Smoke in mall; Kitten killed in Yarmouth fight; Falmouth head-on; Fire Marshal seeks help in Nantucket car arsons

Firefighters find smoke inside Cape Cod Mall
HYANNIS - Firefighters responding to an alarm at the Cape Cod Mall found smoke in the building about 2 AM. They believe an electrical problem caused a small fire in the Cape Cod News store. There was no significant damage and the mall is open for business as usual today. Posted on 10/20 at 10:00 AM; updated on 10/20 at 5:00 PM.

Man charged with assualt, animal cruelty as kitten killed during fight
- Yarmouth Police responded to a fight in progress call at 18 Egg Harbor Road in West Yarmouth about 1 AM Thursday. Upon arrival Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers Chris Capobianco and David Schneeweis met with a man who reported that earlier in the night, his roommate was heavily intoxicated and had “stomped on” one of his kittens causing severe injuries.

The man further reported that as the night went on—the drunken roommate picked up the injured kitten, wrapped it in a towel, and threw it at him. The man stated that his roommate then took the telephone from him and threw it at him. The roommate then attacked him causing him to fall and strike his head on a coffee table. The victim was eventually able to subdue the drunken roommate and call police.

The suspect 47-year old Peter Hession of Yarmouth (pictured) was placed under arrest for assault and battery, cruelty to an animal and assualt and battery with a dangerous weapon and transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters. He was later transported to the Barnstable District Court for arraignment. He was held on $1,000 cash bail and will be housed at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne.

Yarmouth Animal Control Officer Penny Schiller took the 8-week-old male kitten to a local veterinarian but it was unable to survive its severe injuries and had to be euthanized. Another 8-week old male kitten was rescued and is currently in the care and custody of the Town of Yarmouth Animal Control Division. Posted on 10/19 at 8:00 PM.

Four injured in Falmouth head-on
- Four people were injured in a head-on crash on East Falmouth Highway about 9:30 PM. A vehicle driven by 23  year old Sean Patrick Oregan of Falmouth was apparently struck head-on by a vehicle driven by 47 year old George Lagos of Falmouth. Both drivers and two passengers in Oregan's car were taken to Falmouth Hospital where their conditions were not immediately known. Falmouth Police are investigating and charges may follow. Posted on 10/19 at 10:30 AM.

nfdFire Marshal, Chief seek help in Nantucket vehicle arsons
- State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, acting Nantucket Fire Chief Mark C. McDougall and Nantucket Police Chief William Pittman announced they are continuing to investigate a number of suspicious motor vehicle fires on Nantucket. State Fire Marshal Coan said, “The investigative team is continuing to investigate other incendiary motor vehicle fires and we hope the island community will come forward with any information that may help them.”

Acting Fire Chief Mark McDougall said, “We are asking anyone with information about these motor vehicle fires to confidentially call the Arson Hotline – 1-800-682-9229.” The Arson Hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program, which offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information that leads to solving arson cases. The Arson Watch Reward Program is sponsored by the property and casualty underwriting companies in Massachusetts.

The investigative team also encourages people to call the State Police Nantucket Office at (508) 228-0706 or the Nantucket Police Department’s Detectives Unit at (508) 228-1212, or the Police Department’s confidential Tip Line at (508) 228-3626.

One arrest has already been made as part of this on-going investigation. Christopher Metcalfe, age 53, was arrested for burning a new motor vehicle on October 4 at the Nantucket Town Dock. The Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case. Posted on 10/19 at 10:30 AM. christababemccowen

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