Fatal Hyannis fire; Brewster crash; Man accused of assaulting female teen

Hyannis fire kills Mass AG's cousin, critically injures husband

Hyannis firefighters responded to a house fire at 55 Circuit Avenue late Friday evening.
- A fast moving fire gutted a house at 55 Circuit Avenue in Hyannis late Friday evening killing one person and seriously injuring another.

The call came in just after 11 p.m. and arriving firefighters reported the house was fully involved.

Mutual aid from Centerville and Yarmouth responded to the scene to assist Hyannis firefighters. 

A man identifed as 73-year old Robert Nelson was found outside the home was rushed by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital with critical injuries and was later transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Nelson's wife Joan Nelson  was found deceased inside the house. Published reports say she is a cousin of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

The State Fire Marshal's office and Barnstable Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

A for sale sign could be seen on the front lawn of the residence.

The Red Cross is providing temporary shelter for the victims of the fire.

At upper right a victim and a neighbor look on as firefighters do battle.

Middle right Hyannis firefighters check a burned out stairwell.

This new photo (lower right) obtained by CWN shows the flames just as firefighters arrived.

Below the charred remains in daylight.

(Top three photos by Frank Paparo; bottom two courtesy of Dean F. Meece). 

Three injured in Brewster crash

BREWSTER -  Around 11:30 a.m. Friday a Grange Construction box van slammed into the rear of this Cadillac that was stopped in traffic on Route 6A and Nelson St. The van driver and two passengers in the vehicle were transported to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries.

Mutual aid ambulances from Orleans and Harwich helped Brewster paramedics at the scene. In the photo, Brewster Police Sgt. Stephen Freiner keeps traffic moving on Route 6A.

(Story and photo by Jake O'Callaghan).

Man charged with assaulting teen female at Yarmouth convenience store
-On Thursday at approximately 2:00 p.m. members of the Yarmouth Police Department were dispatched to the area of the 7-Eleven convenience store on Rt 28 in West Yarmouth regarding a report that a young women had been assaulted.

Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers Richard Fichter and Brian Niezgoda as well as Patrol Sergeant Patrick Carty arrived in the area and immediately began an investigation. The on-scene report revealed that a 17-year-old woman had been outside of the Christy's convenience store waiting for a friend to give her a ride. The female needed gas money so she began asking passers-by for cash. The suspect approached her and gave her a small amount of money and then repeatedly offered to give her a ride. The female eventually refused and the suspect then allegedly embraced her and touched her in the chest area and tried to pull her towards him. The female pushed him away and went into Christy's and waited until the suspect got into his red 2006 Toyota Scion and drove off. The female then went across Rt 28 to 7-Eleven and called the police. Fortunately, the victim was not physically injured and provided an excellent description of the suspect.

Within a few minutes of the call, Patrol Officer Fichter encountered a male matching the description of the suspect in the parking lot of the nearby 99 Restaurant and Pub on Berry Avenue. When encountered, the male was holding a wire coat hanger assisting a different young female who needed help because her keys were locked inside her vehicle. With the assistance of Yarmouth Police Detective Eric H. Nuss, the male was positively identified as the suspect in the earlier assault and placed under arrest. A search located a pocketknife and a pair of pliers in his pockets. A search of his vehicle revealed a pair of latex gloves, nylon rope, shipping tape,  box cutters, wire cutters, plastic ties, and four knives (photo right).

The suspect, 41-year-old Frank Chervoni of Dennisport, was transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters and charged with indecent assault and battery on a person over 14. His bail was set at $750 by a bail commissioner. He was scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court Friday morning. (Mugshot & photo furnished by YPD).

NOTE: Charges against Mr. Chervoni were dismissed in June of 2008.

Man discovered bleeding in Falmouth dies, foul play not suspected
- Officials say the death of a Falmouth man appears to be an accident. The unidentified man was found outside near his home off Fresh Pond Road home about 1:30 a.m. Friday. He had apparently cut himself on broken glass and made it outside before collapsing.

Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at Falmouth Hospital. Falmouth Police are the Cape & Islands District Attorney's office are investigating.

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