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.
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.
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.
Officer Marino was able to encounter one the males who allegedly made
threatening gestures and was physically aggressive and non-compliant.
Yarmouth Patrol Officers Justin Haire and Mary Gibney arrived and provided
assistance and force protection.
subsequent pat frisk of the subject revealed a large amount of white powdery
substance in a clear plastic baggie in his front pants pocket.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rescue took one person from the Tempo to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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
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
Top, right photos by Frank Paparo (click right to enlarge), bottom photo by
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Coast Guard says current onscene weather is 12-to-15-knot winds with 2-foot
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
crash happened about 2:15 p.m.
driver of a Ford Ranger involved was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for
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
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.
family was asleep in the home at the time of this event, some on the first
floor. Thankfully there were no injuires.
firefighters arrived, they found that an expansion tank on a forced hot water
system had exploded causing significant damage to the home.
kitchen floor had a 4 foot by 4 foot hole blown up and joists in the basement
had been ripped away.
windows were blown out and the interior door to the basement was blown off
Fire investigators along with Town of Barnstable Building and Plumbing
inspectors are continuing to investigate for a cause.
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
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:
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Fire and Rescue personnel transported one female victim of the crash to Cape
Cod Hospital with unknown injuries.
others were evaluated at the scene.
was diverted off the highway at Exit 10 in both directions.
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
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.
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
was pronounced dead at the scene.
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.
crime scene detectives also rushed to the scene to join in the investigation.
have not released any details surrounding the circumstances.
Cape & Islands District Attorney's office has taken over the
are telling WXTK News the case is being investigated as an apparent
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.
added this was not a random attack.
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
father Manuel is currently serving a 35 year sentence in federal prison for
trafficking in cocaine.
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
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
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
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.
not approach this suspect. Anyone knowing his whereabouts should contact
the Yarmouth Police at (508) 775-0445.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Trees and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing.
Fungus infected elm wood, if no other acceptable means of disposal is
Burning Of The Following Materials Is Prohibited Statewide: 1. Brush, trees, cane, and driftwood from commercial and/or
industrial land clearing operations.
Grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and tires
Construction material and debris.
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.
call at 356 Scudder Avenue came in about 2:50 a.m.
apparently started in the fireplace and spread into the wall.
also had to open part of the roof to extinguish it.
occupants escaped safely and no injuries were reported.
is estimated at $20,000.
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.
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
fire was quickly knocked down. The Red Cross is providing temporary shelter
for the displaced residents of the unit involved.
photo at right shows Fire Investigator Lieutenant David LeBlanc examining the
exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
trailer jackknifed and flipped on its side, tipping the backhoe onto the
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.
traffic was detoured down Old Chatham Road to Old Bass River Road and
northbound travel was rerouted down Airline Road.
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
reports at the scene indicate that around 20 gallons of diesel fuel and 15
gallons of hydraulic fluid were spilled on the roadway.
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
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.
the same nature area where a piano was discovered in the woods undamaged and
apparently ready to play last month.
police discovered the safe last night.
had reportedly been stolen from a home in Yarmouth, but they had to wait
until low tide today to retrieve the item.
the help of the Harwich Fire Department the safe was brought back to police
headquarters for further inspection.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ½ 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 victims 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 57 in height and the
other at about 511. 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
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
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
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
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
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.
belts apparently prevented injuries. Four occupants were checked by Yarmouth
Fire Deparment EMS.
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
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
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
two stores were identified as 125th Street Clothing at 125 Main Street and
urban Zone at 12 Enterprise Road.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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)
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
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 dont
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:
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
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
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
o Housing Assistance Corporation 508-771-5400
o Homeowner Options for Massachusetts Elders, 800-583-5337
o Home Ownership Preservation Foundation, 888-995-HOPE
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.
HyannisLieutenants 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.
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 Tonys 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.
Chevy pickup struck a Ford Taurus sedan by Spring Street.
vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
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 Christys 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 Christys 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 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
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
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 59 to
511 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 - 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.