Ptown 4th of July

Skirmishes but no major problems for Ptown fourth
- There were a number of skirmishes on the streets of Provincetown after the fireworks but no major brawls like last year. Police chief Ted Meyer reports 11 arrests and 10 people were put in protective custody for public drunkenness and 10 rescue calls.  Pre planning appeared to pay off. Prior staging of extra ambulances meant that all medical calls were handled efficiently. Mounted units from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department rode back and forth by town hall preventing the congregating that contributed to last years troubles.

Alleged stolen car thief taken down at gunpoint in Ptown
Stolen car arestPROVINCETOWN – Drivers entering Provincetown must have wondered what was going on. Provincetown Police were tipped off by Dennis Police a Black Nissan Maxima had been stolen in their town and was supposedly headed to Provincetown. Dennis Police warning Provincetown the driver would likely flee if he saw police. In a carefully orchestrated maneuver at least a half dozen police units closed in on the vehicle ready to put out stop strips if he fled. Stolen mvThe vehicle was stopped on Route 6 by Shankpainter Road just before 3:30 PM. Photos you saw first on Cape Wide News show the suspect being led to a Barnstable Sheriff’s van for transport to the Ptown booking facility. In the second photo Provincetown Police Sgt. James Golden looks on as Patrol officers Martin Menangas and Rachel Peters do an inventory search of the vehicle. An unidentified woman who was apparently a passenger was questioned but it is not believed she was charged. Public court records identify the suspect as 18-year old Steven Sirois of Dennis who pled not guilty. Further details were not immediately available.

Police chief: Ptown ready for fourth celebration

Ptown fireworksPROVINCETOWN - Provincetown Police Chief Ted Meyer says the town is prepared for the anticipated tens of thousands of people expected for tonight's fireworks display. Last year's fireworks were marred by a series of skirmishes after the finale bringing about dozens of arrests and culminating in a near riot by Provincetown Town Hall.

The chief told Cape Wide News patrols will be out in force today watching for public drinking especially along the beaches. Extra porta potties have also been placed strategically through the town. Mounted patrols from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department will be used to keep crowds moving. Extra officers from several agencies will be on standby just in case. In a departure from normal parking will not be allowed along Route 6 this year. Visitors will be directed to National Seashore beach parking lots and bused in and out of downtown. (Above is the scene from a Ptown Fourth a few years ago.)

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