Police And Fire News

October 1, 2014
"Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives" is this year's theme

On Saturday, October 4 the Yarmouth and Wellfleet Fire Departments will be hosting open houses in celebration of National Fire Prevention Week.  This year's theme is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives".

The Wellfleet Fire Department's open house will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire station at 10 Lawrence Road. There will be apparatus demonstrations, firehouse tours, blood pressure checks, information on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and a Jaws of Life extrication.

September 30, 2014
Suspect reportedly tried to boot a bag of coke under the cruiser

WAREHAM - What started as an investigation into an illegally parked car, ended in the arrest of an Onset woman on multiple drug charges. According to a Wareham police release, Officer Aaron Pacheco was on patrol around 1:30 a.m. last Friday when he saw a car parked illegally at the Woods at Wareham apartment complex on Swifts Beach Road.

September 29, 2014
Hyannis man under arrest, charged with assault with intent to murder

HYANNIS - A Hyannis man was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly throwing another man over a second story balcony. According to a Barnstable police release, officers responded to the report of a fight and a man thrown over a balcony at an apartment building at 519 Main Street around 3:30 a.m.

Officers arrived to find a 34-year-old man sprawled out on the pavement below the balcony. The man who reportedly threw him over the balcony, 37-year-old Taylor Johnson, reportedly fell to the ground as well and the scene before police arrived.

September 29, 2014
Pair landed beyond the designated area

UPDATE: On Monday the Cape Cod & Islands District Attorney's Office identified the two men killed in the skydiving accident in Marstons Mills on Sunday.  The victims were 29-year-old Andrew Munson of Nantucket and his instructor 48-year-old Eldon Burrier of West Lynwood, Washington. 

The two reportedly struck a shed on private property, both sustaining fatal injuries.

September 28, 2014
Yarmouth, C-O-MM and Cotuit firefighters and a Yarmouth police officer graduate from six-day course

Four Cape Cod public safety officers are now better equipped for working fire scenes after completing a six-day basic fire investigation course at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow. Earlier this month the four officers--a Cotuit firefighter, a Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills firefighter, a Yarmouth firefighter and a Yarmouth police officer graduated from the academy's rigorous course.

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September 27, 2014
Suspect was caught on camera after robbing the TD Bank on Main Street Thursday

OSTERVILLE - Barnstable police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the man who robbed the TD Bank on Main Street in Osterville Thursday night around 5:20 p.m. According to a Barnstable police release, a suspect in a mask and sunglasses entered the bank and approached a teller demanding money. The suspect made what police described as a "threatening statement" to the teller.

September 27, 2014
State police called in to search for woman on Friday

PROVINCETOWN - The body of an unidentified missing woman has been found in a pond on the Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown. According to a State Police release, State Police Troop D Headquarters in Middleboro received a call requesting assistance in locating a woman missing in Provincetown.

Troopers from the barracks in Yarmouth and a sergeant from the Middleboro HQ responded to Provincetown. State Police SERT (Special Emergency Response Team), a K9 unit and a dive team were all dispatched to Provincetown.

September 27, 2014
Scene secured after driver strikes a propane tank at the store

WELLFLEET - A woman was taken to the hospital after driving her 2007 Toyota Rav4 into a propane tank at the Wellfleet Marketplace on Main Street Friday afternoon. According to a release from Wellfeet police, the incident occurred just before 4 p.m.

Police secured the surrounding area and evacuated the store. Traffic was diverted away from the area as Wellfleet firefighters and a propane technician made temporary repairs and secured the tank.

September 26, 2014
Gather up your unwanted prescription medication for disposal at your local police department

CAPEWIDE - If you have expired, unwanted or unused prescription medication in your home, Saturday, September 27 will be the perfect time to get rid of it properly and safely. All of the Cape's police departments will be participating in the biannual DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, residents are encouraged to bring their unwanted medications to the police department where they will be collected.

September 26, 2014
Impact takes down power lines across Route 134 Friday afternoon

SOUTH DENNIS - There were no injuries in a box truck versus pole on Route 134 in South Dennis Friday afternoon. The crash took place in front of Buncey's around 12 p.m.

According to a Dennis police release, 81-year-old Daniel DeWolfe of Shrewsbury was turning out of the parking lot in a 2012 Honda Accord when he failed to yield to a box truck driven by 29-year-old Christopher Williams of Sandwich. The Accord crashed into the box truck forcing it off the road into a utility pole, police said.

September 26, 2014
Driver cited for failure to grant right of way

SANDWICH - One person was injured in a three-vehicle crash in Sandwich Thursday afternoon. According to a Sandwich police release, the crash occurred at the intersection of Route 6A and Quaker Meetinghouse Road just after 1 p.m.

Mary Garvey, 83 of Sandwich, was reportedly driving west on Route 6A when she attempted to make a left on Quaker Meetinghouse Road crashing into the car Benjamin Canning, 23 of Sandwich, was driving east.  One of the two vehicles then crashed into a third vehicle driven by Tara Ring, 42 of Sandwich.

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September 24, 2014
Police confiscate a cutting agent, cell phones and a slew of illegal drugs

WAREHAM - Three people were arrested during a drug raid on Sawyer Street in Wareham Monday. According to a Wareham police release, detectives and patrol officers executed a search warrant at 11A Sawyer Street at 11:30 a.m. The search warrant was the result of an investigation into illegal drug sales from the apartment. The home is located within 1,000 feet of Wareham High School property, police said.

