Two arrested in connection with Dennis bank robbery
DENNIS - On Friday, the Dennis Police with the assistance of the Barnstable County Sheriffs Department, Yarmouth Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Geoffrey Kelley were able to successfully identify and arrest two individuals for the robbery which occurred on Thursday at the Sovereign Bank in South Dennis. The two individuals were identified as James Williams and Danielle Viera both 22 of Dennisport. James Williams (allegedly seen in these surveillance photos) was arrested for four unrelated Default Warrants, Unarmed Robbery and Larceny over $250.00. Williams is being held without bail at the Barnstable County House of Corrections. Danielle Viera was arrested for being an accessory before and after for unarmed Robbery and her bail was set at $500.00. Both are scheduled to be arraigned at Orleans Court on Monday.
Media release and photos furnished by Dennis Police
Laser prompts USCG helo emergency landing
AIR STATION CAPE COD - A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew conducted an emergency landing at Air Station Cape Cod last Friday due to a hand-held laser being shined directly at the helicopter.
The pilot was conducting flight operations on an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter and witnessed a green laser being shined into the cabin. The laser appeared to be coming from a residential neighborhood and was shined through the pilot’s windshield. The crewmembers were not injured and landed safely.
"These types of incidents are extremely dangerous to the safety of the aircrew," said Lt. Daniel Cloonan, a pilot at Air Station Cape Cod. "This can result in serious injury or death to the aircrews and the prevention of rescue to those in distress."
Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod maintains round the clock readiness of both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft for search and rescue in an area spanning from Trenton, NJ to the Canadian border. Every day, multiple training flights are accomplished in order to maintain readiness. Incidents such as these interrupt crucial training and can prevent life saving operations. Shining any laser at an aircraft is a federal offense under 14 CFR 19.11. Several people have been convicted under this and similar state laws. These convictions have resulted in prison terms as long as five years, fines of up to $11,000, and five years probation.
Media release furnished by U.S. Coast Guard
Sheriff hosts SRT field triage training
BOURNE - The Upper Cape Regional Special Response Team (SRT) recently held field training at the Barnstable Sheriff's Office:
Dr. Jason Khan, an emergency room attending physician at Cape Cod Hospital, briefs member of the Upper Cape Regional Special Response Team prior to a recent day of field training. Dr. Khan covered the type of medical triage commonly required where most wounds are inflicted during hostile engagements. The Special Response Team was briefed at Barnstable County Sheriff headquarters in Bourne. It consists of Sheriff’s deputies and police officers from Falmouth and Mashpee.
An SRT lieutenant, fresh from Dr. Khan’s briefing, joins fellow team members as they motor from the briefing site to the location chosen for the actual field session. Said one briefing attendee enroute: “Sounds like this is where SWAT meets MASH.” Turns out he nailed it.
These SRT members, part of the day’s larger contingent, prepare for the approach to where mock suspects are barricaded inside a building. Members train rigorously for these call outs, the kind that in real time bring ramped-up danger – and require more expertise and firepower – than an officer might encounter on a more conventional day or night’s shift.
Now in field, SRT members get final instructions on what they can do as first responders to treat severe, combat-inflicted wounds. Treatments were administered during an intentionally high-stress drill, with team members shuttling rapidly from one mock casualty to the next. Tourniquet application, taking into account the different types that might be available, was the main technique covered.
Note here the artificial leg in front of each kneeling team member. This gave them a greater degree of verisimilitude as they practiced triage. For their own safety (were it real time), they were able to administer the least treatment in a “high fire” zone, a middle amount in a “low fire” zone, and the longest treatments in a “no fire” zone.
Media release furnished by Barnstable Sheriff's Office; photos by BCSO Lt. Jason Chorches
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