Saturday February 28, 2009
Electrical fire forces evacuation of school gym
SANDWICH - A small electrical fire forced the evacuation of the Sandwich School gym during a basketball game Saturday afternoon. Firefighters quickly put out the fire in a panel after light smoke started filling the gym around 3:30 p.m. No one was injured and the game resumed about 15 minites later. School is still scheduled for Monday. 

Chimney fire forces evacuation of Hyannis condo
 HYANNIS - A chimney fire forced the evacuation of a Hyannis condo Saturday afternoon. 

The call on Ocean Street came in around 3:30 p.m.

A Centerville ladder responded to assist Hyannis firefighters.

The fire was quickly put out and no injuries were reported.

Further details were not immediately available.

Photo by Zach Schoone 

Crash closes Waquoit Highway
FALMOUTH - A multi-vehicle crash caused no serious injuries but did detour traffic for a time. The crash happened about 6:15 a.m. in front of 630 Waquoit Highway (Route 28). Police closed the road temporarily while they investigated the cause of the crash. 

Three arrested on drug charges in Sandwich
- Three people are arrested on drug charges in Sandwich Friday. Police executed a search warrant at 18 Viking Lane and arrested 18-year-old Brittany Govoni on charges of possession of Oxycontin and possession of Suboxone. Authorities seized 40 OxyContin pills and 8 Suboxone pills along with $1,500 cash. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of 21-year-old Michael Deletti for possession of Oxycontin with intent to distribute and 28-year-old Erica Cimeno for possession of Oxycontin.

Close call after two semis collide
- Some anxious moments after two tractor trailers collide in Sagamore. About 2 p.m. a chemical hauler collided with a dump truck carrying gravel on Meetinghouse Road. Fortunately the chemical tanker was empty and stopped just short of going over an embankment. Neither driver was injured. Police are investigating.

Friday February 27, 2009
Cape man awaiting trial for murder reportedly attacks jail guard
 DARTMOUTH - A Hyannis man awaiting trial for murder is accused of attacking a prison guard Thursday. Officials say Anthony "Little Ant" Russ punched the guard from behind after the guard reportedly refused to let Russ make a phone call. The attack continued until other guards pulled Russ off and restrained him. The guard 26-year-old Nelson Cabral was knocked unconscious and taken to St. Lukes Hospital but is expected to recover. Russ is awaiting trial for the July 19, 2007 murder of Jacques Sellers. Sellers was apparently an innocent bystander sitting in his General Patton Drive home when shots penetrated the house. Russ was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in New Bedford District Court on charges of assault and battery on a corrections officer.
File photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Car vs pole, mailboxes, tree in Falmouth

This Mercury crashed right in front of Falmouth Fire Station #5.
 FALMOUTH - Firefighters didn't have to go far to reach a crash scene Friday afternoon. It was about 2:15 p.m. on East Falmouth Highway (Route 28) at Cinroc Circle right in front of Falmouth Fire / Rescue station #5, when a Mercury Grand Marquis left the north bound travel lane and struck a utility pole, several mail boxes and finally a tree in the front yard of a home. Fortunately the size of the vehicle and air bags spared the female driver and sole occupant of the Mercury injuries requiring treatment or transport to the hospital. The utility pole and the mail boxes did not fair as well, the utility pole was snapped and the mail boxes were torn from their base. Falmouth PD were on scene for traffic control and crash investigation.
Story and photos by Eric Tinglof/CWN

Nantucket man arrested after alleged drug lab discovered
NANTUCKET - A local man was arrested after police discovered an alleged drug lab at his Evergreen Way residence. 32-year-old David Lemberg was charged with trying to manufacturing Class B ecstasy and possession with intent to distribute Class A gamma hydroxy butyric commonly known as GHB a party drug. While executing a search warrant police recovered a large quantity of GHB, $2,900 cash and seized a computer and a car. A specialized DEA unit was called to dismantle the lab because of safety concerns. Lemberg will be arraigned Monday in Nantucket District Court.

Thursday February 26, 2009
Chain reaction crash in Hyannis

Four vehicles collided in a chain reaction crash in Hyannis Thursday afternoon.
 HYANNIS - At 4:30 p.m. Thursday there was a 4 car rear-end chain reaction crash. A Ford Explorer rear ended a Dodge Neon, which in turn struck a Honda CR-V which then struck a Toyota pickup truck. It happened in the northbound lane of Route 28 by the Knights of Columbus. The pickup truck was able to drive away, but the others needed to be towed. One person was taken to CCH from the scene and 1 person was arrested, reportedly because their license was no good. Traffic was delayed for about an hour while a County officer photographed the scene, Barnstable Police investigating and the vehicles were towed.
Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Shopper injured at mall
 HYANNIS - A shopper was injured after apparently falling at the Cape Cod Mall.

It happened about 1:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon inside the Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

The victim was taken to Cape Cod Hospital.

Further details were not immediately available.

Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Wednesday February 25, 2009
Shed gutted by fire in Truro

Firefighters prepare to douse a shed fire in Truro Wednesday evening.
 TRURO - Fire gutted a shed in Truro Wednesday evening.

The fire broke out about 6:15 p.m. at a property at 1 Second Landing Way near Corn Hill Beach. 

The shed reportedly housed a sauna. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

A tanker from Wellfleet stood by with extra water as there are no hydrants in the area.

Photos by Tim Caldwell/CWN; click right image to enlarge 

Yarmouth Police capture violent suspect
 WEST YARMOUTH - In a Wednesday press release, the Yarmouth Police Department reports that the Department received a 911 emergency phone call on Tuesday at 12:27 a.m. from a woman reporting that her ex-boyfriend was at her South Yarmouth home in violation of a protective order. The woman further reported that the man was intoxicated and had forced his way into the kitchen and then stated that, "the Police would have to shoot him because I’m not going to jail."

Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers were immediately dispatched to the home and upon arrival were informed that the suspect, Brian Kelley, 37, of West Yarmouth (shown at right above), had fled on foot to the rear of the residence. Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers Scott Lundegren, Christopher Marino, Justin Haire, and Mary Gibney as well as K9 Patrol Officer Marc Thibeault and his dog, Clark, initiated a saturation patrol and conducted an active and coordinated search of the area for the suspect.

The search team was subsequently supplemented by Yarmouth Police Patrol Investigator Christopher Kent and Massachusetts State Troopers Jeffrey McCarthy and Thomas Fitzpatrick of the South Yarmouth State Police Barracks. The search was conducted for nearly two hours as the team traveled in a westerly direction through neighboring streets and wooded areas.

As the team continued the search, they were further advised that the suspect had contacted his sister by cell phone and advised her that he was threatening to “kill himself and a Police Officer if they found him.”

At approximately 2:20 a.m. the suspect was spotted in a wooded area down the embankment and behind a guardrail on Buck Island Road in West Yarmouth. The suspect refused to reply with verbal directions and became assaultive and combative toward the Police Officers and attempted to break away.

Yarmouth Police K9 Clark was deployed and the resistance was overcome. Kelley was placed under arrest and transported to Cape Cod Hospital by Yarmouth Fire Department Ambulance. After being treated for minor injuries he was brought to Yarmouth Police Headquarters and held without bail. At 8:30 a.m. he was transported to the Barnstable District Court for arraignment. Kelley is being charged with Violation of a Protective Order; Felony Intimidation of a Witness; Resisting Arrest; Threat to Commit Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

On Wednesday afternoon, Yarmouth Police Patrol Force Commander, Lieutenant Steven G. Xiarhos issued a “Performance Recognition” to those involved with the search and capture. He commended them “for superior performance while serving as a unified patrol shift in which each member demonstrated a high level of initiative, professionalism, and teamwork that led to the capture of a dangerous felon, which reflects great credit upon law enforcement and all members of the Yarmouth Police Department.”

Those recognized were: Patrol Officer Mary Gibney, Patrol Officer Justin Haire, Patrol Officer Christopher Marino, K9 Patrol Officer Marc Thibeault, Patrol Investigator Scott Lundegren, Patrol Investigator Christopher Kent, Patrol Sergeant Gerard Britt, Dispatcher Robert Sullivan, Massachusetts State Police Trooper Thomas Fitzpatrick, and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Jeffrey McCarthy.
Mugshot furnished by YPD 

Man burned after reportedly starting fire in vehicle to keep warm
HYANNIS - A Marstons Mills man was taken to CCH after going to the Hyannis Fire station around 4:40 a.m. suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. 24-year-old Patrick Larue of Marstons Mills reportedly told officials he was sitting in his car on Stevens Street near North Street when it ran out of gas so he started a small fire to keep warm but put it out when he started feeling dizzy.

