Saturday January 31, 2009
Pickup vs tree leaves driver critically injured in Barnstable

BARNSTABLE
- Barnstable Police are investigating if alcohol was a factor in a crash that left the driver critically injured. Just after 10:30 p.m. a Toyota Tundra pickup truck struck a tree on Shoot Flying Hill Road just off Route 132 by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. The impact left the truck dangling at a precarious angle.  Barnstable and West Barnstable firefighters had to extricate the driver using the Jaws of Life. He was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital and was expected to be Medflighted to a Boston hospital.
Photo by Zack Schoone

Head-on crash in Mashpee
MASHPEE - Two drivers were lucky to escape serious injury when their vehicles collided head-on in Mashpee Saturday evening. The crash happened at the intersection of Route 130 and Cotuit Road about 7:25 p.m. Both drivers were treated and released at the scene. The crash is under investigation by Mashpee Police. 

Vehicle destroyed by fire in Sandwich

SANDWICH
- Fire completely destroyed a vehicle in East Sandwich Saturday evening. The SUV was fully involved when firefighters arrived on scene on Farmersville Road. They quickly knocked down the flames. Sandwich Police were on scene investigating (above). It was reported the Jeep struck a tree possibly after hitting black ice before bursting into flames. The driver was apparently able to get out before the flames spread. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with serious injuries.
Photo by Bryan Joseph

Pizzeria robbed at knifepoint
COTUIT - Police are seeking a woman who reportedly robbed Big Daddy's Pizza on Route 28 in Cotuit at knifepoint about 2 p.m. Saturday. No one was injured. Police tried unsuccessfully to track the suspect with a K-9 dog.  

Bourne fire confined to chimney
BOURNE
 - A fire in the fireplace extended into the chimney of a Bourne home. Firefighters were called to 100 Old Plymouth Road just after 5 p.m. They put out the fire and used thermal imaging cameras to make sure the fire hadn't extended into the walls. No one was injured. 

Friday January 30, 2009
Police Raid Results in Arrests and Seizure of Drugs and Cash

(l-r) Adam R. Lizotte, David B. Castonguay, David Macedo and Andrea Gardner.
YARMOUTH -
On Thursday morning, January 29, 2009 a search warrant was obtained from the Barnstable District Court authorizing the search of 28 Town Brook Road in West Yarmouth for illegal drug use and drug distribution.

At 8:00 PM a team of Police Officers from the Yarmouth-Barnstable-and Dennis Police Departments executed the search warrant and arrested the four people present.

Some of the items seized were:

• $3,540.00 Cash
• 5.6 Grams of Heroin
• 6 Capsules of Klonopin
• 4 Cellular Phones

25-year-old Adam R. Lizotte, 47-year-old David B. Castonguay, 26-year old David Macedo of West Yarmouth were charged with possession of Class A (heroin) with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws. 24-year-old Andrea Gardner of Barnstable was charged with being present where heorin is kept.

All four subjects were transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters and were scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court this morning.
Mugshots furnished by Yarmouth Police

Two men hospitalized, charged after West Dennis fracas
DENNIS - A Friday-afternoon press release from Dennis Police Captain William Monahan details a fight involving a tire iron and a knife in West Dennis.

At approximately 11:10 a.m. Friday, Dennis Police responded to the Harborside West Condominiums at 428 Route 28 West Dennis for a fight involving two persons, one armed with a tire iron and the other with a knife.

Upon arrival officers learned that one subject had left and was being driven to the hospital in a private vehicle for treatment of injuries received in the fight. This individual was later identified as 26-year old Christopher Ballard, a resident of the condominium complex.

The second combatant --
identified as 27-year-old Julio Espada, also a complex resident -- was found on the premises suffering from a blow to the head. Mr. Espada was transported by Dennis Fire Ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment of a contusion to his head after being struck with a tire iron.

A police investigation revealed that the subjects had a disagreement which started when Mr. Ballard began taunting Mr. Espada from the parking lot. Mr. Espada exited his apartment armed with a kitchen knife and confronted Mr. Ballard in the parking lot of the complex.

During the ensuing fight, Mr. Ballard allegedly struck Mr. Espada with a tire iron and Mr. Espada allegedly stabbed Mr. Ballard twice, once in the left biceps and once in the left hand.

Both individuals were being treated at Cape Cod Hospital for injuries that were not life threatening.

Both men will be charged with Assault & Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon.

Passer of counterfeit money identified by Dennis Police
 DENNIS - Dennis Police report on Friday that they have identified the individual depicted in a January 28, 2009 press release (see below) concerning the passing of a counterfeit $20 bill as fare on a B-Bus ride. 

The identification occurred when Dennis Patrolman Cleve Daniels viewed the press release and recognized the individual from a past encounter with him.

The individual was located by Dennis Police on Friday morning and questioned as to his involvement in the incident. The individual told police that he was the person in the surveillance video taken on the B-Bus and that he had found the bill in a parking lot of a South Dennis business.

The individual is a 34-year-old homeless man with long-standing ties to the area.

The subject will be summoned to appear in Orleans District Court at a later date to answer to charges of Larceny of Services and the passing of Counterfeit money.
Photo furnished by Dennis Police

Search warrant execution leads to four arrests

Guns, cash and drugs were seized at a house in Dennisport.
SOUTH DENNIS - Dennis Police Captain William Monahan reports that at approximately 6 a.m. Friday, Dennis police detectives assisted by the Cape Cod Regional SWAT team, Yarmouth police and the Barnstable County Sheriff's K-9 unit executed a search warrant at a home located at 19 Uncle Ezra's Path in Dennisport.

The search warrant was the culmination of a two-month investigation conducted by detectives from Dennis, Yarmouth and Barnstable into drug dealing in the Dennisport area. Arrested at the scene were the following individuals:

Jeffrey R. Desmond, 23, 19 Uncle Ezra's Path, Dennisport, charged with Possession and Possession with intent to Distribute a Class A Controlled Substance - Heroin, two counts of Possession of a Firearm without being Licensed and Possession of Ammunition without being licensed.
Jeremy W. Garbitt, 25, 19 Uncle Ezra's Path, Dennisport, charged with Possession and Possession with intent to Distribute a Class A Controlled Substance - Heroin.
Thomas Latanowich, 20, 1 Doncaster Way, South Yarmouth, charged with Possession and Possession with intent to Distribute a Class B Controlled Substance - Suboxone and Oxycodone.
Sarah D. Gigante, 22, 19 Uncle Ezra's Path, Dennisport, charged with Possession and Possession with intent to Distribute a Class A Controlled Substance - Heroin and two counts of Possession and Possession with intent to Distribute a Class B Controlled Substance - Adderall and Ritalin.

As a result of the search of the residence police seized a 9mm handgun, .22cal rifle, two CO2 handguns and more than 60 rounds of ammunition for the weapons. Two large-capacity magazines for an AR-15 type assault weapon were seized but no such weapon was found. A quantity of drugs including several grams of heroin, Suboxone, Adderall, Ritalin and Oxycodone were also seized. The estimated street value of the drugs is more than $2,000.

Officers also seized over $950 in cash, a small amount of counterfeit money and drug paraphernalia associated with the distribution of drugs.

All of the individuals arrested are to be arraigned today in Orleans District Court.

 According to CWN archives Latanowich (right) was arrested by Yarmouth on December 31, 2008 for three outstanding warrants.

Back on July 13, 2007 he was stopped for operating with a suspended license in Yarmouth. A search of his vehicle uncovered cocaine and marijuana leading to charges of possession with intent to distribute class B & D. Police also seized $2331.00 in cash from Latonwich's person.
 

Photo courtesy of Dennis Police Department; file mugshot furnished by Yarmouth Police 

Thursday January 29, 2009
Van crash in Cotuit
COTUIT - Barnstable Police are investigating a crash in Cotuit just before midnight. A van reportedly struck a tree on Santuit Road. Despite heavy damage to the van, the driver apparently fled and was nowhere to be found when authorities arrived. Further details were not immediately available.

Dryer fire causes extensive damage to Marstons Mills home
MARSTONS MILLS - A dryer fire caused extensive damage to a home at 152 Bridal Path in Marstons Mills Wednesday evening. Firefighters found flames in the basement and knocked them down but not before there was smoke and water damage elsewhere. No one was injured. The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.

Two charged with drug offenses
FALMOUTH - Falmouth Police arrest two men after allegedly witnessing a drug deal go down. Police say they caught 47-year-old Warren Hicks Jr. and 55-year old Ernest Miranda, both of Falmouth, "red handed" after they responded to complaints of activity in the area of Spring Bars Road. Hicks was charged with possession of class B and conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws. Miranda was charged with possession class B (subsequent offense) and distributing class B. Both were arranged Wednesday in Falmouth District Court. 

Falmouth man charged with OUI after crash
FALMOUTH - A Falmouth man was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol after a wild crash Tuesday evening. Police say 60-year-old Alan Leary apparently struck a parked car, went over a short wall and into the backyard of a home on West Falmouth Highway. Leary was not injured but police say he failed sobriety tests and was taken into custody. 

Wednesday January 28, 2009
Snowstorm turns into deluge, flooding streets, basements
 CAPE COD - What started as a snowstorm ended as a deluge as an unusually strong squall line moved through during the evening hours. Melting snow and clogged storm drains led to numerous reports of flooded streets have been coming in.

Firefighters and DPW units in several towns were called to flooded basement situations. Provincetown crews had to deal with flooding at the high school. Some water made it into a below grade boiler room but it did not appear there was any significant damage and as of this writing school is still on for Thursday.

Photo by Tim Caldwell/CWN

Identification wanted of man passing counterfeit $20
 DENNIS - The Dennis Police Department is attempting to identify the below pictured white-male who is believed to have passed a counterfeit $20 bill as his fare on a B-Bus ride on January 26, 2009.

The subject boarded a regularly scheduled bus at the Patriot Square Mall located on Route 134 in South Dennis on Monday morning January 26, 2009 at approximately 10:00am. Upon boarding the subject deposited a counterfeit $20 bill into the collection box. The driver however was unable to issue change for this fare and the subject was told to call the B-Bus central office for a refund.

 The subject continued to ride the bus to the Hyannis Transportation Center where he exited, on the property, but prior to the bus arriving at the terminal.

The bill passed was a color copy of a $20 bill and an attempt had been made to give the bill an older, used appearance.

The bus driver also noticed that the individual did have a large number of $20 bills on his person.

The individual has been identified by Police. See our January 30th issue. If anyone has information, they are asked to contact the Dennis Police Department Detective Division at 508-394-1315.
Photos furnished by Dennis Police

Woman escapes injury in Provincetown rollover

PROVINCETOWN
- A woman driving an SUV was lucky to escape injury. The woman apparently lost control outbound on Route 6 before Snail Road sometime after 12:30 p.m. The SUV wound up on its side in the trees. She had to be helped from the vehicle but was not injured. Above Ptl. Michael Carr stops traffic as EMTs work at the scene.
Photo by Tim Caldwell/CWN

Drivers contend with slippery roads

CENTERVILLE
- Across the Cape drivers had to navigate slippery roads. Several crashes occurred as you can see in today's issue. No serious injuries were reported. Secondary Roads like here in Centerville were particularly hazardous.
Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Pickup truck into South Dennis tree and fence


 SOUTH DENNIS - The driver of a GMC Sierra pickup truck apparently heading south on Depot Street lost control near Mild Bay Circle around 12:14 p.m. Wednesday. The truck slammed into a fence and a tree behind it. Dennis Fire Rescue extricated the driver and transported him to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries that are apparently not life threatening. No one else was in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Travel on Depot Street was restricted while Dennis Police investigated the accident.

Story and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN

Winter blues on Route 6 in Dennis
 

SOUTH DENNIS - Around 9:50 a.m. Wednesday a young woman driving west on Route 6 just after Exit 9A lost control of her Jeep Grand Cherokee and spun out into the woods bordering the slushy highway. Dennis Fire responded to the call from County dispatch as did the State Police. The driver -- traveling alone -- was uninjured but the Jeep suffered some front-end damage when it hit a small tree. This crash was one of several occurring on Cape roads during today's snow fall.

Photo by Kevin Morley/CWN

Jeep hooked on hydrant in Harwich


HARWICH - Slick road conditions caused this freak accident in front of 614 Queen Anne Road Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. The driver lost control and ended up on top of the hydrant. Harwich Police reported no injuries to the operator of the Jeep.
Photo by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN
  

Dryer fire smokes out Sandwich home

Smoke pours from a Sandwich home after a clothes dryer apparently caught fire.
 SANDWICH - A fire Monday that apparently started in a clothes dryer caused extensive heat, smoke and water damage to a Sandwich home. 

