Crashes; Another drowning; driver cited after moped struck; disturbing grafiti

Fire fundraising scheme a scam
YARMOUTH
– Yarmouth Fire Chief Randall Sherman wants to get the word out about an apparent fundraising scam in the area. He says they have become aware of an unauthorized group soliciting funds on behalf of “Barnstable Village Firefighters and Relief Association” from a business in Yarmouth. Yarmouth Fire Department has confirmed that the Barnstable Fire Department has no current direct contact or phone solicitation taking place at this time. The only fundraising being done on behalf of the Yarmouth Fire Department thru the Yarmouth Firefighters and Relief Association is the mailed Annual Firefighters Ball notice that went out in June. There is no phone or direct contact solicitation being done on behalf of any organization associated with YFD. All businesses should be alert to any solicitation of this type and call to check for validity if approached in future. Call Yarmouth Police at (508) 775-0445 and report any questionable fundraising attempt on behalf of public safety and provide as much information as you can obtain from the solicitor to assist them in preventing these scams.

Plane lands safely after alert
HYANNIS
- A small plane landed safely at Barnstable Municipal Airport after the pilot declared an emergency. He radioed in his engine was running rough so firefighters responded to stand by just in case. The plane landed without incident about 8 PM. Posted on 8/15 at 8:30 PM.

Driver injured in car vs tree
FALMOUTH
- One person was seriously injured in a crash on Waquoit Highway in Falmouth late Tuesday afternoon. Rescuers were calling for a Medflight for the victim Andrew Constantine of Centerville after his car struck a tree. He was taken to Falmouth Hospital. Further details were not immediately available. Posted on 8/15 at 6:00 PM; updated on 8/16 at 8:00 AM.

Crash ties up traffic in Dennis
DENNIS - A three vehicle crash closed Route 28 in Dennis about 3:30 PM. No serious injuries were reported in the crash at the intersection of Depot Road by Barbo's Furniture. Dennis Police are investigating. Posted on 8/15 at 6:00 PM.

Child reportedly nearly drowns in Brewster
BREWSTER - A child was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital after reportedly nearly drowning Tuesday afternoon. The boy was apparently pulled out of the water at Paines Creek behind the Natural History Museum around 2:30 PM. Further details were not immediately available. Posted on 8/15 at 3:30 PM.

Fire chief escapes injury in crash
SANDWICH - Sandwich Fire Chief George Russell escaped injury in a collision this afternoon. The Chief's marked Ford Crown Victoria collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Route 6A and Tupper Road. The pickup truck driver also escaped injury. Sandwich Police are investigating reports the pickup truck may have run a red light. Posted on 8/15 at 6:00 PM.

Disturbing graffiti discovered in Centerville
CENTERVILLE - Barnstable Police are investigating the discovery of some disturbing graffiti in a Centerville neighborhood. A racial epithet was scrawled on the roadway at the intersection of Prince Hinckley Road and Skunknet Road (A Barnstable DPW worker is seen obliterating it) . Nearby on Buckskin Path two swastikas were discovered. Anyone with information is asked to call Barnstable Police. Posted on 8/15 at 8:30 PM; photo courtesy of Frank Paparo.

Moped rider injured after hit by delivery truck
BARNSTABLE - There's a bizarre twist in a truck vs moped crash in Barnstable Tuesday afternoon. Shortly before 1 PM a DHL delivery truck struck a moped while trying to turn from Route 6A onto Mary Dunn Road. 39-year old Chewang Richen Lama was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with a leg injury. Police cited the unidentified DHL driver for failing to yield. In a weird irony Lama is Nepalese and gave officials the same address as Chhodha Lama the man who was the victim of a hit & run while riding his bike in Barnstable  on August 5 (see story that date). It's believed the two are related though its not immediately clear how. Posted on 8/15 at 3:30 PM. 

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