Dumpster fires have officials on alert
HYANNIS - Two fires in the same dumpster have fire officials on alert in Hyannis. Firefighters responded about 1 a.m. to 35 Winter Street and doused the dumpster. They were called back a couple of hours later to the same dumpster. Officials say additional contents had been added to the dumpster. Curiously medical records were found in the debris. They are normally shredded to protect patient confidentiality  

Yarmouth Police Department crimes of the week in review
YARMOUTH - From 8 a.m. on Monday, February 16, to 8 a.m. on Monday, February 23, the Yarmouth Police Department logged 546 police service calls, which resulted in a wide range of criminal charges against a total of 24 people. Some of the arrests were: 

Feb 17 11:04 p.m., Station Avenue, South Yarmouth    
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Officer Mark Noone
Rob J. Buckler, Sandwich
OUI Liquor

Feb 18 7:20 p.m., Alewife Circle, South Yarmouth    
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Patrol Officer Kevin Antonovitch
Michael A. Geggatt, South Yarmouth
Assault and Battery       
Felony Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon
Felony Mayhem            

Feb 19 12:15 p.m., Route 28 West Yarmouth        
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Patrol Officer Gordon Gibbons
Dustin M. Johnson, West Yarmouth
Felony Aggravated Assault and Battery
Felony Intimidation of a Witness

Feb 19 2:52 p.m., Station Avenue    
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Investigator Scott Lundegren
Sinead K. Glynn, Dedham
OUI Liquor

Feb 19 4:45 p.m., Hidden Acres Avenue West Yarmouth    
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Patrol Officer Paul Mellett
Kathy L. Baker, West Yarmouth
Assault and Battery

Feb 20 12:39 a.m., Route 28 South Yarmouth    
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Patrol Officer Mary Gibney
James Plavsic, South Yarmouth
Felony Aggravated Assault and Battery
Felony Assault to Maim
Felony Intimidation of a Witness
Felony Assault and Battery with Serious Bodily Injuries

Feb 20 2:31 a.m., Route 28 West Yarmouth    
TRESPASSING: Patrol Officer James Cheverie
Mark S. Frederickson, Barnstable

Feb 21 1:25 p.m., Lake Road, West Yarmouth   
14-Year-Old Male Juvenile
Assault and Battery on a Pregnant Woman

Mugshots furnished by YPD

Tuesday February 24, 2009
911 call leads to alleged domestic abuse and natural gas leak

Police and fire were called to Old Mill Rd. in Osterville for a domestic dispute and discovered a gas leak also.
 OSTERVILLE - At 1:45 p.m. Tuesday Barnstable Police received a 911 call from an occupant of a residence on Old Mill Road in Osterville, reporting that a husband assaulted and threatened to kill his wife. The wife had locked herself in a bedroom with her baby. Barnstable Police and the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department responded to the scene. Police officers were able to get the woman and her baby safely out of the home and 30-year-old Fernando Brum was arrested for domestic assault and battery, and threatening to commit a crime (murder). He is seen in a police car at right apparently trying to hide his face from our camera. While doing their investigation, police and fire personnel noticed a strong odor of natural gas in the home. When they opened the basement door, they reportedly found that the basement was filled with natural gas. Everyone was evacuated and National Grid was called along with a plumber to fix the leak in the basement.
Story and photos by Frank Paparo/CWN

Man arraigned on rape charges
 BARNSTABLE - A Falmouth man was arraigned on multiple rape charges stemming from an alleged series of incidents reportedly occurring from 1993 to 2003. 44-year-old Kevin Linnell was arrested Monday after surrendering to Barnstable Police.

Two victims who reports say are brothers came forward accusing Linnell of attacks dating back to when one of them was 11 years old. They reportedly spoke up now because of fears Linnell would possibly try to move on to a third brother according to court proceedings Tuesday.

Police charged Linnell with rape and abuse of a child under 16 years old (3 counts), indecent assault and battery on a person 14 years old or older (6 counts), indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old, and furnishing alcohol to minors (2 counts). He was held on $5,000 bail.
Mugshot furnished by Barnstable Police

Two-vehicle crash in Hyannis

Two vehicles collided on Route 132 late Tuesday morning causing a traffic jam.
 HYANNIS - At 10:45 a.m Barnstable Police responded to a crash involving two SUVs on Route 132 by the Toyota dealership.

When they arrived they found a Toyota Highlander and a Kia blocking both north bound lanes headed to Phinney's lane. The occupants were treated and released at the scene by Hyannis rescuers.

Both of the northbound lanes on Route 132 were closed for at about 45 minutes until the vehicles were towed causing significant traffic tie ups.

Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN  

CWN Feature Story: A sign of the times: shoplifting becoming an epidemic
 HYANNIS - It is a foreseeable consequence of the economic crisis: shoplifting. Desperate times are creating a sharp spike in shoplifting incidents. Nary a day goes by Barnstable Police aren't called to one of the local stores where "loss prevention" (the store security unit) has caught and detained someone for shoplifting. KMart and Sears seems to be the most popular targets. Tuesday it was Marshall's at the Cape Cod Mall (right). By Tuesday evening police were on the move to another shoplifting at Sear's. With the increase in video surveillance and other tactics, the chances of getting caught are better than ever. We all end up paying in the end because stores have to raise prices to cover their losses.
Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Two vehicle crash in Yarmouth

A VW and a pickup truck collided in Yarmouth Tuesday morning.
 YARMOUTH - Yarmouth Police are investigating this two vehicle crash in Yarmouth around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.

A Volkswagen sedan and a Sprinkle Home Improvement Dodge Ram pickup collided at the intersection of West Yarmouth Road and Amos Road.

No injuries were reported. Further details were not immediately available.

Photos courtesy of Jesse Sherman

Monday February 23, 2009
Truro police warn of stimulus bill scam
TRURO - Chief John J Thomas wants to warn residents of a new phone scam, one that may sound appealing as talk of the government's stimulus bill is making news and tax time approaches. Potential victims receive a telephone call from a person who claims they qualify for a larger income tax refund this year due to the recently passed stimulus bill. Then, they will be asked for their bank information, including account number.

"It plays into what's going on right now, the timing is perfect, everybody's talking about the stimulus plan," said Chief Thomas. "This is a new wrinkle in the ever-expanding market of scams - especially coming at tax time; people may be more gullible to this type of thing."

Chief Thomas wants to remind residents to never provide personal information, especially credit card, bank information or social security numbers over the phone to strangers.

The Truro Police Department tries to keep its citizens up to date of the latest scams to protect them from becoming possible victims. If citizens receive calls regarding this most recent scam, or any others, they are asked to call Sergeant David Perry at 508-487-8730.

One sent to hospital after South Dennis rear-end collision
Dennis medics prepare the driver of this Ford Freestyle for transport to Cape Cod Hospital
SOUTH DENNIS - A rear-end collision near the intersection of Route 134 and Old Chatham Road around 10:20 a.m. Monday sent one person to the hospital.

A Kia Sedona SUV was struck from behind by a Ford Freestyle wagon as both vehicles were headed northbound on Route 134. Traffic was reduced to one lane as Dennis medics attended to the victims.

The driver of the Ford was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening. The driver of the Kia refused treatment.

Story and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN

Sunday February 22, 2009
Five evaluated after Route 6 crash in Yarmouth
YARMOUTH - State Police and Yarmouth rescuers were called to a crash on Route 6 near exit 7 eastbound shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday. Reports say one vehicle struck a guardrail. Five people were evaluated at the scene. Further details were not immediately available.

Going bald for Bobby

Hundreds of firefighters "go bald for Bobby" to support a fellow comrade battling brain cancer.
 HARWICH - Coming together for a great cause, hundreds of Cape firefighters showed up at the Community Center to go "Bald for Bobby". Captain Robert Johnson (Bobby J) a 30-year veteran of the Harwich Fire Department was recently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.

Captain Johnson is fighting the greatest battle of all and our thoughts and prayers are with him. If you would like to send a card or make a donation to help offset some of his family's expenses, you may send them to the following:

Robert Johnson Benevolent Fund
P.O.Box 61
Harwichport, Ma. 02646

Photos by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN

BMW vs tree on Old Bass River Road

 SOUTH DENNIS – Two men in a BMW 325xl station wagon were injured when the driver lost control while traveling north on Old Bass River Road around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle veered over the center line and off the road, hitting a large pine tree and snapping it off at the base before coming to rest on the driver’s side about 100 yards north of Captain Walsh Road.

Dennis firefighters extricated one victim through the sunroof. The other occupant was able to exit the vehicle on his own.

Both men were transported to Cape Cod Hospital by Dennis rescue, one with apparently minor injuries and the other with more severe injuries. The County Investigation Officer was called in to assist Dennis police in the crash investigation.

Story and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN

Saturday February 21, 2009
Two injured in Centerville crash

Two people were injured when this VW struck a Dodge sedan (right)
 CENTERVILLE - Just after 6 p.m. Barnstable Police and Centerville firefighters were called to a two vehicle crash on Great Marsh Road at Richardson Road. A Dodge Intrepid was struck broadside by a Volkswagen coupe.