Firefighters were called to Pinetree Circle and quickly knocked down the flames.

No injuries were reported.

Further details were not immediately available.

Photos courtesy of Sandwich Fire

Dennis Police Department staff receive awards
SOUTH DENNIS - Dennis Police Chief Mike Whalen issued a press release Wednesday announcing that a number of officers and civilian staff will be receiving awards and commendations related to incidents that occurred during 2008 or for years of service. The Chief highlighted three incidents during the Board of Selectmen meeting.  

Detective Sergeant Bernd Wunderlich and Officer Christine Hornby received Excellent Investigation awards for their role as the primary investigators in a home invasion, kidnapping and sexual assault incident. That investigation resulted in the indictment of a suspect within two months of the incident. Lt. Martin Murphy, Detectives Robert Kurisko, Thomas Downs, Damon Reinold, Greg Farnkoff and Victim Services Coordinator Deborah Thompson received Letters of Commendation for that incident.

Sergeant Jay Emerson and Officers Thomas Downes and Ryan Carr received an Excellent Police Duty award for their role in capturing two burglary suspects during an active burglary at the Speedway gas Station. Detective Damon Reinold received an Excellent Investigation award for following up on the case and connecting the suspects to other burglaries in Dennis and neighboring towns.

Officers Cleve Daniels, Patrick McCaffrey and Henry Jessop received Excellent Police duty awards for their role in solving a home invasion and robbery incident.  During their response to the residence they spotted a suspect vehicle and, after a vehicle pursuit they apprehended two suspects responsible for the robbery and assault of the home owners. Emergency Telecommunications Officer Kelly McGrath and Sergeant Mark Conant received letters of Commendation for their role in the incident.

Officer Nick Pasquerosa of the Yarmouth Police Department will receive an Excellent Police Duty award for his activities as the School Resource Officer assigned to the DY High School. Officer Pasquerosa and Dennis PD Officer Greg Farnkoff have created a number of programs in the DY school system to promote security and safety for the students and staff. The District's school lock-down program is used as a model for other school programs throughout the Commonwealth.

The following staff received a service award for years of service:

30 years: Lt. Martin Murphy, Sgt. Paul Baltrushunas, Sgt. Bernd Wunderlich,    
Sgt. Richard Finnegan, Detective Robert Kurisko. 25 years: Officer James Winn        
20 years: Lt. Peter Benson, Officer Garvin Kelley, Officer Richard Troy, Ms. Patti Skala. 15 years: Sgt. John Emerson, Sgt. Brian Cummings, Officer Thomas Downs, Detective Greg Farnkoff. 10 years: Officer Matt Turner    
    
 

Tuesday January 27, 2009
Two Cape residents sought by Boston Police for assault of a child surrender
BOSTON - Boston Police were seeking two Cape Cod residents in connection with the assault of a 7-year-old child last week. 28-year old Richard Edwards and 25-year-old Dawn Connolly live in the Hyannis area. Barnstable Police Detective Sgt. Johh Murphy told WXTK news the pair walked into the police station after hearing their names on the radio. Edwards and Connolly were arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Barnstable District Court

Partition fire damages Centerville home
CENTERVILLE - A fire in the fireplace apparently extended into the wall of a Centerville home Tuesday evening. Smoke was discovered in the attic of the ranch style home at 99 Sheaffer Road when firefighters arrived after the 9:45 p.m. alarm. The fire was brought quickly under control and no injuries were reported.

Bourne firefighters battle trailer fire in remote area
BOURNE - Firefighters were called to a trailer fire on Dry Cedar Swamp Road Tuesday around 3 p.m. Details are sketchy but crews had to truck in water some distance from a hydrant on Bournedale Road. No injuries were reported. Mutual aid was called to cover Bourne fire stations.

Man arrested for OUI after minor crash
 CHATHAM - After allegedly skipping out of his tab at the Chatham Squire Restaurant the driver of this white Mercury Sable was involved in an an minor crash on Route 28 near the Harwich-Chatham line around 3 p.m. Tuesday when the driver sideswiped another vehicle. Chatham police placed the male driver under arrest for operating under the influence of aocohol.

The Chatham animal control officer was called to place the owners dog (right) in protective custody. The driver of the other vehicle received a minor shoulder injury.

Photo by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN

Woman arrested after reported fight at Hyannis condo

A woman was arrested after police responded to a report of a fight at the Cromwell Court Condos in Hyannis.
 HYANNIS - A woman was arrested after police rushed to a Hyannis condo complex for a reported fight sometime before 11 a.m. Several cruisers along with Chief Paul MacDonald and Deputy Craig Tamash were on scene at the Cromwell Court Condos at 168 Barnstable Road when our camera arrived. The woman was put into a cruiser and transported to the police station.

Other officers (right) photographed the unit where the incident allegedly happened. Further details were not immediately available.

Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN   

Several injured in Yarmouth crash
YARMOUTH - Ambulances from Dennis and Hyannis helped Yarmouth transport victims of a two-vehicle crash to Cape Cod Hospital. The crash between a former taxi cab and a Lincoln Town Car happened about 11:30 a.m. on Route 28 by the Zooquarium. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening. Yarmouth Police are investigating.

Yarmouth Police Department Crimes of the Week in Review
YARMOUTH - From 0800 on Monday, January 19th to 0800 on Monday, January 26th the Yarmouth Police Department logged 692 police service calls which resulted in a variety of criminal charges against a total of 41 people. A review of some of the arrests made is as follows:

 1/19 10:04 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Willow Street in West Yarmouth, Patrol Investigator Chris VanNess arrested Eric W. Webber of Centerville for an outstanding warrant from Orleans Court for Operating After Suspension


 1/19 6:00 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Maushop's Path in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Sean Brewer arrested Scott Mitchell Baker of Centervilleon a warrant from Barnstable District Court for Operating After Suspension and a new Subsequent Offense of Operating After Suspension

1/19 10:55 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Lauries Lane in South Yarmouth, Patrol Investigator Scott Lundegren arrested Bradley A. Milley of West Yarmouth for OUI Liquor

 1/21 1:34 a.m. As a resuly of MV stop on Route 28 in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Christopher Marino arrested Brian Milne of Barnstable for OUI Liquor


 1/21 2:01 a.m. As a result of domestic violence incident on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Patrol Investigator Chris VanNess arrested Stephen Michael Rafuse of South Yarmouth for Assault and Battery


 1/21 10:49 a.m. As a result of domestic violence incident on Ivanhoe Road in West Yarmouth, WY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Patrol Officer Andrew O'Malley arrested Paul A. Zarate of West Yarmouth for Assault with Dangerous Weapon (knife)


 1/22 1:53 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Camp Street in West Yarmouth, Patrol Investigator Chris VanNess arrested Michael Hunter Bennett of West Yarmouth for a warrant from Orleans District Court for operating after suspension


 1/22 11:06 a.m. As a result of warrant service on Weir Road in Yarmouthport, Patrol officers Kalil Boghdan and Sean Brewer arrested Jesse L. Hayes (left) of Yarmouthport on 3 Warrants for Drugs from Barnstable and Taunton District Courts, Rachel Foley (center) of Yarmouthport for a warrant for Breaking and Entering from Barnstable District Court, and John W. Klasavich (right) of Yarmouthport for a warrant for Larceny from Taunton District Court

 1/23 7:58 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Old Townhouse Road in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Mary Gibney arrested Brian J. Barnicle of South Yarmouth on a warrant for Operating After Suspension from Barnstable District Court

 1/23 2:51 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Highbank Road in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Andrew O'Malley arrested Rhonda J. Fowler of Dennis for OUI Liquor

 1/23 10:02 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 28 in West Yarmouth, Officer Erica Wenberg arrested Cherie Maddox of Mashpee on a warrant for Drugs from Barnstable District Court


 1/24 9:26 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Circuit Road North in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Erica Wenberg arrested Jennifer D. Peatie of West Yarmouth on a warrant for Motor Vehicle Offenses from Barnstable District Court

 1/24 2:11 p.m. As a result of warrant service on Warbler Lane in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Sean Brewer arrested David Kevin Eldredge of West Yarmouth on a warrant for Motor Vehicle Offenses from Barnstable District Court


 1/25 12:14 p.m. As a result of vehicle stop on Willow Street in Yarmouthport, Patrol Officer Erica Wenberg arrested Marijah Stewart of South Dennis for OUI Liquor


Mugshots furnished by Yarmouth Police

Man accused of videotaping in pool area of Cape Codder Resort
 HYANNIS - A man was arrested after he was reportedly caught videotaping in the wave pool and sauna areas of the Cape Codder Resort on Route 132 Sunday. 50-year-old Alan Gillette of Winsted, CT was told by management videoing was not allowed. When questioned by police he was arrested after they found pepper spray and a taser gun in his possession. Police say the tape included audible conversations and footage from the men's locker room. Police also recovered a small amount of marijuana in his car. Gillette was charged with possession of chemical mace without an FID card, selling or possessing an electric stun gun and unlawful wiretapping. He was not charged with the marijuana because it was less than an ounce now a civil infraction following last year's ballot question. Security became a concern at the hotel after a level 3 sex offender John Cox of Waltham was arrested for raping a 6 year old boy in the pool bathroom in May of 2006.
File photo by Frank Paparo/CWN   

Attempted ATM robbery in Yarmouth
YARMOUTH - Police have charged a South Yarmouth man with trying to steal an entire ATM machine. The incident allegedly occurred at Doyle's Restaurant last Tuesday. Only problem was 44-year-old Jonathan Tanner apparently forgot to unplug the machine and was spotted by several patrons who notified management. Tanner left but following an investigation by Det. Russell Giammarco he was arrested and charged with attempting to commit a crime, vandalism, malicious destruction of property, and attempting to break in to a depository. He was due to be arraigned Tuesday in Barnstable District Court.

Monday January 26, 2009
Road rage incident leads to alleged stabbing

Police tape surrounds a crash scene on Telegraph Road in Dennisport Monday evening.
 DENNISPORT - At approximately 9:57 p.m. on Monday, Dennis Police responded to Telegraph Road in Dennisport for a report of a Hit and Run Motor Vehicle Accident. Upon arrival officers found a 2004 Red Hyundai Accent sedan facing in a southerly direction in the northbound lane of Telegraph Rd. Officers found the occupants in a nearby driveway. The occupants, identified as the driver, 18-year-old Sierra Gilliland, and the passenger, 24-year-old Phillip A. Brady, both of S outh Yarmouth, claimed injury.

As a result of the an initial investigation at the scene by Ptlmn. Joseph Morris, it was leaned the Ms. Gilliland had been operating her vehicle northbound on Telegraph Road after turning from Upper County Road. Apparently they had been tailgated by a large pick-up truck on Upper County Rd. and followed by the truck onto Telegraph. A short distance up Telegraph, the pick-up truck attempted to pass the victim’s vehicle and, in so doing, collided with the left rear corner of her vehicle sending it into a counterclockwise spin and into a utility pole located on the west side of the roadway.

After the collision the occupants of the pickup truck exited as did Ms. Gilliland and Mr. Brady. A confrontation ensued. During the confrontation the passenger of the pickup allegedly stabbed Mr. Brady in the upper right arm with a silver colored knife. The occupants of the pickup truck then fled the scene. The pickup was described as a newer Dodge Ram-style pick-up, gray or silver in color, with an extended cab and a Massachusetts registration (red number) plate. The driver of the pickup was described as being a white male in his early 20s,  6 feet in height, heavy build, light brown hair and wearing a maroon or brown colored sweatshirt. The passenger (stabber) was described as a white male in his late teens to early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches in height with a thin build. He was wearing a black puffy type jacket with a fur-edged hood.

Both victims were transported to Cape Cod Hospital by Dennis Fire Rescue where they were treated and later released. Dennis Police are asking anyone with information to call at 508-394-1315.
Photos by Kevin Morley/CWN

Two injured in Falmouth crash
FALMOUTH - Two people were taken to Falmouth Hospital following a three-vehicle crash in Falmouth Monday afternoon. The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. in front of 309 Sandwich Road. The injuries do not appear life threatening. The crash is under investigation by Falmouth Police.

