proactive manner by aggressively investigating suspicious persons and circumstances in a reasonable and professional manner that subsequently led to the arrest of a convicted felon-the suppression of crime in our neighborhoods-and the removal of illegal and harmful drugs from our community.

Mugshot/evidence photo furnished by Yarmouth PD

Harwich teens caught red-handed during golf course break-in
 HARWICH - On Tuesday morning at approximately 3:45 a.m., Patrolman Eric Geake was conducting a commercial building check when he observed a vehicle parked on a wooded access path located behind the Cranberry Valley Golf Course pro shop with two subjects standing nearby. Officer Geake contacted the subjects, later identified as 18-year-old Joshua Keyes (left) and 17-year-old Philip Peters (right, both of Harwich, and secured them in the vehicle until backup arrived. Patrolmen Keith Kannally, Peter Petell and Sgt. John Sullivan arrived shortly thereafter.

Upon further investigation Harwich Police say officers observed several gas cans, a cordless drill and pump as well as a hand operated pump in the vehicle. Police also recovered an unopened box of 300 golf balls and a set of golf clubs from the vehicle. Officers were reportedly able to obtain information from the subjects indicating they had gained entry to a locked cart storage facility where the gas was siphoned and eventually transferred into the suspect vehicle and from where the golf balls were allegedly stolen from. 

Keys and Peters were subsequently arrested and both charged with with B&E in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, larceny from a building (2 counts), and vandalizing property. They were bailed and scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Orleans District Court.
Mugshots furnished by Harwich Police  

Tuesday December 30, 2008
Truck vs car on Route 132

EMTs evaluate the driver of a car that collided with a pickup truck.
 HYANNIS - At 12:15 p.m. Tuesday a pickup truck collided with a Ford Tempo at the entrance to Parker's Liquor on Route 132 in Hyannis.

A red Ford pickup ended up on the shoulder of the road by the Holiday Inn and the badly damaged Tempo sedan came to rest in the lot of the liquor store.

Hyannis Rescue took one person from the Tempo to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries.

The crash is under investigation by Barnstable Police. 

Photos by Frank Paparo

Man arrested after purse-snatching incident
 HYANNIS - A man was arrested after an alleged purse snatching at the Shaw's on West Main Street Monday. Police say an elderly woman put her purse on the center console of her vehicle while she loaded her groceries.

That's when a man reportedly came up behind her and grabbed the purse. He then ran off and jumped into a waiting car. A witness gave police the plate number and the vehicle was quickly located.

Police arrested 25-year-old Jonathan Hayward, the alleged getaway driver. Police say they know who the snatcher is and are actively searching for him.

Mugshot furnished by Barnstable Police

Yarmouth Police Department Week in Review
YARMOUTH - From 0800 on Monday, December 22 to 0800 on Monday, December 29 the Yarmouth Police Department managed 502 police service calls which resulted in a variety of criminal charges against 31 people. Some of the persons charged are:

12/23 12:45 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 28, Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Kenneth J. McCormick of West Yarmouth for Possession of Class A Heroin
Revoked License for OUI Convictions (see original story in December 23 column).

 12/24 1:43 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 28, Patrol Officer Paul Mellett arrested Donald Morin (upper right) of Hope Mills, North Carolina for Felony 7th Offense OUI Liquor

12/24 8:05 p.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Great Western Road in South Yarmouth, Officer Neal Donohue arrested Richard F. Lawrence of South Yarmouth for Assault and Battery

12/26 1:05 a.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Joshua Baker Road  in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Chris Van Ness arrested Nicholas S. Sullivant of Montclair, New Jersey for Assault and Battery

 12/26 1:31 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Cranberry Lane in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Tammy L. Eldridge (middle right) of South Yarmouth for 2nd Offense OUI Liquor

12/27 1:10 a.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Higgins Crowell Road  in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Paul Mellett arrested Jeffrey M. Hine of West Yarmouth for Assault and Battery

12/28 3:31 a.m. As a result of MV Stop on Old Town House Road in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Steven C. L'Hommedieu of 166 Setucket Road Yarmouthport for Subsequent Offense Possession of Class D Marijuana

 12/28 10:09 p.m. As a result of a burglary in progress call on Abells Road in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Christopher Marino arrested William R. Perry Jr. (lower right) of Mashpee and David Q. Burton of Hyannis for Felony Nighttime Breaking and Entering

Mugshots furnished by Yarmouth PD

Dennis Pond Conservation Area walking trails re-open January 1, 2009
 YARMOUTH - The cleaning and re-securing of the Dennis Pond Conservation Trails have been accomplished and the area will be open to the public on January 1, 2009.

All members of the public are welcome to use and enjoy the area and are urged to immediately report any illegal activity to the Yarmouth Police Department.

Yarmouth Police Officers and Natural Resource Officers will monitor the area in question and anyone found committing any illegal activity will be subject to arrest with their booking information and booking photograph provided to the media. The area was closed after numerous complaints of "illicit sexual activity".

Parking and traffic restrictions for "First Night Chatham"
CHATHAM - Residents and Visitors attending "First Night Chatham" are reminded that the majority of town-wide events occur on Wednesday, and many Town Offices and Private business will be open during the day. Listed below are scheduled events that will require TEMPORARY road closings and parking restrictions throughout the Town.

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Traffic will be heavy and detoured (if needed) at the Lighthouse Lot for the Town Photograph.

2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Carnival Caper Road Race. Main Street from Cross Street to Shore Road will be closed during this event. There will also be other temporary closures and detours along the race route. School Street, Silverleaf Ave., Bridge Street, and Lower Main Street will be temporarily closed during this event. All participants are reminded to arrive early for this event.

6:15 p.m. Noise Parade/Bonfire. Starting at 6:15 p.m. Main Street will be closed from Cross Street to the Rotary. Stage Harbor Road will also be closed from the Rotary to Cross Street. Queen Anne Road will also be closed. Roadways will reopen after the Bonfire event has ended. The "Oyster Pond Beach Area" will be closed for vehicle traffic, and will reopen after the Bonfire event has ended.

11:15 p.m. Fireworks. The following roads will be closed for the fireworks. Stage Harbor Road, (from the Rotary to Cross Street), Queen Anne Road, Pond Street, Oyster Pond Furlong, (residents only).

Chatham Police Officers will be assigned to all events that require roadway closures and detours. We encourage the public to arrive early, and utilize public transportation, and park in public lots, or authorized areas.

We are asking for the publics patience and cooperation during this annual event. The Chatham Police Department would like to wish everyone a HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR! 

Monday December 29, 2008
Two injured in Falmouth head-on crash

Two people were injured in a head-on crash in Falmouth Monday evening.
 FALMOUTH - Two people were injured, one seriously, in a head-on crash on Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151) at the Route 28 interchange in Falmouth about 10:30 p.m. A Saturn sedan collided with a Saab SUV. The two male drivers, 41-year-old Christopher Collins of East Orleans and 42-year-old Daniel Walsh of North Falmouth, who were the only occupants of the vehicles, were treated and transported to Falmouth hospital by Falmouth Fire Rescue. One driver had serious but not life- threatening injuries. The second driver sustained minor injuries. The crash is being investigated by Falmouth Police who say a citation is pending to Collins.
Photos by Eric Tinglof

Head-on crash on Route 28 in Marstons Mills
CWN Team coverage by Tim Caldwell and Frank Paparo

Two cars collided head-on on Route 28 in Marstons Mills Monday evening injuring several people
 MARSTONS MILLS - Several people were injured and Route 28 was closed down during the height of the evening commute after a head-on collision between a Mercedes sedan and a Toyota Tercel. The crash happened around 5:15 p.m. between Route 149 and South County Road. Some of the victims had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life. The most seriously injured victim, 22-year-old Megan McGinnis of Mashpee was taken to the Centerville fire station and Medflighted to a Boston hospital. She was driving the Tercel.  The driver of the Mercedes 78-year-old Virginia Murphy of Osterville and a passenger in the Tercel Nicholas Bickel were taken to Cape Cod Hospital. Police say the crash was triggered by a Ford pickup driven by 32-year-old David Consalvi of Marstons Mills who was cited for failing to yield. Barnstable Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

Top, right photos by Frank Paparo (click right to enlarge), bottom photo by Tim Caldwell
 

Yarmouth Police Subdue Armed Harwich Man

Yarmouth Police at the scene where what turned out to be a replica gun was recovered.
 YARMOUTH - Yarmouth Police say on Monday at 2:46 p.m. they received an emergency phone call from a woman on Short Way in West Yarmouth reporting that her ex-boyfriend was outside of her home armed with a handgun and threatening to shoot himself if she did not come outside and talk to him.

Within one minute of the call Yarmouth Police Patrol Sergeant Francis L. Hennessey arrived at the scene and observed the suspect operating a 2004 white Chrysler 300 sedan backing out of the driveway spinning its tires and drive off at a high rate of speed southbound on Short Way. Patrol Sergeant Hennessey attempted to stop the vehicle by activating all of the emergency lights and sirens on his fully marked police vehicle but the suspect did not stop and continued to drive dangerously through the neighborhood at high rates of speed between 50 and 80 miles per hour. Patrol Sergeant Hennessey radioed for assistance and fellow Patrol Officers Christopher A. Kent-Gordon Gibbons-Mark Noone-and Richard White were assigned to assist and deployed as back up and force protection officers.

As the suspect vehicle drove northbound on Baxter Avenue and entered the intersection of Route 28 Patrol Officer Kent was able to stop all traffic in the area which forced the suspect vehicle to come to a stop. The suspect then exited his vehicle and attempted to run off. Patrol Officers conducted a high risk stop and the suspect was placed under arrest.

A search of his vehicle revealed a black semi-automatic pistol with its hammer in the cocked position. The weapon was secured and upon closer examination determined to be an exact replica of a real firearm and is being held at Yarmouth Police Headquarters for safekeeping.

The suspect 22-year-old Benjamin I. Johnson-Brown of East Harwich was booked at Yarmouth Police Headquarters on charges of Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Stop for Police, Speeding, and 2 Counts of Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign. He was subsequently transported to Cape Cod Hospital for psychiatric examination and assistance. He is scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court on Wednesday morning December 31, 2008.
Top photo by Richard Copley. Photo right furnished by YPD. Editors note: Due to a reporting error, a previous version of this story contained inaccurate details. CWN regrets the error.
 

Sunday December 28, 2008
Coast Guard monitoring LNG vessel repairs
BOSTON - The Coast Guard is monitoring and assisting a Liquefied Natural Gas tanker that temporarily lost propulsion about 45 miles east of Boston today.

The 920-foot tanker Suez Matthew, carrying 31 people and a full load of LNG from Trinidad to Boston, lost propulsion just before 12 a.m.

Propulsion was restored aboard the Suez Matthew within the hour and the tankship executed a successful test of propulsion by 8:45 a.m. The Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island and the commercial tugs Liberty and Freedom are escorting the carrier to an anchorage in Broad Sound.

There, Coast Guard marine inspectors and investigators, along with the vessel's classification society surveyor, will inspect the ship to determine why it lost propulsion. The tugs will also remain in the area to assist as needed.

The ship's crew is making hourly situation reports to Sector Boston. The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba is enroute to the anchorage to assume on-scene command from the Jefferson Island.

"The Coast Guard and its port partners are taking steps to ensure the vessel, crew and cargo remain safe," said Cmdr. William Kelly, the acting commander of Sector Boston. "However, as a precaution, the Coast Guard will monitor the situation until I am satisfied all repairs are made and it can return to full international service."

The Coast Guard says current onscene weather is 12-to-15-knot winds with 2-foot seas.

Pickup truck vs tree in Chatham

Despite the appearance of this mangled pickup truck the driver escaped serious injury.
 CHATHAM - On Saturday at 4:57 a.m., the Chatham Police Department received a call from a person attempting to drive down Middle Road in South Chatham, reporting that she came upon a pickup truck that had struck a tree and that the tree was down across the roadway.

Officers responded to Middle Road and located the 2005 Ford pickup approximately 200 yards west of Sam Ryder Road. It appeared that the vehicle was traveling west on Middle Road when it struck two trees and then traveled 150 feet ending up off the roadway. The vehicle had major damage to the front end and passenger side with both passenger-side wheels detached from the vehicle. Both air bags had deployed inside the cab of the truck and the driver-side seat belt was hanging out of the open driver's door. Officers observed several cans of beer next to the passenger-side door, outside of the vehicle. The vehicle operator and possible passenger were not found at the crash scene. The location of the vehicle crash was in a heavily wooded area and close to Goose Pond.

