HARWICH - A small fire in an oven box for poured concrete was quickly put out by Harwich and Dennis firefighters at 117 Queen Anne Road around 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Photo by Jake O'Callaghan/CWN
Provincetown Coast Guard crew honored
PROVINCETOWN - The crew of Coast Guard Station Provincetown was awarded the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation during a ceremony Friday morning.
Capt. Verne Gifford, commander, Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, presented the award to Station Provincetown's crew for service from November 2010 to September 2012.
The crew was recognized for numerous achievements and accomplishments during the past two years including energy savings, training initiatives and mission execution.
Specifically, the crew modified its energy usage, saving approximately $23,000.
The crews also coordinated the Heavy Weather Coxswain Course for 12 crewmembers throughout the 1st Coast Guard District during a predicted weather pattern, saving $15,000 in associated costs with travel and training.
Additionally, the crew teamed up with Massachusetts Environmental Police and Provincetown Police Department to conduct more than 100 recreational boating safety and fisheries patrols designed to enhance boating safety and protecting critical fisheries.
Media release furnished by U.S. Coast Guard
Child pornography suspect sentenced to 15-years in prison
BOSTON - Barnstable Police report that Kevin McNicol, 24, of Hyannis, was sentenced in Boston Federal Court today to 15 years to serve, followed by 7 years of supervised probation.
Todays sentencing signified the end of a nearly 2 year, multi-agency investigation, that led to Mr. McNicol’s incarceration. Nineteen months ago the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) received a National Center for Missing Exploited Children CyberTipline report which reported the upload of a child pornography image to an internet website. After an extensive investigation by ICAC members from the Barnstable Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, the United States Postal Inspection Service; a laptop computer belonging to Mr. McNicol was seized. A forensic examination of that computer revealed several videos and images of underage females being posed in states of nudity and engaged in sexual acts. These videos apeared to have been created during webcam chats Mr. McNicol was having with the underage females. Investigators were able to identify and interview several victims in this case. During one of the victim’s interview she told investigators that 2 months after Mr. McNicol’s computer had been seized in the search warrant, he had contacted her online and continued his efforts to entice her to take more pictures of herself to send him.
Mr. McNicol pled guilty to one count of production of child pornography in Boston Federal Court on September 27, 2012. Today Mr. McNicol was sentenced to 15 years to serve followed by 7 years of supervised probation.
Media release and mugshot furnished by Barnstable Police
YPD and YFD offer ice and cold water safety tips
YARMOUTH - Ice remains dangerous despite recent freezing temperatures and the Yarmouth Police and Fire Departments are issuing these safety tips regarding the danger of thin ice, despite the freezing temperatures which have dipped into the teens and below recently:
Each winter many Cape Cod residents are injured from exposure in cold water incidents. Skaters and ice fishermen fall through the ice; boaters and canoeists overturn their crafts.
Ice on moving water in rivers, streams, and brooks is never safe. The thickness of ice on ponds and lakes depends upon water currents or springs, depth, and natural objects such as tree stumps or rocks. Daily changes in temperature cause the ice to expand and contract, which affects its strength. Because of these factors, no one can declare the ice to be absolutely “safe”.
The only “safe” ice is at a skating arena.
What to do if someone falls through the ice?
· Act quickly and call 911 for help immediately. Make sure properly trained and equipped rescue personnel are alerted to respond.
· DO NOT GO OUT ONTO THE ICE. Many times would-be rescuers become victims themselves.
· Reach, Throw, or Row. Extend a branch, pole, or ladder to the victim. Throw them a buoyant object such as a life ring or float tied to a rope. If a boat is nearby row out to the victim or push it toward them.
For additional information please visit www.mass.gov/dfs
Media release furnished by Yarmouth Police
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