Cape Cod Tech School closed after telephone threat

HARWICH
- The Cape Cod Technical School in Harwich was closed for the day shortly after noontime. Fire and police personnel could be seen at the school. Reports say an unspecified telephone threat was made. Buses arrived early this afternoon to take students home for the day. Further details were not immediately available.
Photo by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN

Orleans Police arrest two following drug investigation
ORLEANS - Orleans Police arrest two subjects as a result of a drug investigation. Police say it began in the early morning hours of Saturday when Sgt William Norton located a motor vehicle running with three individuals in it behind a closed business on O'Conner way in Orleans. Through the subsequent investigation, 24-year-old Aimee Cheney, of Eastham, was arrested for possession of class B (cocaine). With the assistance of the Brewster and Eastham Police departments, along with Barnstable County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Young and "Morgan", a drug sniffing black lab, officers were able to subsequently locate additional cocaine and marijuana within the immediate area. Additionally arrested was 52-year-old Christopher Badejogbin, of Orleans, who was charged with possession to distribute class D (marijuana), possession class B (cocaine) and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Both were released on personal recognizance, and were arraigned in Orleans District court Monday morning. 

Falmouth Police warn of credit card scam
FALMOUTH - Falmouth Police say they have received numerous reports of a credit card scam throughout town. The scam is initiated with a recorded phone call identifying the called as the Service Credit Union. The automated caller then informs the potential victim that their credit card account has been suspended due to third party activity. Next, the automated called asks the potential victim to enter their credit card number using the keypad on the phone. The Service Credit Union has told Falmouth Police they are not soliciting this information.

Falmouth Police encourage all citizens to follow the advise of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and do not give out personal information such as credit information unless you've initiated the contact or are sure you know with whom you are dealing with.

CWN Feature Story: Amateur Radio Emergency Service preps for disaster

Tom Wruk and Frank O’Laughlin at the Hyannis site set up one of the many antennas used in Saturday’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service field exercise.
 HYANNIS – While Cape Codders went about their business on Saturday morning, January 24, little did they realize that Cape and Islands amateur radio operators – “hams” -- were conducting a field exercise to sharpen communications skills, prepping for service when the next big disaster hits Cape Cod.

In times of crisis and natural disasters, amateur radio is often used as a means of emergency communication when wireline, cell phones and other conventional means of communications fail.

 Members of the Cape Cod Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) led by District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) Frank O’Laughlin and his assistant, Dan Howard, braved the increasingly cold temperatures as they immersed themselves in an emergency response drill based on the scenario of a catastrophic ice storm laying waste to the Cape.

The memory of the December ice storm that paralyzed areas of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York was still fresh in the minds of some of the ARES members who had responded to that real-life event.


 The Cape drill, entitled “Operation Ice House”, was conducted over a three-hour period with set-up from 9 to 10 a.m. and actual operations from 10 a.m. to noon in several locations across the Cape and Islands.

O’Laughlin says that the exercise was designed to “practice Net operations, NTS (National Traffic System) traffic handling, liaison operations, as well as tactical messaging techniques.”




 In addition to voice communications, the ARES teams communicated using “Winlink” -- a worldwide radio messaging system that mixes Internet and amateur radio technologies.

It provides radio interconnection services including e-mail with attachments, position reporting, graphic and text weather bulletins, emergency/disaster relief communications, and message relay.




 Three field sites were established and operated during the drill by ARES personnel.

The crew in Hyannis operated entirely out-of-doors while the Sandwich team took advantage of several vehicles to stay warm while team member Randy Lewis also operated a station in the Sandwich Emergency Operations Center.

The Harwich team had the luxury of operating from a trailer outfitted by Jim Leavitt, powered by a propane-fired generator. Two teams manned stations at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals.


 Mid Cape Zone Field Site
Cape Cod ARES Primary Field Site  – Hyannis, Red Cross facility parking lot
Frank O’Laughlin, Cape Cod ARES District Emergency Coordinator;

Jim Bradbury; Janet Radziewicz; Tom Wruk

Upper Cape Zone Field Site

Sandwich, Human Services building parking lot and Emergency Operations Center:
Dan Howard, Cape Cod ARES Assistant District Emergency Coordinator; Celeste Dean; Chris Dean; Ted Theis; George Jones; Randy Lewis

Lower Cape Zone Field Site

Harwich, Cape Cod Tech parking lot: Jim Leavitt, Emergency Operations Coordinator; Mike Steinmetz; Jimmie Devlin; Paul Laconto; Rob Leiden

Cape Cod Hospital
Gaynor Foster, Tim Leonard

Falmouth Hospital
Charlie Bresnahan, Helen Bresnahan

Observing activities at the Hyannis site, American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager Mike Nielsen described the exercise as “beautifully done.” Rob Macedo, ARES Eastern Massachusetts Section Emergency Coordinator echoed Nielsen’s opinion, describing it as “a typically well-run ARES exercise.”

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Learn more about the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section at ares.ema.arrl.org

Photos, top to bottom on right: Jim Bradbury puts the finishing touches on his truck-mounted antenna while Janet Radziewicz looks on; In Sandwich, Celeste Dean transmits while Ted Theis observes; The Sandwich field site at the Human Services building parking lot; Jim Leavitt tidies up around his communication trailer in Harwich; (l-r.) Jimmie Devlin, Paul Laconto, and Mike Steinmetz man Jim Leavitt’s trailer at Cape Cod Tech; Tom Wruk operates the Winlink station in Hyannis.

Story and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN

Sunday January 25, 2009
Armed robbery reported in Hyannis
HYANNIS - Barnstable Police are investigating an armed robbery that reportedly occurred at the Cape Mart on Center Street at Barnstable Road just before 11 p.m. The black male suspect fled the scene and police were using a K-9 dog to try to track him. We'll bring you further details as we get them from Barnstable Police.

Driver trapped after "t-bone" crash in Hyannis, alcohol cited as likely factor

Rescuers extricate a woman who was trapped after this car was "t-boned" in Hyannis.
 HYANNIS - Barnstable Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash in Hyannis Sunday evening. About 7:15 p.m. A Dodge Durango "t-boned" this Cadillac Deville on Iyannough Road (Route 28) at Cedar Street not far from the Yarmouth town line. Hyannis firefighters had to extricate a female passenger from one of the vehicles. 49-year old Catherine Coneeley of West Yarmouth was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital with what were described as serious but non-life threatening injuries along with the driver of the Cadillac 49-year-old Leon Tyler. The Durango driver was not injured. State police who happened upon the crash reportedly discovered an open container of alcohol in the Cadillac. Tyler who was also taken to CCH was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, possession of an open container of alcohol, and failing to yield. This would be the second alcohol related crash with injury in as many days in the town of Barnstable. (See related Cotuit story below).
Photos by Zach Schoone

Infant uninjured after car rolls on roof
MASHPEE - Frightening moments when a car rolls on it roof with an infant inside. Rescuers were called to Great Neck Road North by the Mashpee Town Hall just before 11 a.m. Fortunately it appears the infant was properly restrained and was removed from the car uninjured. The driver was also removed and luckily escaped serious injury. Mashpee Police are investigating the crash including reports another vehicle may have triggered the crash before leaving the scene. Great Neck Road North was closed until the vehicle could be righted and towed away.

Saturday January 24, 2009
Drunk driver accused of triggering crash
COTUIT - An alleged drunk driver is blamed for triggering a two vehicle crash in Cotuit. The crash happened about 10:50 p.m. on Route 28 by Peppers Pantry. Firefighters had to extricate the other driver who was taken to Falmouth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The alleged drunked driver identified in court records as 50-year old Christopher Pykosz of Cotuit was not injured and was arrested by Barnstable Police. Further details were not immediately available.

Dennisport man arrested on cocaine charges
DENNISPORT - A search warrant leads to the arrest of a Dennisport man on cocaine charges. A two-month investigation reportedly led to the search at 24 The Other Road Friday afternoon. 36-year-old Christopher N. Ward was charged with possession of class B (cocaine) with intent to distribute. Police reportedly seized 12 grams of cocaine and $560 in cash. Ward is due to be arraigned Monday in Orleans District Court. 

Friday January 23, 2009
Hazmat crews called to Brewster DPW

Unknown fumes reportedly overcame one person at the Brewster Stop & Swap Friday afternoon.
 BREWSTER - Hazmat crews were summoned to the Brewster Landfill Stop & Swap building on Run Hill Road early Friday afternoon. Offcials believe something was put into a wood stove that caused irrated people's throats and caused them to start coughing An ambulance was called to evaluate one person who was reportedly overcome by fumes. The incident was upgraded to a "Tier 2" response bringing in additional technicians from several towns and Plymouth County. Crews were on scene until about 6:30 p.m. but were unable to determine what the substance was. The stove will be throughly cleaned and the swap shop is expected to reopen Saturday. At right state technicians arrive to assist Brewster crews.
Photos by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN

Cape Air plane makes emergency landing after engines quit in Florida
 NAPLES, FL - A Cape Air plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Naples Florida after both engines reportedly quit. The pilot of flight 9399 from Key West to Fort Myers was able to glide into the Naples airport around 7 p.m. Thursday in a scene eerily similar to last weeks US Airways landing in the Hudson River off New York. All of the 7 souls on board, including the pilot who is reported to have over 30 years experience with the airline, were uninjured and able to walk away. The FAA will investigate what caused the Cessna 402C's engines to quit.

Brothers arrested on drug, weapon charges
Police trying to tie suspects to Pontiac Street double shooting
 HYANNIS - During the early morning hours of Friday, Barnstable Police Department Detectives, assisted by Yarmouth Police Department Detectives executed a "high risk" search warrant at 55 Nautical Way, Hyannis. The search warrant was for Oxycodone, a handgun, and stolen property. Police suspected that 21-year-old Kenneth Chisholm (left), and 18-year-old Denzel Chisholm (right), would be located at the residence and maybe armed.

Due to the high-risk nature of the search warrant, the Barnstable Police Department SWAT Team made entry into the residence. Barnstable Police Department Detectives Colin Kelley and Tom Chevalier initiated the Chisholm investigation following the January 15th double shooting on Pontiac Street, Hyannis. On that date, two adult males were shot during what police suspect was a narcotics transaction on Pontiac Street in Hyannis. Each victim received multiple non-life threatening gunshot wounds. A ballistic exam of their motor vehicle revealed in excess of 12 rounds struck vehicle. Brockton K-9 Officer Darvin Anderson also assisted Barnstable Police Detectives during the search of 55 Nautical Way. K-9 Officer Anderson's dog GOMO is highly skilled and trained to search for firearms.

 During the search of residence, the right side of a duplex (right), Barnstable Police Detectives recovered approximately 2000 Oxycodone pills, small quantity of cocaine, small quantity of marijuana, narcotics distribution/packaging equipment, a police scanner, .32 caliber handgun, Tech-9 9mm handgun, ammunition, and $15,000 in cash. The street value of the oxycodone pills recovered is almost $60,000. Both handguns were loaded. The Tech-9 9mm handgun had a large capacity magazine, which held in excess of 20 rounds. Each gun had a defaced serial number. The police scanner had the Barnstable Police Department and Massachusetts State Police frequency programmed into it.

The firearms recovered firearms were the same caliber of guns used during the Pontiac Road shooting. The firearms and evidence recovered from the Pontiac Road shooting will be sent to the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab for ballistic analysis. At this time, neither Chisholm brother is charged with the Pontiac Road shooting. The case is still under investigation. Both the Chisholm brothers are known to the Barnstable Police Department. The police department views them as "impact players" relating to their alleged involvement in area violent crime and narcotics trafficking. It is hoped their arrest will have a direct impact on the level of violence and drug distribution in and around Hyannis.

They were charged with the following:

Kenneth Chisholm
Trafficking Class A/Oxycodone over 200 grams
Poss Class D/Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
Unlawful Possession of Firearm-2 counts
Unlawful Possession of Ammunition
Poss of Large Capacity Magazine
Poss of firearm with defaced serial number

Denzel Chisholm
Trafficking Class A/Oxycodone over 200 grams
Poss Class B/Cocaine intent to Distribute
Poss Class D/Marijuana intent to Distribute
Unlawful Possession of Friearm-2counts
Unlawful Possession of Ammunition
Poss of Large Capacity Magazine
Poss of firearm with a defaced serial number

Each were booked at the Barnstable Police Department and then transported to Barnstable District Court for arraignment. 