Two people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN

Friday February 20, 2009
Large brush fire on Martha's Vineyard

- A major brush fire was reported burning in Aquinnah on Martha's Vineyard Friday evening. Reports say some homes were threatened for a time by the blaze along Moshup Trail. Firefighters from several villages on the island were called to battle the blaze. No injuries were reported. The fire was believed to be contained but crews remained on scene overnight watching for hotspots. Further details were not immediately available.
Map courtesy of Mapquest 

Neighborhood watch tip leads to multiple drug arrests
- A tip from the Maravista Crime Watch group led to several drug arrests this past week. Falmouth Police say they were given detailed physical descriptions and plate numbers at Great Bay Road location. Police stopped a vehicle leaving the scene. The passenger 23-year-old Jade Kelley-Weldon of Cotuit was reportedly found with a syringe and heorin and charged with possession of class A and possession of class A with intent to distribute. The driver 28-year-old Dennis Clark Jr. was charged with possession of class A and being present where heorin is kept. At the residence police say they found 5 bags of heorin on 49-year-old Richard Baker of Falmouth who was charged with distributing heroin (subsequent offense), possession of heroin with intent to distribute (subsequent offense), possession of a Class E, Class B and Class C substance with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws. After more heroin and pills were reportedly discovered in the home, 29-year-old David Bonfiglio of Hyannis was charged with possession of Class E while his brother 43-year-old Stefan Bonfiglio also of Hyannis was charged with possession of class A, possession of Class E and conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws. Subsquent investigation led police to a Carriage Shop Road residence. where 20 bags of heroin and evidence of more heorin having been present was reportedly discovered. 52-year-old Randall Clockedile of Falmouth was arrested for distributing class A, trafficking in heorin and conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws.

Dennis, Yarmouth police investigate attack
DENNIS - Police in Dennis and Yarmouth are investigating an apparent attack on a 16-year-old girl. The victim showed up in a pickup truck at the Yarmouth Town Hall and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital. According to reports the attack happened after an altercation at the Jonathan Edwards Motel in Dennis. Police are seeking three other females in connection with the attack which they say was not random Further details were not immediately available.

Truro Police present workforce perspective at selectmen's meeting
- Chief John J. Thomas announced that the Truro Police Department presented a Workforce Perspective to the Truro Board of Selectmen on last Tuesday night at the Selectmen's regular weekly meeting. The presentation demonstrated the need to replace two vacancies in the patrol force that was caused during the past year. The PowerPoint presentation can be viewed by going to the department's website at The selectmen's meetings can be seen on Lower Cape Channel 17 on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. and Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Truro Police to hold informational exchange
TRURO - Chief John J. Thomas is pleased to announce that Truro Police Department will be hosting an Informational Exchange Session beginning Wednesday, March 11, 2009 and continuing for six weeks. The sessions will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each Wednesday.

Officers will explain about
• The role of the police in Truro
• Community policing
• Patrol procedures
• Call response, including domestics, auto crashes and medical assistance
• Investigations, including drug and financial crimes
• Communications, E-911 systems and radio procedures
• Programs, such as TRIAD, Accreditation, DARE, Crime Prevention
• Training, such weapons, tactics, command and supervisory
• Budgeting, scheduling, records management and MIS
• Meet some of the officers that serve you

This is your chance to get involved, ask questions and learn about what we do. To register please call the police department at 508-487-8730.

Anyone interested in learning more about this program may call Lieutenant John R. Lundborn at 508-487-8733 extension 100.

Truro Police receive insurance rebate
TRURO - Chief John J. Thomas is pleased to announce that as a result of recently becoming reaccredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission the department has received a $500.00 rebate from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association.

Verification by an assessment team that the Truro Police Department meets 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 for the profession, by the profession.

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.

Man arrested for Nantucket stabbing
NANTUCKET - (WXTK) An El Salvador native is facing charges he stabbed a man on Nantucket this week. Nantucket Police 34-year-old Alvaro Navarro was arrested and charged late Wednesday night after allegedly stabbing 23-year-old Jesus Sola. Investigators say Sola called 911 just before 10 p.m. to report he had been stabbed at a home on Sea Fox Circle. The two men reportedly got into a fight at a residence on Cedar Circle before Sola fled. Navarro was arrested a short time later and was arraigned in Nantucket District Court where he was held on $50,000 bail. Sola suffered non-life threatening stab wounds to his stomach.

Thursday February 19, 2009
Hockey player seriously injured in Falmouth
FALMOUTH - A hockey player was seriously injured during a game at the Falmouth Ice Arena in Falmouth just after 8 p.m. Thursday. The victim reportedly suffering from a possible neck injury was taken to Falmouth Hospital after Medflight was unable to respond due to rainy weather. Further details were not immediately available.

Major crash in Brewster injures three teens, two seriously

Rescuers remove a victim of a SUV vs tree in Brewster Thursday evening.
 BREWSTER - Rescuers were called to the scene of a very serious crash in Brewster Thursday evening. Just after 6 p.m. a Honda CR-V struck a tree on Millstone Road near Lund Farm Way. Three teens were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by firefighters using the Jaws of Life. Two of them were reportedly seriously injured. All three were rushed to Cape Cod Hospital after medical helicopters were unable to respond due to weather. 16-year-old passenger Deeanna Foster of Brewster remains in critical condition. The driver 17-year-old Benjamin Moody of Harwich was upgraded to stable condition. A second, 15-year-old passenger was treated and released. The Regional Law Enforcement Accident Reconstruction Team is working with Brewster Police to determine the cause of the crash and if any charges will be filed.

Photos by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN (click right image to enlarge)

Smoky fire damages East Dennis home
 Smoke pours from an East Dennis home on Thursday.
 EAST DENNIS – The call came in to Dennis Fire Headquarters at 12:08 p.m. Thursday for a structure fire at 80 Purdue Drive in East Dennis. Arriving companies found smoke pouring from the ridge vents. Brewster and Harwich sent crews while Yarmouth covered Dennis Station 2 on Route 6A.

The fire was knocked down and the scene was secured shortly after 1 p.m. Apparently the fire had been burning for some time before it was reported. A dog reportedly perished in the house. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Story and photos by Kevin Morley/CWN

Trailer rolls, spills load at Exit 6

A tractor trailer spilled a load of scrap along Route 6 in Barnstable

 BARNSTABLE - At about 11 a.m. Thursday State Police and Barnstable and West Barnstable Fire responded to a tractor-trailer rollover at the Route 6 westbound off-ramp at Exit 6.

The cab pulling the open trailer did not roll over but the open trailer full of recyclables spilled its entire load down the embankment.

Traffic was restricted to one lane.

The driver was not injured.

Story and photos by Frank Paparo/CWN

House fire reported in Edgartown
EDGARTOWN - Firefighters were called to a house fire on Martha's Vineyard Thursday morning. The 5:45 a.m. alarm at 15A Schoolhouse Road in Edgartown came in as a kitchen fire. When the first units arrived flames were visible. They were able to quickly knock down the fire and contain it to the kitchen although there was smoke damage in other rooms. Everyone made it out safely from the duplex. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Wednesday February 18, 2009
Slippery roads lead to several crashes
CAPE COD - A small accumulation of snow was enough to make area roads slippery Wednesday evening. Several crashes occurred including some on Route 6. A rollover was reported in Sandwich. There were no serious injuries. A change to rain will wash away the slush overnight.

Parking lot crash leads to third offense OUI charge
 HARWICH - At 5 p.m. on Wednesday Officer Derek Dutra responded to a motor vehicle crash in the parking lot of the White Hen Pantry in West Harwich. A witness had reportedly observed a vehicle strike another vehicle in the lot and then observed the vehicle operator go inside the store. The witness told the officer that the operator appeared to be intoxicated. After an investigation, 64-year-old N. Anne Graff of Dennis was arrested and charged with OUI Liquor (3rd Offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license (subsequent offense), operating a motor vehicle with a revoked registration, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Graff was due to be arraigned Thursday in Orleans District Court.
Mugshot furnished by Harwich PD

One injured in two-vehicle Harwich crash

The driver of this car was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after colliding with a GMC Jimmy
 HARWICH - Another crash accident at the notorious intersection of Route 39 and Pleasant Bay Road in Harwich Wednesday. Harwich police are investigating this collision that happened at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday when an Audi sedan driven by James Hardman of East Orleans collided with a GMC Jimmy operated by Lisa Wilson of South Harwich. Hardman was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by the Harwich fire and rescue with non-life threatening injures. He was cited by Harwich Police for failing to yield at an intersection. The Audi was totaled in the crash which closed the intersection for a time the wreckage was cleared.
Photos by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN

Man accused of beating after not getting "thank you"
 FALMOUTH - A Falmouth man is accused of beating a man who held a door open for him. According to police a 50-year-old man held the door open at the Hess Express on Route 151 and Sandwich Road Monday for 38-year-old Carlos Navarro.

The man apparenty was fustrated Navarro didn't say thank you. An arugment ensued and Navarro allegedly went to his car and retrieved a wooden golf club and returned and assaulted the man.

Navarro was arraigned Tuesday in Falmouth District Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. 

What was that helo "buzzing" Hyannis today?

A State Police helicopter hovers over Hyannis Wednesday morning.
 HYANNIS - Late Wednesday morning CWN's Frank Paparo noticed the Mass State Police helicopter making several passes over Hyannis. Paparo was told by sources the flight was doing reconnaissance around the scene of the brutal murder of Jordan Mendes for the upcoming trial. Mendes was shot and stabbed and his body discovered burning December 16 of last year off Jennifer Lane. 20-year-old Robert Vacher and two 13-year-olds (one of whom was Mendes' half brother) have been charged with Mendes' murder.

Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Provincetown crash injures one

Ofc Michael Carr inspects a sedan that was heavily damaged after colliding with the pickup in background.
PROVINCETOWN - Provincetown Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash that injured one person. The crash happened around 8:45 a.m. at Route 6 and Conwell Street. A Mercury Milan collided with a Dodge Ram pickup. The driver of the Mercury was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Provincetown Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
Photo by Tim Caldwell/CWN 

Arrests for larceny of tip jar from restaurant
 HARWICH - On Tuesday, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Harwich Police Detective Bob Brackett was conducting surveillance for suspected narcotics activity in a parking lot in the East Harwich Shopping Plaza located at the intersection of Route 137 and Route 39, when he reportedly noticed a suspicious vehicle that had been parked in the parking lot for an extended period of time. This vehicle was occupied by two male subjects. This vehicle remained parked in the parking lot for another hour and a half without either occupant exiting the vehicle. Detective Brackett then observed one of the occupants of the vehicle enter the Szechuan Delight restaurant which is located in the shopping plaza. Shortly after, this same subject came running out of the restaurant and entered the vehicle. The vehicle then sped away from the restaurant as employees came running out of the restaurant after the subject.

The Harwich Police Department then got a report from the Szechuan Delight that they had been robbed. Detective Brackett followed the vehicle while waiting for marked patrol units to conduct a motor vehicle stop. The vehicle continued into Brewster where Harwich and Brewster Police were able to stop the vehicle. Officers were able to recover a tip jar that had been stolen along with $81.65. The operator of the motor vehicle was identified as 28-year-old Brian Laverty (left) and the passenger as 21-year-old Andrew Laverty (right) both of Hyannis.

Both subjects were placed under arrest and charged with Larceny from a Person. Brian Laverty was additionally charged with operating after license suspension as well having an outstanding warrant issued out of the Orleans District Court for failure to pay fines for various motor vehicle offenses. They were transported to the Harwich Police Department where they were booked and processed. Both subjects are due to be arraigned in Orleans District Court on Wednesday Morning.
Mugshots furnished by Harwich PD

Trio charged with stealing flat screen TVs in Falmouth
- Falmouth Police have arrested three people accused of being in a ring that stolen several flat screen TVs during a series of residential breaking and enterings. Acting on a tip, police went to a Leonora Avenue residence. After raiding the house and a car police arrested 18-year-old Ashley Vaughn of Bourne, 19-year-old Edward Purdy, and 22-year-old Daniel Costa both of East Falmouth. They were charged with larceny over $250, possession of Class B, larceny of a drug, breaking and entering in the daytime, and larceny from a building. Police say they recovered eight televisions and a large cache of other electronic equipment.

Tuesday February 17, 2009
Driver arraigned in fatal crash
 ORLEANS - The driver accused of being drunk when his van struck a pole late Sunday night on Route 28 in Harwich killing the front seat passenger was arraigned in Orleans District Court today.

Harwich Police provided CWN this booking photo of 23-year-old Eric St. Cyr, his face still scarred from the crash. He reportedly admitted to police he had been drinking before the crash which killed his friend 19-year-old Steven Saling (see original story on Feb 15th below). St. Cyr and another passenger 18-year-old Tyler Besly were treated at CCH.

St. Cyr was already out on bail from a domestic assault and battery case Saturday in Dennis and was just feet from the Wishing Well Motel where he was staying because a restraining order prevented from going to his girlfriend's home. St. Cyr was ordered held on $5,000 bail and is due back in court March 13th.

Mugshot furnished by HPD

Bourne firefighters called to Onset blaze

- Just before 4 p.m. a two-alarm fire caused extensive damage to a home at 37 Onset Avenue in the Onset section of Wareham. Firefighters from Bourne responded to the scene. Crews made an aggressive attack and were able to quickly knock it down. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Photo by Richard Copley/CWN 

Yarmouth Police Department crimes of the week in review
YARMOUTH - From 8 a.m. on Monday, February 9, to 8 a.m. on Monday, February 16, the Yarmouth Police Department logged 650 police service calls, which resulted in a wide range of criminal charges against a total of 33 people. Some of the arrests were:

Feb 11 5:15 p.m., Route 28, West Yarmouth     
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Officer Justin Haire
Patricia Slawski, South Yarmouth    
OUI liquor
Operating with a Suspended License for OUI

Feb 11 7:48 p.m., Route 28, West Yarmouth    
SEXUAL ASSAULT: Detective Russell Giammarco
Derek M. Covotta, Hyannis
Aggravated Rape
Kidnapping for Extortion

Feb 13 5:34 p.m., Alewife Circle, South Yarmouth        
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Patrol Officer Lou Nickinello
John A. Paolantonio, South Yarmouth    
Assault and Battery
Possession Class B Drugs
Violation of a Protection Order

Feb 14 2:32 a.m., Higgins Crowell Rd, West Yarmouth
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Officer Justin Haire
Sarah Jane Shaughnessy, South Yarmouth
Arrest Warrant from Barnstable District Court for Failure to Pay Fines

Feb 14 9:45 p.m., Route 28, South Yarmouth    
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Detective Eric Nuss   
Jacob N. Linhares, Dennis
Violation of a Protection Order

Feb 15 2:47 a.m., Union Street, Yarmouthport    
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Investigator Chris Van Ness
Kristi Lee Wilkes, Brockton
Arrest Warrant from Barnstable District Court for Motor Vehicle Offenses
Arrest Warrant from Barnstable District Court for Motor Vehicle Offenses
Arrest Warrant from Brockton District Court for Receiving Stolen Property

Feb 16 2:50 a.m., Camp Street, West Yarmouth
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Patrol Officer Justin Haire
Timofey Shahsovar, West Yarmouth
Possession of Class B Drugs-Cocaine


Mugshots furnished by YPD

New overnight: Another "private snowstorm" surprises the Cape
CAPE COD - Actually it was not a storm at all, rather just a wind direction change that brought in snow off the ocean. It was primarily on the outer Cape where some areas had over an inch pile up very quickly. One weather related crash was reported in Wellfleet on Route 6 at West Road when a vehicle slid off the road into a tree. Both occupants escaped injury. Further up on the Mid Cape Highway a tractor trailer and a UPS truck collided causing minor damage. Icy spots persisted into the morning commute.

Wanted fugitive captured in Barnstable
 BARNSTABLE - Police acting on a tip captured a wanted fugitive in Barnstable Sunday. 28-year-old Dereck Gonsalves was wanted by Yarmouth, Barnstable and Mashpee police departments on separate cases. He was accused of stealing a car in Yarmouth, leading Mashpee Police on a chase before being arrested on possession of Class B and motor vehicle charges and Barnstable Police held warrants for motor vehicle offenses.

Police responded to Marble Road in Barnstable Sunday evening and discovered Gonsalves hiding in the floor boards. A woman at the house Raouchelle Edwards will face obstruction of justice charges.

Mugshot furnished by Barnstable Police 

Monday February 16, 2009
Blaze damages Falmouth home
FALMOUTH - Fire caused extensive damage to a Falmouth home just before midnight. A fire in the fireplace apparently extended into the living area of the house at 15 Martin Road in East Falmouth. Everyone made it outside safely and no injuries were reported. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames. The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

Pedestrian accident in Harwich

- One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after a car vs pedestrian accident in Harwich. According to reports the woman had gotten out of her car in a driveway at 98 Forest Street just after 3 p.m. when the Chrysler PT Cruiser apparently began to roll backwards. The victim was reportedly knocked to the ground by the car's door. Her injuries do not appear life-threatening. Harwich Police are investigating.
Photo by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN

Cash register recovered in Harwich

Harwich fire divers were called to retrieve a cash registered discovered in the water at Bells Neck Conservation Area
 WEST HARWICH - A cash register was recovered Monday in the early afternoon from the tranquil waters in the Bells Neck Conservation Area.

Harwich police officer John Warren on a routine patrol of the trails spotted the unit in the water.

With an assist from the Harwich Fire Department dive team the register was recovered and placed in the trunk of a cruiser and transported back to Police Headquarters to determine the owner.

The Bells Neck Conservation Area made national news last year when an apparently abandoned piano was discovered in pristine condition there.

Photos by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN

Sunday February 15, 2009
Fatal crash on Route 28 in Harwich leads to OUI, motor vehicle homicide charges
Car vs pole knocks out power in Harwich

One person was killed, two others injured in this car vs pole in Harwich. Power was knocked out in the area.
 HARWICH - A fatal crash knocked out power to a large section of Harwich late Sunday evening. Just after 11 p.m. a Toyota Sienna van slammed into a utility pole on Route 28 near Chase Street in West Harwich.

A passenger 19-year-old Steven Saling of Dennis (pictured) was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver 23-year-old Eric St. Cyr and another passenger 18-year-old Tyler Besly both of Dennis were taken to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

St. Cyr was treated and then charged with motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle resulting in homicide, marked lanes violation and speeding. 

