Cold brings sprinkler problems; Cotuit crash; Dennis restaurant fire; Yarmouth warns of rental scam

Sprinkler freeze up damages Daniel Webster Inn
Cape firefighters ready for another anticipated rash of broken pipe calls
SANDWICH - Sandwich firefighters were summoned to the Daniel Webster Inn shortly before 9 PM Wednesday when the fire alarm system tripped in the building. They found what firefighters expect will be an all too common occurrence as a big thaw commences over the weekend. A sprinkler pipe had apparently frozen during  Tuesday's frigid winds and then thawed this evening. There was water damage to the inn and power had to be cut to at least part of the building. No one was injured. Fire officials expect to get calls not only for sprinkler pipes but regular plumbing that froze and then thawed out and burst.

Driver injured in Cotuit crash

A wrecker removes a vehicle after it crashed seriously injuring the driver   Frank Paparo/NEVN
COTUIT - One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with serious injuries after a car vs tree in Cotuit Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened at the intersection of Putnam Avenue and Captain Semandus Road around 2 PM. Barnstable Police are investigating the crash. Further details were not immediately available.

Fire damages Dennisport restaurant
- Fast work by Dennis firefighters prevented major damage to a popular Dennisport restaurant. Crews responded to Clancy's Restaurant on Upper County Road about 9:45 AM after managers discovered a fire in the ductwork. Crews pulled ceiling tiles down in a restroom and put the fire out within about 20 minutes. Its not clear what sparked the fire. No injuries were reported. The restaurant hopes to reopen tomorrow. Photo courtesy R. Copley.

Yarmouth Police warn of rental scam
- Yarmouth Police are warning landlords of an apparent rental scam after a local resident was reportedly duped out of $3,500. The incident was reported to the Yarmouth Police Department on February 21st by the homeowner who stated that he received a response to his Internet advertisement of his rental property.

The interested person agreed to rent the home for two weeks in March for $3,500. The caller sent a cashiers check to the homeowner for $7,500. Upon receipt of the check-the homeowner received another message asking for $3,500 back for travel expenses. The homeowner sent $3,500 through Western Union. A short time later, the homeowner was informed that the original cashiers check of $7,500 was counterfeit.

• The name used by the alleged renter was John Kensington of Accra, Ghana.

• The name of the person sending the check on behalf of Kensington was Tom Smith of Houston, Texas.

• The counterfeit cashiers check indicated that it was drawn from a bank in Honolulu, Hawaii.

• The victim sent the $3,500 cash to James Toro of Accra, Ghana.

All of the information provided to the homeowner has been determined to be false. The Yarmouth Police Department is issuing this bulletin as a crime prevention warning and is seeking information from the general public. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Yarmouth Police Detective Sergeant Kevin P. Lennon at 508-775-0445 extension 132.

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