Denzel Chisholm was one of the persons stabbed in the melee at the mall August 8, 2008.
Mugshots furnished by Barnstable Police; scene photo by Frank Paparo  

Two-vehicle crash on Route 28 in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH
- Officials were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Route 28 in Yarmouth near the Egg & I Restaurant just before 7 a.m. One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital while another was treated at the scene. Yarmouth Police are investigating the crash. Traffic delays were reported in the area for a time.
Photo by Richard Copley/CWN

Falmouth man accused of kidnapping, beating woman
FALMOUTH - A woman was allegedly kidnapped and beaten in Falmouth early Tuesday. The woman managed to escape and drive to police. She told police 41-year-old Brian Ferreira was hiding in her vehicle when she entered. He reportedly forced her to driver to a wooded area where he beat and fondled her. Ferreira was charged with kidnapping, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, indecent assault on a person 14 or over and B&E motor vehicle. The woman was taken to Falmouth Hospital for treatment. 

Thursday January 22, 2009
SUV vs tree in Brewster
BREWSTER - (WXTK) A 19-year-old Brewster man is facing charges following a crash outside the entrance to a campground last night. Brewster Police say Joshua Gallagher crashed into a vehicle with his SUV at the entrance to the Sweetwater Forest Campground just before 6 p.m. as he was exiting the area on Harwich Road (Route 124). The campground is closed for the season and police say Gallagher ignored the no trespassing signs. He reportedly struck another car being driven by a campground worker who lives there year-round. Police say he'll be summonsed on charges of being a minor in possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct and trespassing. Two other people in Gallagher's car were not charged. One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment following the crash.

Two injured in Harwich crash

Harwich rescuers work of two victims of a car crash Thursday afternoon.
 HARWICH - Around 3 p.m. Thursday a collision occurred at the intersection of Belmont Road and Willow Street sending two victims to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. The driver of a Buick Regal, 19-year-old Jo Ann Hindle of Harwich, claimed her brakes failed causing her to go through the stop sign hitting the maroon Chevrolet. Hindle was cited by police for failing to grant the right of way. Hindle and the Chevy driver, 21-year-old David Pistorino of Yarmouthport were both taken to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment. At right: Harwich fire and rescue personnel package a crash victim for transport.
Photos by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN 

Car vs truck sends one to hospital

This Honda collided with a Ford pickup in Dennis Thursday afternoon.
 DENNISPORT - Around 1:35 p.m. Thursday, a Honda sedan collided with a Ford F-150 pickup at the intersection of Upper County and Telegraph Roads in Dennisport. The Honda sedan was heavily damaged when it struck the pickup truck on the center of the passenger's side. An occupant of the Honda was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries that were not life threatening. The driver and sole occupant of the truck was not injured. Dennis police are investigating the cause of the collision.
Story and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN

Man arrested at busy Hyannis intersection

HYANNIS
- Motorists at a major Hyannis intersection probably did a double take at all the cruisers surrounding a van in a parking lot near the corner. At 11:30 a.m. Barnstable Police Det. John York was on rt 28 near Yarmouth Road when he spotted a dark van driving whose driver, a 51-year-old male, he recognized as having warrents outstanding and an expired license. Two backup marked cruisers units arrived. The suspect was arrested and the van searched, before it was towed away.
Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN  

Wednesday January 21, 2009
Bedroom fire damages Hyannis home

Firefighters quickly doused a bedroom fire at this house in Hyannis Wednesday.
 HYANNIS - A fire that apparently started in a bedroom damaged a house in Hyannis Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to 64 Murphy Road, right around the corner from the fire station, about 3:30 p.m.

They were able to quickly knock down the flames. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

At right a resident talks to Chief Harold Brunelle. The occupants are temporarily displaced until repairs can be made.

Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN

Driver uninjured after crashing off exit ramp into college parking lot
WEST BARNSTABLE - A car apparently lost control coming off the exit 6 ramp from Route 6 to Route 132 around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle crashed into the woods and ended up in a ditch in the rear of a parking lot for Cape Cod Community College. Incredibly the driver was standing outside the car and denying injury when rescuers arrived. Police are investigating the crash.

Man faces drug, weapon charges after search warrant executed in Hyannis
HYANNIS - Barnstable Police executed a search warrant at 70 Woodland Avenue Wednesday morning. 22-year-old Wayne Randall of Hyannis was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute class D (marijuana), and unlawful possession of a firearm. In addition he was charged with being a career criminal because of the gun charge and three previous felony charges. That charge could bring up to 15-years in prison. Police say the arrest was part of stepped up enforcement in the Pontiac Street area following a recent double shooting. They say Randall is not a suspect in that shooting. 

Tuesday January 20, 2009
Senator Kennedy collapses at Inaugural
 WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Ted Kennedy collapsed at an Inaugural luncheon for President Barack Obama after apparently suffering a seizure. Sen. Kennedy, seen here with his wife Vicky voting for Obama in the election, was rushed by an ambulance to a DC hospital. Kennedy who is battling brain cancer was reportedly conscious and alert when he was loaded in the ambulance. Massachusetts junior senator John Kerry told reporters after visiting Sen. Kennedy that "his irish was up" and he was in good spirits. Sen. Kennedy was held overnight for observation.
File photo by Frank Paparo/CWN

Electrical fire causes smoke at Sandwich church

SANDWICH
- At approximately 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, Sandwich firefighters responded to a general fire alarm at the Corpus Christi Church Parish Center on Quaker Meetinghouse Road. First police units on scene reported that a smoky electrical fire was extinguished prior to the firefighters' arrival. Closer inspection revealed the fire started in an EXIT sign's wiring. The Town Electrical Inspector was called in to investigate and deemed the Center safe, with the exception of the Exit Sign. Units were on scene assessing damage for around 45 minutes before being returned to duty.
Photo by Bryan Joseph 
 

Monday January 19, 2009
Teen killed in Falmouth crash

A Falmouth High sophomore was killed when the car she was riding in hit a pole on this curve on Currier Road
 FALMOUTH - Black ice and speed may be to blame for a tragic crash in Falmouth Monday evening. A vehicle struck a pole on Currier Road about 9:15 p.m. Falmouth Police tell WXTK News when they arrived, 16-year-old Shannon Thompson was in the rear seat of the vehicle. Thompson, a Falmouth High School sophomore, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver 18-year-old Dylan Butman and another passenger 17-year old Michael Keating were outside the Volkswagen Rabbit when officials arrived. They were taken to Falmouth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police are continuing to investigate the crash. Grief counselors were on hand at Falmouth High School to help students cope with their classmate's sudden passing. Slippery roads led to several crashes Monday evening especially on the upper Cape. 
Top image courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Earth, Photo right provided by family

Railroad gate malfunction snarls traffic

HYANNIS
- An apparent malfunction of the railroad crossing arms caused a major traffic jam in Hyannis Monday afternoon. The incident shortly before 3 p.m. caused traffic on Iyannough Road (Route 28) to quickly back up into the Airport Rotary as motorists risked going around the arms into oncoming traffic. Police arrived just after this picture was taken to direct traffic until the problem was fixed.
Photo by Tim Caldwell/CWN

Yarmouth Police Department Crimes of the Week in Review
YARMOUTH - From 0800 on Monday, January 12th to 0800 on Monday, January 19th the Yarmouth Police Department logged 639 police service calls which resulted in a variety of criminal charges against a total of 28 people. A review of some of the arrests made is as follows:

 1/13 7:35 p.m. As a result of execution of search warrant on Old Townhouse Road in South Yarmouth, Patrol Investigator Chris Kent arrested Matthew Vincent Julian
105 Old Townhouse Road South Yarmouth for Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B and D Drugs

 1/13 10:05 p.m. As a result of warrant service on Route 28 in West Yarmouth, Detective Stephen Renzi arrested Benjamin Anthony Carpenter (left) for Felony Arrest Warrant for Trafficking over 200 Grams of Class B Oxycodone and Joshua W. Adamo (right)
Felony Arrest Warrant for Larceny over $250

 1/14 3:27 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Mid Tech Drive in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Sean Brewer arrested Leo Senna of Paris, Maine for Subsequent Offense of Operating with Suspended License

 1/14 9:34 p.m. As a result of a MV crash on Middle Road in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Kevin Antonovitch arrested Joseph J. Brehaut of West Yarmouth for Felony Larceny from a Motor Vehicle over $250

 1/15 2:01 a.m. As a result of warrant service on Baxter Avenue in West Yarmouth, Patrol Investigator Scott Lundegren arrested Gregory M. Cauley of West Yarmouth for Felony Larceny over $250 Warrant


 1/15 10:40 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Higgins Crowell Road in West Yarmouth, Officer Albert Sprague arrested Jeremiah Patrick Allen of West Yarmouth for Operating with Suspended License

 1/16 7:17 p.m. As a result of domestic iolence incident on Green Way in South Yarmouth, Patrol Investigator David Dickey arrested Justin Scott Landreville of South Yarmouth for Felony Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

 1/17 2:13 a.m. As a result of MV Stop on Winslow Gray Road in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Richard Fichter arrested Luis P. Dossantos of New Bedford for 2nd Offense OUI Liquor

 1/17 3:25 a.m. As a result of suspicious person incident on Winslow Gray Road in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer James Cheverie arrested Leonel Cora of West Yarmouth for Arrest Warrant for Suspended License

 1/17 6:06 p.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Cleveland Way in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Sean Brewer arrested Cynthia A. Damico of West Yarmouth for Felony Assault and Battery with Dangerous Weapon

 1/18 1:35 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Old Main Street in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Mary Gibney arrested Elvis Ricardo Glasgow of Harwich for 2nd Offense OUI Liquor

 1/18 3:00 a.m. As a result of MV stop on South Street in South Yarmouth, Patrol Investigator Chris Van Ness arrested Seth C. Ranney of West Yarmouth for Possession of Class B Cocaine

 1/18 12:30 p.m. As a result of warrant service on Camp Street in West Yarmouth, K9 Patrol Officer Peter McClelland arrested Joshua Boning of Centerville for 2 Outstanding Arrest Warrants for OUI Liquor

Mugshots furnished by Yarmouth PD

Doghouse fire kills dog, injures second
BOURNE - A fire in a doghouse left one dog dead and another injured. The fire at 2 Bell Road around 8:30 a.m. apparently started when a heating blanket malfunctioned. The injured dog was taken to a vet with burns and smoke inhalation. 

Sunday January 18, 2009
One evaluated after crash in mall parking lot
 HYANNIS - One person was evaluated after a two-vehicle crash in the Cape Cod Mall parking lot.

The crash happened late Sunday afternoon along the access road behind Sears when an SUV collided with a car.

Further details were not immediately available.
Photo by Zach Schoone 

One injured in Dennis kitchen fire
DENNIS - One person was evaluated after a kitchen fire in Dennis Sunday afternoon. Firefighters responded to 9 Captain Nickerson Lane shortly before 4 p.m. and quickly doused the flames. Further details were not immediately available.

Dennisport cottage damaged by fire

Smoke pours from a Dennisport home early Sunday afternoon. The State Fire Marshal's office is investigating.
 DENNISPORT - The Dennis Fire Department received a call for a fire at 46 Beach Plum Lane off of Shad Hole Road at 12:42 p.m. Sunday. The fire had been spotted by neighbors from across the street who had just arrived for a weekend vacation. The first engine company on scene found the porch of a single-story wood-frame cottage fully ablaze. The fire was quickly knocked down. It was determined that the house was unoccupied, triggering an investigation by the Dennis police and fire departments. The state Fire Marshal's office has been contacted to investigate the cause.

Story and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN

Three injured in Bourne rollover
BOURNE - Three people were injured in a rollover crash in Bourne. The crash happened shortly before 2 p.m. on Route 28 South, about a half mile south of the Otis Rotary. The vehicle reportedly wound up back on its wheels. Police are investigating if snowy conditions contributed to the crash. 

Teen arrested after allegedly stealing truck that was being warmed up
HYANNIS
- A local teen was arrested after allegedly stealing a Toyota pickup the owner was warming up in Hyannis. Police caught up to 19-year-old Ollie Barboza Friday afternoon at the Cape Cod Mall after a friend of the truck owner spotted it. Police waited and apprehended Barboza when he returned to the truck. Barboza led police on a short foot chase near Best Buy. Police say he has an extensive criminal record.   