 Due to the severe damage to the vehicle, officers believed that the occupants were likely to be seriously injured. The vehicle registration was listed to a 20-year-old male Chatham resident. The vehicle owner's father was contacted by phone and informed of the crash. He stated that his son was not home and had not been seen since 8:00 p.m. on December 26th. The father did not come to the crash scene after being notified. At 5:09 a.m., in an effort to locate the vehicle occupant(s), a K9 Unit from the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office was requested to search the area. Deputy Sheriff Patrick Martin responded with the K9 and tracked to a residence on Middle Road, approximately one-half mile from the crash scene. A female at the residence stated that the vehicle owner was not in the house, but may have been there earlier that night. After the vehicle was towed, the Chatham Highway Department was contacted to clear the downed tree from the roadway and the Chatham Fire Department responded to handle hazardous fluids that had leaked from the vehicle onto the road surface.

Several hours after the crash investigation, at 10:42 a.m., the vehicle owner, 20-year-old Joshua P. Ricci of Chatham, walked into the Chatham Police Department lobby to report the crash. Ricci stated he was wearing a seat belt and had only minor abrasions. He also stated that there were no passengers in the vehicle. He declined medical treatment. Ricci told officers that he crashed his vehicle and then ran to a friend's house.

Investigating Officer Ryan Coholan issued a citation to Ricci for the following violations: Leaving the scene of an accident, Speeding, Failure to operate in lane, and Operating to endanger.
Photos furnished by Chatham Police

Woman accused of attacking boyfriend's kids
HYANNIS
- Barnstable Police arrested a woman who allegedly attacked her boyfriend's children Saturday morning at a St. Francis Circle residence. According to reports 34-year-old Rebecca Geoffrion allegedly made disparaging remarks about the boy's mother and pushed an 8-year-old onto a bed and started punching him Two other boys, 13 and 15, pulled her off when she alleged kicked the 13-year-old in the chest. Police had to subdue her when they arrived. Geoffrion was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot), assault and battery (two counts) and resisting arrest.

Firefighters called to Orleans supermarket
ORLEANS - Firefighters rushed to the Shaw's Supermarket on West Road in Orleans about 7:30 a.m. Sunday after a fire was reported. The problem apparently was traced to a meat case refrigerator that had malfunctioned. 

Saturday December 27, 2008
Tree company truck driver nabbed for OUI after failing to stop
 HARWICH - On Friday Sgt. Kevin Considine attempted to stop an Action Tree Company truck on Great Western Road in Harwich for operating with an uncovered load. The vehicle reportedly failed to stop for police and was soon located on a side street. Police say the vehicle continued and refused to stop and was finally stopped on a nearby dead end street. The operator, 38-year-old Tod W. Henry of South Yarmouth, was arrested and charged with Felony OUI Liquor, 3rd Offense; Driving without an ignition interlock device when required; OUI Drugs, Failure to stop for police; Possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle; Unsecured/Uncovered load; Possession of a Class C drug; Possession of a Class D drug and Possession of a Class E drug.
Mugshot furnished by Harwich PD

Rash of break-ins reported in Wellfleet
WELLFLEET
  - Police are investigating a series of break-ins in Wellfleet during the past week. Several local businesses were hit including the Wellfleet Market Place twice. The South Wellfleet General Store and the Duck Creek Animal Clinic were also hit. Anyone with information is urged to contact Wellfleet Police at (508) 349-3702. 

Friday December 26, 2008
Van vs Jeep in Falmouth

Two people were injured when this van collided with a Jeep in Falmouth.
 FALMOUTH - Just after 7:30 p.m. Friday a two-vehicle crash occurred at Thomas B. Landers road when an Oldsmobile Silhouette van struck a Jeep Cherokee. Both vehicles sustained considerable damage. The female driver of the Oldsmobile and a female passenger of the Jeep were treated at the scene and transported to Falmouth Hospital by Falmouth Fire Rescue with injuries that were not life threatening. The crash is under investigation by the Falmouth Police Department.
Photos by C. Eric Tinglof

Smoke scare at Hoxie School in Bourne

BOURNE
- Bourne Firefighters rushed to the Ella F. Hoxie School on Williston Road shorlty after 1:30 p.m. after a report of heavy black smoke coming from the chimney. It appears a problem with the heating system was to blame. There was no damage to the school, which was closed for the holidays at the time.
Photo courtesy of Bryan Joseph 

Thursday December 25, 2008
Man arrested on seventh OUI
YARMOUTH - Yarmouth Police arrested a man accused of drunk driving for the seventh time Wednesday morning. 47-year-old Donald Morin of Hope Mills, NC was arrested after allegedly operating erratically on Route 28. He was also charged with operating to endanger and operating without a license after it was determined his North Carolina license was suspended.

CWN Storm Team coverage: High winds cause damage, power outages
MARSTONS MILLS - Southwest winds gusting to 60 MPH caused damage on the Cape early Christmas morning. The National Weather Service reports several large limbs were blown down in Marstons Mills and a flag pole blown over in Falmouth. NStar reported a few scattered power outages. A large tree was also blown down by the Noah Shelter on Winter Street in Hyannis. 

Wednesday December 24, 2008
Top story: Christmas tragedy in Buzzards Bay as two die in smoky house fire

A soot covered front door and yellow caution tape are the only evidence of a double fatal fire in Buzzards Bay.
BUZZARDS BAY - It was a Christmas tragedy as two people are killed in a house fire in the Buzzards Bay section of Bourne. The fire was reported about 9:30 p.m. at 120 Puritan Road. Firefighters arrived to find the ranch style house full of smoke. Two elderly occupants were pulled out from the house and rushed to Tobey Hospital in Wareham where they were both pronounced dead. There were identified by neighbors as Leo and Marion Gagnon. Two alarms brought in mutual aid to the scene from Onset and Plymouth while other towns covered empty stations. The Red Cross also responded to assist at the scene. The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating to determine the cause of the tragic blaze. CWN will bring you further details as we get them.
Photo courtesy of Bryan Joseph

Fire at Yarmouth condo complex
YARMOUTH - A fire sent smoke through a condo unit in Yarmouth. Crews were called to 485 Buck Island Road just before 10 p.m. A fire in the fireplace apparently caught a floor on fire. Crews were able to quickly knock down the flames and no injuries were reported.
Story by Richard Copley

Woman arrested after Mid-Cape Highway crash
DENNIS - A woman was arrested after crashing her car on the Mid-Cape Highway in Dennis Christmas Eve. The driver apparently lost control and crossed the median, crashing in the guardrail on the opposite side of Route 6. Luckily no vehicles were going the other way at the same time. The woman was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest after reportedly struggling with a state trooper. Further details were not immediately available.

Tragedy adverted in Dennis after holiday decoration ignites

DENNIS
- Tragedy was adverted for one Dennis family. A Christmas wreath caught fire in the living room of their home at 45 Featherbed Lane just before 4:30 p.m. Fortunately they were able to put the fire out and no one was injured. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

Traffic stop leads to three being arrested on drug charges
FALMOUTH
- A traffic stop led to three people being arrested on drug charges. Falmouth Police stopped the vehicle on Clark Road on Tuesday because a computer check showed the driver to have a suspended license. 21-year-old Peter Jollymore allegedly attempted to bribe the officer to let him go. After being put in a State Police cruiser Jollymore allegedly hid a dozen bags of marijuana under the seat. Police also seized $732 in cash from him. He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. A passenger, 18-year-old Marki Mae Matchem was arrested for possessing and distribution marijuana and Adderall. An internet search shows Adderall is used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. A second passenger 20-year-old Kristie Andrews was charged with possessing marijuana. Police reportedly seized drugs, a digital scale and $800 in cash.

Two vehicle crash in Yarmouth injures one

Two pickup trucks collied in Yarmouth Wednesday afternoon injuring one person.
 YARMOUTH - Two pickup trucks collided Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of West Yarmouth Road and Duffy Road.

The crash happened about 2:15 p.m.

The driver of a Ford Ranger involved was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation.

Yarmouth Police are investigating the crash.


Photos by Richard Copley


Morning commuters encounter skating rink just off Cape
BOURNE - Trouble for morning commuters and holiday travelers trying to get on and off the Cape. Dozens of spin outs and a few rollovers have left multiple vehicles off the sides of Route 25, I-195 and I-495 just off Cape. Light rain falling hit the still cold ground and quickly formed black ice. No serious injuries have been reported. I-495 northbound was completely closed at exit 2 due to a tractor-trailer rollover further up the road. Parts of Route of 25 was closed until Mass Highway sanders could reach the area and crash vehicles could be towed away.

Woman uninjured but under arrest after Eastham crash
 EASTHAM - A woman is probably lucky to be alive after her SUV went off Bridge Road near the bridge and into the marsh. It happened about 1:20 a.m. Officials say had the tide been high the vehicle may have become submerged. The woman was not injured but was arrested on unknown charges. This is at least the third time in recent memory a vehicle has wound up in the marsh despite a guard rail on both sides of the bridge.
Image courtesy of Microsoft Live Earth 

Tuesday December 23, 2008
Route 6 rollover in West Barnstable
WEST BARNSTABLE - State Police are investigating a rollover crash on Route 6 shortly before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. The vehicle ended up in the median near the Sandwich town line. The driver was able to crawl out of the vehicle and was treated by West Barnstable EMTs.

Wake held for murdered teen
 HYANNIS - A wake was held Tuesday evening for murder victim Jordan Mendes. A large crowd gathered at the Doane Beale & Ames Funeral Home under the watchful eye of Barnstable Police. The 16-year old was shot and stabbed and his body set on fire during an alleged robbery attempt of what was purported to be drug money. Three people are under arrest in connection with the gruesome crime. 20-year-old Robert Vacher of Hyannis and two juveniles are charged with murder and robbery. Several media outlets have identified one of the juveniles as Mendes' half brother.
Photo by Frank Paparo  

Grinch steals presents from trunk, holiday spirit triumphs
HYANNIS - The frigid weather played a role in a sad crime in Hyannis. Barnstable town worker Theresa Santos went shopping Sunday night. Only problem was her trunk froze and she couldn't open it. Sometime Monday while she was working at town hall the trunk apparently thawed enough in the sunlight to pop open. Co-workers noticed and told Santos but when she rushed to the car some $500 in Christmas presents were gone. Barnstable Police Sgt. Sean Sweeney says co-workers "passed the hat around" and Santos was able to get replacement presents. Santos says she just hopes the person who took them was truly needy. 

Centerville home damaged by fire
CENTERVILLE - A fire damaged a home in Centerville late Tuesday afternoon. The fire appeared to have started on the outside of 20 Hilltop Circle. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.

Steam explosion startles Hyannis family
Family uninjured but left homeless for the holidays

Hyannis firefighters check damage done by a boiler explosion.
 HYANNIS - On Monday night at about 11:15 p.m. Hyannis Fire responded to a report of an explosion and home filling with steam at 101 Lewis Street.

The family was asleep in the home at the time of this event, some on the first floor. Thankfully there were no injuires.

When firefighters arrived, they found that an expansion tank on a forced hot water system had exploded causing significant damage to the home.

The kitchen floor had a 4 foot by 4 foot hole blown up and joists in the basement had been ripped away.

Basement windows were blown out and the interior door to the basement was blown off its hinges.

Hyannis Fire investigators along with Town of Barnstable Building and Plumbing inspectors are continuing to investigate for a cause.

The home suffered such significant damage that it cannot be occupied at this time.

Photos furnished by Hyannis Fire



Neighborhood awareness may have led to arrests in rash of B&Es

COTUIT
- Barnstable Police credit alert neighbors reporting suspicious activity with helping them to arrest three people. Police allegedly found 39-year-old John Winnell of Yarmouth (Left), and 33-year-old Dana Durfee of Hyannis (middle) in possession of stolen coins and jewelry while responding to a reported break-in on Old Post Road in Cotuit. Later in the day while responding to a separate incident on Barnard Road in Osterville, police arrested 25-year-old Michael Lee of Osterville (right). Now police are investigating if the trio may be responsible for a rash of house and car break-ins in the area.
Mugshots furnished by BPD.

Man arrested on drug charges after leading police on chase
 YARMOUTH - A local man was arrested on drug charges after allegedly failing to stop for an officer. Around 12:40 a.m. 45-year-old Kenneth McCormick reportedly failed to stop for an officer while leaving the Captain Jonathan Motel on Route 28. He then led cops on a half mile chase that ended back at the motel. Police say they discovered two packets of heroin and syringes in the car. McCormick was charged with possession of heroin, failing to stop for police, operating with a revoked license, operating to endanger, failing to stop at a stop sign and speeding. He was due to be arraigned Tuesday in Barnstable District Court.
Mugshot furnished by YPD
 

Fire destroys camper in Mashpee
MASHPEE
- A fire gutted a mobile home in Mashpee Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames that apparently originated in the engine of the camper which was parked in a driveway at 37 Pond View Drive. The nearby house was spared other than some paint blistering from the heat. No one was injured  

Yarmouth Police Department Week in Review
YARMOUTH - From 0800 on Monday, December 15 to 0800 on Monday, December 22 the Yarmouth Police Department handled 637 police service calls which resulted in criminal charges against 25 people. Some of the charges included:

 12/16 7:15 p.m. As a result of wanted person investigation on Station Avenue in South Yarmouth, School Officer Nicholas Pasquarosa arrested Nicholas S. Callahan (top right) of South Dennis on four Outstanding Arrest Warrants.

