Downed wire closes Route 28; Woman falls in water in Ptown; Dennis crash; Marstons Mills crash, 3 arrested for OUI in Yarmouth; Man arrested for attempted B&E, assaulting officer in Harwich; blackout, kitchen fire keep Falmouth busy

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Police seek hit & run driver after wheelchair struck
YARMOUTH - Yarmouth Police are looking for the motorist who allegedly struck a man in a wheelchair on Hastings Avenue around 5 PM and left the scene. The man 57-year old Mark Walters was not seriously injured and managed to get home where he called police. Based on his description police are seeking a two door medium blue Saturn with Florida disabled veteran plates. Anyone with information is asked to contact Yarmouth Police at (508) 775-0445. Posted on 1/02 at 7:00 AM.

Downed wire closes Route 28 in Orleans
ORLEANS - A portion of Route 28 in Orleans was closed for a time late New Year's afternoon after a live power line came down. The wire came in contact with a metal guardrail energizing it and creating a hazardous situation until NStar crews could arrive and cut power. Outages were reported in parts of South and East Orleans. The South Orleans Road section of Route 28 was closed between Monument Road and Nye Road. Its not clear if todays rainy and windy conditions brought down the wire. Posted on 1/01 at 6:00 PM. 

Man oaky after New Years "polar bear" swim
PROVINCETOWN - New details on a story CWN broke first. A man was uninjured after running into distress during a "polar bear" swim in the chilly waters of Provincetown Harbor off Macmillan Wharf about 1:15 PM.

He had made it ashore safely when rescuers arrived. An ambulance crew evaluated him for hypothermia but he reportedly declined to go to the hospital. Further details were not immediately available. Posted on 1/01 at 5:00 PM: updated on 1/05 at 10:00 PM. CWN File photo. 

Police investigate Dennis crash
DENNIS - Police are investigating a crash that injured two people in Dennis around 12:30 PM. The crash happened on Route 134 at Upper County Road when according to police a Toyota Corolla operated by 74-year old Richard O'Neil of South Dennis allegedly ran a red light and collided with a Nissan Altima driven by 18-year old Ashley Boucher of Harwich. Both drivers were taken to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment. Dennis Police cited O'Neil for the red light violation. Posted on 1/01 at 4:30 PM; updated on 1/02 at 9:00 PM. 

Serious injury reported in Marstons Mills crash
MARSTONS MILLS
- Two people were injured, one seriously in a crash in Marstons Mills about 10 AM. The crash happened about 10 AM in the 3000 block of Route 28. A Medflight helicopter was requested but could not respond so the victims were transported to CCH. One of them was later driven to a Boston Hospital but is expected to survive. Barnstable Police are investigating. Posted on 1/01 at 11:00 AM.

Three arrested for OUI overnight in Yarmouth
YARMOUTH
- Between Midnight and 2 AM New Year's morning the Yarmouth Police Department assisted by additional patrol forces funded by the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau arrested three alleged drunken drivers.

The first incident occurred at approximately midnight when Patrol Officer Karen Ballinger spotted a 1997 Isuzu pickup truck traveling westbound on Route 28 at a high rate of speed and fail to stop for a red light at the intersection of Berry Avenue. Patrol Officer Ballinger attempted to conduct a vehicle stop at the intersection of Wimbledon Drive but the vehicle continued on and failed to stop. The vehicle traveled at high rates of speed through the residential areas of Wimbledon Drive, West Road, Broadway Avenue and Berry Avenue-before crashing in to a tree. Both occupants bailed out of the vehicle and fled in separate directions. Additional patrol forces arrived and secured the area while Yarmouth Police K9 Patrol Officer Marc Thibeault and his partner Clark searched for the two suspects. A short time later-a 27 year old female was located hiding in a trailer. She was subsequently identified as the passenger and brought to Yarmouth Police Headquarters, interviewed, and released to a responsible family member. At approximately 12:50 AM Patrol Officer Albert Sprague and Patrol Sergeant Thomas Hennessey located the driver of the vehicle 18-year old John Giron of Hyannis hiding behind a house on Bradford Road and placed him under arrest for OUI Alcohol and a variety of additional motor vehicle violations.

The second arrest occurred at 1:39 AM when Patrol Officer Albert Sprague observed a 1998 Dodge pickup truck operating at a high rate of speed-65 MPH in a 40 MPH posted speed zone-westbound on Route 28. With the assistance of Patrol Officer Paul Mellet, Officer Sprague was eventually able to stop the vehicle. An interview and testing of the driver 24-year old Jean C. Arrabal of South Yarmouth led to the determination that he was intoxicated and he was placed under arrest for OUI Alcohol.

The third arrest occurred at 2 AM when Patrol Officer Scott Lundegren observed a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am traveling westbound on Route 28 in an erratic manner. Patrol Officer Lundegren stopped the vehicle and after interviewing and testing the operator 27-year old Egan C. Reed of West Yarmouth determined that he was intoxicated and placed him under arrest for OUI Alcohol. Posted on 1/01 at 11:00 AM.

Man arrested for attempted B&E, assaulting officer in Harwich
HARWICH
- A Dennis man was arrested after police responded to a burglar alarm and discovered a attempted breaking and entering. Police responded to a Dune Road residence about 5:30 PM New Years Eve. A short time later they stopped and arrested 37-year old Shawn Pacheco for the alleged break-in. The Times reports Pacheco attempted to kick out a cruiser window and later in the booking area he allegedly assaulted officerNeil Nolan. Nolan was treated and released at CCH. Pacheco was charged with attempted B&E, assault and battery on a police officer, malicious destruction to the cruiser, as well as two other vehicles and breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle. He is due to be arraigned on Tuesday in Orleans District Court. Posted on 1/01 at 4:30 PM.

Blackout hits Falmouth
FALMOUTH
- Parts of Falmouth were dark for much of New Year's Eve after a primary wire failed. About 2300 customers lost power. NStar was able to switch most back on but several hundred were out for about 3 hours. Posted on 1/01 at 11:00 AM.

Kitchen damaged by fire
FALMOUTH
- A pan of grease apparently flared up causing a kitchen fire in Woods Hole. Firefighters were called to a Proctor Road home around 6:30 PM New Years Eve. The fire spread to some cabinets before being doused and filled the house with smoke which had to be ventilated. No injuries were reported. Posted on 1/01 at 11:00 AM.

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