Police And Fire News

January 29, 2015
Police officer discovers body near vent on side of home

YARMOUTH - An elderly Yarmouth man was found dead in the snow near his home Wednesday evening. According to a Yarmouth police release, an officer was dispatched to 49 Winding Brook Road just before 7 p.m. to check on 97-year-old Richard W. MacLean.

Officer Gordon Gibbons did a search around the exterior of the home and found Mr. MacLean in deep snow near an exhaust vent on the side of his home. Police believe Mr. MacLean had been trying to clear snow from the vent when he died.

January 27, 2015
As blizzards rages, three lanes closed Monday night

BOURNE - A tractor trailer jackknifed on Scenic Highway in Bourne Monday night. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. as snow fell and winds whipped. 

Three of the four lanes on the highway were closed as as police investigated and cleared the scene.

There were no reported injuries. 

Roads remained treacherous overnight. On Monday, the governor declared a state of emergency and put a travel ban into effect for midnight. That ban is in effect until further notice.

January 26, 2015
Town employee injured in crash Monday afternoon

HARWICH - A Town of Harwich Highway Department employee was injured after the sand truck he was driving plowed into a tree Monday afternoon. The incident occurred on Queen Anne Road around 2 p.m.

Harwich firefighters transported the unidentified driver to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis with unknown injuries. 

The incident occurred as the Cape prepares for a blizzard.  Snow was already falling and roads were slick when the crash occured.

Harwich police are investigating.

January 25, 2015
13-week program to start on March 12

SANDWICH - The Sandwich Police Department is seeking applicants for the 2015 Sandwich Citizens Police Academy. The 13-week program will begin on Thursday, March 12.

January 25, 2015
Jeep rolled over on Old Barnstable Road Saturday night

FALMOUTH - There were no injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Old Barnstable Road in Falmouth Saturday night. Around 8:45 p.m., a Jeep rolled over, leaving the roadway and crashing into a frozen cranberry bog. 

Dropping temperatures and heavy snow showers created slick roads in the area at the time of the crash.

The crash is under investigation.

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January 24, 2015
Fire contained to one room of Joan Road home

CENTERVILLE - The Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department responded to a fire at the home at 5 Joan Road in Centerville Friday afternoon. According to a C-O-MM release, a 911 call from the homeowner came in around 3:45 p.m.

Firefighters arrived to find a small fire in the bathroom of the ranch-style home. The fire, which was quickly extinguished and ventilated, was contained in the bathroom, C-O-MM said.

The occupants of the home had evacuated prior to the arrival of fire crews. There were no reported injuries to civilians or firefighters. 

January 24, 2015
Suspect allegedly enticed local high school girls to pose during photo shoots

CENTERVILLE - A 27-year-old Centerville man faces a weekend in jail and child pornography and drug charges following his arrest at his home Friday. According to a Barnstable police release, Joel Morris is accused of enticing underage girls to pose for suggestive photographs and paying those girls with drugs and cash.

A search warrant for Morris's Centerville home was obtained following a month-long investigation conducted by Barnstable and Sandwich detectives. Detectives were investigating a cyber-tip and a separate complaint made by a high school student.

January 23, 2015
Donations will aid the Homeless Prevention Council

ORLEANS - Now through Sunday, January 25, the Orleans Police Department is collecting winter clothing for anyone in the community in need. The department is working in partnership with the Homeless Preventional Council, according to a release.

Through Sunday, community members are encouraged to drop off new or gently-used jackets, boots, hats, gloves, socks and blankets.

The Orleans-based Homeless Prevention Council offers aid to people in eight communities on the Lower Cape from Provincetown to Harwich. 

January 22, 2015
Injuries believed to be non life-threatening

MARSTONS MILLS - A utility worker was flown to a Boston area hospital following an industrial accident in Marstons Mills Wednesday afternoon. According to a Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills (C-O-MM) Fire Department release, the 911 call came in around 12:45 p.m.

Units from the Centerville and Marstons Mills stations responded to 114 Lovells Lane where an unidentified utility worker had reportedly been struck by a 4x4 piece of wood cribbing. The cribbing was being used to support new utility poles, according to C-O-MM.

January 22, 2015
Suspect was arrested in Yarmouth two weeks before

SOUTH YARMOUTH - A Boston man found himself in the custody of the Yarmouth police for the second time in two weeks on Wednesday. According to a Yarmouth police release, Yarmouth Police Department Proactive Anti-Crime Officer Nicholas Ambrosini saw 26-year-old Ali Jean, of 11 Vassar Street, Apt. 1 in Boston, walking near Alewife Circle around 2:15 p.m.

January 21, 2015
Suspect allegedly attacked a Keenan Road woman with a knife

BOURNE - A Bourne man faces assault with intent to murder charges following his arrest early Tuesday morning. According to a Bourne police release, officers responded to a Keenan Road home around 7:12 a.m. where a woman was reportedly assaulted with a knife inside her home.

Officers located the suspect, identified as 19-year-old Morgan Andrews of Bourne, not far from the home. Andrews is known to the victim, according to police.

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January 21, 2015
Range Rover strikes guy wires on Old Post Road

CENTERVILLE - One person was injured in a single-vehicle crash on Old Post Road in Centerville Wednesday morning. The Range Rover reportedly left the roadway striking guy wires near a utility pole. The incident occurred around 9 a.m.

The victim's injuries are not believed to be serious. It is unknown why the Range Rover left the road.

Barnstable police are investigating.

