Dennis officer assaulted; drugs seized; Hyannis fire; Winds apparently bring down another power line; New dolphin strandings

Officer assaulted; drugs seized in Dennis 
DENNIS - Dennis Police were called to a home at 29 Bain Rd. in Dennisport at the request of a relative to check on the well being of a 27 year old male individual staying at that address around 2 PM today. Upon arrival Patrolman John Brady found indications that the house had been forcibly entered and located a male subject inside the residence. While speaking with the individual Patrolman Brady heard noises in the rear portion of the residence and upon investigating located approximately ¾ of a pound of "high grade" marijuana calued at $3,500 and over $3,400 in cash lying in plain view in a rear bedroom of the residence. At this time the male subject allegedly assaulted a second backup officer, Patrolman James Winn. The subject then fled the residence on foot. The individual nowq identified as 27-year old Luis Martinez managed to escape through the surrounding yards and a warrant was issued for his arrest charging him with assault & battery on a police officer and possession with intent to distribute class D (marijuana). Patrolman Winn was treated and released from Cape Cod Hospital for an injury to his left leg which he sustained during the assault and subsequent foot pursuit. Posted on 1/02 at 9:00 PM; updated on 1/03 at 5:30 PM. Photo furnished by Dennis PD.

Fire damages Hyannis home
HYANNIS - Hyannis firefighters were called to a fire scene at 4 Guy Lane off Straightway North Road about 3:45 PM Tuesday. A couch was discovered burning and quickly doused. Light smoke was ventilated and no one was injured. The fire does not appear suspicious possibly the result of sunlight being refracted off an object in one of the home's windows.

Winds apparent cause of power line failure
WAREHAM
- A major power line fell apparently from high winds causing an outage that affected about 5000 customers including some in Bourne. The outage started about 12:30 and lasted about 90 minutes until repairs were complete. The Times reports The Mass Maritime Academy was among those knocked out. This failure follows yesterday's line down in Orleans (see story in previous column). Posted on 1/02 at 5:00 PM.

New dolphin strandings reported
EASTHAM
- If you read our year in review you probably saw the story about a large number of dolphin strandings on the Cape and now it appears history is repeating itself. Over the weekend at least 16 dolphins stranded on Cape beaches. Three were dead when found and two others had to be euthanized but several others were brought to deep water at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown by the Cape Cod Stranding Network and successfully released. Officials are still studing to try to determine why the dolphins are stranding. Poste on 1/02 at 5:00 PM. CWN file photo.

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