Saturday January 17, 2009 Morning lows: Ptown 14, Chatham 4, Hyannis 6, Falmouth 3
Crash leads to OUI charge

Four people in this Jeep escaped injury in a crash. Police arrested the driver for OUI.
PROVINCETOWN - Four people were in a Jeep Wrangler that went out of control, jumped a curb and narrowly missed hitting a utility pole in Provincetown Saturday evening. The crash happened around 10:15 p.m. on Bradford Street across from Tedeschi's. No one was injured but Provincetown Police arrested the driver 42-year old Christina Michaud of North Truro for operating under the influence of alcohol.
Photos by Tim Caldwell/CWN 

Local man faces numerous charges after chase

PROVINCETOWN
- A Truro man faces a bevy of charges after allegedly leading police on a chase that ended with him crashing his pickup truck. Police were called to the area of the Governor Bradford bar on Commercial Street about 12:15 a.m. where witnesses described a pickup truck that was reportedly operating erratically and had struck a parked car. Officers soon located the vehicle but the suspect refused to stop and turned off his lights in an apparent attempt to evade capture. The suspect crashed into a sign off the side of Route 6 near Snail Road. 34-year-old Noah Shenk escaped injury and was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, operating negligently to endanger, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failing to stop for police, speeding, marked lanes, operating without headlights, failing to stop at stop sign, failing to use care at intersection, failing to use turn signal and not wearing a seat belt. Shenk is due to be arraigned Tuesday in Orleans District Court. The incident is under investigation by Officer Ryan Peters, assisted by crash investigator Geoffrey Pavao. Truro Sgt. David Silvia and Officer Carrie DeAngelo also assisted at the scene. 

Friday January 16, 2009 Morning lows: Ptown 14, Chatham 8, Hyannis 4, Falmouth -6
Remembering the coldest day in modern Cape Cod history
CAPE COD - Thankfully the winds are not that ferocious today. While you may think today was cold especially in Falmouth, we delved into the CWN archives to recall the coldest weather in recent memory on this penisula, ironically exactly 5 years ago today, January 16, 2004. Morning temperatures that day were: Ptown -2, Chatham -6, Hyannis -7, Falmouth -8. CWN reported that morning:
"Special report: Historic cold snap paralyzes Cape
Web posted on 1/16 at 8:00 AM.; last updated on 1/20 at 4:00 PM.
 CAPE COD - An outbreak of frigid arctic air of historic proportions virtually shutdown almost everything on the Cape through this morning. Most all schools closed and many businesses delayed opening. As you can see on the temperature scale above it was below 0 across the entire Cape. Here in Provincetown NW winds were sustained at 30 MPH with gusts to 45 MPH creating an unbelievable wind chill of -30! At the CWN newsroom in Ptown we had a reading of -5. A school weather net station at the Truro Central School registered -10 early this morning. Your editor has lived in Provincetown for all my 42 years and has never seen temperatures and/or wind chills this low as far back as I can remember. Snow showers fell again early this morning from Eastham to Provincetown. This picture was shot on the drive home this morning from my job at Truro PD. Coming across Pilgrim Lake the reduced visibility and incredible cold made it seem like I was coming into Siberia instead of Provincetown. The ongoing cold snap has already been responsible for keeping area fire departments busy with numerous water leaks from pipes that froze and then burst. As expected these problems only got worse as a mini thaw set in over the weekend with numerous business and residences Cape wide discovering freeze ups by sudden massive water leaks. Fire officials warn against using illegal space heaters and not to use torches to try to thaw pipes."
Story from January 16, 2004 Cape Wide News by Tim Caldwell
 

Woman injured in fall at mall
 HYANNIS - A woman was injured in a reported fall on an escalator at the Macy's store at the Cape Cod Mall. 

It happened at the former Filene store about 12:45 p.m.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation.

Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Passersby save man from burning SUV
BOURNE - Passersby including four Famouth school teachers pulled an unconscious man from his burning Ford Explorer after it crash on Route 28 about 8:40 a.m. Police are investigating if a medical condition caused 49-year-old Charles Junkins of Sandwich to reportedly drive erratically, going off and on the road for several hundred feet before crashing across from Falmouth Toyota. The Lawrence School teachers, Thomas Kelliher, John Long, Jeff Tribou, and Adam Thomason, who were on a professional day and on their way to a conference were able to pull the man from the vehicle just in time. He was taken to a hospital where he was expected to fully recover. 

Two men shot during apparent drug deal in Hyannis
 HYANNIS - Two men suffered non-life threatening injuries when they were shot in Hyannis Thursday evening. The two made it to Cape Cod Hospital on their own.

Police investigating a report of shots fired found the apparent scene at the end of Pontiac Street. Authorities believe a drug deal gone bad led to the shooting and are continuing to investigate.

When our camera arrived on scene Friday the only evidence of the shooting on the street that dead ends in a cul-de-sac was a pair of gloves apparently worn by a crime scene technician.

 


Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Thursday January 15, 2009
Top story: Fire at All Seasons Motor Inn in South Yarmouth
CWN Team coverage by Richard Copley and Kevin Morley/CWN

Yarmouth firefighters battle the blaze at the All Seasons Motor Inn from Tower 41.

 SOUTH YARMOUTH - A structure fire broke out in the east wing of the All Seasons Motor Inn on Route 28 around 11 a.m. Thursday. The two-alarm fire started in an unoccupied downstairs room and extended to a second-floor room. A quick aggressive stop by the Yarmouth Fire Department quickly brought it under control. Because of the size of the building and the adverse weather conditions, a second alarm was sounded, bringing additional help from Dennis, Hyannis and Centerville. Investigators believe the fire may have been ignited by a welder's torch from ongoing renovations. It was the first major blaze for newly arrived Yarmouth Fire Chief Mike Walker. Walker who came from Pelham, NH is seen at right. (click here for slideshow by Copley, Morley and YFD).
Photos by Kevin Morley, YFD.

Saw accident leads to near finger amputation in Truro
TRURO - One person was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital after reportedly severing a finger on a table saw in Truro. It happened about 2 p.m. at a Whitmanville Road residence. Because of the snow Medflight could not respond so the victim was taken to Cape Cod Hospital. Further details were not immediately available. 

Icy road sends fuel truck into tree

Icy roads may have caused this oil delivery truck to skid into a tree in Chatham.
 CHATHAM - Icy road conditions caused this fuel truck to skid into a tree on Jeannette Road in Chatham Thursday at 10:30 A.M. The driver of the truck was extricated by Chatham Fire and Rescue personnel and transported to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. The condition of the road was so bad that the fire department ordered the surface to be sanded to prevent further injuries to police and rescue personnel while they removed the male victim from the truck. 2-6 inches of snow fell across the Cape leading to numerous fender benders. Walking (right) was also an adventure with ice under snow leading to several slip and fall incidents. No one was seriously injured.    
Top photo by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN; Photo right by Frank Paparo/CWN
 

Drug raid results in arrest and seizure of drugs, money and weapon
 YARMOUTH - On Tuesday at approximately 6:30 p.m. members of the Yarmouth, Barnstable and Dennis Police Departments executed a search warrant issued by the Barnstable District Court for illegal drug distribution at 105 Old Townhouse Road in South Yarmouth.

Police say the investigation was based on information developed involving illegal drug use and distribution that is part of a series of ongoing and proactive drug distribution investigations being jointly conducted by the departments mentioned above.

 The search warrant resulted in the seizure of the following items:

• 63.3 grams of marijuana
• 12 capsules of oxycodone
• $1,769.00 cash from drug sales
• Digital scale used for weighing drugs
• Cell phone used for drug distribution
• 1 Walther CP 80 .177 cal. pellet handgun

The target of the 30-day investigation -- which was directed by Yarmouth Police Department Patrol Investigator Christopher A. Kent -- was located inside the home and placed under arrest. 20-year-old Matthew Vincent Julian of South Yarmouth was charged with Felony Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drug Oxycodone, and Felony Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drug Marijuana. He was subsequently transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters and was arraigned in the Barnstable District Court the next morning. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on February 4.
Photos furnished by YPD

Wednesday January 14, 2009
Two-vehicle crash at bottom of exit 7 ramp on Willow Street
YARMOUTH - Police are investigating a two vehicle crash in Yarmouth Wednesday evening. One vehicle reportedly broadsided another on Willow Street at the bottom of the exit 7 ramp from Route 6 just after 6 p.m. Both drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries. Traffic was slowed in the area until the wreckage was cleared.

Car vs pole in Hyannis closes West Main Street
HYANNIS
- A car vs pole crash on West Main Street by the Cape Cod Melody Tent shut down West Main Street for an extended time. The crash happened about 3 p.m. The driver was not injured but the utility pole was snapped bringing wires down in the area of Pine Grove Avenue. NStar crews were called to make repairs. The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

Tuesday January 13, 2009
Man pulled from icy Pleasant Bay in Orleans

A man fell into Pleasant Bay Tuesday off the point in the right center of this map.
 ORLEANS - A man was pulled from the icy waters of Pleasant Bay off Orleans early Tuesday afternoon. The call came in shortly after 1 p.m. Orleans Police Detective Kevin Higgins says several factors came together to help save the man. He says they received a 911 call from a person who witnessed a boat overturn. About the same time A good Samaritan David Reed on a marine service vessel heard the call on a scanner and raced to the scene. He was able to pluck the man from the water and bring him to shore. At the same time a Coast Guard helicopter which happened to be on training maneuvers with a rescue swimmer off Chatham arrived on scene. The victim identified as 30-year-old William P. Holland of Orleans was hoisted aboard the helo and flown to Barnstable Municipal Airport where a Hyannis fire ambulance rushed him to Cape Cod Hospital. According to reports Holland who was apparently hunting at the time of the accident, was conscious and in good spirits at CCH and is expected to fully recover.
Image courtesy of Google Maps, Photos right by Bryan Joseph 

Man hides in attic to avoid arrest

Police lead a man in handcuffs to a cruiser after he barricaded himself in the attic of a Hyannis home.
 HYANNIS - At about 8 a.m. Tuesday the Barnstable police responded to a 911 call from a Conamerra Circle residence in Hyannis for a verbal domestic between a mother and her 36-year-old son. His girlfriend was also in the home at the time. Reportedly, when the police arrived the mother wanted the son out of the house.

The girlfriend first told the police that he was not there. Then she yelled at the boyfriend to run and would not let the police in. In the process, she allegedly closed the door on the hand of one of the officers. She was arrested and held at the scene.

The male subject climbed up into the attic of the one-and-a-half-story ranch and bolted the attic door. More officers responded to the scene including the police negotiator. It turned out that the barricaded man also had a parole warrant and was wanted.

After two hours he finally agreed to come down from the attic. He was arrested and taken out the side door (above), as was his girlfriend (right), in handcuffs. Court records identify her as 45-year-old Linda K. Tessier of Boston who was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (glass door) and assault and battery on a police officer.
Story and photos by Frank Paparo/CWN

Attempted murder charge follows alleged intentional crash
FALMOUTH - A Waquoit man faces several charges after a domestic incident ended with a crash that police say was no accident. 32-year-old Mark Connery reportedly got into an argument with girlfriend late Monday evening and turned into the woods off Blacksmith Shop Road, crashing into a tree. The woman fled and was located by police. Connery was arrested by police and charged with assault with intent to murder, resisting arrest, operating under the influence of alcohol and other motor vehicle charges. He was due to be arraigned Tuesday morning.

Yarmouth Police Department Crimes of the Week in Review
YARMOUTH - From 0800 on Monday, January 5th to 0800 on Monday, January 12th the Yarmouth Police Department logged 599 police service calls which resulted in a variety of criminal charges against 34 people. Some of the arrests were:

 1/6 1:18 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Highbank Road South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Christopher Marino arrested Sarah Jean Marion of West Yarmouth for OUI Liquor

 1/6 9:31 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Ocean Avenue in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Andrew O'Malley arrested Steven Jefferson Young of Harwich on an Outstanding Warrant from Harwich PD

 1/7 9:07 p.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Route 28 in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Cheryl Nugent Gomsey arrested Arcenio Lopes Jr. of Lane East Falmouth for Domestic Assault and Battery

1/8 10:56 a.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Richard Fichter Jr. arrested Alphee J. Couture of South Yarmouth on an Outstanding Warrant from Brookline PD

 1/9 1:45 p.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Ernest Road in West Yarmouth, Officer Nicholas Pasquarosa Jr. arrested Charlene Dyous of West Yarmouth for Domestic Assault and Battery

 1/10 1:10 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 6 in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Richard Fichter Jr. arrested Tove C. Meehan of South Dennis for OUI Liquor

1/10 1:14 p.m. As a result of MV Stop on Route 6 in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Gordon Gibbons arrested Michael G. Grace of Plymouth, MA for Driving with a Revoked License due to being a Habitual Traffic Offender
Mugshots furnished by Yarmouth PD
 

MMR cadet electrocuted at sea
BUZZARDS BAY
- A Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadet was electrocuted while at sea. 24-year old Christopher Erickson of the class of 2007 was apparently holding a wire while a circuit breaker being tested on the chemical tanker S/R Wilmington. He was flown to a Houston, TX hospital by helicopter but was pronounced dead.

