Hyannis stabbing; Wareham fire; Mall training exercise

Stabbing in Hyannis
HYANNIS - One man was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital after reportedly being stabbed in the chest at this duplex on Hiramar Road in Hyannis about 12:30 AM after an apparent family dispute . Barnstable Police interviewed witnesses who reportedly told them 41-year old Santos Arriaga was stabbed by 43-year old Santiago Alavardo. Alavardo fled but police found him at a residence a short time later and he reportedly still had the knife on his person. Arriaga is still in intensive care at CCH. Alavardo was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to murder, and assault and battery (domestic). He was due to be arraigned Monday in Barnstable District Court. 

Fire destroys house in Wareham
- The state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of a fire that gutted a home at 4 Highland Court in Wareham late Sunday evening.

A Bourne engine covered the empty Onset fire station during the blaze. No injuries were reported. Further details were not immediately available.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Somerfield. 

Training exercise prepares emergency responders at mall

Emergency responders conducted a training exercise at the Cape Cod Mall              Ryan Somerfield.
HYANNIS - In the wake of 9/11 shopping malls are considered a high profile target because of high concentrations of people in a small area. Sometimes the threat can come from within as in the recent deadly rampage at a Salt Lake City mall. Sunday evening after the Cape Cod Mall closed to the public, emergency officials including Barnstable Police, Hyannis Fire and mall security amongst others converged to conduct a training exercise. Understandably specifics were not released for security reasons but the scenario reportedly involved hostages being held. Passing motorists probably noticed a police command vehicle and several cruisers and other emergency vehicles in the mall parking lot. Expansion of the mall over the years has made it necessary for responders to continue to be familiar with the layout of the mall and what resources are available inside. Photo courtesy of Ryan Somerfield.

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