Convenience store robbed in Orleans; Traffic stop leads to drug bust; Car smashes Hyannis market; Boat fire causes scare in Yarmouth; cold eases but new problems arise

Convenience store robbed in Orleans
ORLEANS - A convenience store was robbed Saturday afternoon in Orleans. The suspect reportedly intimated to the clerk of the Christy's Market on South Orleans Road he had a weapon but none was shown. The suspect made off with an undetermined amount of cash reportedly fleeing up Route 39. A short time later State Trooper Jeffrey McCarthy spotted a truck fitting the description Orleans Police had broadcast and stopped it at Route 137 and Queen Anne Road in Harwich shortly after 4 PM. 31-year old Matthew Tolley of Chatham was arrested on charges of armed robbery, larceny over $250 and using a vehicle in the commission of a felony. Tolley was held on $10,000 bail and was expected to be housed at the Barnstable County House of Correction pending arraignment on Monday in Orleans District Court. Posted on 1/27 at 4:45 PM; updated on 1/28 at 10:00 AM.

Traffic stop leads to drug bust
- Car windows tinted too dark and a suspended driver's license led police to make a sizeable drug bust in Falmouth Saturday. Falmouth Police tell CWN it started when Officer Chris Bartolomei observed a gray 2000 Lincoln in the Teaticket Village of Falmouth shortly after 1:30 PM with what he believed was illegally tinted windows. Officer Bartolomei then used his patrol car's mobile computer to run a check on the vehicle's registration. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles' check revealed that the operator identfield as 37-year old Andre L. Silvia of Wareham had a suspended driver's license. Officer Bartolomei stopped the vehicle, identified the operator, and requested that he exit the vehicle. Mr. Silvia was subsequently placed under arrest. Police say two bags of marijuana and $3122 was found on his person. 

During an inventory search of the vehicle Detective Robert Murray discovered a hat in the rear seat of Mr. Silvia's vehicle, which reportedly contained about 208 grams of cocaine and about 12 grams of marijuana. In addition, a digital scale was also found in the vehicle. The cocaine and marijuana tested positive during a field test according to police. The cocaine has a street value estimated at between $15,000 and $20,000.

Falmouth Police also say a canine unit from the Barnstable County Sherriff's Office was requested and responded. Sergeant Paul Roderick and his canine conducted a check of the money on Mr. Silvia's person and found it indicated a presence of an illegal drug.

Mr. Silvia was charged with Operating with a Suspended License, Possession of a Class D Substance-Subsequent Offense, Possession of a Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute-Subsequent Offense, Possession of a Class B Substance-Subsequent Offense, Possession of a Class E Substance, and Trafficking Cocaine. His vehicle and cash were also seized. He is due to be arraigned on Monday in Falmouth District Court. Posted on 1/27 at 10:00 PM.

Car turns market into drive-thru in Hyannis
- A vehicle smashed right into the Cape Mart at the intersection of Center Street and Barnstable Road late Saturday morning. The driver was not injured. A plate glass window was shattered and some items strewn about by the impact. 

The crash is under investigation by Barnstable Police who will be trying to determine if it was a case of the driver hitting the gas instead of the brake. Further details were not immediately available. Posted on 1/27 at 2:00 PM. Photo courtesy of Frank Paparo/NEVN.

Boat fire quickly doused in Yarmouth
- A shipyard worker is credited with preventing a major blaze Friday in Yarmouth. The worker discovered a fire burning in this boat that was shrink wrapped at the Ship Shops on Pleasant Street about 2 PM Friday. Firefighters rushed to the scene in the frigid weather to find the worker had put out the fire with an extinguisher. Officials say without his quick action the situation could have become an inferno reminiscent of the Crosby Yacht Yards blaze of December 2003 in Osterville. The cause of Friday's fire is under investigation. Posted on 1/27 at 2:00 PM.

Frozen pipes keep firefighters busy
- As the worst of the cold eases firefighters are being kept busy responding to automatic alarms. Many are being triggered by frozen pipes that have burst causing water damage in structures. Some are pipes in the sprinkler systems, others are regular plumbing pipes. In some cases leaking water has caused extensive damage. The water also presents a danger of shorting electrical systems. Posted on 1/27 at 2:00 PM.

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