Two arrested on weapons, stolen property charges; Home invasion suspect found hanging in county jail

Home invasion suspect found hanging in county jail
- An inmate at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Bourne was found hanging in his cell late Sunday night according to Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings. Guards discovered the inmate and began CPR. He was rushed to Falmouth Hospital and was pronounced dead. The press statement did not describe the death as a suicide  but the inmate was the only one in the cell. WQRC news reported the victim was the suspect in a weekend home invasion and car theft in Sagamore (see story) who was awaiting arraignment Monday morning.

The deceased now identified as 38-year old Cordell Joseph had reportedly broken into his former home at 10 Long Boat Road in Bourne on Friday where he waited for the homeowner to come home and assaulted him, the police said. A year ago Joseph was a manager at the Bank of America in Hyannis, but was arrested on a drug charge in April He was scheduled to meet with a prision psychologist later on the morning of his death.

The incident is under investigation by the Cape & Islands District Attorney's office. Following another death last year guards were required to check inmates every half hour. Posted on 11/20 at 12:00 PM; updated on 11/21 at 7:20 AM. 

Two arrested on weapons, stolen property charges
DENNIS - Two people were arrested on firearm and stolen property charges in Dennis. It all started about 9:40 PM last Thursday when Ptl, Richard Troy observed a Pontiac sedan on Route 28. A computer check showed the registration was revoked. Ptl. Troy found the vehicle on Maple Terrace in South Dennis a short tine later unoccupied. He observed jewelry and ammunition in the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the police station while a search warrant was obtained. As a result of a search over $5,000 in stolen property including a laptop, shotgun, two rifles and various electronic items were recovered. Some of the items were believed to have been taken in house break ins in Dennisport, Harwich and Yarmouth and Barnstable. Two people were arrested for their alleged involvement. Reinaldo Torres, 20 years of age, of East Dennis was arrested on Friday evening and charged with Receiving Stolen Property valued at more than $250. Mr. Torres was initially released on his own recognizance for his appearance in Orleans District Court on Monday November 20th, where he pled not-guilty. Mr. Torres is scheduled for pre-trial conference in Orleans district court on Tuesday December 19th.
Afries Rodriquez, 22 years of age, of Harwich was charged with Carrying a Firearm without a Permit and Possession of Ammunition without a Permit. Mr. Rodriquez, was arrested on Saturday morning and was held in lieu of bail at the Barnstable County Jail for his appearance in Orleans District Court on Monday morning November 20, 2006. At his arraignment Mr. Rodriquez pled not-guilty and was held on $5,500 cash bail on these charges. Mr. Rodriquez is next scheduled for pre-trial conference in Orleans District Court on Tuesday November 28th. An ongoing investigation continues by Dennis Police in cooperation with several other departments. Posted on 11/20 at 5:00 PM.

Fishing vessel assisted for second time
NANTUCKET - For the second time in less than two weeks a New Jersey based fishing vessel needed Coast Guard assistance. The Susan Marie taking on water 32 miles off Nantucket about 3 PM Monday. A cutter on patrol in the area and a helicopter responded and dropped pumps to the stricken vessel after a compartment began to flood. A similar incident involving the same boat occurred on November 9th. Posted on 11/21 at 6:00 AM.

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