12/17 9:32 a.m. As a result of wanted person investigation of Pamet Drive in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Michael Kramer arrested Martin P. Cunningham Jr. of South Yarmouth on an Outstanding Arrest Warrant.

12/18 7:30 p.m. As a result of MV stop on High Bank Road in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Richard Fichter arrested Christopher P. Keniston of Brewster for Operating with a Suspended License, and Possession of Class E Drugs.

12/20 1:16 a.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Great Western Road in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Jolene N. Nye of Dennis for Assault and Battery.

 12/21 3:29 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Peter D. Ullman (middle right) of Dennis for 2nd Offense OUI, and Jeremy M. Surette of Hyannis for Outstanding Arrest Warrant.

12/21 1:43 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Willow Street in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Gordon Gibbons arrested Rezende Wemerson of Barnstable on an Outstanding Arrest Warrant.

 12/22 1:44 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Regional Avenue in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Martin P. Cunningham Jr. (lower right) of South Yarmouth for Operating with Revoked Drivers License for Habitual Traffic Offender (Second arrest in 5 days-see 12/17).


Mugshots furnished by YPD


Two-vehicle MVA sends four to hospital

CENTERVILLE  - Two cars collided around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at South County Road and Route 28 in Centerville. Four people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital by several ambulances. Traffic east- and westbound was delayed for at least one hour until the injured – some with serious but not life-threatening injuries -- were loaded and the cars towed away.
Photo by Frank Paparo

Worker injures hand

CENTERVILLE 
- At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Centerville Fire Department and two Barnstable Police cars responded to a call for a construction worker who injured his hand at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church at Strawberry Hill Road and Route 28. The nature and extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.
Story and photo by Frank Paparo

Monday December 22, 2008
Pedestrian reportedly struck in Falmouth
FALMOUTH - Police are investigating a pedestrian crash that sent two people to Falmouth Hospital. The crash happened shortly after 10 p.m. on Teaticket Highway by the Great Bay Motel. Police say 55-year-old Cynthia Roderick was attempting to cross the highway when she was struck by a car driven by 21-year-old Daniel Welch of Centerville. The impact shattered the windshield. Investigators say Roderick was wearing dark clothes. She was rushed to Falmouth Hospital with serious injuries. Welch was shaken up and also taken to the hospital. Police do not expect to file any charges in the crash.

Two-vehicle crash sends car down embankment

HYANNIS - At 12 p.m. Monday there was a two-car crash at Strawberry Hill Road and Route 28 near the Hyannis-Centerville line when a Geo Prizm sedan collided with a Volkswagen Beetle convertible. The Geo wound up off the road and headed down an embankment toward a house at the corner of Route 28 and Strawberry Hill Road. Were it not for the trees on the embankment, the car probably would have continued down and hit the house. The Volkswagen spun around and ended up on Strawberry Hill Road about 100 feet from the first car. Both drivers were examined by Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (COMM) firefighters. It is not known at this time if anyone was transported.
Photo by Frank Paparo

House fire in Eastham

Firefighters overhaul after a fire damaged this house in Eastham early Monday morning.
 EASTHAM - Fire heavily damaged a house in Eastham early Monday morning. A newspaper delivery person reportedly spotted the flames at 1855 Herring Brook Road just after 4 a.m. The fire may have been burning for some in the basement and through the floor above as well as extending up a wall coming out near a chimney. The house was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported. The fire does not appear suspicious. Mutual aid from Wellfleet, Orleans, Brewster and Harwich responded to assist. Many of them had just hours before been at a fire in Orleans (see related story below).
Photos by Tim Caldwell 

Sunday December 21, 2008
Fire at Orleans strip mall
 ORLEANS - A fire broke out about 11 p.m. in the underground plaza housing the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School and Hunan Gourmet III Chinese restaurant at 225 Route 6A in Orleans. Initial reports say the fire was in a kitchen area of the restaurant. There were some power problems in the area but it was not immediately known if that was related. Two alarms were sounded as firefighters had to deal with frigid temperatures and the winds. A nearby hydrant also reportedly was frozen but firefighters were able to use a second one. There was no structural damage to the school but because of the pungent odor of smoke classes were called off for Monday.
Image courtesy of Microsoft Live Earth

Man killed by Carbon Monoxide in Sandwich
SANDWICH - Officials in Sandwich say a raccoon apparently plugged up a flue pipe to an East Sandwich Home causing deadly levels of carbon monoxide to build up. 62-year-old John Van Nostrand was found dead in the home after police responded to do a reassurance check. There were apparently no CO detectors in the house. 

CWN Storm Team coverage of the second part of a one-two punch
CAPE COD - CWN continuing storm coverage
 11:00 p.m. update: Power was reported out in part of Orleans after a limb came down on wires on Tonset Road. The outage was reportedly affecting an elderly housing complex. NStar crews were on scene. 

8:45 p.m. update: The flash freeze is keeping Sandwich and West Barnstable rescuers very busy with crashes on Route 6 as reported by Bryan Joseph: 7:40 p.m. 1 vehicle rollover between exit 4 & 3 West... car on side... occupants out and not injured. 7:42 p.m. West Barnstable called for mutual aid to another crash - car into median needed tow but no injuries...7:43 p.m. Another crash on westbound ramp at Exit 4...car into guardrail...7:50 PM: another crash under bridge at exit 4 westbound. All area roads are reported icy and slippery.

7:45 p.m. update: Temperatures as advertised have rapidly dropped under freezing. Roads including Route 6 are very slippery. One vehicle wound up on its side near exit 3. Two occupants reportedly escaped serious injury. A few scattered power outages are reported on the Upper Cape.
At right it definitely was not a beach day in Centerville. Photo by Frank Paparo
 

Cash register robbed at Falmouth gas station
FALMOUTH
- Police say a woman stole the entire cash register out of the Sunoco station on Teaticket Highway about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. There have been similar robberies on the upper Cape in past months. Anyone with information is asked to contact Falmouth Police at (508) 457-2527.

Scenic Highway crash leaves pickup truck on guardrail
BOURNE - Police are investigating if weather conditions led to a single vehicle crash on the Scenic Highway about 1:45 p.m. A pickup truck driven by 56-year-old George MacLeod of Framingham apparently lost control and went up on the guardrail. MacLeod was taken to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth with non-life threatening injuries.

Driver escapes injury but arrested after crash
OSTERVILLE - A driver was lucky to escape injury after crashing his pickup truck. The truck ended down an embankment with a tree across it at the intersection of Main Street and Pond Street in Osterville about 12:30 a.m. The driver was taken into custody by Barnstable Police on unknown charges.

Route 6 offramp crash leaves vehicle over guardrail
HARWICH - Another lucky driver escaped injury after his Jeep went over a guardrail about 1:50 a.m. The crash happened on the eastbound offramp from Route 6 to Route 137. Police are investigating.

Saturday December 20, 2008
Pair of crashes on Route 6

A snowy scene along Winslow Gray Road in Yarmouth.                                                      Richard Copley
BOURNE - Drivers had to contend with slippery going today but most roads were passable. Route 6 on the upper Cape saw two crashes. About 8:15 a.m. a Stop & Shop tractor-trailer slid off the road westbound between exits 2 and 3. The driver did not appear to be injured but traffic came to a standstill until the truck was cleared. Shortly after 2 p.m. a vehicle rolled over near the Sagamore Bridge. One person reportedly had to be extricated from the wreckage. State Police are investigating the crashes. Further details were not immediately available.

Friday-Saturday December 19-20, 2008
CWN Storm Team coverage of a major snowstorm
CAPE COD - This is CWN continuing coverage of the major snowstorm.
4 a.m. update: Some of the larger power outages including one that affected an elderly housing complex in Brewster have been restored with just scattered ones remaining. At the height of the storm some 10,000 customers on the Cape were in the dark. In some cases utility crews would restore service only to have more limbs come down and knock it out again. Snowfall totals were in the 6-10 inch range. Some ocean effect snow may continue especially over the outer Cape into the morning

11 p.m. update: Since our last report scattered power outages have become more numerous as more and more limbs come down on wires, mainly from Hyannis west to Falmouth. Utility crews continue to battle to minimize disruption. The heaviest snow is just about over.

9 p.m. update: One person suffered a hand injury from a snow blower at 46 North Ockway Road in Waquoit. The victim was taken to Falmouth Hospital with unknown injuries. Two reports of trees coming down against homes in Cotuit but fortunately no serious damage. Snowfall reports range from 3 to 6 1/2 inches across the Cape.

8 p.m. update: Scattered power outages are becoming more numerous. Most are from tree limbs bringing lines down and some transformers have also failed. The Mashpee area appears hardest hit. There is some good news that the storm appears to be moving quickly and the heavy duty snow should be over in a few hours but lighter ocean effect snow will persist into the morning with conditions remaining treacherous.

6 p.m. update: Snow has covered the roads making travel difficult at best with many fender benders reported. Scattered power outages have already been reported due to snow laden tree limbs coming across wires. NStar crews are out working in the problem areas.

Friday December 19, 2008
20-year old, two juveniles arrested in Hyannis murder
D.A.: Victim shot and stabbed before being burned during robbery to buy a car

Cape and Islands D. A. Michael O'Keefe and Barnstable Police Chief Paul Mcdonald address the media.
 HYANNIS - Shocking new developments and disturbing new details in the gruesome murder in Hyannis on Tuesday: Chief Paul McDonald of the Barnstable Police Department and District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced at a press conference at the Barnstable Police station Friday the arrests of two juveniles and one adult in connection with the death of Jordan Mendes whose burned body was found in a hole Tuesday evening on Jennifer Lane in Hyannis.

Both juveniles have been charged with Murder and Armed Robbery. The arrests took place at the Barnstable Police Department at approximately 6:00 pm last evening. Later on last night 20-year-old Robert B. Vacher of South Yarmouth (right) was arrested and charged with Murder and Armed Robbery.

The motive for this crime appears to be robbery, according to O'Keefe. Approximately $10,000 was taken from Jordan Mendes (lower right) when he was killed and used the following morning by the youths to purchase a silver BMW automobile.

 The autopsy was conducted yesterday by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston. The report shows Jordan Mendes had been shot once and stabbed multiple times before being thrown in the hole and set on fire on the wooded lot on Jennifer Lane. The cause of death was a gunshot wound of the torso with perforation of the liver and colon and sharp force injury to the head and neck including trachea and major vessels.


The investigation is continuing by Barnstable Police and Massachusetts State Police Detectives attached to the District Attorney's Office.



Top photo by Frank Paparo


Mugshot furnished by Barnstable Police


Bottom photo provided by Mendes family.


One burned in Falmouth apartment blaze
 FALMOUTH - One person was rushed to Falmouth Hospital with burns after a kitchen fire in their apartment. The fire at 702 Main Street was quickly knocked. The property is run by the Falmouth Housing Authority. FHA Executive Director Bob Murray told WXTK's Matt Pitta the fire broke out on a stove on the top floor of the three-story complex, which includes just over 50 units. Murray says about 75 people live in the facility. He adds a disaster cleanup company would be working at the site throughout the night, but he was unsure if residents would be allowed to return anytime tonight. The sprinkler system activated and caused water to pour down through all three floors.
Image courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Earth 

Thursday December 18, 2008
Two injured in Yarmouth crash

This sports car collided with a pickup truck at the bottom of Route 6
 YARMOUTH - Two people were injured, one seriously, in a two vehicle crash in Yarmouth Thursday evening. The crash happened about 7:30 p.m. on Willow Street by the on ramp to Route 6. A black sports car appeared to have collided head on with a Toyota Tundra pickup truck. Seat Belts likely prevented more serious injuries. Police are investigating the cause of the crash. Meanwhile another driver escaped injury in Dennis after his vehicle rolled over about 8:30 p.m. That crash happened on Hokum Rock Road near Old Bass River Road. Dennis Police are investigating.
Photos by Richard Copley
 

Two vehicle crash in Centerville

Firefighters put "speedy dry" down on fluids spilled from a van after it was struck by a pickup truck.
 CENTERVILLE - At 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon a black van exiting the Centerville Plaza at the Route 28 convenience store collided with a white Dodge pickup truck traveling south on Route 28 to Hyannis. The force of the collision flattened the passenger tire of the white truck. Both vehicles were leaking fluids and debris were scattered on Route 28. CWN's Frank Paparo was by the Tedeschi's and witnessed the crash and called 911. Both vehicles were able to pull into the plaza. Barnstable Police and Centerville fire responded. Police helped the drivers who were uninjured and the firefighters cleaned up the area. This two- lane stretch has had many crashes since Route 28 was widened from Old Stage Road to Phinneys Lane.
Photos by Frank Paparo 
 

Mashpee firefighter to retire after 34 years
MASHPEE - Mashpee Firefighter Howlan Evora is retiring at the end of this year after 34 years of service. A retirement party in his honor has been scheduled for January 30th at the Quashnet Valley Country Club in Mashpee. For more information call (508) 477-2269.