The impact knocked out power to a large section of Harwich for about three hours until NStar crews could isolate the scene.

The pole replacement project continued late into the morning. 

 Harwich Police along with the Regional Law Enforcement Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash. 

Route 28 was closed in the area for several hours while utility crews replaced the pole.

St. Cyr was held without bail and is due to be arraigned Tuesday morning in Orleans District Court.

Photos by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN

Woman taken to hospital after smoke fills house
DENNIS - An elderly woman was taken to Cape Cod Hospital suffering from possible smoke inhalation. A malfunction of the oil burner in her Lower County Road home apparently caused the problem shortly before 7 a.m. Firefighters stayed on scene to vent the smoke.
Story by Richard Copley/CWN

Two injured in car vs pole in Mashpee
MASHPEE - Two people were injured, one seriously when their vehicle struck a pole in Mashpee. It happened about 12:10 a.m. on Seconsett Island Road. The pole and wires came down on the vehicle and firefighters had to extricate the passenger. Both victims were taken to Falmouth Hospital. The crash is under investigation by Mashpee Police.

Saturday February 14, 2009
C.O.M.M. fire holds ice rescue drill

C.O.M.M. firefighters practiced ice rescue techniques at Lake Waquaquet Saturday.
 CENTERVILLE - They hope they never need to use the skillls for real but in the wake of back back ice rescues in Brewster Cape fire departments are testing their readiness to respond to potential ice rescues.

Yesterday it was Hyannis (see story below), today it was the Centerville, Osterville, Marstons Mills Fire Department.

An exercise was held on Lake Wequaquet Saturday.

After donning their survival suits, one of the rescuers played a victim while others practiced reaching him and pulling him to shore.

Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN; click right image to enlarge

Car vs tree in West Barnstable
- A driver was lucky to escape injury after his car struck a tree. It happened about 12:40 a.m. on Meetinghouse Way (Route 149). The impact was so loud firefighters at the station down the road heard it and immediately responded. Barnstable Police are investigating the crash. 

Friday February 13, 2009
Police seek driver in hit & run of teen pedestrian
 MARSTONS MILLS - At about 10:50 a.m. Friday, the Barnstable Police and Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire responded to a pedestrian hit by a car on Route 149 in Marstons Mills by the cemetery.

The vehicle then reportedly fled the scene and the 17-year-old female victim was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.

Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN

Colgan Air has history of trouble on Cape
- The airline involved in last night's deadly crash outside Buffalo, NY has history here on Cape Cod. Back on August 26, 2003 a Colgan operated US Airways Beech 1900D plane crashed into the water off Yarmouth just after taking off from Barnstable Municipal Airport. The two pilots who were the only ones on board were killed. A NTSB report cited faulty maintenance in that crash. All 49 people aboard last night's Colgan operated Continental Connection flight in Buffalo, which originated in Newark, NJ were killed along with one person on the ground. The cause of this latest crash is not immediately known. Colgan runs service during the summer from Hyannis to the islands and New York City

Thursday February 12, 2009
Nantucket Air plane makes emergency landing on island
Firefighters rush to airport, island house fire at same time
NANTUCKET - A Nantucket Airlines Cessna 402C made a dramatic emergency landing at the island airport Thursday afternoon after the plane's nose gear apparently failed to deploy. According to sources the plane was sitting on the runway with little damage visible and all five passengers escaped injury. Nantucket firefighters responding to the airport also had to respond to a working house fire at 14 New Street on the island. The house was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Further details will be posted as we get them.

Hyannis man pleads guilty in child porn case

This file photo shows the Camp St. home of Harris Taubman (left inset) and guns and ammo seized (right inset)
HYANNIS - A Hyannis man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges stemming from a August 2007 incident. On that day a neighbor of Harris Taubman had gone to his apartment at 11 Camp Street to complain about noise. Taubman reportedly pulled a shotgun at the neighbor. The neighbor then reported the incident to police. When they arrived they seized guns and ammo and discovered pornographic images of children. Taubman could face 7 years in jail followed by 10 years of probation.
File photo by Frank Paparo/CWN

Two vehicle crash in Hyannis

HYANNIS - Barnstable Police are investigating a two vehicle crash on Phinney's Lane at Great Marsh Road around 1 p.m. Thursday. A Subaru Legacy Outback wagon collided with a Cadillac sedan. The impact sent the Cadillac through some bushes into the front yard of a home but fortunately stopping short of the home. Two people were treated and released at the scene.
Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Crash ties up Route 28 traffic
 HYANNIS - A two vehicle fender bender slowed traffic along Route 28 in Hyannis early Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened at the Pitchers Way intersection.

No injuries were reported. Barnstable Police are investigating the crash.

Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN

CWN Feature Story: Hyannis Fire tests new survival suit

Hyannis fire/paramedic Paul Medeiros tests out a new survival suit and life vest.

 HYANNIS - Members of the Hyannis Fire Department were on School Street Thursday morning to test out a new survival suit and life vest.

The equipment would be used during any cold water incident such as boating accidents, people through the ice etc.

Hyannis Firefighter and Paramedic Paul Mederios made several dives into the icy upper 30 degree waters of Hyannis Harbor with the suit and vest and swam back and forth along the pier.

Other firefighters helped Medeiros out of the water.

Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN; click right image to enlarge 

Hyannis man arrested for rape in Yarmouth
 WEST YARMOUTH - In a press release issued Thursday, the Yarmouth Police Department reports that on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 9:30 p.m. it received information regarding a sexual assault that occurred earlier in the week in a motel room in West Yarmouth.

Yarmouth Police Detective Russell Giammarco and members of the Barnstable Police Department conducted an investigation that led to the identity of the suspect, Derek M. Covotta, 35, of Hyannis.

Covotta was spotted at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday evening in a motor vehicle on Winter Street in Hyannis. A vehicle stop was conducted and he was placed under arrest for aggravated rape, kidnapping for extortion and conspiracy. Upon being processed at Barnstable Police Headquarters a quantity of cocaine was discovered in his possession. The cocaine was seized and charges will be filed by the Barnstable Police Department.

At the conclusion of the booking process Covotta was transferred to Yarmouth Police Headquarters and held overnight on $100,000 cash bail. He was transported to the Barnstable District Court for arraignment this morning charged with Felony Aggravated Rape, Felony Kidnapping for Extortion, and Felony Conspiracy.

Mugshot furnished by Yarmouth Police 

Arrest made in Pontiac Street shooting
 HYANNIS - Barnstable Police say they've arrested a man allegedly involved in a double shooting on Pontiac Street in Hyannis on January 15.

18-year-old Browning Mejia was arrested Tuesday during a vehicle stop.

Mejia was charged armed assault with a deadly weapon (2 counts), and assault with a dangerous weapon.

He was arraigned Wednesday in Barnstable District Court.

The shooting was reportedly over a drug deal gone bad and police expect to make more arrests.

Mugshot furnished by Barnstable Police  

Wednesday February 11, 2009
Two-vehicle crash in Falmouth injures one

A two vehicle crash sent one person to Falmouth Hospital Wednesday evening.
 FALMOUTH - Just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday two vehicles crashed at Davisville Road and Menauhant Road in East Falmouth. A Kia Sorento apparently went through the stop sign at the end of Davisville Road and struck a Subaru Legacy sedan traveling on Menauhant Road. The force of the crash sent both vehicles several feet of the road into the woods. The female driver and lone occupant of the Kia was transported to Falmouth Hospital with apparent minor injuries. The female driver and lone occupant of the Subaru declined treatment and transport. Air bags were deployed in both vehicles. Heavy patchy fog in the area may have contributed to the crash. At times visibility was very limited. Falmouth police were investigating the exact cause of the crash.
Photos by Eric Tinglof/CWN (click right photo to enlarge)

Rear end collision ties up Route 132 traffic

- One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after a rear-end collision Wednesday afternoon. About 3:30 p.m. a Pontiac Bonneville crashed into a Ford Taurus in the Northbound lanes. Barnstable Police are investigating the cause of the crash which happened in the same spot as a crash on Sunday night that left a Jeep on its roof.
Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN

Man in handcuffs arrested at Barnstable Police station
 HYANNIS - A man came into the Barnstable Police station Tuesday and told them someone had put handcuffs on him at a birthday party. The handcuffs were real police issued and not a toy although police aren't sure where they came from. Police found a key and released the man but then slapped a new pair of cuffs on him. Turns out a record check of 21-year-old Allahmanamjad Barbel showed warrants out of Falmouth District Court for leaving the scene of an accident and operating with a suspended license.
Mugshot furnished by Barnstable Police  

Falmouth students could face child porn charge over "sexting"
FALMOUTH - Six students at the Lawrence School in Falmouth could face felony charges over a "sexting" incident. one of the boys ages 12-14 allegedly took a nude picture of a 13-year old girl, reportedly the girlfriend of one of them, and then sent it to the others. Authorities don't believe the photo was sent anywhere else nor was it posted on the incident. The school principal discovered the photo on the phones in mid January and notified police. Its not believed the photo was taken on school grounds. He says an outside speaker will be brought in to educate all students of the danger of this kind of behavior. None of the students involved were identified because of their age. Police were called to the school Wednesday morning after the principal requested a large contingent of media, including some from Boston, be advised about trespassing on school property.