Man uses police phone to have heroin hidden
FALMOUTH - From the "stupid criminal" files comes this story. A Waquoit man arrested for outstanding warrants allegedly used the Falmouth Police telephone to have a female friend hide his heroin. This despite the clear markings all calls were recorded. Police obtained a warrant and recovered the drugs. Now 27-year-old Cory Gilmartin faces an additional charge of possession of class A (heroin) with intent to distribute (subsequent offense).

Monday January 12, 2009
Fire causes extensive damage to Hyannis home

Hyannis firefighters outside a ranch style home on Compass Circle that was extensively damaged.
 HYANNIS - A fire caused extensive damage to Hyannis home shortly after 4 p.m. Monday.

The fire at 51 Compass Circle reportedly started in the living room of the ranch style house.

Soot stains could be seen where windows had been broken out.

All of the occupants escaped safely but one was evaluated by Hyannis EMTs.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but does not appear suspicious.

CWN's Frank Paparo contributed to this report, photos by Tim Caldwell/CWN.

Ocean effect snow makes for slippery morning commute
CAPE COD - About an inch of fresh snow fell Monday during the morning hours. The ocean effect snow led to several minor crashes but no serious injuries. By early afternoon the sun was shining brightly across most of the Cape.

Sunday January 11, 2009
Three hospitalized after two-car crash on icy road

Rescuers extricate a driver after a two vehicle crash in Dennis.
 DENNISPORT - Around 5:35 p.m. two Toyotas - a Camry and a 4Runner - collided on Upper County Road in Dennisport just east of Hart Farm and Clancy's Restaurant.

Two Dennis ambulances and one from Harwich were called in to transport the two women in the 4Runner and an elderly man, traveling alone in the Camry, to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown but not life-threatening injuries.

The Camry driver was extricated from his vehicle by Dennis firefighters using the Jaws of Life.

 Details of the crash are not known at this time but the icy roadway is a likely cause. It was apparent from physical evidence at the scene that the vehicles were traveling in opposite directions and collided nearly head-on. The front left wheel of the 4Runner was torn off by the impact and something penetrated the windshield.

Upper County Road was closed in both directions until wreckers could clear the scene. The Dennis Police department is investigating the cause of the accident.
Story and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN (click right images to enlarge).

Homeowner able to douse Chatham fire
CHATHAM
- Firefighters were called to 115 Joshua Jethro Road about 3:30 p.m. for a report of a house fire. The homeowner was able to extinguish the fire before they arrived. Smoke was cleared out and no one was injured. Further details were not immediately available.

Kitchen fire quickly knocked down in Hyannis

Firefighters found a trash can on fire in a kitchen causing heavy smoke in this apartment complex.
 HYANNIS - Firefighters were able to quickly knock down a fire at the Village Market Place condo complex late Sunday morning.

When crews arrived at 223 Stevens Street shortly before 11:30 a.m. they found a trash can burning. There was heat and smoke damage in the kitchen.

The occupants were evacauted while heavy smoke was ventilated from the unit (right). No injuries were reported.

Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Saturday January 10, 2009
Snowy roads lead to several crashes
WEST BARNSTABLE - Snowy roads are leading to several crashes across the Cape Saturday evening. Rescuers had to help a driver out of vehicle after it rolled over on Route 6 westbound between exits 6 and 5 about 10:20 p.m. No serious injuries were reported in any of the crashes.

Drunk driver may be to blame for serious crash in Hyannis

This Lincoln LS appeared to have received the most damage in a three-vehicle crash in Hyannis.
 HYANNIS - A serious crash snarled traffic in Hyannis Saturday evening. The crash happened about 5:15 p.m. at North Street and High School Road Extension. A Lincoln LS, Saturn Vue and Honda coupe collided. Firefighters had to extricate one of the victims from the wreckage. The victims were taken to Cape Cod Hospital by Hyannis and Barnstable ambulances. Barnstable Police are investigating reports that one of the vehicles was operating erratically. Police are trying to determine if the operator may have been under the influence at the time of the crash.
Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN

Fire badly damages Yarmouth home

Firefighters were able to quickly knock down this smoky blaze in Yarmouth Saturday.
 WEST YARMOUTH – At 1:31 p.m. Saturday the Yarmouth Fire Department responded to a call from a neighbor reporting a house fire on 55 Nobby Lane in West Yarmouth.

Engines and personnel were dispatched from all three Yarmouth fire stations. The owner arrived home to find firefighters dousing the blaze in the single-story structure.

On-scene reports indicate that 75 percent of the interior is damaged. There were no injuries. The Yarmouth Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire. (click here for a slideshow of photos by Richard Copley, YFD, and Kevin Morley). 
Story by Kevin Morley, Photos by Richard Copley/CWN

Ice-bound swan frees itself during rescue attempt

A Swan became trapped in an icy Kelley's Pond in Dennis.


 WEST DENNIS – A man walking his dog around 8 a.m. Saturday spotted a white swan apparently caught in the ice in Kelley’s Pond in West Dennis. Fearing for the swan’s safety, he called the Dennis Fire Department to come to the waterfowl’s assistance. Deploying with the dive truck, a team responded to Pond Street on the north side of the pond, which had a skim coat of ice. After assessing the situation, Acting Captain Tony Kent sent Firefighter Nick Lawler, garbed in a dry suit on an ice-rescue board, to determine the swan’s condition. Upon seeing the human being enter the water, the swan flapped its wings and freed itself from the pond’s icy grip. It then began a laborious ice-breaking paddle away from the would-be rescuer toward the western shore. Given its energetic escape, it was apparent that the swan was uninjured so Captain Kent turned the rescue mission into an ice-rescue drill, sending Firefighter Lawler back into the water and dispatching Firefighter Geoff Mulholland to the rescue.
Story and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN

Pit bulls reportedly get into fight
 CENTERVILLE - About 10 a.m. Centerville Fire received a frantic call from a woman who was walking down Old Post Road North, a long dirt road that leads to the Marstons Mills Water District shed and also has walking trails, saying her two pit bulls had started to fight each other and had injured themselves.

Barnstable Police and the animal control officer responded to the scene which was about 1/2 mile into the woods. Reports say the woman was able to get the dogs under control and put them in her vehicle to take to a veterinarian.
Story and photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Truro Police Achieve Accreditation
TRURO - Chief John J. Thomas is pleased to announce that on January 8, 2009 the Truro Police department was awarded accreditation status by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission for the third time.

Verification by an assessment team in November that the Truro Police Department met the Commission's standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state accreditation -- a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established.

The accreditation program consists of 253 mandatory standards as well as 122 optional standards. In order to achieve accreditation status, the department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 60% of the optional standards. The department met the mandatory standards as well as 64% of the optional standards.

Achieving accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. This achievement, to meet and maintain standards, which have been established for the profession, by the profession, is a team effort by the entire police department. This is the third time that the department has been examined. The Department was first accredited in 2002 and at the time was the fourth department in the state and the first on Cape Cod to achieve such recognition.

Anyone interested in learning more about this program may call the Department's Accreditation Manager, Lt. Lundborn.

Friday January 9, 2009
One critical after Mashpee head-on crash

Two cars collided head-on on Route 130 in Mashpee critically injuring one person.
 MASHPEE - One person was critically injured in a head-on crash in Mashpee Friday evening. The crash happened on Route 130 at Lovell's Lane. The driver of a Pontiac Grand Prix that collided with a Chevy Lumina had to be extricated and was rushed to the Mashpee Police/Fire station to meet a Medflight helicopter for transport to a Boston hospital. Two people in the Lumina were taken to Cape Cod Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. The crash is under investigation by Mashpee Police.
Photos courtesy of Bryan Joseph

Sad end to search for missing Cotuit man

The body of Robert Ouellette, missing since December 30, was found outside this vacant Truro summer home.
 TRURO - There is a sad end to the desperate search for a missing Cotuit man. Cape Wide News has learned the body of 80-year-old Robert Ouellette was discovered Friday afternoon outside a vacant summer home in Truro. Barnstable Police confirm a caretaker checking the house at 24 Great Hills Road (map) made the tragic discovery. The house is in a remote area down a long one-lane dirt road overlooking Pamet Harbor. The house cannot be easily seen from the road. Ouellette disappeared on December 30 after going to a Hyannis car dealership to pick up his car. Ouellette's Mercury Marquis was discovered parked on an adjacent property also not readily visible. State Police Detectives assigned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney's office were on scene along with Truro Police. Cape & Islands D.A. Michael O'Keefe said Saturday an autopsy would be performed to determine the exact cause of death. Barnstable Police told CWN that Ouellette's family has no ties to anyone in Truro and his wife never expected him to be there.
Top photo by Tim Caldwell; photo right provided by family

Cape towns prepare for another snowstorm
CAPE COD - Towns are preparing for an expected snowstorm over the weekend. 5-10 inches are possible Saturday night into Sunday morning. There will be a parking ban in effect in Dennis from 6:00 PM Saturday through 6:00 PM on Sunday, January 11, 2009. 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. Other towns will likely follow suit with parking bans.

Tanning salon evacuated after electrical fire
SANDWICH - About 3:25 p.m. Sandwich firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at Sunsational Tanning inside the Sandwich Taverna Plaza at 390 Route 130. Firefighters discovered an electrical malfunction had caused the problem and the fire was out. No injuries were reported.
Story submitted by Bryan Joseph

Armed robber quickly nabbed in Falmouth
FALMOUTH
- Quick work by Falmouth Police led to the capture of a suspect in a daring broad-daylight robbery at knifepoint. Falmouth Police tell CWN about 11:40 a.m. they responded to the reported armed robbery at the Cumberland Farms on Main Street. Using a description of the suspect along with the last known direction of flight, officers cordoned off an area in and around Alma Road and Worcester Court using all available on-duty officers along with two officers working a traffic detail. The responding officers were able to track down and arrest the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Jeremia J. Vidito of Falmouth. Evidence of the crime was recovered along with the cash that was allegedly stolen during the robbery. Vidito is due to be arraigned in Falmouth District Court on Monday.  

Thursday January 8, 2009
Two crashes in Falmouth
FALMOUTH
- Rescuers were kept busy with two separate crashes in Falmouth Thursday evening. The first crash happened just after 6 p.m. on North Falmouth Highway (Route 28A) by the Silver Lounge. No injuries were reported but NStar had to respond to replace a utility pole that was snapped. Then about an hour and a half later two vehicles collided on Route 151 at Currier Road. One person was taken to Falmouth Hospital with a head injury. Route 151 was closed for a time while the wreckage was cleared. Falmouth Police are investigating both crashes.
 
Strong winds cause power outages
CAPE COD - Gusty winds felled trees onto power lines causing two major outages on the Cape Thursday afternoon. One scene was along Santuit-Newtown Road in Marstons Mills, the other on County Road in the Monument Beach section of Bourne. NStar was working to restore those and a handful of other scattered outages.

Two crashes on notorious stretch of Route 28 in Centerville

This GMC Yukon apparently rear-ended a pickup truck on Route 28 in Centerville.
 CENTERVILLE - A notorious stretch of Route 28 is the scene of yet two more crashes Thursday.

About 10:15 a.m. a GMC Yukon rear-ended a Ford Explorer pickup on Route 28 between Old Stage Road and Phinney's Lane. 

The pickup truck driver was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation.

The crash is under investigation by Barnstable Police


 The section of Route 28 which widens to four lanes by the Centerville Plaza has been the scene of countless crashes.

In fact within an hour and a half police returned to handle a second collision between a Toyota Tundra pickup and Nissan Sedan that occurred in almost the same spot.

No one was injured but the Nissan had to be towed.