September 23, 2014
Cyclist reportedly conscious and alert at scene

HYANNIS - A woman on a bicycle was reportedly struck by a car Tuesday morning in Hyannis. The accident occurred around 8:20 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Center Street.

The unidentified cyclist was reportedly conscious and alert before being taken to Cape Cod Hospital by Hyannis Rescue.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident remained at the scene.

Barnstable police are investigating. It is unknown if there will be any charges.

September 23, 2014
Three children were playing in the shed, evidence indicates one may have been playing with a lighter

HYANNIS - Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe today identified the young boy killed in a shed fire as 8-year-old Savvas Yianasmidis. Yianasmidis was reportedly in the shed playing with two friends on his laptop when the fire broke out, according to a statement from the DA.

Monday night, Hyannis firefighters responded to an outside fire at 252 Hinckley Road in Hyannis around 5:30 p.m. Rescuers arrived to find the 8' x 12' shed completely engulfed in flames.

September 23, 2014
Off-duty officer sees suspect, calls for backup

CENTERVILLE - Sloppy execution and good investigative work led to the quick capture of a 19-year-old suspect wanted for breaking into the Centerville Pie Co. at 1671 Falmouth Road and making off with two safes. According to a Barnstable police release, Friday morning, employees discovered the shop had been broken into and two locked safes had been stolen.

September 23, 2014
Nine arrests, one overdose and four cyclists stopped

During the week of Monday, September 8, 2014 through Monday, September 15, 2014, the officers of the Yarmouth Police Department responded to 843 calls for service.

Over the course of the week there were 5 domestic disturbances (2 arrests), one assault and battery, one threat to commit a crime, 9 general disturbances (2 in protective custody) and three requests to keep the peace. There were two reports of harassment, 15 restraining order/harassment related calls (with 8 notifications made) and 2 warrant services, both ending in arrest. There was one sex offense registry.

September 22, 2014
Fire broke out Monday afternoon

HYANNIS - A fire reportedly broke out in a shed in Hyannis Monday afternoon, taking the life of an 8-year-old boy. The blaze destroyed the shed behind the home at 252 Hinckley Road.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Hyannis Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal's Office.

State Police detectives assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office and Barnstable police are also investigating the circumstances surrounding the child's death.

Authorities have yet to release the name of the boy.

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September 22, 2014
CPR reportedly performed at the crash scene

WAREHAM - An unidentified 42-year-old man died following a single-vehicle rollover crash in Wareham Sunday night. The crash occurred near 173 Onset Avenue around 11:30 p.m, according to a Wareham police release.

Officers arrived to find a female passenger outside of the car. The male driver was still inside the car and unconscious. Both driver and passenger were transported by ambulance to Tobey Hospital in Wareham by Onset Fire and Wareham EMS.

September 20, 2014
Route 28A in Bourne was closed in both directions as scene was cleared

BOURNE- Three people were reportedly injured in a three-vehicle head-on crash on Route 28A in Bourne Friday evening. The crash occurred around 6 p.m. in front of the Courtyard Restaurant.

A Falmouth Fire Department ambulance crew responded to the scene to assist Bourne rescuers.

Route 28A was closed in both directions as the scene was cleared.

Bourne police are investigating.

September 19, 2014
Arrest follows brief pursuit, 41 grams of heroin confiscated

MASHPEE - A Mashpee man was arrested Tuesday and charged with heroin trafficking following a brief pursuit and struggle with police. According to a Mashpee police release, an officer attempted to pull over 43-year-old Raymond Johnson of 78 Main Street in Mashpee, on Cotuit Road around  5 p.m. on Tuesday. Johnson refused to pull over his 1996 Dodge Ram pickup and led the officer on a brief pursuit to the area of his home.

September 19, 2014
Man reportedly not breathing when officer arrived at the store

BOURNE - An man who collapsed at the Market Basket on Factory Outlet Road in Sagamore Thursday afternoon is recovering thanks to the actions of bystanders and Officer Kevin McMahon. According to a release from Bourne police, Officer McMahon was dispatched to the Market Basket around 1:40 p.m. where an unidentified man had reportedly collapsed and was not breathing.

Bystanders had already started CPR on the man, who Officer McMahon determined was still not breathing and had no pulse. Officer McMahon took over administering CPR until Bourne paramedics arrived, police said.

September 19, 2014
Sandwich couple came home to find man standing in their living room

SANDWICH - Sandwich police are searching for a suspect who broke into a Sedgewick Lane home Thursday night. According to a Sandwich police release, officers responded to a home on Sedgewick Lane around 8:45 p.m. after the homeowners reported coming home to find a man standing in their living room.

September 18, 2014
Crown Vic and Explorer up for bid on GovDeals.com

BREWSTER - The Brewster Police Department announced Wednesday that they are auctioning off two departmental vehicles. Both of the vehicles, a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria and a 2007 Ford Explorer, are no longer in service.

Interested parties may view and bid on the vehicles on GovDeals.com, a municipal auction website. The auction is open until Wednesday, October 8.

GovDeals.com keeps a small percentage of the sale price of items. The remaining funds will go to the Town of Brewster.

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September 18, 2014
Wellfleet firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver

WELLFLEET - An early morning crash on Route 6 in Wellfleet Tuesday sent an Orleans man to the hospital with serious injuries. According to a Wellfleet police release, officers and firefighters were called to the scene of the crash near the South Wellfleet Cemetery just before 5 a.m.

The driver, 27-year-old Zachary Norkus had reportedly struck a tree and was trapped inside the vehicle. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate Norkus from his car. He was transported to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis with serious injuries.