New Bedford man charged with attempted home invasion
HYANNIS - A New Bedford man was charged with attempted home invasion after an incident on Mitchell's Way. Police say 44-year-old Daniel Carvalho allegedly tried to force his way into a residence at knife point late Monday night. The occupant yelled he was going to call police. Police located Carvalho a short time later. He was taken to CCH for evaluation and then arrested. In addition to the attempted home invasion he was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon and also had an outstanding warrant for a previous shoplifting. No one in the home was injured. 

Baseball player pleads guilty to OUI in 2008 incident
BREWSTER - A plea deal has been reached in a June 2008 pedestrian incident first reported by Cape Wide News. Back on June 16, police said 20-year-old Ryan G. Wolley of Montclair, VA was drunk behind the wheel when he struck 20-year-old Barrett Dail of Raleigh, NC who had reportedly jumped up on the hood of Wolley's pickup truck. Dail's family believes he was trying to stop Wooley from driving drunk. Dail was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital and then flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and according to his family is still recovering saying he suffered personality changes from the head trauma. Both Wolley and Dail played for the Brewster Whitecaps. Dail had been drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2006. Wooley originally faced charges of operating under the influence of alcohol resulting in serious bodily injury, operating negligently to endanger, and minor in possession of alcohol. Under the deal he pleaded guilty to operating under the influence of alcohol. He received a six month suspended sentence and will be on probation and have to perform community service and seek alcohol counseling. 

Tuesday February 10, 2009
Car vs traffic-light stanchion
 SOUTH YARMOUTH - Around 7 p.m. Tuesday the driver and sole occupant of a Mitsubishi Galant swerved to avoid another vehicle and struck a traffic-light stanchion at the intersection of Route 28 and Long Pond Road beside the Silver Unicorn and across from Papa Gino's.

The Mitsubishi's airbag deployed and initial reports from the scene that the driver might be injured were unfounded.

The front end of the vehicle sustained moderate damage. Yarmouth Police are investigating.

Story and photo by Kevin Morley/CWN

Assault reportedly ends in arrest in Hyannis

- At 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, four Barnstable Police cruisers responded to this apartment house at 71 Pleasant Street, Hyannis, for a fight between two men. When police arrived, they found that one of the men was injured and called Hyannis rescue to transport the victim to Cape Cod Hospital. The other person was arrested and transported to the Barnstable Police Station where he was reportedly charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. A police photographer was called to document the scene inside the apartment building.
Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Several arrested after Harwich drug sting
HARWICH - On Tuesday officers of the Cape Cod Task Force and the Harwich Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence located at 63 Sisson Road in Harwich, Ma. The Massachusetts State Police S.T.O.P. team was used to execute the search warrant. Assisting in the search warrant were Detectives from the Yarmouth Police Department and the Barnstable County Sheriff's Department K9 unit.

Police tell CWN this search warrant resulted in the arrest of 26-year-old Erik Valencia of Harwich. Valencia was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class "B" Substance (Oxycodone) after a search of the residence reportedly resulted in the seizure of a quantity of Oxycodone pills and $888.00 in cash. Officers also seized $600.00 in counterfeit currency. At the time of his arrest, authorities say Valencia had a pending criminal case for which he had been released on personal recognizance from the Orleans District Court. On November 30, 2008, Valencia had been arrested by the Harwich Police Department as a result of a domestic violence incident in which he had allegedly threatened a family member with a firearm. Valencia was booked at the Harwich Police Department and subsequently transported to the Orleans District Court where he was released on personal recognizance.

This search warrant and arrest was the latest in a series by Detectives assigned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office Cape Cod Task Force. This investigation was initiated by Harwich Police assigned to the Cape Cod Task Force investigating the Distribution of Oxycodone and Cocaine in the Greater Harwich and Mid Cape area.

On January 27, 2009, members of the Cape Cod Task Force, Mass State Police, Yarmouth Police Department and Barnstable County Sheriffs Department K9 unit arrested 28-year-old William A. Hayes of Hyannis and 20-year-old Allyssa Griffith of Cotuit for Trafficking in Cocaine 14-28 grams, Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class "B" substance (Ecstasy) and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. This arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop in Yarmouth where officers learned that Hayes was planning to deliver a quantity of cocaine to a resident in West Yarmouth, Ma. Officers subsequently also arrested Rhonda Blake, age 24, of West Yarmouth for Distribution of a Class "B" substance (Cocaine) after Blake made a series of sales to an undercover State Trooper assigned to the Cape Cod Task Force. This investigation also led to the arrest of 28-year-old Delmar Bliss of Brewster for two counts of Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. 39-year-old James Camel and boyfriend of Rhonda Blake, was also charged with Distribution of a Class "B" substance (Cocaine) and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws after Camel allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover State Trooper assigned to the Cape Cod Task Force.

On January 29, 2009, members of the Cape Cod Task Force, Mass State Police and Wellfleet Police Department arrested 23-year-old Jessica Cardinal and 22-year-old Sam Scherer both of Wellfleet for Distribution of a Class "B" substance (Oxycodone) and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. These arrests resulted from the same investigation after both Jessica Cardinal and Sam Scherer allegedly sold Oxycodone pills to an undercover State Trooper assigned to the Cape Cod Task Force at a location in Dennis.

Scherer, you may recall, was the victim of a vicious beating in Wellfleet back on December 22, 2008. Two men were charged in that attack.

Attempted robbery at Dunkin Donuts in Falmouth
FALMOUTH - Falmouth Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at the Dunkin Donuts in Teaticket. Police say just after 1 p.m. two white males wearing masks and hoods and armed with knives entered the shop and demanded money from the clerk. The robbery was unsuccessful and both males fled the area. Falmouth Police assisted by a Barnstable Sheriff's Department canine unit searched the area to no avail. Police believe the pair left in a motor vehicle parked in a rear lot. The investigation is ongoing with assistance from the Sheriff Department's crime scene unit and surveillance video is also being reviewed. 

Yarmouth Police Department crimes of the week in review
YARMOUTH - From 8 a.m. on Monday, February 2, to 8 a.m. on Monday, February 9, the Yarmouth Police Department logged 634 police service calls, which resulted in a wide range of criminal charges against a total of 26 people. Some of the arrests were:

Feb 2 11:14 a.m., Route 28, West Yarmouth        
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Investigator Chris Van Ness
Jeremy Irwin Cohen of Harwich
Felony Warrant from Orleans District Court for Malicious Destruction
Warrant from Taunton District Court for False Name to Police Officer

Feb 2 3:22 p.m., Higgins Crowell Road, West Yarmouth    
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Officer Michael Kramer
John Malcolm Slason of Hyannis
Warrant from Falmouth District Court for Failure to Pay Fines for Suspended License

Feb 5 3:50 p.m., Shore Side Drive, South Yarmouth    
BREAK IN PROGRESS: Patrol Officer Philip Magnuson
Robert M. Silva of Waltham

Feb 7 1:40 a.m., Route 6A, Yarmouthport        
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Investigator Chris Van Ness
Don Collins of Hyannis
Felony Possession of Class B Drugs Subsequent Offense

Feb 7 3:34 a.m., Route 28 West Yarmouth        
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Investigator George Tsoukalas
Michael A. Volpe of West Yarmouth
Felony Warrant from Brockton District Court for Larceny

Feb 7 9:06 a.m., Route 28, West Yarmouth       
SUSPICIOUS PERSON: Patrol Sergeant Patrick Carty
Robert Adam Bates of South Yarmouth
Warrant from Barnstable District Court for Possession of Class A Heroin
Warrant from Barnstable District Court for Suspended License
Warrant from Barnstable District Court for OUI Liquor        
Warrant from Barnstable District Court for Possession of Heroin and Disorderly Conduct

Feb 8 12:46 a.m., Willow Street, West Yarmouth    
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Investigator George Tsoukalas
Jaclyn Anne Blauvelt of Eastham
Operating with Suspended License

Feb 8 1:43 a.m., Route 6A, Yarmouthport        
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Investigator Scott Lundegren
Jeffrey D. Lincoln of Dennis
OUI Liquor

Feb 8 7:43 a.m., Route 28, South Yarmouth        
VEHICLE STOP: Patrol Investigator Scott Lundegren
Todd S. Macbeth of West Dennis
Warrant from Orleans District Court for Failure to Appear

Feb 8 9:45 p.m., Route 6A, Yarmouthport        
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Patrol Officer Cheryl N. Gomsey
Germania Raquel Fierro-Macveigh of Yarmouthport
Assault and Battery

Mugshots furnished by Yarmouth Police 

Monday February 9, 2009
Car vs tree in Sandwich

A VW struck a tree with such force the engine was ripped from the vehicle.
 SANDWICH - A car vs tree sent one person to a hospital with unknown injuries. 

The crash happened about 7 p.m. on Old County Road.

The impact was so great the engine was ripped from the Volkswagen.

Sandwich Police are investigating.

Further details were not immediately available.

