Record number of drownings, Yarmouth crash; Harwich skateboard accident; M/V b&e suspect caught

Cape has had eight drownings in the past month alone
Four in past week, none during same period last year
Story by WB
CAPE COD - According to a story in today's Boston Globe;

Cape Cod and the Islands have recorded eight drownings in the past month, including four since Aug. 3, that have made this summer exceptionally deadly on the beaches and in the ponds of the state's premier hot-weather destination.

Last year in the same period, no drownings occurred on Cape Cod, prompting some public safety officials to question whether this summer's excessive heat has driven more people to the beaches and has made bathers more susceptible to heart attacks or heat exhaustion.

"You've got people who are going near the water who don't normally do that," said Sergeant Blake Gilmore, executive officer of the State Police Underwater Recovery Unit. "We had a cool spring and a very wet spring, where the water level rose considerably, and then we moved into a very hot spell,"

From July 12 through Wednesday, the drownings have taken the lives of victims ranging in age from 18 to 80 and have occurred in settings from a rip current off Nantucket to ponds in Brewster and Hyannis. Read the rest of the story here.

Driver seriously injured in Yarmouth crash
- One man was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital with serious injuries following a rollover crash in Yarmouth Friday evening. The crash happened about 9 PM on Willow Street. The victim 40-year old Stanley McClain of Yarmouthport was reportedly later flown to a Boston hospital. The crash is under investigation by Yarmoith Police. Posted on 8/12 at 12:00 AM; updated on 8/16 at 4:00 PM.

Skateboarder Medflighted after Harwich incident
Skateboard victimHARWICH
- A skateboarder was Medflighted to a Boston Hospital after being hurt in Harwich Friday afternoon.

51-year old Jean Hooper of Brewster was struck by a pickup truck where the bike trail crosses Queen Anne Road near Penobscot Way shortly after 4 PM.

The victim was taken to Harwich High School to meet the helicopter.

Harwich Police are investigating. Further details were not immediately available.

Posted on 8/12 at 12:00 PM; updated on 8/12 at 6:30 AM; Photos courtesy Jake O'Callaghan/Carl Jacobs.

Person impaled in Wellfleet
- One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after suffering a severe gash, reportedly after being impaled by a metal object. The incident happened on the bike trail behind the South Wellfleet General Store off Lecounts Hollow Road around 5:15. The victim was reportedly on a skateboard when he collided with a truck. Posted on 8/12 at 12:00 AM; update don 8/12 at 4:00 PM.

Man caught red-handed breaking into MVs
- Barnstable Police have arrested a man they believe was responsible for a series of car break ins where purses were stolen. Police were called to the Tedeschi's on Route 28 in Centerville to investigate one incident. Armed with information from there they set up a stakeout at the Burger King parking lot on Route 132 and allegedly caught 50-year old John Freed in the act of breaking into a car. They then reportedly discovered several purses in his vehicle. Freed was charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the daytime with intent to commit a felony and two counts of larceny over $250. Posted on 8/11 at 4:00 PM.

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