Truro Police urge safe driving this holiday season
TRURO - The holiday season is a time of joy where families and loved ones come together to enjoy the holidays and ring in the New Year. Children are home from college and friends and relatives travel long distances on our nation's highways to be together. Unfortunately, all too often the holiday season is marred by fatal traffic crashes. Sadly, many of these crashes are preventable especially those involving impaired driving. Tragically, many of these fatal crashes involve young men and women, sons and daughters, many home from college between the ages of 15 - 24; whose BAC were .08 or higher. Ironically, those 15 - 20 were not old enough to drink legally.

If you go to http://www.theiacp.org/lyris_images/811063.pdf you will find the recently released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) traffic safety fact sheet that show drivers ages 21 - 24 have the highest level of involvement in alcohol impaired fatalities during the holiday period. It also shows the high representation of impaired operation in the 15 - 20 year old group.

The Truro Police Department wishes each of you a joyous holiday season and the best for a happy and healthy New Year. Police want to emphasize the dangers of impaired driving so they can ensure the holiday season is safe and joyous, unmarred by needless tragedy, for those they are sworn to protect. The Truro Police Department actively participates in traffic enforcement campaigns throughout the year in an effort to keep its citizens and visitors safe while traveling on the roads of Truro.

Wednesday December 17, 2008 - Welcome to our new larger format!
Driver injured in car vs pole
YARMOUTH
- One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after a vehicle vs pole crash. It happened about 11:30 p.m. at Forest Road and Winslow Gray Road. Yarmouth Police are investigating.

Multi-car crash closes Route 6 in Harwich

Rescuers prepare to transport a crash victim to CCH. Route 6 in Harwich was closed for an hour by the crash.
 HARWICH - A five car pile-up on Route 6 at Exit 10 (Route 124) Wednesday shut down the roadway in both directions for one hour.

Harwich Fire and Rescue personnel transported one female victim of the crash to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries.

Nine others were evaluated at the scene.

Traffic was diverted off the highway at Exit 10 in both directions.

The 7:30 p.m. crash is being investigated by the Mass State Police.

Photos by Jake O'Callaghan

First on Cape Wide News: Body of teen found burning in Hyannis
WXTK Sources: BHS student's death being investigated as a homicide
CWN team coverage by Tim Caldwell and Frank Paparo

A young man was discovered on fire in this wooded area of Hyannis.

Video is property of Frank Paparo and may not be reproduced without express consent. 

 HYANNIS - (updated 1 p.m.) Police responding to investigate a report of an outside fire in Hyannis Tuesday evening make a horrifying discovery.

According to reports a young man was found on fire in a wooded area off Jennifer Lane (map) a dead end street off Pitchers Way not far from Route 28.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Barnstable Police closed the road as they set up a crime scene with several cruisers including the department's command vehicle descending on the scene which was cordoned off with yellow police tape. 

 State Police crime scene detectives also rushed to the scene to join in the investigation.

Police have not released any details surrounding the circumstances.

The Cape & Islands District Attorney's office has taken over the investigation. 

Sources are telling WXTK News the case is being investigated as an apparent homicide. 

1 p.m. update: A press conference just wrapped up at Barnstable Police. WXTK's Matt Pitta reports police say they found the burning body in a 10 foot hole.

Authorities added this was not a random attack.

 Officials did not release the identity of the victim but WXTK is reporting friends are confirming the victim as 16-year-old Jordan Mendes a Barnstable High School student. Grief counselors are at the school to assist students there. 

Mendes father Manuel is currently serving a 35 year sentence in federal prison for trafficking in cocaine.

Stay with Cape Wide News for continuing coverage. At top right local and state police at the scene. At middle right police set up a tent to protect the scene after snow began falling. At lower right police talk to apparent witnesses. 
Photos by Frank Paparo

Tuesday December 16, 2008
Small fire at Cape Cod Mall
HYANNIS
- A malfunctioning light fixture apparently sparked a small fire in a store at the Cape Cod Mall. Firefighters were called to the Hot Topic store about 9 p.m. after the fire was reported in the rest room. The fire was out when they arrived but firefighters had to ventilate smoke from the store. No injuries were reported and except for stores in the immediate area, the mall remained open.

Two arrested in connection with Hyannis home invasion
 HYANNIS - Barnstable Police arrested two people alleged to be involved in a home invasion on Windshore Drive early Tuesday morning. Police today executed a search warrant at a home on Elm Street and arrested 21-year-old Steven Marshall and 23-year-old Tyrone Gomes. The pair were charged with armed home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, receiving stolen property over $250 and larceny over $250. Gomes was also charged with unlawful possession of ammo and possession with intent to distribute Class B and possession of Class Dafter cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana were seized. Two 17-year-olds John A. Viust Jr. and Arianna Tavares were charged with possession of marijuana in the raid. Police also say they recovered large screen TVs and other items allegedly taken in the home invasion. Additional arrests in the home invasion are possible, police added.
Mugshots furnished by Barnstable Police 

Yarmouth Police week in review
YARMOUTH - From 0800 on Monday, December 8th to 0800 on Monday, December 15th the Yarmouth Police Department handled 661 police service calls which resulted in criminal charges against 36 people. Some of the charges included:

12/8 10:52 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Captain Simmons Road in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Phil Magnuson arrested Keith J. Curry of West Yarmouth for OUI Liquor, and Possession of Class D Illegal Drugs

12/10 1:48 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Old Main Street in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Richard Fichter arrested Jillian M. Webby of Harwich for
OUI Liquor

12/10 2:28 a.m. As a result of MV stop following chase ending on Starbuck Lane in Yarmouthport, Patrol Officer Christopher Van Ness arrested Ian J. Cooke of Yarmouthport for Felony Larceny of a Motor Vehicle,,Failure to Stop for Police
17 Other Charges (see original story in our December 10 column).


12/11 2:51 a.m.
As a result of MV stop on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Paul Mellett arrested Ryan Coumbe (above) of Barnstable for Felony Possession of Class D Illegal Drugs (marijuana), and Felony Possession of Dangerous Weapons (double edged knives). 

12/11 5:29 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Wampanoag Drive in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Kevin Antonovitch arrested Caron J. Bates of South Yarmouth for Felony OUI Liquor 3rd Offense

12/13 1:11 a.m. As a result of MV stop in Hoover Road in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Christopher Van Ness arrested Hakim K. Clay of Hyannis for Revoked Drivers License for Habitual Traffic Offender, and Failure to Stop for Police

 Wanted person: In addition the Yarmouth Police are seeking the following suspect whom they hold an active warrant in connection with a stabbing incident on Ocean Avenue: 19-year-old Cameron D. Byers (right) is wanted for Felony Assault and Battery with Dangerous Weapon (knife), and Armed assault with intent to Murder.

Do not approach this suspect. Anyone knowing his whereabouts should contact the Yarmouth Police at (508) 775-0445.

All photos furnished by Yarmouth Police

Orleans Police join Over the Limit Under Arrest campaign
ORLEANS - The Orleans Police Department will partner with the Massachusetts State Police and hundreds of other local police departments to conduct extra traffic enforcement focused on arresting impaired drivers as part of a Drunk Driving, Over the limit, under arrest, mobilization December 12, 2008 through January 4, 2009. State and local police will conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the mobilization. The executive Office of Public Safety and Security has provided $700,000 in federal grant funding for this initiative for both enforcement and a public education campaign.

In an effort to keep Massachusetts roadways safer during this up-coming holiday season, the Orleans Police department offers these six travel tips: Drive sober and well-rested; Obey speed limits and allow extra time for unexpected traffic and weather conditions; If celebration plans involve alcoholic beverages, designate a sober driver before heading out or plan to use public transportation, take a taxi (program a cab company's phone number into your cell), or sleep over at the event location; Never accept a ride from an impaired driver; Report impaired drivers by dialing 911; Make sure everyone is properly buckled up- it's the best defense against a drunk, speeding or aggressive driver

Additionally, those hosting holiday celebrations are urged to consider having ample non-alcoholic drinks available, do not serve alcohol to anyone under age 21, and prevent impaired guests from getting behind the wheel. More information is available at www.mass.gov/highwaysafety. On average each week 300 people are arrested for impaired driving in Massachusetts. A first-time conviction for drunk driving in Massachusetts can cost more than $7,800, plus the significant expenses involved with insurance surcharges and attorney services.
Keep our roads safe. Don't drink and drive.

Monday December 15, 2008
Hit & run pedestrian crash reported in Marstons Mills
MARSTONS MILLS - Police are looking for a vehicle that allegedly struck a pedestrian in Marstons Mills shortly before 6:30 p.m. The scene was on Bracken Fern Road near Wakeby Road. The victim was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Orleans man arrested for possession of heroin
ORLEANS
- At approximately 2:00 p.m. Orleans Police Officer David Freiner conducted a motor vehicle stop near Hill Top plaza, along Route 6A, on suspicion of narcotic activity. He was soon joined by Detectives of the Orleans Police Department, as well as members of the Cape Cod Drug Task force. Drug paraphernalia was allegedly discovered in the passenger compartment of the car. Police say the passenger of the motor vehicle was found to be in possession of 14 bags of heroin, with a street value of approximately $350.00. Arrested was 23-year-old Christopher Gaspar of Orleans who was charged with possession of heroin. He was released on personal recognizance, for a Tuesday morning arraignment in Orleans District Court. Police say the arrest follows a week long investigation involving heroin activity that has been identified in the Orleans area.

Tree takes down wires in Eastham
EASTHAM
- Today's persistant southwest winds were the last straw for a tree on South Eastham Street Monday afternoon. The tree came down on wires. NStar briefly cut power to clear the wires and the tree was removed by Eastham DPW.

Man airlifted after Vineyard crash
TISBURY - A single-car crash seriously injured a local man on Martha's Vineyard. The crash happened just after midnight on State Road near County Road when a VW Jetta struck a tree. The driver was taken to Martha's Vineyard Hospital and then flown to a Boston hospital. Police are investigating the crash.

Yarmouth Fire urges caution during upcoming burning season
YARMOUTH
- In the Town of Yarmouth open burning season begins January 15, 2009 and ends May 1, 2009. Prior to burning, a permit must be obtained from the Fire Department at 96 Old Main Street South Yarmouth. This permit will cost $25.00 and will be in effect for the entire season. Each day the Fire Department will determine if burning is to be allowed. After obtaining a permit, the Fire Department must be contacted by phone (508-398-2212) after 9:00 a.m., the day of your burn. You will be told, at that time if burning is allowed for that day. The open burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from all buildings and must be conducted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It must take place on land closest to the source of material to be burned, according to Department of Environmental Protection regulations (310 CMR DEP 7.07). People conducting illegal burning, or who allow a fire to get out of control, may be held liable for costs of extinguishing a fire, fined, and even imprisoned (MGL c.48 s. 13).

With A Permit, Burning Of The Following Is Allowed:
1. Brush, cane, driftwood, forestry debris from other than commercial or industrial land clearing operations.

2. Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture such as, fruit tree pruning, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, and infected beehives for disease control.

3. Trees and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing.

4. Fungus infected elm wood, if no other acceptable means of disposal is available.

Burning Of The Following Materials Is Prohibited Statewide:
1. Brush, trees, cane, and driftwood from commercial and/or industrial land clearing operations.

2. Grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and tires

3. Construction material and debris.

An adult should always be present during open burning and children and pets should be kept a safe distance away. Use paper and kindling to start the fire and progressively larger pieces of wood. Parts of a leftover Christmas tree may also be used.

Sunday December 14, 2008
Brush fire quickly quelled in Barnstable

BARNSTABLE
- A brush fire sent up a plume of smoke near the BJ's Warehouse and scorched about a 50 X 50 area off Attucks Lane around 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The area is known to be frequented by homeless people. No injuries were reported.
Photo by Frank Paparo

Fire damages Hyannis home
 HYANNIS - Fire caused extensive damage to a Hyannis home early Sunday.

The call at 356 Scudder Avenue came in about 2:50 a.m.

It apparently started in the fireplace and spread into the wall.

Firefighters also had to open part of the roof to extinguish it.

The occupants escaped safely and no injuries were reported.

Damage is estimated at $20,000.

Further details were not immediately available.

Photo by Frank Paparo



Harwich condo fire injures one

Smoke can just be seen coming out a vent pipe on the roof of a Harwich condo.
 HARWICH - A 2 a.m. fire in Harwich Sunday sent the occupants of a condo out into the frigid cold. The fire apparently started in a utility closet that holds the gas heating system along with the washer and dryer at the Country Meadows Condos Building B at 2 Englewood Drive.

