Car crashes into wall of CCH ambulance tunnel
HYANNIS - Just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, a Subaru Legacy Outback station wagon hit a retaining wall on Gleason Street next to the Cape Cod Hospital. The wall that was hit is the side retaining wall to the tunnel that ambulances use when going to the emergency room. The wall was damaged but did not break completely through. The driver was taken into the emergency room with unknown injuries. A building inspector was called to the scene. Barnstable police are investigating. There was no interuption of ambulance traffic to the hospital.
Photo by CWN associate John P. Carroll
Juvenile charged with "tweeting" threat of school shooting
MASHPEE - (With WXTK) Mashpee Police report that on Monday, the Mashpee School District contacted the police regarding a posted twitter account in which an alleged threat was made. Specifically, the threat indicated that a person was going to allegedly “shoot up everyone.”
Detectives of the Mashpee Police Department conducted an immediate investigation into the alleged threat and a suspect was identified. Later Monday, a 16-year-old male juvenile from Mashpee was arrested for the following crimes:
1. Threats causing a school disturbance (Chapter 269, section 14 – felony)
2. Disturbing a school (Chapter 272, section 40 – misdemeanor)
3. Threat to commit a crime (Chapter 275, section 2 – misdemeanor)
WXTK news is reporting the juvenile tweeted the threat to a Rockland High School student prior to Tuesday night's basketball game between the two towns who were both undefeated before the game, which Mashpee ultimately lost. The Rockland student's parents saw the Tweet and took a picture of it to give to Rockland Police. The suspect apparently tried to take the post down, realizing it was inappropriate, but is was too late. Rockland High School Principal Alan Cron told WXTK's Matt Pitta that "even though the Tweet seemed to be more talk than substance....there is a consequence for making such a threat." Additional security was put in place for the game, and there were no incidents.
The juvenile is scheduled to appear in the Barnstable Juvenile Court at a later date. The Mashpee Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the Rockland Police Department and the Mashpee High School administration.
Material from Mashpee Police used in this report
Police report rash of early morning business break-ins
YARMOUTH - At 2:43 a.m. Wednesday morning Yarmouth Police responded to a burglar alarm at Cape Electronics at 19 Dupont Avenue in South Yarmouth. Officers discovered that someone had broken in and stolen a small amount of cash.
Then around 8:00 a.m. the department received three more reports of business break-ins at Carpet Solutions, Bennett Fence and Shorey Precast Manufacturing, all located in the same general area of White’s Path in South Yarmouth. All of the break-ins are believed to have occurred during the time period around 2:30 a.m. and all involved forced entry and the theft of small amounts of cash.
Yarmouth Police patrol officers and detectives are currently conducting an active follow-up investigation. Anyone with information about these crimes is urged to contact Yarmouth Police Detective Russell Giammarco at 508.775.0445 extension 2129 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Yarmouth Police Department advises all business owners to take note of this rash of break-ins and take appropriate crime prevention steps such as:
Securing overnight cash in safes or removing it from the building
Properly locking all doors and windows
Activating appropriate interior and exterior lights
Checking and activating alarm and surveillance camera systems
Reporting any suspicious activity immediately by calling 911.
Media release provided by Yarmouth Police Department
Pickup vs pole causes large power outage
YARMOUTH - A pickup truck struck a utility pole in Yarmouth knocking out power to several thousand residents of Yarmouth and Dennis about 7:15 a.m. The crash happened on North Dennis Road near Weir Road. The driver, Angelo Hardaway of South Dennis, was not seriously injured. The downed power lines caused several samll brush fires along White Rock Road which was closed for a time. NStar crews were able to isolate the trouble and quickly restored power except in the immediate area. Yarmouth Police are investigating the crash. Black ice may have contributed to the crash.
Photo courtesy of Yarmouth Police
Fire damages Falmouth house
FALMOUTH - Fire damaged a house in Falmouth late Tuesday evening. First arriving Falmouth Fire Rescue units discovered an active fire on the outside of 229 Teaticket Path. The fire was quickly knocked down with minimal damage to the exterior of the home.
The fire appeared to have started at the structure's electric service entrance. NStar was called to disconnect power to the home. There were no injuries reported.
Photo by C. Eric Tinglof/CWN
Inmates tackle roofing job
HYANNIS - Three Barnstable County Sheriff’s inmates join two not pictured here as they re-shingle one of adjacent former homes that are part of the Guyer Barn Art Gallery and Center. Located across a parking lot from the town hall and school administration buildings in downtown Hyannis, the studios are maintained by Barnstable DPW’s structure and grounds division. The town derives revenue from artists who rent space to display their work inside the studios. The South Street complex includes a small garage and barn in addition to the two houses. The donated inmate labor will wind up saving Barnstable’s municipal taxpayers more than $10,000. “It [inmate labor] is an invaluable resource,” says structure and grounds general foreman Bryan Lauzon. “Our budget is limited and in fact level-funded. But the jobs just seem to keep increasing, to the point we have to defer projects every year. So guess you could say this is the deferred list minus one.” Temperatures this early January day hovered in the low to mid 40s, bracing but not cold enough to require a shift to an indoor project elsewhere in the county.
Media release and photo furnished by Barnstable Sheriff's Office
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