Photos by Frank Paparo
 

Wednesday January 7, 2009
Key Prescription Drug Dealer Arrested in West Yarmouth
 YARMOUTH - On Tuesday at 11:45 p.m. members of the Barnstable and Yarmouth Police Departments executed an arrest warrant at room 217 of the Travelodge Motel located at 216 Route 28 West Yarmouth. The suspect, 42-year-old Valerie E. Campos, was charged with Two Felony Counts Trafficking in Class A Narcotic Oxycodone, and Felony Possession with Intent to Distribute Class E Narcotic Xanax. Campos and transported to the Barnstable Police Department where she was held overnight and transported to the Barnstable District Court for arraignment. She is currently being held at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne on $25,000 bail.

Yarmouth Police tell CWN the arrest of Campos completed a two year investigation involving the interstate transportation and distribution of large quantities of prescription narcotics, namely Oxycodone, Oxycontin, and Xanax. Barnstable Detective Colin Kelley and Dennis Detective Jack Brady were the primary investigators.

During the investigation, Detectives learned that Valerie Campos had been traveling from Cape Cod to Las Vegas for the purpose of obtaining thousands of prescription pills which she and her associates subsequently sold on the streets of Cape Cod. Campos carried many of the pills on her person as she flew back to Massachusetts. Detectives identified at least 32 cross country flights taken by Campos between 2006 and 2008. Campos paid approximately twenty thousand dollars in airfare for the travel.

Detectives also discovered that Campos and her husband, Benjamin Carpenter (age 35 of Hyannis), routinely received Fed-Ex shipments of pills from the Las Vegas area. In August of 2008, Detectives intercepted an overnight Fed-Ex package addressed to Campos and retrieved by Carpenter in Hyannis. Detectives observed Carpenter flag down a Fed-Ex delivery driver on Ridgewood Drive in Hyannis and obtain the package. A search warrant was obtained for the package and Detectives seized approximately 340 diverted prescription pills.

On November 14, 2008, Detectives discovered that Campos had once again flown to Las Vegas to purchase a large quantity of prescription pills. Upon returning to Hyannis, Campos, who has many aliases, was arrested on numerous unrelated warrants. Campos was found to be in possession of approximately one thousand Oxycodone tablets and 100 Xanax tablets. The street value of the seized narcotics was approximately $30,000 dollars. It is estimated, based on information obtained from Campos, that between 2006 and 2008, Campos and her associates obtained and/or sold approximately twenty five thousand diverted prescription pills with a street value of roughly $500,000 dollars. The investigation continues and Barnstable Detectives are working with Las Vegas authorities on the case and additional arrests are expected.
Mugshot furnished by Yarmouth Police
 
Car vs tree on Camp Street
 
WEST YARMOUTH - Shortly after noon on Wednesday a woman lost control of her car headed north on Camp Street. The vehicle crossed the road and hit a tree on the other side. The Yarmouth Fire Department transported her to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. Yarmouth Police are investigating the crash.
Photo by Richard Copley/CWN

East Dennis fire blamed on wood-stove vent pipe
DENNIS - Dennis Fire Department Deputy Chief Robert Tucker reported that the Monday night fire that severely damaged an East Dennis home (see story below) was most probably caused by the wood-stove vent pipe igniting combustibles.

Provincetown Police warn of telephone scam
PROVINCETOWN - On Wednesday, the Provincetown Police Department received a complaint from a concerned citizen about a possible phone scam. An unidentified female subject stated she was trying to raise money to purchase computers to put into ambulances nationwide. The caller requested a donation and wanted to obtain bank account information to process the payment. The caller also gave a contact number and stated she was from a company called "Medical Direct Intent." The caller ID displayed was 1-800-891-7636. There are many phone scams and typically the goal is to get you to reveal personal information, bank account information, or to make you do something that will result in unwanted charges on your bank accounts. Please remember to use caution when giving personal or financial information over the telephone. If you receive a phone call requesting this type of information DO NOT GIVE IT OUT and try to obtain the caller's name, phone number and company name, if possible, and report the scam immediately.

If you feel you have been the victim of a phone scam please contact the Provincetown Police at 508-487-1212 to report the incident.

The web site http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/donotcall/ has media information about telemarketing calls. This would be excellent information to pass on to the public to curb unwanted telemarketing calls.

Also, the web site http://800notes.com/ has a list of phone numbers reported as "scams."

CWN storm team coverage: Slippery morning commute
 CAPE COD - Early morning sleet and freezing rain changed to plain rain but slushy roads have made for a slow morning commute. Several fender benders were reported and NStar crews were called to repair a few scattered power outages from icing on power lines. The rain continued heavy at times during the day with up to an inch and half reported in in some areas. Deep puddles formed in parking lots and roads, causing a few cars to stall.
Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Rollover crash in Marstons Mills
MARSTONS MILLS - A driver escaped injury but had to be helped out of their vehicle after it rolled on its side. The crash happened about 2:30 a.m. at Race Lane and Old Mill Road. Police believe icy roads contributed to the crash.

Yarmouth gets rapid call system
YARMOUTH - Rapid Alert Phone System Announcement
The Rapid Alert System is an automated notification system used to alert citizens in the event of an emergency. The system is hosted by the Barnstable County Sheriffs Office and is now available for use by the Yarmouth Police Department.
Anyone who has a listed home and/or business phone number will automatically receive an alert notification. All numbers in the Rapid Alert System are kept strictly confidential and calls are placed solely for emergency and public safety notifications.
The system may be used to communicate with citizens for notification of:
• Inclement Weather
• Missing Persons
• Evacuations
• Road Closures
Yarmouth Residents may register their cell phone numbers or unlisted home phone numbers to receive notifications. For more information about Rapid Alert or to register additional telephone numbers you should visit Barnstable County Sheriff's Office on the web and then click on the "Rapid Alert" link.
If you have other questions you may send them via email or call:
• Email: mailto:RAS@bsheriff
• Call: 508-563-4479

Tuesday January 6, 2009
Pedestrian struck in Mashpee
MASHPEE - A pedestrian was struck and seriously injured in Mashpee Tuesday evening. It happened about 10 p.m. on Hilltop Road. Mashpee Police are investigating. Further details were not immediately available.

Car vs pole in Hyannis
HYANNIS - Barnstable Police are investigating a car vs pole crash in Hyannis. The crash happened shortly after 7 p.m. at the intersection of Scudder Avenue and Greenwood Avenue. At least one person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. NStar was called to make repairs. Further details were not immediately available.

CO detector likely saves Dennis family
DENNIS - A carbon monoxide detector likely saved a Dennis family early Tuesday morning. A girl in the house on Jasmine Lane was awoken by the detector. Firefighters found readings of 500 parts per million (PPM) of the colorless, odorless gas. Anything over 35 PPM requires firefighters to don their breathing apparatus. The family was checked out and appeared to be fine. A technician found a crack in a vent pipe for a stove.

Three arrested after break-in, chase in Falmouth
FALMOUTH
- Three people were arrested during the investigation of a break-in that led to a wild chase in Falmouth Monday evening. It began with the discovery of the break in at a Kompass Drive residence in East Falmouth. Police arrested a neighbor, 45-year-old Sandra L. Costa in connection with the break in.

During the investigation a police K-9 dog apparently spooked two men who fled the area in a Honda. A chase wound down Route 151 and the Honda struck a police cruiser twice before crashing on Twin Hill Road and becoming inoperable. Officer Theodore Williams was not injured. The two occupants of the Honda fled on foot.

Police went to a residence where the Honda was parked and received permission to search the house. 30-year-old Richard M. Ferreira of Fall River and 21-year-old Steven M. Santos of Westport were discovered hiding in the attic. Police also reportedly recovered stolen designer clothes.

Ferreira was charged with receiving stolen property over $250, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (the car), disorderly conduct, operating negligently to endanger, failure to obey a police officer, failure to kepe right, a marked lane violation, failure to slow, failure to stop for a police officer, speeding, and operating with a suspended license. Santos was charged with receiving stolen property over $250, disorderly conduct and an outstanding warrant.

Sandra Costa was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, larceny of property over $250, and wanton destruction of property over $250.

Yarmouth Police Department Crimes of the Week in Review
YARMOUTH - From 0800 on Monday, December 29th to 0800 on Monday, January 5th the Yarmouth Police Department logged 657 police service calls which resulted in a variety of criminal charges against 42 people. Some of the persons charged are:

12/29 3:00 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Short Way in West Yarmouth, Patrol Sergeant Francis Hennessey arrested Benjamin Johnson-Brown of East Harwich for Failure to Stop For Police

12/29 5:00 p.m. On Route 28 Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Michael Zontini arrested John P. Saba of South Yarmouth an an Outstanding Warrant

 12/30 1:34 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Forest Road in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer James Cheverie arrested Kimberly Ann Sharples of West Yarmouth for OUI Liquor

12/30 2:00 p.m. As a result of domestic incident on Route 6A in Yarmouthport, Patrol Officer Andrew O'Malley arrested a 15 Year Old Juvenile from Yarmouthport for Assault and Battery

12/31 1:22 a.m. As a result of a suspicious person investigation on Hudson Road in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Christopher Marino arrested Taurian Rogers of West Yarmouth for Trafficking in Cocaine

 12/31 3:05 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 28 in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren arrested Thomas M. Latanowich of Somerville on three Outstanding Felony Warrants


 12/31 8:59 a.m. As a result of domestic violence incident on Route 28 in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Michael Kramer arrested Morris D. Butler of West Yarmouth for Assault and Battery


 1/3 1:47 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Mary Gibney arrested Elizabeth M. Bean of Barnstable for Minor in Possession of Alcohol and three outstanding warrants


 1/4 1:55 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Detective Sergeant Charles Peterson arrested Sara C. Johnson of Sagamore for OUI Liquor


 1/4 9:11 p.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Michael Zontini arrested Roger D. Marsh of South Yarmouth for Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Intimidating a Witness/Obstruction of Justice


 1/4 10:04 p.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Monroe Lane in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Lou Nickinello arrested Raul G. Calle of West Yarmouth for Assault and Battery


 1/5 3:21 a.m. As a result of MV Stop on Regional Avenue in South Yarmouth, Patrol Sergeant Gerard Britt arrested Catherine E. Hollander of Dennis for OUI liquor (2nd offense).

Mugshots furished by Yarmouth Police

Crash blocks Route 6 traffic in Eastham
EASTHAM - (WXTK) A multi-car crash on route 6 in Eastham had most of the road in that stretch shut down for about a half-hour. Reports from the scene indicate three vehicles were involved near the Tedeschi's convenience store around 7:30 a.m. Police say a Subaru Legacy driven by 20-year-old Nicholas Leduc exited the entrance of the Tedeschi's and collided with a Honda Odyssey van driven by 17-year-old Adeline Harrington of East Dennis. The van collided with a Ford Explorer driven by 50-year-old David Kiklis of Eastham before rolling on its side. Three people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital by Eastham and Wellfleet ambulances. None of the injuries appear life-threatening. Eastham Police are continue to investigate. 

Man charged with attacking girlfriend in Harwich
HARWICH - (WXTK) A Harwich man is facing charges that he grabbed his girlfriend by her throat -- threw her to the ground -- and threatened to kill his roommate's son. Harwich Police responded to a 9-1-1 domestic violence call just before 2 a.m. this morning at a Harold Street residence. The girlfriend told officers that 45-year-old Mark McDonnell allegedly attacked her and ripped the phone from her hand as she tried calling police. McDonnell fled before police arrived, but was spotted a short time later in the neighborhood and taken into custody. He's charged with assault and battery (domestic) and intimidating a witness. McDonnell also had two outstanding arrest warrants.

Kidnapping charge leveled in Orleans domestic dispute
ORLEANS - An Orleans man is facing serious charges after an apparent domestic dispute with a woman. The woman reportedly told Orleans Police 43-year-old Gerald Bates of Orleans threatened her with a large candlestick and locked her in a bedroom by screwing the door shut last Friday. Bates was charged with kidnapping, intimidation of a witness, and assault with a dangerous weapon. He was arraigned Monday in Orleans District Court and was ordered held without bail at the house of correction pending another appearance in court this Thursday.

Applicants Sought for Citizen Police Academy
YARMOUTH - The Yarmouth Police Department is beginning the 17th Session of our Citizen Police Academy on Wednesday, January 28, 2009. This program offers a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at modern progressive law enforcement in Massachusetts and our community.

The Academy meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM in the Law Enforcement Training Center at Yarmouth Police Headquarters. The Academy runs through April 15th (see schedule for details).

q Applications are available in the lobby of Yarmouth Police Headquarters
q All applicants will be subject to a background check.
q If selected-applicants will be notified by phone

This is the original and longest running Citizen Police Academy on Cape Cod-it is funded by a Community Policing Grant awarded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security-and is open to all qualified Cape Codders at no cost.