One occupant was taken to Cape Cod Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. Firefighter Thomas Gould, who was first into the building, and Captain Joseph Mayo were able to put down the fire and bring an elderly woman outside to safety.

 The fire was quickly knocked down. The Red Cross is providing temporary shelter for the displaced residents of the unit involved.

The photo at right shows Fire Investigator Lieutenant David LeBlanc examining the heating system.

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Photos by Jake O'Callaghan

Saturday December 13, 2008
Truck vs pole makes big mess
DENNIS - A truck apparently snagged wires which toppled a pole in South Dennis around 5 p.m. Saturday. The truck left the scene on Chris Way at Danielle Drive but was stopped by police a short distance away. Power was knocked out in the neighborhood. NStar crews were on scene making repairs. Further details were not immediately available.

Sailboat grounds in Chatham

CHATHAM
- The owner of this 60ft sailboat went aground in Stage Harbor Saturday at 2PM when he misjudged the channel. The skipper will be back around midnight hoping the high tide will re-float the 60,000 pound yacht Tyrone. The boat was heading for dry-dock for the winter. Photos by Jake O'Callaghan

Car break-in investigated in Barnstable
 BARNSTABLE - At 1:30 p.m. Saturday Barnstable Police got a call from a business at 100 Thornton Drive in the industrial park in Barnstable, that a red Ford Mustang parked outside at that location had its trunk broken into, its contents stolen and the trunk door also stolen.

A County Investigaton Officer (CIO) was called collect evidence, photo and print the car.

 


Photo by Frank Paparo

BMW goes airborne after slamming Mustang in Brewster

A Ford Mustang lies totalled in the road after being struck by a BMW backing out of a driveway.
 BREWSTER - A two-car crash at the Villages Drive entrance to the Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club Saturday at 1 p.m. sent two people to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. A blue BMW traveling east on Long Pond Road (Rt.137) hit a green Ford Mustang that was exiting a driveway sending the BMW airborne into the woods. The Brewster Police are investigating the cause of the accident. The photo at right shows a Brewster firefighter as he works his way through the underbrush after examining the BMW.

 


Story and photos by Jake O'Callaghan

Friday December 12, 2008
Another home invasion reported in Hyannis
 HYANNIS - Police are investigating the second home invasion in as many days in Hyannis. Shortly before 10 p.m. police were called to an Old Town Road residence. The woman resident, who was not injured, reportedly told police at least two masked men forced their way in. One allegedly showed a handgun while the other bound her with duct tape. The victim was able to free herself and call 911. Barnstable Police Patrolman Patrick Fallon responding to the call spotted two subjects running from the area toward West Main Street. Ptl. Fallon and officers were able to aprehend 48-year-old Charles A. MacDouglad (left) of Hyannis, and 25-year old Thomas S. Dickerson (right) of Mashpee. The victim reportedly was able to postively identify the pair and both were place under arrest for armed home invasion, robbery while armed and masked, and kidnapping. Dickerson was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. They are due to be arraigned Monday in Barnstable District Court. Sgt. Sean Sweeney tells CWN police do not believe the victim was chosen at random.
Mugshots furnished by Barnstable Police

Car vs pole in Dennis
DENNIS - The driver of a car escaped serious injury after crashing into a utility pole Friday evening in Dennis. The crash happened just after 9:30 at the intersection of Lower County Road and School Street. NStar had to respond to replace the pole. Dennis Police are investigating. Meanwhile, about 1 a.m. another vehicle vs pole was reported on Bridge Street in Osterville. The driver was not seriously injured but utility crews again had to replace the pole.

CWN Storm team update
CAPE COD
- The Cape appears to have fared well compared to the ice storm conditions in the central and northern part of the state which prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency. The Bourne area was hardest hit on the Cape. A large tree came down closing Head of the Bay Road for a time. One of the lights on the Bourne Bridge came crashing down but fortunately did not hit any cars. Some three inches of rain and gusty southerly winds have caused only scattered power outages accross our region.

Heavy rains possible factor in Sandwich Route 6 crashes
SANDWICH - State Police will be looking to see if hydroplaning may have been involved in two crashes. About midnight a vehicle spun out near exit 3. Less than a half hour later a vehicle rolled on its roof not far from exit 2. Neither driver was seriously injured.

Falmouth Police receive underage alcohol enforcement award
FALMOUTH - The Falmouth Police Department has been awarded $9444.44 in grant funding as part of the 2009 Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant Program from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). This program provides overtime funds for enforcement of underage alcohol laws through activities suck as compliance checks, reverse stings, party patrols, surveillance patrols, and cops in shops. The EOPSS awarded 95 of these grants totaling over $600,000.

"We are pleased to receive these funds to enhance our underage alcohol enforcement activities in Falmouth" said Chief Anthony Riello. "Any loss on our roadways is one too many and this program will help reduce the instances of impaired driving by our community's underage population." according to program director Det. Kent Clarkson II. Falmouth Police say they will be concentrating on areas of concern where underage drinking is prevalent. Police add they will be following the department's zero tolerance policy and will be educating not only the underage population about underage consumption of alcohol, but also the parents.

Research reveals that, according to the Fatality Reporting Analysis System (FARS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young drivers between ages 15 and 20. Additionally from 2003 to 2005, nationwide, approximately 34% of 16-20 year-old drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking. For more information on impaired driving go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.

Thursday December 11, 2008
Man allegedly pulls knife in fight over bar tab

HYANNIS
- A man was taken into custody after allegedly pulling a knife at a Hyannis pub. According to reports a dispute over a bar bill at the Duck Inn Pub on Main Street around 8:30 p.m. led 69-year-old Joseph Kelley to reportedly pull a knife. The manager was apparently able to wrest the knife away and no one was injured. Kelley was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and civil rights violation. Further details were not immediately available.
Photo by Frank Paparo

Pedestrian struck in Hyannis

HYANNIS
- A woman was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after being struck by a van in Hyannis Thursday evening. It happened on Barnstable Road by the Bangkok Crusine restaurant across from the Staples store about 7:50 p.m. The victim was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. The driver of the Ford Aerostar van stayed at the scene and was interviewed by Barnstable Police who are investigating the crash.
Photo by Frank Paparo

Man charged with 4th offense OUI after crash
ORLEANS - On Wednesday at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers responded to the Stop & Shop parking lot for a report of a vehicle that had struck a carriage corral. Upon arrival, officers observed a motor vehicle accident involving a vehicle and a carriage corral, including a steel pole which had impaled the windshield. Witnesses on location gave a detailed description of a male operator who had fled the scene of foot. The description was given to area officers and a male party fitting the description was located on the bike path walking towards Eastham. The party, identified as 42-year-old Kyle Elliot of Eastham was brought back to the scene and identified as the operator of the vehicle. Elliot was placed under arrest and charged with 4th offense operating under the influence of alcohol and was due to be arraigned in Orleans District Court Thursday.

Home invasion reported in Hyannis
HYANNIS - Barnstable Police are looking for four suspects in a reported home invasion early Thursday. Police were called to a Windshore Drive home around 2:30 a.m. The resident told police masked suspects entered the home and one of them pistol whipped him. He was treated at the scene by Hyannis rescue but declined to go to the hospital. Police would not say what, if anything, was taken. We'll bring you further details as we get them.

Wednesday December 10, 2008
Route 134 closed by truck, trailer and backhoe crash

A dump truck towing a trailer jackknifed causing the trailer to roll over and leaving the truck leaning precariously

Video is property of Kevin Morley and may not be reproduced without express consent.

 SOUTH DENNIS – A northbound Autocar 10-wheel dump truck towing a flatbed trailer carrying a backhoe skidded on Route 134 near the intersection of Old Chatham around 8:50 a.m. Wednesday.

The trailer jackknifed and flipped on its side, tipping the backhoe onto the roadway.

Miraculously, the truck, trailer and backhoe were the only vehicles involved in the crash on the busy north-south route, which was shut down by the incident.

 Southbound traffic was detoured down Old Chatham Road to Old Bass River Road and northbound travel was rerouted down Airline Road.

A crew using a front-end loader righted the backhoe and then the trailer. The truck was operable and able to pull the trailer off the road around 10:08 a.m.

Unofficial reports at the scene indicate that around 20 gallons of diesel fuel and 15 gallons of hydraulic fluid were spilled on the roadway.

 Dennis police, fire, and DPW were all on scene. Dennis Police say the truck was slowing to allow a car to turn in front of him when the the trailer's rear brakes may have locked up, causing the skid and subsequent jackknife. The driver of the Chase & Merchant truck, 30-year-old Anthony Bowers of South Yarmouth, was not injured. Route 134 was reopened around 10:38 a.m. The crash is under investigation by Dennis Police Officer Richard Troy. No citations have been issued.

Story and photos by Kevin Morley

Harwich Police investigate recovered safe

Harwich Police recovered a safe in the water at the Bells Neck Conservation area.
 HARWICH - A safe that was stolen sometime last week was recovered from the water Wednesday afternoon in the Bells Neck Conservation area.

Thats the same nature area where a piano was discovered in the woods undamaged and apparently ready to play last month.

Harwich police discovered the safe last night.

It had reportedly been stolen from a home in Yarmouth, but they had to wait until low tide today to retrieve the item.

With the help of the Harwich Fire Department the safe was brought back to police headquarters for further inspection.

At right Sergeant Detective David Jacek examines some of the contents.

Photos by Jake O'Callaghan

Three accidents in Hyannis area

A box truck and a Jeep and a third vehicle collided on Route 132 by the Festival Plaza.
 HYANNIS - Wet roads may have contributed to a slew of crashes in Hyannis Wednesday. About 9:30 a.m. there was a crash between two SUVs and a large delivery truck across from the entrance to the Festival Plaza. The call came in reporting injuries but Hyannis Rescue evaluated several people including an infant but none required transport. The truck ended up with its right front wheels on the sidewalk by the Cape Cross Roads housing complex. Traffic had to be diverted through the Festival Plaza until the scene was cleared. There was another crash around 10 a.m. at Lincoln Road and Route 28 (right between a small car and an SUV with a passenger from the car transported to Cape Cod Hospital. Around noon there was a third crash on Route 132 in West Barnstable at the entrance to the YMCA and Cape Cod Conservatory. The parties involved were evaluated and refused transport.
Story and photos by Frank Paparo

Wild police chase in Yarmouth
 YARMOUTH - On Wednesday at 1:20 a.m. the Yarmouth Police Department received a report from a concerned citizen regarding a suspicious man walking around a suspicious green Chevrolet Avalanche in a residential neighborhood in West Yarmouth.

While responding to the area Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Christopher Van Ness spotted the suspect vehicle as it turned on to Thatcher Road from Route 6A in Yarmouthport at an increasing high rate of excessive speed. Patrol Officer Van Ness activated his patrol cruiser emergency lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle but the vehicle failed to stop and continued to increase its speed and operate erratically through several neighborhoods reaching speeds up to 70 miles per hour.

During the incident several Yarmouth Patrol Officers were assigned to assist Patrol Officer Van Ness as well as members of the Massachusetts State Police. While continuing to fail to stop and operate erratically the suspect drove head on at a Massachusetts State Trooper and forced him and Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers David Schneeweis and Paul Mellett off the roadway to avoid being struck head on. In his continued attempt to flee-the suspect turned his vehicle into Patrol Officer Van Ness's cruiser and then spun it around and struck the cruisers of Patrol Officer Schneeweis and Patrol Officer Mellett near the intersection of White Rock and Starbuck Lane. The suspect then jumped from the vehicle and refused to comply with verbal commands and resisted arrest. The resistance was overcome and the suspect 18-year-old Ian R. Cook was taken in to custody. The Yarmouth Fire Department was called to the scene but the suspect was uncooperative and refused any assistance.

The suspect was transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters and held overnight for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court on charges of:
Felony Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapons (3 Counts)
Felony Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (3 Counts)
Felony Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle in the Nighttime (2 Counts)
Felony Larceny of a Motor Vehicle Subsequent Offense
Failing to Stop for a Police Officer
Operating with a Suspended License
Operating to Endanger
Speeding
Resisting Arrest
Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign (4 Counts)
Failure to Stay Within Marked Lanes
A follow-up investigation revealed that the Avalanche has been stolen some time after midnight from a residence in Yarmouthport and that two nearby vehicles were broken into.

Yarmouth Patrol Force Commander Steven Xiarhos recognized Ofc. Van Ness For superior performance in the face of extreme danger while serving as a unified patrol shift in which each member demonstrated a superior degree of initiative-professionalism-teamwork-and steadfast decision making that led to the capture of a dangerous felon, the recovery of stolen property, and the suppression of additional crimes which reflects great credit upon law enforcement and all members of the Yarmouth Police Department.