Photos courtesy of SFD

Car vs sign in Hyannis

- An elderly woman was treated and released at the scene of a crash in Hyannis early Monday afternoon. The woman was turning into the Bed Bath & Beyond store on Route 132 when her Toyota Camry apparently jumped the curb and bumped the store's sign. Barnstable Police are investigating.
Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Orleans Police receive underage alcohol enforcement grant
- The Orleans Police Department was awarded $5,000 in grant funding as part of the 2009 Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant Program from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). This program provides overtime funds for enforcement of underage alcohol laws through activities such as compliance checks, reverse stings, party patrols, surveillance patrols, and cops in shops. The EOPSS awarded 94 of these grants totaling over $600,000. "We are pleased to receive these funds to enhance our underage alcohol enforcement activities in Orleans," said police Chief Jeffrey Roy. "Any loss on our roadways is one too many and this program will help to reduce the instances of impaired driving by our community's underage population." Research reveals that, according to the Fatality Reporting Analysis System (FARS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young drivers between ages 15 and 20. Additionally, from 2003 to 2005, nationwide, approximately 34% of 16- to 20-year-old drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking.
For more information on impaired driving go to

Moon over Centerville

A full moon glistens off an icy side street in Centerville; Frank Paparo/CWN

Sunday February 8, 2009
Rollover crash on Route 132 in Hyannis

A two-vehicle crash left a Jeep on its roof. Note the "cribbing" firefighters used to stabilize the Jeep.
HYANNIS - Barnstable Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash on Route 132 at Phinney's Lane Sunday evening. About 5:30 p.m. a Saab sedan collided with a Jeep Wrangler causing the Jeep to roll on its roof. Firefighters had to extricate some of the victims. Three were reportedly taken to Cape Cod Hospital but fortunately none of the injuries appear serious. Traffic was detoured until the wreckage was cleared. Police cited the driver of the Jeep for running a red light. Meanwhile around 9 p.m. a vehicle rolled over in Falmouth. That driver also had to be extricated. Further details were not immediately available.
Photo by Zack Schoone 

Saturday February 7, 2009 Morning lows: Ptown 21, Chatham 13, Hyannis 7, Falmouth 1
Car rear-ends box truck in Bourne

- Bourne Police are investigating a two vehicle collision around 10 a.m. Saturday. A Ford Focus station wagon appeared to have rear-ended a small box truck on Sandwich Road near the Gallo Ice Arena. No injuries were reported. Traffic was slowed for a time until the car was towed.
Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN 

Friday February 6, 2009 Morning lows: Ptown 16, Chatham 8, Hyannis 9, Falmouth 5
8th grade helps raise funds for new Ptown ladder

Some of the crowd that turned out to raise funds for a new Provincetown ladder truck.
 PROVINCETOWN - A fundraiser was held Friday evening to help defray costs in replacing the Provincetown Fire Department's ladder truck. The idea was thought up by the eighth grade class at the Veterans Memorial School where the event was held Friday evening. Several local restaurants donated food and there was a raffle. A large crowd braved the cold to turn out for the event which raised about $3100. Insurance will cover $350,000, only about half the estimated cost of a replacement truck. The old ladder truck was totalled during a test run last November. Firefighter Eli Martinez is facing charges of OUI, operating to endanger and speeding in connection with the crash. At right the temporary ladder truck purchased by the Provincetown Firemen's Association outside the school.
Photos by Tim Caldwell/CWN (click right image to enlarge)
Editors note: Tim Caldwell is a Provincetown firefighter.

Driver escapes injury in dump truck rollover
BOURNE - A dump truck rollover caused major traffic delays during the early afternoon hours. The Robert B. Our Co. tractor trailer rolled over at the east rotary in Buzzards Bay blocking both lanes. The driver Harry Eggleston of Harwich was treated at the scene. Authorities believe speed caused the load of sand to shift causing the driver to lose control. The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.   

Two arrested in Falmouth drug sting
 FALMOUTH - A two-month narcotics investigation led to the arrest of two Falmouth residents after the Falmouth Drug Task Force, Cape Cod Drug Task Force and Barnstable County Sheriff's Department investigated complaints about a woman who was allegedly dealing large amounts of cocaine, Percocet and marijuana out of her home while caring for her six-month-old infant. During the two-month period several undercover buys were allegedly made using a confidential informant. On Thursday, Falmouth Detective Captain Edward Dunne led the agencies in executing a search warrant at 506 Waquoit Highway. Police arrested Crystal Hinson, 26, and Cody Marandola, 30. Both were charged with possession with intent to distribute class B (cocaine), possession with intent to distribute class D (marijuana) and conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws. Authorities seized seven small bags of cocaine along with a large bag containing 8 grams. Also seized were a scale, baggies, Inositol, a spoon with residue, two cuff sheets (papers showing who allegedly owed money to Hinson), 10 Percocet and $384 in cash. $80 in marked bills were recovered from Marandola's person. Police estimate the street value of the cocaine, Percocet and marijuana at $1,200.00. Police also seized Hinson's vehicle for transportation of illegal substances. According to police, Hinson has a lengthy record with 46 arraignments, and is reportedly already out on bail on previous drug charges.
Mugshot furnished by Falmouth Police  

Thursday February 5, 2009
Body found in Mashpee snow bank

Investigators examine evidence at the scene of Thursday's discovery of a body in the snow in Mashpee
 MASHPEE – Early Thursday morning a passerby reported to Mashpee Police that there was a body in a snow bank in a parking lot off Route 28 in Mashpee at the seasonal Santuit Inn. Mashpee Police and Mashpee Fire Rescue responded about 7:30 a.m. and determined the person was deceased. State Police Detectives were called to the scene along with the Medical Examiner. After the scene was processed for evidence, the victim later identified as 46-year-old Joseph Bentley of Orleans was removed to Boston for an autopsy. 

 Police put up a barrier to shield the scene but traffic was jammed during the morning commute coming from Barnstable into Mashpee for some time because of curiosity of motorists passing the scene. Foul play is not suspected but officials will be trying to determine if the frigid weather played a role. It was the second day in a row a person was discovered dead along the busy stretch of Route 28. A pedestrian was apparently struck and killed in Marstons Mills Wednesday morning (see related story below). We will have more information as it becomes available.
Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN (click right images to enlarge)

Three arrested after alleged drug deal "goes bad"
OSTERVILLE - Barnstable Police arrested three people overnight after an alleged drug deal went bad. Police were called to the White Hen Pantry in Osterville where a man told them he had been robbed of $2000,00. He gave police a description of a gold Chrysler Sebring. Police stopped the suspect vehicle a short time later on Route 28 in the rear of the Cape Cod Mall. 20-year old Jeffrey Ryder of Hyannis reportedly admitted to having marijuana and percocet in the vehicle. He further told police he had dropped off his two passengers at 412 Bearse's Way. Ryder was arrested for unarmed robbery, assault and battery, possession of marijuana and possession of percocet with intent to distribute. At the Bearse's way location after questioning, 18-year old Ashley Goode was arrested for unarmed robbery, and 18-year old Dwayne Brown was arrested for unarmed robbery and assault and battery. 17-year old Shaynne Pitts was issued a criminal summons to appear in court for unarmed robbery.

Falmouth Police investigating telephone scam
FALMOUTH - Falmouth Police are investigating two complaints they received Thursday involving a telephone scam that appears to be targeting elderly citizens. According to police an unknown male called residents claiming to be their grandson. The individual then stated that he had been arrested, and needs $4500,00 immediately. He asked the victims to go to Wal-Mart and purchase a Money Gram, to be sent to Richard Blake in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. He stated he would call back shortly to ge tthe reference number from them so he could retrieve the money. If anyone receives a similar call, police say not to agree to send money. Hang up and call your local police department.   

CWN Storm Team: "Private" snowstorm on Outer Cape
CAPE COD - Cold northerly wind over the relatively warm ocean waters resulted in snow on the Outer Cape overnight. A weather spotter in Wellfleet reported 4 inches of new powder. A couple of minor crashes on Route 6 in Eastham caused traffic tie ups during the morning commute. Temperatures were averaging 16 early this morning. Falmouth escaped most of the snow but not the cold. Early this morning it was 3 degrees with the wind making it feel like -15. Most of the snow appears to be moving offshore. 

Wednesday February 4, 2009
Faliure to defrost windshield apparent factor in Harwich crash

- Around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday a female driver crashed into a Verizon pole at the corner of Bank and Miles Streets. According to Harwich police she did not clear her inside windshield with her car's defroster before she left her driveway about a quarter of a mile away. Harwich fire and rescue personnel transported her to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries.
Photos by Jake O'Callaghan

Pedestrian struck and killed in Marstons Mills

Barnstable police take measurements at the scene of the deadly accident. A ball cap likes at the officer's foot while a car part can be see at far left.

 MARSTONS MILLS - A pedestrian was killed after apparently being struck by a vehicle in Marstons Mills during the predawn hours Wednesday morning.

A passerby found the victim on Route 28 by the Stop & Shop just before 6 a.m. and blocked traffic until officials arrived. 

