Elderly fall victim airlifted from Mashpee
MASHPEE - An elderly man was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital from Mashpee Fire Headquarters late Friday afternoon. The victim reportedly fell and suffered serious injuries at a Brassie Way residence. Further details were not immediately available.
Loaded gun found during Cape tip traffic stop
PROVINCETOWN - A Mississippi man was charged with carrying a loaded handgun during a traffic stop last night. Officers stopped a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Johnson Street for a traffic violation. During the course of the traffic stop the operator identified as Steven Mathis, 46, of Meridian, Mississippi was arrested for driving while unlicensed.
An inventory search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .38 caliber handgun between the passenger’s seat and the center console.
Mathis was charged with: Operating MV without a license, Defective Equipment, Unsafe operation, Leaving a firearm in a vehicle, Carrying a dangerous weapon, Carrying a firearm without a license, and Improper storage of a firearm.
Mathis was held in the Provincetown Police Facility overnight on $740.00 cash bail. He was transported to the Orleans District Court where he was arraigned and ordered held on $1,000 cash bail.
Media release and mugshot furnished by Provincetown Police
Boat hits rocks off Harwich injuring one
HARWICH - A boating accident Tuesday night sent one man to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. Bystanders heard the crash and called 911.
The incident happened around 10:45 p.m., when a Boston Whaler with two men on board hit a jetty near the Belmont Beach Condos. The second man refused treatment at the scene. A Good Samaritan who slipped on the rocks also declined treatment.
The boat was towed to Saquatucket Harbor, where Harwich Police Sergeant Robert Brackett and the Coast Guard examined the damage, mostly below the waterline (right photo-click to enlarge).
Massachusetts Environmental Police along with Harwich Police are handling the investigation.
Photos by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN
Four injured in Falmouth crash, alcohol blamed
FALMOUTH - A two-vehicle crash on East Falmouth Highway (Route 28) at John Parker Road sent four people to Falmouth Hospital by ambulance. An Acura MDX SUV and a Toyota Camry sedan collided in front of #63 East Falmouth Highway sending both vehicles off the roadway, with the Acura eventually striking the front porch of the home at #63. Three poeple in the Toyota were injured, two with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Falmouth Police were on scene investigating the crash. In a press release Friday, Falmouth Police say they were already responding to a report of an erratic vehicle when the crash report came in. According to police, the Acura SUV ran a stop sign and collided with the Camry. The driver of the Acura, Marcie Barber, 40, of Falmouth was charged with operating under the influence of liquor causing serious bodily injury, and operating negligently to endanger. No one in the house was injured. A building inspector was called to check the extent of the damage.
Photos by C. Eric Tinglof/CWN
Yarmouth Police morning news brief:
SOUTH YARMOUTH WOMAN FOUND DECEASED IN ROADWAY
On Thursday at 9:47 p.m. members of the Yarmouth Police Department responded to a report of a person or possibly “a dressed up doll” lying in the road at the intersection of Captain Lothrop Road and Captain Crocker Road in South Yarmouth.
Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers Louis Nickinello, Jr., Kevin Antonovitch, Erica Wenberg, and David Dickey arrived at the scene and found Betty L. Morse, 85, of 14 Captain Crocker Road, which is located right across the street, in a deceased condition.
Members of the Yarmouth Fire Department responded to the scene and confirmed the death.
Yarmouth Police Patrol Supervisor Gerard Britt and Yarmouth Police Detectives Christopher Kent and Gordon Gibbons were called to the scene as well as Massachusetts State Police Detectives Peter Bengston and Richard Cosgrove.
There were no signs of foul play and the preliminary indication is that Mrs. Morse died of natural causes.
2012 American Cancer Society Mid-Cape Relay for Life starts today
Starting today at 3:00 p.m., the annual Mid-Cape AMC Relay for Life takes place at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. The event is 24-hour fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Yarmouth Police Officers and YD CERT members will be present throughout the day and night.
Media release furnished by Yarmouth Police
SCU witnesses drug deal, arrest pair
HYANNIS - On Thursday, members of the Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) Barnstable Police Officer Keith Sexton and Barnstable Deputy Kim Saladino were assigned to patrol Hyannis. SCU utilizes unmarked police vehicles and its members dress in “plain clothes.” One of their primary duties is to suppress “open air” narcotics activity in the Towns of Hyannis and Yarmouth. SCU frequently patrols commercial parking lots in the both towns. These parking lots are popular meeting locations for people selling and purchasing narcotics. SCU has a zero tolerance when it comes to the sale of narcotics and possession of dangerous weapons. Members encounter young adults almost every day that are abusing prescription narcotics while in possession of dangerous weapons.
At approximately 5:00 p.m., Sexton and Saladino were on patrol in the area of the Cape Cod Mall (CCM) in Hyannis. They were conducting surveillance in the mall's parking lot in the area of the Route 28 entrance/exit. They observed some suspicious activity consistent with a narcotics transaction.
A vehicle being operated by McKenna Dunleavy, 20, of Centerville (left) was parked in the parking lot near TD Bank. She appeared to be waiting for someone. A short while later a second vehicle arrived. That vehicle was operated by Jacob R. Angelo, 20, of Marstons Mills (right). Angelo exited his vehicle and got into the rear seat of Dunleavy's vehicle. The officers witnessed an exchange between the pair. Angelo quickly exited Dunleavy's vehicle and returned to his vehicle. Both then drove off in separate directions.
