McCowen found guilty of murder and rape of Christa Worthington; West Yarmouth loses fire engine; Eastham crash injures two

McCowen sentenced to life in prison, maintains innocence
Christopher McCowen found guilty.

Guilty verdict in Worthington murder trial

BARNSTABLE - Christopher McCowen has been found guilty by a jury of 1st degree murder (felony and extreme atrocity) of Truro fashion writer Christa Worthington in January of 2002, aggravated rape and burglary. McCowen wept when the verdict was read just shy of noon today. This afternoon at sentencing McCowen spoke in court expressing sorrow for what had happened but maintaining his innocence. Judge Gary Nickerson then sentenced him to the mandatory life sentence without parole. There is an automatic appeal in the case. Listen to the verdict being read.

Budget crunch pulls fire engine from West Yarmouth

YARMOUTH - A financial squeeze is making for some difficult decisions at the Yarmouth Fire Department. According to an article in the Yarmouth Register there is a shortfall because of increased overtime in the department. Falling Medicare reimbursements are also cited in the financial bind. Yarmouth Fire Chief C. Randall Sherman sat down with Yarmouth Selectmen Tuesday night to discuss various options before selectmen voted to remove the engine from the station on Lewis Road off Route 28. An ambulance will remain at the station but fire response times will return to levels before the station became full time in 2004. Ironically voters have approved funds to replace the West Yarmouth station with a brand new one. Chief Sherman said he hopes to return the engine as soon as possible. Posted on 11/17 at 1:00 AM. Photo courtesy Britt Crosby/

Two injured in Eastham crash

EASTHAM - Two people were injured after being ejected from a SUV that crashed Wednesday night in Eastham. Three people were in a Ford Bronco that struck a utility pole and then rolled over on Campground Road. Eastham Police are investigating the crash. They did not identify the victims or their conditions. Posted on 11/16 at 2:40 PM. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on