Ofc. Van Ness was the officer involved in a chase that ended in the fatal shooting of the suspect Andre Martins on July 26th. The District Attorney's officer cleared Ofc. Van Ness of any wrongdoing in that incident.

Mugshot furnished by Yarmouth Police

Two injured in Truro crash

TRURO
- A two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning sent both drivers to Cape Cod Hospital. Police say just after 10:30 a.m. the Truro Council on Aging van driven by Marsden Hodgkin collided with a Mitsubishi Galant driven by Wayne McCabe, both of Truro. The crash happened at the intersection of Route 6 and Arrowhead Road. There were no passengers in the van at the time of the crash. The injuries to the drivers do not appear to be life threatening but McCabe was later transferred to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The crash is under investigation by Officer James Roach of Truro Police. Hodgkin was cited by police for failing to use care in stopping and turning, and operating to endanger.
Photo by Tim Caldwell

Falmouth Police set child passenger safety checkpoint
FALMOUTH - The Falmouth Police Department will hold a child passenger safety checkpoint on Saturday December 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the FPD garage 750 Main Street. Falmouth Police urge you travel safely over the holiday season. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be checking to be sure you have the right seat for your child and it is properly installed and has not been recalled or past its expiration date. Please bring your child or children in their seat(s). People are welcome to bring all vehicles and seats you use. For further information please call Patrol Officer Cheryl Atherton at (508) 457-2728 ext. 653.

Tuesday December 9, 2008
Alert homeowner prevents major blaze
SANDWICH - An alert homeowner prevented a fire from becoming a major blaze. Firefighters rushed to 23 Deer Hollow Road in Forestdale about 9:30 p.m. and discovered a fire on the deck of the home that the homeowner had extinguished. They pulled several shingles off to make sure the fire hadn't spread into the house. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Bryan Joseph contributed to this report

Person badly burned in fiery wreck

WEST FALMOUTH
- A horrifying scene along Route 28 in West Falmouth Tuesday afternoon. One person was seriously burned and two others injured after a vehicle slammed into a tree and burst into flames. It happened just before 2:30 p.m. on West Falmouth Highway (Route 28) at the Sippiwisset Road exit when Falmouth Police say a Jeep Grand Cherokee skidded across the traffic island into the wood striking a tree head-on. Two of the occupants were trapped in the burning vehicle until they were helped to safety by passing motorists. A third person was able to escape on their own. The driver, 39-year-old Richard Lynch Jr. of Weymouth was critically burned and suffering from other trauma. He was rushed to Falmouth Hospital and medflighted to the Shirners Burn Center in Boston. Two female passengers ages 19 and 25 were taken to Falmouth Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation by Falmouth Police.
CWN's Eric Tinglof contributed to this report; map courtesy of Mapquest

Bailout leads to drug arrest
 ORLEANS - On Monday at approximately 9:30 p.m. Officer Lloyd Oja attempted to stop a car along Route 28 in South Orleans, for a minor motor vehicle infraction. The car, a Toyota Corolla, made several abrupt turns and subsequently Officer Oja lost sight of the vehicle for a short period of time. Additional cruisers assisted in locating the motor vehicle a short time later. Once the vehicle was stopped near Uncle Israel's Rd., police say the passenger immediately fled from the car. While officers detained the operator, they observed illegal narcotic paraphernalia within the car. Officers began a foot pursuit, which ended nearly a half mile from the car stop in a driveway off of Route 39. State Police, Brewster and Chatham police Departments assisted in the search. A K9 was also requested from the Barnstable Sherriff's office. Officer Anthony Manfredi and Officer Richard Dinn took 21-year-old Adam R. Larsen of Harwich, into custody. Officers at the scene were soon joined by Deputy Sheriff Charles Young and Morgan, a drug sniffing black lab. With the assistance of the drug sniffing dog, it was confirmed that narcotics had been in the possession of Adam Larsen and the operator of the Toyota. A search of the area failed to locate any narcotics. Larsen was charged as a disorderly person, and resisting arrest. He was arraigned in Orleans District Court this morning at 9:00 a.m. Throughout the rest of the evening into the early morning hours, Detective Kevin Higgins continued the investigation, including another search of the area with the assistance of two drug sniffing dogs from the Barnstable County Sheriffs Office, Sergeant Paul Roderick and Noah, along with Deputy Charles Young and Morgan. After approximately 3 hours of searching the mile square area, Noah located a brick of heroin (53 bags) next to a residence, near the track of the suspect Adam Larsen had taken in the late hours of Monday. Locating the heroin was important for investigators, to assist in additional charges but also to protect the public from the dangerous drug. Additional charges are now pending.
Photo furnished by Orleans Police

Man charged with kidnapping in Falmouth
FALMOUTH - A 65-year-old Falmouth man was arrested Monday after a woman claimed she had been beaten and held against her will. Johnny Seay was due to be arraigned Tuesday in Falmouth District Court on charges of kidnapping, intimidating a witness, assault and battery, and threatening to commit a crime. Seay was a former Falmouth Police officer who left on disability in 1978.

Armed robbery and assault in Dennisport
DENNISPORT - At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Monday December 8, 2008, Dennis police responded to a residence on Crestwood Lane in Dennisport for a 911 call reporting a robbery and assault.

According to Dennis Police Captain William M. Monahan, upon arrival officers found the victim, a 19-year-old South Dennis man, had fled the area and was located on an adjacent street. The victim was conscious and suffering from injuries to his head and body that were not life threatening. He was transported to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment.


An investigation revealed that the victim was leaving the residence of a friend on Crestwood Lane when he was attacked in front of the residence by two males who demanded money from the victim. The victim refused and was struck several times by the attackers with fists and what appeared to be a .22 caliber rifle. The victim’s friend came to his assistance and was also attacked when one of the suspects pointed the weapon at him.

The victim managed to escape from his attackers and ran into a wooded area at the rear of the residence, which led to an adjacent street.

The suspects are described as white males, mid to late 20s, both having facial hair. One of the suspects is about 5’7” in height and the other at about 5’11”. The suspects fled the scene in an older model green Toyota Camry type vehicle.

The suspects did steal an unknown amount of US currency from the victim.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Thomas Downs at the Dennis Police Department 774-352-1511.

Yarmouth Police week in review
YARMOUTH - From 0800 on Monday, December 1st to 0800 on Monday, December 8th the men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department handled 617 police service calls which resulted in criminal charges against 44 people.
Some of the charges included:

12/3 11:43 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Long Pond Drive in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Sean Brewer arrested Mike S. Rivera of South Yarmouth for operating with a suspended license (4th offense)

12/3 11:54 a.m. As a result of a disturbance call on Station Avenue in South Yarmouth, Officer Nick Pasquarosa arrested a 14-year-old Juvenile for Disturbing a School

12/3 9:00 p.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident, Patrol Officer Lou Nickinello arrested William Foley of Yarmouthport for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

12/4 1:47 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Station Avenue, Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested April M. Ellis of West Yarmouth for operating under the influence of alcohol

12/4 11:33 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 28 in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Richard White arrested Peter F. Bova of South Dennis for Operating After Suspension for OUI Liquor

12/4 8:18 p.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Roberta Drive in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Gordon Gibbons arrested Kathryn E. Moreno of West Yarmouth for Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

12/5 1:24 a.m. As a result of MV stop, Patrol Officer Christopher Van Ness arrested Amanda Condinho of Dennis for minor in possession of alcohol. and Carla A. Robbins of Dennisport for Carrying a Dangerous Weapon

12/5 3:40 a.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Frank P. Lind of South Yarmouth for Assault and Battery

12/5 3:51 a.m. As a result of a domestic incident on Route 28 in South Yarmouth Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Scott M. Davis of South Yarmouth for Unlawful Possession of Firearms and Ammunition

12/6 1:28 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Union Street in Yarmouthport, Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Rosa Dalomba of East Providence, RI for
Outstanding Warrants from Taunton and Uxbridge

12/6 5:01 a.m. As a result of a reported stabbing incident on Route 28 in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Christopher Marino arrested John Silvia of South Yarmouth for Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

12/6 1:24 p.m. As a result of a vandalism complaint on Camp Street in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Sean Brewer arrested Jacquelyn Thomas of Hyannis for Malicious Destruction of Property and Multiple Outstanding Arrest Warrants

12/7 12:56 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Great Western Road in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Alisse M. Cataloni of South Dennis for operating under the influence of alcohol

Monday December 8, 2008
Pedestrian struck in Yarmouth
YARMOUTH - A pedestrian was reportedly struck by a car in Yarmouth Monday evening. Rescuers were called to Route 28 by the Shaw's supermarket around 6:30 p.m. The victim was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Yarmouth Police are investigating.

Four-vehicle crash snarls rush hour in Bourne
BOURNE
- A four-vehicle crash snarled rush hour traffic in Bourne Monday evening. The crash happened just before 6 p.m. on Sandwich Road by the on-ramp to Route 6. There were no serious injuries but one person reportedly had to be extricated from a vehicle.

Suspicious writing found in BHS restroom
 HYANNIS - Barnstable Police are investigating an incident at Barnstable High School Monday. Police told WXTK News that School Resource Officer Reed Hall was made aware of what they termed "suspicious writing" in a restroom at the school.

A County Investigation Officer (right) was called to document the scene. Police would not say what the writing said but the school was not evacuated.

Photo by Frank Paparo

B&E suspect caught naked in Falmouth residence
FALMOUTH
- Police arrested an East Falmouth teen after he allegedly crashed through a sliding glass door of a Dodson Way home around 9:50 Sunday night. Kyle Stacey was passed out naked when the homeowners returned and found him. He was treated for his injuries and arrested for breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and malicious destruction of property over $250 (2 counts). Police say Stacey who appeared to be intoxicated has been linked to three other attempted burglaries.

One injured in Yarmouth rear-ender

YARMOUTH
- A mid-morning rear end collision on Rt 28 near Seaview Ave in South Yarmouth sent one person to CCH with non life-threatening injuries.
The State Police who were on the scene immediately are conducting the investigation.
Photo by Richard Copley

Sunday December 7, 2008
Two injured in Route 132 crash
HYANNIS - Two people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation after a two vehicle crash about 6 p.m. Sunday. The crash happened on Route 132 in front of KMart across from the mall. Holiday shopping traffic was stalled until the wreckage was cleared. Barnstable Police are investigating.

Seatbelt prevent serious injury in Yarmouth crash

Two vehicles collided at Buck Island and Town Brook Roads in Yarmouth.
 YARMOUTH - At 3:55 p.m. A GMC Sierra pickup truck and a Chevy Malibu sedan collided at the intersection of Buck Island Road, and Town Brook Road, in West Yarmouth.

Seat belts apparently prevented injuries. Four occupants were checked by Yarmouth Fire Deparment EMS.

It was snowing at the time but it is unknown if the weather was responsible. Yarmouth Police are investigating.

 


Photos by Richard Copley

Chimney fire damages Mashpee home
MASHPEE - Mashpee firefighters were called to a chimney fire at 144 Noisy Hole Road about 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Heavy smoke was pouring from the chimney and part of the roof was begining to catch fire. They quickly knocked down the fire and checked for any hot spots in the walls. No one was injured.

Falmouth Christimas Parade postponed
FALMOUTH - Because of the inclement weather the Falmouth Christmas Parade that was scheduled for today at noon has been postponed until next Sunday at 12 p.m.

Vehicle vs tree in Marstons Mills
MARSTONS MILLS - One person was seriously injured in a vehicle vs tree just before 1 a.m. in Marstons Mills. The crash happened on Wakeby Road at Burnham Street. The victim's injuries do not appear life threatening. The tree came down across Wakeby Road closing it until a DPW crew could clear it. The crash is under investigation by Barnstable Police.

Saturday December 6, 2008
Car vs pole in Yarmouthport
YARMOUTHPORT - The occupants of a vehicle were lucky to escape injury after it slammed into a utility pole. The crash happened late Friday evening on Strawberry Lane off Route 6A. The vehicle was wedged under the pole until NStar could stablize the situation. Yarmouth Police are investigating.

Counterfeit merchandise seized in two Hyannis raids

Some $50,000 of allegedly fake merchandise seized by Barnstable Police


Video is property of Frank Paparo any may not be reproduced without expressed consent.
 HYANNIS - On Friday Barnstable Police Detective John York (right) and other members of the department executed two search warrants at two Hyannis stores allegedly involved in the sale of counterfeit merchandise and other trademark violations.

The two stores were identified as 125th Street Clothing at 125 Main Street and urban Zone at 12 Enterprise Road.

The investigating was initiated after Barnstable Police received information the stores were reportedly selling counterfeit Nike sneakers and Ed Hardy clothing. Det. York conducted the investigation with assistance from several private investigators that represent trademark holders.