Sexton and Saladino stopped Dunleavy on Bearses Way. A subsequent investigation revealed Dunleavy had purchased adderall which was prescribed to Angelo. Two prescription bottles with Angelo’s name on them were found on Dunleavy's person. Adderall is a prescribed medication and is a class B narcotic. Also found in Dunleavy’s vehicle were two bottles of vodka and a “spring-loaded” knife. She was placed under arrest on charges of Possession of class B/adderall, Conspiracy to violate the narcotics laws, Minor in possession of alcohol, and Possession of a dangerous weapon/spring-loaded knife. She was transported to Barnstable Police Department.
Angelo was located at his residence in Marstons Mills. He was placed under arrest without incident. Angelo was found in possession of a small plastic bag with white powder. Investigators suspect it to be methamphetamine. He also had on his person a spring-loaded knife. He was placed under arrest on charges of Distribution of class B substance/adderall, Possession of class B/methamphetamine, Conspiracy to violate the narcotics laws, and Possession of a dangerous weapon/spring-loaded knife. He was transported to the Barnstable Police Department.
Both were booked and subsequently bailed for arraignment at Barnstable District Court on Friday morning.
Media release and mugshots furnished by Barnstable Police
Video: Fox returned to wild after month of rehab
PROVINCETOWN - Somewhere Marlin Perkins (of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom fame) must be smiling down on Provincetown. It started with a visit by the first black bear ever on Cape Cod. Then a Beluga whale was spotted in the waters off the Cape Tip. On Thursday a fox was returned to the wild after a long ordeal. Deborah Millman of the Humane Society of the United States tells CWN that, earlier this spring, the owner of a Provincetown boatyard found that a mother fox had built her den beneath a trailer on his property. He called local animal control officials for help. The officers advised the boatyard owner to be patient, because it is almost always best to leave animals in their natural habitats, and because the fox family would move on as soon as the young foxes (called kits) were able to fend for themselves.
Instead, the boatyard owner pressure-washed the trailer, which terrified the foxes. One of the infants fled to a nearby chain-link fence, and tried to scramble up it. Panicked, his leg got caught in the chain link, and he badly fractured a long bone.
The fox was rescued and taken to the Humane Society of the United States’ Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable for treatment. After examining the kit’s injured leg, Cape Wildlife Center veterinarian Dr. Roberto Aguilar realized that, since the infant’s bones weren’t yet fully formed, the break would require specialized surgery and care. He contacted his colleagues Drs. Flo-Tseng and Maureen Murray at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Mass.
One of the board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Tufts repaired the fox's leg, and the staff and veterinary students at the school’s Wildlife Clinic nursed him through recovery.
After spending more than a month at Tufts, the fox had healed well enough to allow him to be moved to a larger enclosure for rehabilitation. He was returned to the Cape Wildlife Center and placed in an outside rehabilitative habitat until he was deemed ready to be returned to his home.That release happened late Thursday afternoon in the same area where he was rescued in the hope he would find his family again. After sniffing around he darted into the cover of some brush.
Photo and video by Tim Caldwell/CWN
Sheriff's CERT team graduates
This year’s Community Emergency Response Team members gather for a graduation photo during last week’s final session. The twenty-six graduates include 17 from Mass Maritime Academy, eight of whom are pictured here. That’s Special Sheriff Jeff Perry (front row, fifth from right) and next to him course instructor and supervisor Chrystal LaPine (white slacks).
BOURNE - Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings has congratulated 26 Cape Cod area residents and certified them to join an existing cadre of about 275 who are currently serving on his Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
The early June graduation ceremony followed eight consecutive Thursday night sessions, each held at a conference room attached to the old jail in Barnstable Village. The newly minted CERT grads were trained in disaster preparedness, fire safety, basic search and rescue, disaster medical triage, and terrorism. Much of the training was “hands on.”
Concluded Sheriff Cummings: “They now serve an important function within the Cape’s preparedness plan, most especially in circumstances where the professional response has been temporarily overwhelmed. Or is still being mobilized.”
CERT follows a national model established 16 years ago by the Los Angeles Fire Department and re-energized by the terrorist strike on 9/11. CERT responders, as the Sheriff noted, do not replace but rather supplement professional emergency workers.
Members also assist police and preparedness planners at big venue non-emergencies -- road races, festivals, and the like. “Volunteerism in the service of good causes,” as the Sheriff puts it.
Eighteen of this year’s graduates are cadets at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne. They include Theodore Berlin, Daniel Blye, Kevin Dougherty, Ernest Dubeau, Nicholas Duncan, Tenley Gillett, Helda Lobo, and Denise Jordan. Also, Andrew Kolocziejczak, Devyn Martel, Christian Mitchell, Pierre Nguyen, Andrew Paige, Matthew Schultz, Jay Sousa, Johnny Troung, Benjamin Tzizik, and Jonathan Yalen.
The remaining seven, along with hometowns, include Tim Bischoff (Hyannis), Travis Brown (Centerville), Meredith Farnsworth (Hyannis), Jessica Harris (South Yarmouth), Stacey Hooper (Falmouth), Chip Reilly (Marstons Mills), and Cynthia Virgin (South Yarmouth).
Media release and photo furnished by Barnstable County Sheriff's Department
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