For more information contact Yarmouth Police Department Citizen Police Academy Director Officer Nicholas R. Pasquarosa, Jr. at 508-775-0445 extension 251.

Monday January 5, 2009
East Dennis blaze severely damages home

Smoke billows from a house in East Dennis late Monday evening.
 EAST DENNIS - (Click here for slideshow) The call came in to the Dennis Fire Department at 10:32 p.m. Monday for a structure fire in East Dennis at 75 Sears Road. When the first company arrived the firefighters found flames pouring out of the rambling two-story dwelling tucked back off the road at the intersection of Sears and Monument View Roads. According to reports at the scene, the homeowner had just returned from a Florida vacation and had lit a fire in the wood stove. As he was climbing into bed he heard a rattling sound. At first he thought it was his dog but when he went to investigate, he opened a door into the living area and flames jumped out. He was able to quickly evacuate the house with his dog. Crews from Brewster and Harwich joined the Dennis Fire Department in battling the smoky blaze that left the house heavily damaged. Crews were on scene for a little over two hours. The Dennis Water Department and NStar were called to the scene to shut off utilities. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation by Dennis Deputy Chief Robert Tucker. At right firefighters inspect a wood stove that may have been a source of the fire (click to enlarge).
Story and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN

First on Cape Wide News: Fishing trawler grounds off Dennis

The fishing trawler Kimberly Ann grounded off Crowe's Pasture off Dennis Monday afternoon.

 EAST DENNIS - An approximately 50-foot fishing vessel from Wellfleet grounded off Crowe's Pasture about a half mile east of Sesuit Harbor early Monday afternoon. The Coast Guard was monitoring the situation.

Another unidentified civilian vessel (right) was standing by to try to help pull the Kimberly Ann off the shoal.

In the end the skipper, was able to free the vessel under its own power as the tide began to come in. The vessel appeared to have escaped any significant damage.

Photos by Kevin Morley/CWN

Two-vehicle collision in Sandwich

SANDWICH
 - Sandwich Police are investigating a two-vehicle collision Monday afternoon. The crash happened on Quaker Meetinghouse Road at Mill Pond Road. The drivers were evaluated at the scene.
Photo courtesy of Bryan Joseph

One taken to hospital after gas leak

A firefighter checks a rooftop unit after a gas leak in Hyannis. A National Grid service van is at left.
 HYANNIS - One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation after a gas leak in Hyannis Monday morning.

Firefighters were called to 20 Willow Avenue about 9 a.m.

Reports say two new gas units were apparently leaking in the units on the Center Street side of the complex which is a mix of residental and business space.

National Grid was called to make repairs.

Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN

Slippery morning commute
CAPE COD - There wasn't much precipitation but with temperature right around freezing it was enough to make area roads slick for the morning commute. A few minor crashes were reported but no serious injuries. Police advised motorists to slow down. Reports say some school buses were running a little late. A larger coastal storm will affect the Cape Tuesday night into Wednesday. At this point it looks like mainly rain.

A reminder that the ice is unsafe on all ponds, lakes etc.
TRURO - Before tragedy strikes it is important that everyone be aware about the dangers of unsafe ice.  Local ice is not safe due to the temperature flucuations. A man drowned after falling through thin ice in Middleboro last week. The Truro Police offer the following Ice Safety Tips:

• Never go onto the ice alone. A friend may be able to rescue you or go for help if you fall through the ice.
• Always keep your pets on a leash. If a pet falls through the ice do not attempt to rescue your pet, go for help.
• New ice is usually stronger than old ice. As ice ages, the bond between the crystals decays, making it weaker, even if melting has not occurred.
• Beware of ice covered with snow. Snow can insulate ice and keep it strong, but can also insulate it to keep it from freezing. Snow can also hide cracks, weak and open ice.
• Slush is a danger sign, indicating that ice is no longer freezing from the bottom and can be weak or deteriorating.
• Ice formed over flowing water (rivers or lakes containing a large number of springs) is generally 15% weaker.
• Ice seldom freezes or thaws at a uniform rate. It can be one foot thick in one spot and be only one inch thick 10 feet away.
• Reach-Throw-Go. If a companion falls through the ice and you are unable to reach that person from shore, throw them something (rope, jumper cables, tree branch, etc.). If this does not work, go for help before you also become a victim. Get medical assistance for the victim immediately.
• If you fall in, try not to panic. Turn toward the direction you came from. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface, working forward by kicking your feet. Once out, remain lying on the ice (do not stand) and roll away from the hole. Crawl back to your tracks, keeping your weight distributed until you return to solid ice.
By following safety procedures, you can be safe and enjoy the many winter activities offered by the great outdoors.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 9-1-1

(Sources: Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Colorado State Parks Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

Sunday January 4, 2009
Provincetown ladder truck in service

This 85 foot ladder truck will service Provincetown until a permanent truck can be built.
PROVINCETOWN - Provincetown's temporary ladder truck was put into service Sunday afternoon. The 1974 former Orleans Maxim truck was purchased for $4000 by the non-profit Provincetown Firemen's Association for use until a replacement truck can be ordered and built. The temporary truck won't fit down many of Provincetown's narrow side streets but will still be of great use on any blaze along congested Commercial Street and Bradford Street. The old ladder was totaled two months ago in a crash during a road test. Officials allege Firefighter Eli Martinez was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
Editors note: Tim Caldwell is a Provincetown firefighter. 

Good Samaritan frees trapped Canada Goose

Provincetown Firefighter Jay Meads helps free a Canada goose after it got stuck in a soccer net.
 PROVINCETOWN - A good Samaritan came to the rescue after a Canada goose got himself into a bit of a jam.

Provincetown Firefighter Jay Meads spotted the goose trapped in a soccer goal net at a field along Route 6.

He was able to carefully untangle the goose and set it free none the worse for wear just seconds after this photo at right was taken.

Officials don't recommend people try to free birds on their own but instead call for professional help as the frightened fowl could panic and bite a well meaning rescuer.

Story and photos by Tim Caldwell/CWN 

Saturday January 3, 2009
Cape Cod residents rescue sinking boaters in Florida
ISLAMORADA, FL - Three Cape Cod residents were in the right place at the right time Monday. Wayne Favior, Jason Stone and Allan Morris were waiting for a mooring at a shipwreck site off Islamorada in the Florida Keys when they observed a sportfishing boat tied to the mooring rapidly sink. The trio rescued the three women and two dogs on the approximately 30-foot Lhurs, bringing them onto their 18-foot craft. Three men diving on the wreck surfaced to find their support boat gone. All involved are said to be fine. The Coast Guard and a salvage company responded to the scene.
See related article and photo here. Special thanks to the CWN reader who tipped us off.

Woman rescued after getting locked inside old diner

HYANNIS
- At 10 a.m. Barnstable Police received a 911 from a woman, possibly a caretaker of the now-defunct Collucci's diner at South and Sea Streets in Hyannis. She reported that she had accidentally locked herself in the building. Barnstable police officers were able to force entry and free the woman. Hyannis firefighters also responded and discovered that the water pipes had burst, apparently from the recent cold snap and thaw. They requested building and wiring inspectors from the town to assess the situation. Before housing Collucci's diner, the building held Urano's restaurant, noted for its celebrity clientele including the Kennedys. The diner and lot are currently for sale.
Story and photo by Frank Paparo/CWN  

Friday January 2, 2009
Jeep vs tree in Dennis

DENNIS – A Jeep Liberty headed south on Corporation Road in Dennis village smashed into a tree shortly before midnight Friday. The vehicle bounced off the tree and ended up headed north in the southbound lane. The driver and passenger, a young woman and young man, were uninjured although the Jeep was heavily damaged. The crash occurred around 100 yards north of the Whig Street-Elm Street intersection with Corporation Road. The road surface was somewhat slick at the time of the accident with temperatures in the mid-twenties. Dennis police are investigating.
Story and photo by Kevin Morley/CWN

Vehicle vs tree in Centerville
CENTERVILLE - One person was taken to CCH with serious but-non life threatening injuries after their vehicle struck a tree in Centerville. It happened just before midnight on Route 28 near the Bell Tower Mall. Barnstable Police are investigating.

Stabbing reported in Hyannis
HYANNIS
- Barnstable Police are investigating a reported stabbing in Hyannis Friday evening. The victim arrived at the police station about 9:30 p.m. and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital by Hyannis ambulance. Police are investigating a Main Street apartment complex as the apparent location of the original incident. We'll bring you further details as we get them.
 
Several slightly injured in Route 6 ramp crash
BARNSTABLE - At least 5 people were evaluated after a two vehicle crash in Barnstable around 6:15 p.m. Friday evening. The crash happened on the ramp from Route 132 to Route 6 eastbound. None of the injuries were serious but the volume of patients required a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) declaration. Police are investigating if one of the vehicles may have hit a patch of ice.

Medical condition may have led to Falmouth crash
FALMOUTH - Officials are investigating if a medical condition triggered a two vehicle rear-end crash on Teaticket Highway (Route 28) in Falmouth around 4:45 p.m. One person was reportedly in cardiac arrest when rescuers arrived. Further details were not immediately available.

Willow Street in Yarmouth closed after rollover

The driver of this Jeep needed help getting out of it but was not seriously injured in the crash.
 YARMOUTH - A section of Willow Street was closed for about an hour during the morning commute because of a rollover crash. The major artery into Hyannis from the outer Cape was closed between Higgins Crowell Road and Camp Street because of a two-vehicle crash that happened by the NStar plant shortly before 6:30 a.m. A Jeep wound up on its side after colliding with a Ford Escort. Two people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital, one reportedly with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The crash is under investigation by Yarmouth Police who will be looking to see if icy roads played a role.
Photos by Richard Copley/CWN

Thursday January 1, 2009
Concern grows for missing Cotuit man

COTUIT
- Concern is growing for a missing 80-year-old Cotuit man especially after the snowstorm and bitter cold. Robert Ouellette never returned home Tuesday after he and his wife went to a local car repair shop to pick up a car. He was last seen driving a light blue 2000 Mercury Marquis like the one above with MA plate 472BXC. Anyone with information is asked to contact Barnstable Police at (508) 775-0387.

Local roads still slippery

YARMOUTH
- Local police report roads still have slippery spots especially where snow is drifting back onto them. Several crashes have been reported in Yarmouth like this one at Willow Street and Higgins Crowell. No serious injuries have been reported. Strong winds also blew down a signal light on Willow Street at Route 28.
Story and photos by Richard Copley/CWN 

Man escapes serious injury after fall from roof
YARMOUTH - A man was able to escape serious injury after reportedly falling from a roof in Yarmouth. It happened around 12:30 p.m. on River Street. When rescuers arrived the man was alert and walking around.
CWN's Richard Copley contributed to this report

Struck hydrant lowers water pressure in Harwich
HARWICH - Police have found a hit & run suspect who allegedly struck a fire hydrant in Harwich after he left a big clue at the scene. Harwich Police tell CWN about 5 a.m. Officer Petell responded to Great Western Road for a tree that was blocking the road. On arrival, it was determined that the tree had been uprooted due to a broken fire hydrant. It was determined that a vehicle had hit the fire hydrant and left the scene.

Great Western Road was closed for approximately 10 hours while the Harwich Water Department battled the frigid conditions to replace the hydrant and filled in a twelve foot by thirty foot sink hole. The break caused low pressure and discoloration of the water. Officials also say two cranberry bogs in the area were also damaged.

While the Water Department was pumping water out of the sink hole a Massachusetts license plate and part of a front vehicle bumper was located. The vehicle registration plate came back to 20-year-old Christopher Guinen of Harwich. Officers located the damaged vehicle at his residence. Guinen was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident after causing property damage.   

Man violently beaten in Wellfleet, two suspects arrested
One suspect was accused in previous assault
WELLFLEET - A local man was seriously injured in an assault three days before Christmas in Wellfleet. Wellfleet Police did not originally confirm the incident to CWN but this week's Provincetown Banner reports the victim whom the paper identifies as Sam Scherer was repeatedly kicked in the head by two men. Scherer was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital and needed surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston before being released. Justin Parietti and Alefandro Mainho both 22, were arrested and charged with assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. The attack allegedly ensued over an argument about a television. According to CWN archives Parietti was a suspect in another violent attack in Provincetown on Commercial Street August 21st, last year. He was also arrested by Harwich Police on October 2nd of last year after reportedly interfering with police at a stabbing scene in that town.

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