 Last Tuesday, a pair of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers was purchased at Urban Zone by police investigators. According to police the Nike Security Department in Beaverton, Oregon, was contacted and confirmed the sneakers were counterfeit and a trademark violation.

Police then visited 125th Street Clothing and purchased a music CD and Ed Hardy shirt. Followup investigation revealed the CD was "pirated" and the Ed Hardy shirt was counterfeit and, again, a trademark violation.

Det. York obtained search warrants for both stores which were executed on Friday. Investigators say they seized an estimated $50,000 in counterfeit, trademark violation merchandise from both locations. Items seized included sneakers, clothing, music CDs and Movie DVDs. Police say nearly all the merchandise was packaged and marked in a manner to make it look authentic

 Barnstable Police will be seeking criminal complaints for distribution of counterfeit merchandise in violation of Mass General Law C266 s147C against the store owners. They are identified as Gilbur South of Urban Zone and Caliph Wright of 125 Street Clothing.

Violations of said law can carry a maximum penalty of 5 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to three times the retail value of the counterfeit items.

Det. York says the investigation is ongoing as to how the merchandise was obtained by the stores. Anyone with information is asked to call BPD Det. Sgt. John Murphy at (508) 326-1249.
Photos and video by Frank Paparo (click right images to enlarge)

Possible counterfeit bills turn out to just be old
 HYANNIS - It may be a sign of the hard times we are living through as people dig into savings they may have stashed years ago. Officials now say what was thought to be bogus money was, in fact, just very old. Police were called about 11 a.m. to the Bank Of America branch on Barnstable Road in Hyannis because the machine in the bank was kicking some bills out as counterfeit. Police arrived and questioned two females. Det. John York is seen at right examining one of the bills as Lt. William Packer looks on. Later Saturday evening police confirmed the bills were real. Because they were of 1970s vintage they did not have newer security markings the machine was looking for but, in fact, all the bills were genuine.
Photo by Frank Paparo

Man arrested for 5th offense OUI
HARWICH - On Saturday about 7:15 a.m. Harwich Police and Fire were dispatched to Spruce Gate Road for a report of a subject slumped over the wheel of a vehicle. On arrival a male was observed passed out leaning over the wheel of a full size Ford van. Police say the vehicle was running and blocking the street. Rescuers were able to wake up the subject identified as John T. Durant of Dennis. After investigation Mr. Durant was arrested by Harwich Police for operating under the influence of alcohol 5th offense, operating negligently to endanger, operating with a revoked license (from a previous OUI), and operating with a suspended license (subsquent offense. Durant was held at the House of Correction pending arraignment on Monday in Orleans District Court.

Police seek SUV after alleged domestic assault in Bourne
BOURNE - What was first thought to be a vehicle vs pedestrian crash appears to have actually been a case of domestic violence. Rescuers were called to the Exxon station on Head of the Bay Road just off the Bourne Bridge about 12:10 a.m. That's where a woman told police she got into an argument with a man in a vehicle. When he started punching her she tried to get out of the vehicle. The man allegedly sped up causing her to be tossed out of the vehicle. The victim was taken to Tobey Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Bourne Police are looking for a red Chevy Tahoe with plate 2XC-930. Anyone seeing this vehicle is asked to call Bourne Police at (508) 759-4451.

Friday December 5, 2008
Three arrested in drug bust
DENNIS - On Friday at approximately 4:30 p.m. members of the Dennis Police Department, Yarmouth Police Department and DEA Cape Cod Drug Task Force arrested 24-year-old Hector Jimenez-Simo of West Dennis and 26-year-old Anthony Reyes of West Dennis and have charged them with the following:

• Trafficking in Cocaine
• Conspiracy to Violate the Massachusetts Drug Laws
• Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute

At the time of their arrest on Route 25 in Bourne, Jimenez-Simo and Reyes were in possession of approximately 500 grams of powder cocaine with a street value of $100,000.00, 73 grams of marijuana with a street value of $2,000.00 and $1,200.00 in cash. Upon executing a search warrant at their residence in West Dennis an additional subject, 22-year-old Korrine Mello was also arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine and Conspiracy to Violate the Massachusetts Drug Laws as well as an outstanding arrest warrant.

The arrests were result of a two month investigation by the Yarmouth Police, Dennis Police and DEA Cape Cod Drug Task Force. Members of the Massachusetts State Police, U.S. Marshals Service and Barnstable County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit assisted in the arrests and execution of the search warrant.

Jimenez-Simo and Reyes were held on $20,000.00 cash bail. Mello was held on $1,200.00 cash bail. All three subjects will be arraigned in Orleans District Court on Monday.

Car vs pole jams traffic, driver cited
BOURNE - A car vs pole on Sandwich road caused major traffic jams Friday afternoon. Police say about 2:30 p.m. a car driven by Upper Cape Regional Technical School student Bradley Yochum was allegedly speeding. It swerved to avoid traffic coming out of the school and crashed into a utility pole. Yochum was not injured but was cited for speeding and marked lanes violation. NStar crews had to replace the pole leading to delays for hours. At one point, just after 5 p.m., a woman became ill in her car at the rotary adding to the delays. She was taken to Falmouth Hospital for evaluation.

Two injured in head-on crash in front of Bourne High School
BOURNE - Two people suffered injuries that were not life threatening after a head-on crash on Waterhouse Road near Bourne High School. The crash happened shortly before 8 a.m. Officials did not immediately confirm if students were involved. Bourne Police are investigating.

Suspects arrested in Chatham business breaks
CHATHAM - On Friday, December 5, 2008, at approximately 12:40 am, Chatham Police Officer Michael Murphy was on patrol when he discovered a business that had been broken into and entered. While checking the area, a second business was found to have damage consistent with a break-in attempt. During this investigation, Officer Murphy located a male pedestrian and two females in a vehicle in the area. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the male had an outstanding arrest warrant, and the female passenger also had an outstanding arrest warrant.

Based upon evidence collected, further investigation led to two arrests. 49-year-old Robert Roderick of Hyannis was charged with: B&E Nighttime - Lovely Nails, 1579 Main St., Chatham; Attempt to Commit a Crime (B&E Nighttime) - Asian Paradise, 1579 Main St., Chatham; and Outstanding Arrest Warrant, (Burglary)

Also arrested was 24-year-old Tamica DeGrace of Provincetown, charged with: Accessory Before and After the Fact, (Breaking and Entering) - Lovely Nails, 1579 Main Street, Chatham, Outstanding Arrest Warrant, (Burglary)

Roderick and DeGrace will be arraigned in Orleans District Court. This case is currently being investigated by the Chatham Police Department, assisted by the Barnstable County Sheriff's Department Bureau of Criminal Investigations and K9 Division.

Family escapes Sagamore blaze
SAGAMORE - Thanks to working smoke detectors, a mother and four children safely evacuated their home after a fire broke out about 1:50 a.m. The fire at 51 Pleasant Street apparently started in a second-floor bathroom. Firefighters from Sandwich and Bourne quickly put it out but remained on scene checking for hot spots and venting smoke. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Plane mishap in Nantucket
NANTUCKET - The pilot and sole occupant of a Nantucket Shuttle plane was unhurt after the landing gear on the Cessna 402 collapsed while landing at the island airport shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday. This was the third incident involving a 402 in the Cape and Islands area this week.

Thursday December 4, 2008
Two injured in Hyannis crash
HYANNIS - Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Hyannis late Thursday evening. The crash happened on Route 28 in front of the Founders Court apartments about 10:40 p.m. The two victims were taken to CCH with injuries that were not life threatening. Barnstable Police reportedly cited the driver of a vehicle pulling out of the apartment complex for failing to use care.

Microwave fire damages Sagamore home
SAGAMORE - Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a fire that apparently started in a microwave oven. The call at 19 Williston Road came in about 4 p.m. Everyone made it out of the building safely. Crews had to vent smoke from the building. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation but appears to be related to tin foil being put in the microwave.

Pickup vs pole cuts power to 5,000
Route 28 motorists forced to negotiate darkened signal lights

A pickup truck snapped a utility pole on Phinney's Lane in Hyannis knocking out power.

Video is property of Frank Paparo any may not be reproduced without express consent.
 HYANNIS - Power to about 5,000 NStar customers was knocked out after a pickup truck struck a utility pole on Phinney's Lane near Old Strawberry Hill Road about 1:30 p.m. The driver of the truck escaped without injury. However his dog was rescued by Barnstable officer Chris Kelsey (right with Hyannis Firefighter Eric Farrenkopf) after NStar cut the power. Phinney's Lane was completely closed and traffic rerouted while utility crews replaced the pole. Traffic along Route 28 was also affected due to darkened signal lights. The crash is under investigation by Barnstable Police.

 


Photos by Frank Paparo

Help available for needy Cape Cod residents
CAPE COD
- During these difficult times often individuals don’t know where to look for help. The Eos Foundation has compiled a list of emergency assistance service agencies and phone numbers where individuals on Cape Cod in need can turn to for help this winter:
General help:
o Cape and Islands United Way, 508-775-4746
o Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, 508-771-1727
o Local councils on aging

Emergency Financial Assistance:
o Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, Inc., 1-800-422-1446
o Falmouth Service Center, 508-548-2794
o Lower Cape Outreach Council, 508-240-0694
o Hands of Hope Outreach Center, 508-394-6361
o South Shore Community Action Committee - Cape Fund, 508-747-7575
o Local Saint Vincent De Paul Society through your local Catholic church

Fuel assistance:
o Fuel Assistance, 508-746-6707
o Good Neighbor Energy Fund through Salvation Army, 508-775-0364
o Citizens Energy Heat Assistance, 877-563-4645
o Self Reliance (Oil Co-Op), 888-808-0120

Food:
o Harwich Family Pantry, 508-432-6519
o Falmouth Service Center, 508-548-2794
o Lower Cape Outreach Council, 508-240-0694
o Serve New England, 888-742-7363
o Local Saint Vincent De Paul Societies

Foreclosure prevention:
o Housing Assistance Corporation 508-771-5400
o Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders, 800-583-5337
o Home Ownership Preservation Foundation, 888-995-HOPE
o MassHousing.com

Wednesday December 3, 2008
Cape firefighters honored at state ceremony

Hyannis firefighters (right) were honored for their efforts in freeing a woman from a laundry machine.
 BOSTON - Cape firefighters were among those honored for bravery at ceremonies at Faneuil Hall today presided over by Governor Deval Patrick.

Hyannis Lieutenants Thomas Kenney, Richard Knowlton, and William Rex along with firefighters Barry Pina, Richard Randall, Gregory Dardia, Brian Lawrence, Michael Medeiros, John Dailey, and Richard Alger along with Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Master Mechanic David Scott were honored for their efforts to free a woman whose arm had gotten stuck in a machine at Mama's All Seasons Laundry June 30th (above). They worked for an hour using the Jaws of Life and other tools to extricate her before she was flown to Boston.

 Falmouth firefighter Christopher Brown (right) was honored for his efforts in rescuing 41-year-old Robert Cowhey of Springfield from a burning Falmouth home on Deer Run Lane on May 17th (upper right). Cowhey was spraying insulation in the home when the fire erupted. Firefighters performed CPR and rushed Cowhey to a hospital but tragically he did not survive.

Top photo left by Tim Caldwell, right scene photo by Eric Tinglof, ceremony photos courtesy of Hyannis Fire.



Man charged after alleged hit & run
BOURNE - A Bourne man was arrested after allegedly rear-ending a car and then leaving the scene on foot. The crash happened at the intersection of Head of the Bay Road and Plymouth Lane shortly after 5 p.m. 28-year-old Kevin DeBarros was found a short distance away on foot. Both DeBarros and the other driver were treated for injuries that were not life threatening at Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Landscaper loses truck to electrical fire

A landscaping truck was gutted by fire in Yarmouth Wednesday. The driver was not hurt.
 SOUTH YARMOUTH – A truck owned by Tony’s Lawn Service of West Yarmouth was destroyed by fire Wednesday around 10 a.m. in South Yarmouth. The driver of the truck was headed to a job when he noticed smoke coming out from the vents. He pulled over on Hialeah Avenue and attempted to extinguish the fire in the engine compartment. When that failed he called the Yarmouth Fire Department, which hit the fire with foam and quickly put it out. The engine, cab and part of landscaping box were destroyed. At this time, the cause of the fire is considered to be electrical, according to Lt. Robb Christensen of the Yarmouth Fire Department.


Photos by Richard Copley

Two-vehicle rear-ender in Hyannis
 HYANNIS - A two-vehicle rear-end collision injured one person and tied up traffic in Hyannis late Wednesday morning.

A Chevy pickup struck a Ford Taurus sedan by Spring Street.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Barnstable Police are investigating.

 


Photo by Frank Paparo

Update: Two stabbed in Dennis disturbance
DENNIS - At approximately 9:26 p.m. on Tuesday December 2, 2008 the Dennis Police responded to Christy’s Market (515 Route 28 Dennisport) for several phone calls reporting a large fight in progress according to Dennis Police Captain William M. Monahan.