January 21, 2015
85-year-old woman was reported overdue around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday from assisted living facility

UPDATE: The 85-year-old woman reported missing from EPOCH Assisted Living in Brewster has been found. According to an update from Brewster police, Elizabeth Simmons was found before 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday by the caretaker of Camp Favorite in Brewster. The Girl Scouts camp is currently closed for the season. Ms. Simmons was transported to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis for evaluation. It is unknown if she was out in the elements all night, or if she managed to find shelter, police said.

January 21, 2015
Police confiscate heroin and a BB gun during raid

SOUTH YARMOUTH - A South Yarmouth man faces heroin distribution charges following his arrest Tuesday afternoon. According to a Yarmouth police release, YPD Drug Enforcement Unit Detective Christopher Kent obtained a search warrant for an Alewife Circle home following an investigation into heroin activity. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Unit, YPD Proactive Anti-Crime unit officers and members of the Dennis and Brewster Police Departments. Police were also acting on complaints from neighbors regarding suspected illegal drug activity at the home.

January 20, 2015
Jail in the midst of an "unmistakable uptick in drug smuggling attempts"

BOURNE - As opiate-related arrests, overdoses and deaths continue to soar across Cape Cod, the Barnstable County House of Corrections is seeing an increase in such activities behind the bars as well. This week, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office has filed criminal charges against two inmates in connection with an attempt to smuggle heroin, cocaine and pills into the facility.

January 19, 2015
HFD: ice on ponds and lakes can be unsafe and unpredictable

The Harwich Fire Department took advantage of the cold, clear weather on Saturday to practice ice rescue drills on Bucks Pond. According to an HFD release, all firefighters are trained for ice rescues, a skill the department hopes they never have to use.

Natural ice, including ice on ponds and lakes and in ocean harbors, is unpredictable and can be unsafe, even after a deep freeze. HFD reminds everybody to never go on the ice alone and to never let your dog out on the ice. Many ice emergencies begin with a dog on the ice and the owner following, according to HFD. 

January 18, 2015
Drugs found hidden in firewood pile outside Point Pleasant Circle home

EAST WAREHAM - An East Wareham man faces meth trafficking charges following his arrest on Thursday. According to a Barnstable police release, the arrest was the latest resulting from a multi-jurisdictional investigation into an illegal drug trafficking organization conducted by Barnstable investigators, along with members of the Wareham, Falmouth, Mashpee and Bourne Police Departments, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office and the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Agency).

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January 17, 2015
Two search warrants lead to three heroin-related arrests in South Dennis

SOUTH DENNIS - Three people were arrested in as many days following a heroin distribution investigation in Dennis. According a Dennis police release detectives obtained search warrants for two separate locations as a result of the investigation.

January 17, 2015
Woman was reportedly outside in freezing temps overnight

WAREHAM - A missing woman was reportedly found Saturday morning near a cranberry bog in Maple Park off Glenn Charlie Road in Wareham. The young woman was last seen at a bonfire in the woods around 1:30 a.m.

The woman was presumably in the woods overnight in freezing temps. She was spotted from a State Police helicopter searching for her in the area. The temperature was around 14º F when she was found. Wareham, State and Massachusetts Environmental Police had been searching for the unidentified woman for several hours.

January 16, 2015
Icy roads made for a slippery ride Thursday night

BOURNE - One person was injured in a single-vehicle crash Thursday night on Route 28 in Bourne. The vehicle rolled over in the northbound lane of the highway around 7 p.m. 

Bourne firefighters transported the victim to Falmouth Hospital with unknown injuries.

Wet snow and black ice made for slippery roads across the Cape from late afternoon into the evening. 

January 16, 2015
Falmouth man located hiding in Ellsworth Drive home

FALMOUTH - Police have arrested a Falmouth man in connection with a stabbing that took place Wednesday morning. According to a Falmouth police release, Thursday night detectives learned the suspect, 23-year-old Robert Estrela of Falmouth, was at a home on Ellsworth Drive.

Falmouth detectives and patrol officers and two Barnstable County Sheriff's Office deputies located Estrela hiding in an upstairs bedroom of the home.

January 15, 2015
Forensic evidence reportedly linked Randolph man to month-old crime

HYANNIS - Barnstable police Wednesday arrested a Randolph man in connection with an armed home invasion that occurred in December in Hyannis. According to a Barnstable police release, Barnstable detectives linked forensic evidence to a Randolph man, arresting him in Roxbury.

On December 15 around 1:45 p.m., Barnstable police responded to the home at 35 Fresh Holes Road in Hyannis where a man told officers two armed black men forced their way into the home, held a gun to the back of his head and stole $600 in cash.

January 15, 2015
Yarmouth police arrest driver on warrants, passenger for pills

WEST YARMOUTH - An expired inspection sticker landed a Hyannis pair in jail after police pulled them over in West Yarmouth Tuesday night. According to a Yarmouth police release, 32-year-old Joshua D. Bearse of 702 Pitchers Way in Hyannis was pulled over on Route 28 at the Hyannis town line around 10:30 p.m.

When officers ran a check on Bearse two active warrants, one for assault and battery and one for larceny, popped up and he was placed under arrest, police said.

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January 14, 2015
Victim sustained serious injuries

CENTERVILLE - An unidentified man was seriously injured after being struck by a pickup truck Wednesday morning. The incident occurred around 10:45 a.m. on Beldan Lane.

Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills firefighters responded quickly to the scene just off Route 28 near the C-O-MM Fire Station.

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are unknown. According to unconfirmed reports, the man was trapped beneath the vehicle.