The victim identified as 38-year-old Michael Hagan (right) was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

He had reportedly just moved to the Cape a week ago.

 Later Wednesday afternoon a 78-year-old man reportedly turned himself in at the Barnstable Police station. The unidentified suspect apparently told police he thought he hit a road sign.

The suspect's Toyota Sienna van with obvious damage to the right side of the windshield and passenger headlight was impounded in the police station garage.

Police are still investigating and no charges had been filed at press time.

We'll bring you further details as we get them.

Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN

Wanted man captured after foot chase

- Barnstable Police stopped a Honda Accord coupe on West Main Street by the Star Market about 2 p.m. after recognizing the driver had outstanding warrants. The suspect fled on foot but was quickly captured across the street in the Barnstable High School parking lot. Police searched and impounded the vehicle. Three female passengers whose identity CWN has protected were not charged. 
Photo by Frank Paparo/CWN  

Tuesday February 3, 2009
CWN Storm Team update: Crashes, scattered power outages

Plows ready for a long day in Centerville
 CAPE COD - (4:30 p.m update) As the storm continues across the Cape officials have been kept busy with numerous fender benders. In at least two cases vehicles struck utility poles and several vehicles simply slid off roads. No serious injuries were reported.

A transformer explosion in Mashpee put on quite a "light show" for a time. NStar crews were working on several scattered power outages.

Major roads are pretty clear but still slick. Some secondary roads are still snow covered.

Photos by Frank Paparo/CWN

Two-alarm house fire in Falmouth
FALMOUTH - Firefighters had to battle fire and ice as a house overlooking the water in Woods Hole burned. The building at 122 Gardiner Road was fully involved when firefighters arrived in the midst of the snowstorm about noon. Part of the roof collapsed at the height of the fire. Crews had to work quickly to keep the flames from spreading to other houses. Two Comcast cable technicians spotted the fire and pulled the occupant to safely before firefighters arrived. Mass Military Reservation, Mashpee and Bourne firefighters were assisting at the scene of the two alarm fire while other towns covered Falmouth stations. Two firefighters were injured and taken to Falmouth Hospital to be checked out but are expected to be okay. The Red Cross also responded to provide rehab to the firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Yarmouth Police Department crimes of the week in review
YARMOUTH - From 0800 on Monday, January 26th to 0800 on Monday, February 2nd the Yarmouth Police Department logged 663 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:

 1/26 11:40 a.m. As a result of a domestic violence incident on Higgins Crowell Road in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Nugent Gomsey arrested Paula M. Gonzales of North Harwich for
Assault and Battery

 1/26 12:30 p.m. As a result of MV stop on Mill Pond Road, Jesse R. Davies of West Yarmouth was arrested on 5 Felony Warrants for Firearm Violations

 1/26 3:12 p.m. As a result of a larceny investigation on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Detective Russell Giammarco arrested Jonathan Tanner of South Yarmouth for Felony Attempted Larceny of a Depository

 1/27 10:25 a.m. As a result of a domestic incident on Thatcher Road in West Yarmouth, Gene A. Williams of West Yarmouth was arrested for Violation of a Protection Order

 1/28 1:25 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 28 in South Yarmouth Patrol Officer Chris Marino arrested Crystal Marie Giangregorio of Dennis on a Warrant for Assault and Battery from Barnstable District Court

 1/28 3:15 a.m. as a result of a disturbance call on Captain Blount Road in South Yarmouth, K9 Patrol Officer Marc Thibeault arrested Jennifer K. Huntington of South Yarmouth for Disturbing the Peace, Trespassing

 1/28 7:00 a.m. As a result of domestic incident on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Gordon Gibbons arrested Thomas J. Pearl of South Yarmouth for Felony Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Felony Intimidation of a Witness

 1/29 1:34 a.m. As a result of MV stop on Route 28 in South Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Chris Marino arrested Darlene F. Armstrong of West Yarmouth for 2nd Offense OUI Liquor

1/29 8:31 a.m. As a result of a narcotic investigation on Townbrook Road in West Yarmouth, Patrol Investigator Chris Kent arrested Adam R. Lizotte, David B. Castonguay and David Macedo of West Yarmouth for Felony Possession of Class A Heroin with Intent to Distribute, and Andrea Gardner of Barnstable for Knowingly Being Present Where Class A Heroin is Kept. (See original story on January 30)

 2/1 2:02 a.m. As a result of domestic incident on Route 28, Patrol Officer Chris Marino arrested Gary T. Graham of Marlborough, MA for Violation of a Protection Order, Assault and Battery, Felony Intimidation of a Witness

 2/1 2:39 a.m. As a result of MV stop on West Yarmouth Road in West Yarmouth, Patrol Investigator Scott Lundegren arrested Paul V. Hines of West Yarmouth for OUI Liquor

 2/1 4:04 p.m. As a result of a domestic incident on Scholl Avenue in West Yarmouth, Patrol Officer Gordon Gibbons arrested Barbara J. Barabe of West Yarmouth for Assault and Battery

Mugshots furnished by Yarmouth Police 

Dennis parking ban in effect
SOUTH DENNIS - At 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dennis Emergency Management Director Michael J. Whalen announced that there will be a parking ban in effect in the Town of Dennis from 12 Noon Tuesday through 12 Noon on Wednesday, February 4, 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.

Spinouts already reported on Route 6
BARNSTABLE - Several spinouts have already been reported during the morning commute along Route 6 as a long duration snowstorm gets underway. State Police urge motorists to slow down and allow extra time to reach their destinations. 

Monday February 2, 2009
Two-car crash on Route 6 at Exit 7, victim Medflighted
Firefighters check a Mercedes that hit the safety barrels at exit 7 after colliding with another car.
 YARMOUTHAround 8 p.m. Yarmouth Fire responded to reports of a serious crash on Route 6 eastbound at exit 7, Willow Street in Yarmouth. Two vehicles collided on the highway. One of them a Mercedes sedan then slammed into the yellow sand filled safety barrels at the head of the exit. The second smaller sedan ended up in a ditch in the median a short distance down the road. The driver of the Mercedes, 65-year-old Alyce Mundy of Harwichport, was seriously injured after being ejected from the vehicle. She was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital and then Medflighted from Barnstable Municipal Airport to a Boston hospital. No one else was seriously injured. State Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
Photos by Tim Caldwell/CWN 

Another ice rescue in Brewster

The location of today's ice rescue. The red star at right is Archie's Cartway where rescuers responded to reach the victim
 BREWSTER - Despite today's mild, near 50 degree temperatures, Brewster rescuers were called for the second time in as many days to rescue someone who fell through thin ice (see related story below). The incidents have officials across the region pleading with people to stay off the ice. Today's incident occurred just after 5 p.m. on Walker's Pond. Rescuers had to respond to the remote area off Archie's Cartway. They were able to rescue the man in his 40s from the water but had to carry him out in a stokes basket to the ambulance. He was reportedly conscious and alert after spending an estimated 30 minutes in the water. The victim is seen at right arriving at Cape Cod Hospital. A civilian who tried to rescue the victim was also evaluated for possible hypothermia.
Map courtesy of Mapquest, photo by Tim Caldwell/CWN (click to enlarge)

Coast Guard jet makes emergency landing on the Vineyard

- A United State Coast Guard Falcon jet made an emergency landing at Martha's Vineyard airport after the pilot reported electrical problems. None of the five people on board were injured. According to reports the plane experienced a hydraulic problem and was expected to resume its journey after repairs were made.
U.S. Coast Guard photo

New Yarmouth Fire Chief meets the public
 YARMOUTH - Newly arrived Yarmouth Fire Chief Michael Walker met the public and the media Monday. A luncheon was held at the Cape Cod Irish Village on Route 28 where a "good sized" crowd turned out.

Chief Walker who most recently was with the Pelham, NH fire department realizes his work is cut out for him as he tries to balance the needs of the community with the needs of the department-not an easy task given the economic crisis.

The Chief had just barely put hit coat and boots on two weeks ago when a blaze erupted at the All Season's Motor Inn (see story January 15).

Photo by Tim Caldwell/CWN

Slippery morning commute along Route 6
SANDWICH - Black ice may be responsible for several crashes along Route 6 in Sandwich during the morning commute. No serious injuries were reported but traffic did backup until the scene was cleared and the road treated.  

Sunday February 1, 2009
Rollover crash in Hyannis
HYANNIS - Barnstable Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash that left one vehicle rolled over. The crash happened about 10:10 p.m. at Route 28 and Lincoln Road. None of the injuries appeared life threatening. 

Ice rescue at Nickerson State Park

Rescuers pulled a man to safety after he fell through thin ice here at Cliff Pond in Nickerson State Park.
 BREWSTER - Brewster rescuers rushed to Nickerson State Park Sunday afternoon after a person fell through thin ice. The call came in about 1:10 p.m. on the south side of Cliff Pond off Fisherman's Landing. 

51-year old Kevin Coakley of Wellfleet, who was reportedly ice fishing at the time, was pulled out and despite being in the water for about 20 minutes was reported conscious and alert. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation of hypothermia. Photos by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN; map link courtesy of Mapquest 

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