The participants had left the scene prior to police arrival but from initial witness statements police learned that at least one individual had been struck with a baseball bat and another stabbed.

Further investigation indicated that two groups, totaling approximately 10 individuals had met up in the parking lot of Christy’s Market and a fight ensued involving the groups. The fight spilled out into the travel lanes of Route 28 bringing traffic to a stop.

While at the scene, police were notified that an individual had entered the Emergency Room of the Cape Cod Hospital suffering from two stab wounds (hand and side). This individual (identified as a 29-year-old Dennisport resident) was treated and later admitted to the hospital for treatment of these wounds. Police learned that this individual had been transported to the hospital by his 27-year-old brother-- also a Dennisport resident -- who was a participant in the fight. The brother, identified in media reports as Patrick Doherty of Dennisport, was later arrested by Barnstable Police for an incident which occurred at the hospital.

While hospital staff were treating the first individual, a second subject was brought into the hospital by a member of the opposing group, also suffering from a stab wound. A fight broke out between these individuals which resulted in the arrest of one of the individuals. Police were forced to use pepper spray to restore order and Barnstable Officer Steven Barrett was treated for minor injuries. During this fracas the newly arrived stabbing victim left the hospital and was later located by police in a motel room in West Dennis. This individual (a 21-year-old Dennis resident) was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by ambulance where he was treated for a single stab wound to his body.

Two other individuals were also treated for injuries received during the fight when they were each struck by a bat. One of these individuals, a 29-year-old South Yarmouth man, was transferred to a Boston area hospital suffering from and face injuries that were not life threatening. The remaining individual, a 26-year-old male, was treated and released form the hospital.

At this time, no arrests have been made. However police are still seeking to identify three additional individuals who were involved in the fight. They are all described as being in their early to mid 20s about 5’9” to 5’11” in height. One is a Hispanic-looking male with dark curly hair below his collar; a second was described as a black male with dreadlocks; and the third is an olive-skinned male wearing a beige-colored hooded sweat shirt with a red design or lettering on the front and a white baseball cap. These individuals fled the scene in a 1997 green Chevrolet four-door Malibu, which has been located.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Dennis Police Department at 508-394-1315.

Tuesday December 2, 2008
One seriously injured in Mashpee crash
MASHPEE - One person suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries in a three-vehicle crash in Mashpee Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened about 5 p.m. on Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151) by the Mashpee Police/Fire complex. Evening commuter traffic was heavily backed up for a time.

Marstons Mills crash slows evening commute

One person was injured in this three-vehicle crash in Marstons Mills.
 MARSTONS MILLS - Authorities were called to the scene of a three-vehicle crash on Route 28 at Route 149 in Marstons Mills about 4:15 p.m. A Chevy pickup, Dodge Neon and Jeep Cherokee collided at the intersection which has been the scene of numerous crashes and where people have been asking for a traffic light. No serious injuries were reported but one person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation. Barnstable Police are investigating the crash which caused significant delays until it was cleared.
 

Photos by Frank Paparo

Fire truck operator charged with OUI
PROVINCETOWN - Police have charged the driver of the Provincetown Fire Department ladder truck which overturned on Route 6 November 9 with operating under the influence of alcohol. 21-year-old Elias Martinez and a female passenger escaped serious injury in the crash but the truck is considered a total loss. Martinez will be arraigned in Orleans District Court at a later date.
(Editors note: Tim Caldwell is a Provincetown firefighter.)

Police investigate daylight break-in

Police work the scene of a daytime break in Osterville.
 OSTERVILLE - Barnstable Police are investigating a broad daylight break-in here at a home on Seaview Avenue in Osterville. Detectives and a K-9 were scene on location looking for clues and suspects who fled after being confronted by the homeowner. One suspect Jonathan Pita (left) of Falmouth was reportedly arrested a short time later on Wianno Avenue. A second suspect 18-year-old Cassandra Taber (right) of Marstons Mills was also arrested. Both were charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony and larceny over $250. They are due to be arraigned Wednesday in Barnstable District Court. Police are investigating if the pair may be invovled in other recent break-ins in the area.
Photo by Frank Paparo; Mugshots furnished by Barnstable Police

Orleans Police sound alarm about heroin use
ORLEANS - Chief Jeffrey J. Roy says this fall there has been a dramatic increase in the number of used dirty hypodermic needles that the Orleans Police Department has come in contact with. This comes not only from arrests, searches and ongoing investigations but also from citizens who on four occasions in the past month have dropped off used hypodermic needles at the police station. These needles, containing trace amounts of drug residue, were found by citizens in the vicinity of their homes and turned into the police. We are asking anyone who encounters used needles not to pick them up but to call the police department and we will retrieve them. Officers have been encountering needles in their daily routine and on several occasions have almost been stuck. The inadvertent stick of a used needle can cause the spread of disease including but not limited to HIV and Hepatitis. This has prompted the purchase of puncture resistant gloves for every officer to be used when conducting searches or making arrests and the continual offering of Hepatitis vaccine.

This past weekend an officer making a routine car stop for speed encountered Edward P. Tesson, 20, from Wellfleet. Mr. Tesson was subsequently arrested for possession of heroin with intent to distribute after officers discovered 56 bags of heroin and hypodermic needles. Heroin is becoming more prevalent in the area and unfortunately many young adults are getting addicted and then turning to crime to support their habit.

Below are a few of the encounters officers have been dealing with over the past two months. On October 4, a 19-year-old Orleans resident was stopped in vehicle and arrested with 75 bags of heroin and over $1,000 cash. On October 14th an Eastham youth was arrested for operating under the influence of drugs after erratic operation and officers found drugs on him. On October 16 officers arrested a Brewster youth with oxycodone. On October 23 a 19-year-old Orleans resident was stopped for a traffic violation and 426 bags of heroin/syringes and $620 cash were found in his vehicle. On October 28 a 20-year-old Orleans resident was found with a quantity of suboxone, a drug used to treat heroin addicts. On October 28 an 18-year-old Orleans youth attempted suicide at his home. He was an admitted heroin user and officers observed fresh track marks up his arm On October 31, officers investigated a Breaking and Entering into an auto parked at a Main Street business. They subsequently arrested a 20-year-old Orleans resident and charged him with receiving stolen property and possession of heroin. The search subsequent to his arrest resulted in finding bags of heroin and a needle. On November 11 officers executed a search warrant at a residence off of Route 6A and arrested one resident for selling heroin out of the apartment.

Orleans Police are working with the Barnstable County Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Agency and sharing information with all police departments in an effort to find and arrest those responsible for distributing heroin in our area. We are asking for your help. Any information should be directed to Detective Kevin Higgins at (508) 255-2114. All information will be kept confidential.

Yarmouth Police week in review
YARMOUTH - From 0800 on Monday, November 24 to 0800 on Monday, December 1, the men and women of the Yarmouth Police Department handled 533 police service calls which resulted in criminal charges against 34 people. Some of the charges included:

11/26 12:48 a.m. As a result of a MV stop on Route 28 in West Yarmouth Patrol Officer Christopher Marino arrested Valdierico Fernandes of Hyannis for an outstanding warrant for Operating without a License.

11/26 01:50 a.m. As a result of suspicious person complaint on Route 28 in South Yarmouth Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Michael A. Santelli of West Yarmouth for an outstanding warrant for drug possession.

11/26 4:38 p.m. As a result of a sexual assault complaint Detective Russell Giammarco arrested Joseph M. Tinkham of South Yarmouth for 12 Counts of Sexual Assault of a Child (see original story and mugshot in our November 28th column).

11/26 8:35 p.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Baxter Avenue in West Yarmouth Officer Peter McClelland arrested Jay Avila of New Bedford for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Sword).

11/27 1:16 a.m. As a result of a dosmetic violence incident Officer Chris Van Ness arrested Robert O. Herrera of West Yarmouth for Assault and Battery.

11/27 2:52 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Station Avenue in South Yarmouth Patrol Officer Justin Haire arrested Joyce M. Thompson of Dennis, MA OUI Liquor and Child Endangerment (see original story in our November 28 column).

11/27 4:34 a.m. As a result of domestic violence incident on Mary David Road in Yarmouthpoty K9 Officer Marc Thibeault arrested Ronnie J. Johnson of Yarmouthport for Assault and Battery and an outstanding warrant.

11/27 12:53 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Long Pond Drive in South Yarmouth Patrol Officer Paul Mellett arrested Cynthia A. Graves of Yarmouthport for OUI Liquor 2nd Offense, Possession of Class A Heroin and other Illegal Drugs.

11/28 2:05 a.m. As a result of domestic violence incident on Arbutus Path Patrol Officer Justin Haire arrested Annie L. Garcia of West Yarmouth for Assault and Battery.

11/29 2:28 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 6 in West Yarmouth Patrol Officer Christopher Marino arrested Laura M. Caparelliotis of Harwich for OUI Liquor.

11/30 1:52 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Old Town House Road in South Yarmouth Patrol Officer Justin Haire arrested Kever Leite of Hyannis for OUI Liquor.

11/30 3:53 p.m. As a result of domestic violence incident on Alewife Circle in South Yarmouth Patrol Officer Kevin Antonovitch arrested a juvenile male for Assault and Battery.

11/30 8:58 p.m. As a result of domestic violence incident on Abells Road in West Yarmouth K9 Patrol Officer Marc Thibeault arrested Tonya S. Lemay of Forestdale for Assault and Battery.

Gas line break in Dennisport

An excavator struck a gas line in Dennisport Tuesday morning.
 DENNISPORT - Around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday an excavator working at the intersection of Lower County Road and Swan River Road cut a two-inch gas main. The Dennis Fire Department began an evacuation of homes in the area and set a line at the site of the break.

National Grid arrived on location around 7:52 a.m. and had the break capped by around 8:10 a.m. (The photo directly above shows the temporary repair.) The Fire Department secured from the scene at 8:14 a.m.

 


Photos by Kevin Morley

Christmas parade, open house in Falmouth
FALMOUTH - The 45th annual Falmouth Christmas Parade will begin at noon on Sunday December 7th and last about 2 hours. The parade starts at the Falmouth Mall and proceeds down Worcester Court, Davis Straits and Main Street ending at the Village Green. As a result Davis Straits and Main Street will be closed from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m to accommodate the parade. Worcester Court, Palmer Avenue and several other streets will have temporary closures and delays may start as early as 8 a.m. Falmouth Police will be alerting citizens using the Sheriff Department's Rapid Alert System. Following the parade there will be an open house at the Police Athletic League center. Santa will be on hand and refreshments will be served along with movies in the Lorusso Theater.

Monday December 1, 2008
Power fails in parts of Hyannis
HYANNIS - A sudden squall associated with a cold front may have contributed to a power line coming down along Scudder Avenue. As result parts of the west end of Hyannis lost power for about two hours Monday evening while NStar made repairs.

One injured in Mashpee crash
MASHPEE - One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Mashpee Monday evening. The crash on Route 151 near Old Barnstable Road caused some delays during the evening commute. Mashpee Police are investigating.

Emergency landing at Hyannis airport

Firefighters check a plane after the pilot reported smoke and made an emergency landing.
 HYANNIS - A small plane made an emergency landing at Barnstable Municipal Airport just after 1:30 p.m. after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit. The Cessna 402 twin engine landed safely and the two people on board were out when the airport crash truck arrived. The airport was briefly closed during the emergency and while the plane was towed to a hangar for a closer examination. The 402 is a popular plane with the local airlines but this one did not have any logos on it. Public records show the plane is listed to Hyannis Air Service Inc. Earlier in the day another plane landed safely after reporting landing gear problems. None of the 10 people on board were injured.
Photos by Tim Caldwell (click right image to enlarge)

Person shot in hunting accident on Nantucket
NANTUCKET
- Deer shotgun season nearly got off to a tragic start on Nantucket Monday morning. Officials say a hunter was accidentally shot by another hunter on Nantucket. The victim, 45-year old Anthony Sciarrillo of East Falmouth, was flown to Boston but is expected to recover. Authorities are still investigating and questioning the shooter 55-year-old Mark McDonnell of Forestdale. Officials say anyone walking in the woods needs to dress with bright orange clothing to avoid being mistaken for a deer.

Suspicious activity complaint leads to drug bust
MARSTONS MILLS - A complaint of alleged drug activity led police to execute a search warrant at 170 Asa Meiggs Road Sunday. 19-year-old Kenneth Trenholm of Marstons Mills was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of oxycodone, possession of Ecstasy and unlawful possession of a firearm. Officials say they seized a.22 caliber pistol and bulletproof vest along with with a quantity of drugs and $3,000 in cash. They also discovered a surveillance system covering the inside and outside of the home. Trenholm was due to be arraigned Monday morning in Barnstable District Court.

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