Man tries to fire gun during Dennis raid; CCH surged

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Man tries to fire at police during raid in Dennis

Items seized in a raid in Dennis where a man tried to fire on police                                       DPD Photo
DENNIS - Scary moments Friday morning when police execute a search warrant and are met by a man who allegedly tried to fire a loaded gun at them. Dennis Police tell Cape Wide News At approximately 6:25 AM Friday morning March 9, 2007 members of the Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement's SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team assisted Dennis Police in the execution of a search warrant at Apartment#24, South Cape Apartments located at 691 Route 28 in West Dennis.

The search warrant was issued after a month long investigation into drug dealing being conducted from this apartment. The joint investigation was conducted by personnel from the Dennis, Yarmouth and Barnstable police departments and state police assigned to the Cape Cod Drug Task Force.

Upon initial entry by SWAT personnel into the apartment, police say they were confronted by an occupant who got up from a bed in the living room pointing (a loaded) 9mm S&W pistol at Ptl. Mark McWilliams (Barnstable Police Department), the first officer through the door. At this time the suspect pulled the trigger of the weapon however it failed to fire due to the suspect not having disengaged the safety. At this time Ptl. McWilliams grabbed the weapon and following a brief struggle was able to wrestle it from the suspect.

The suspect was identified as 25-year old Ronnie F. Baams Jr. of West Dennis.

A second suspect in the apartment, 22-year old Christina M. Davis was taken into custody without further incident.

Following a search of the apartment officers located more than 170 grams of powdered cocaine which was found secreted in various hiding devices (see photo right) and locations throughout the apartment. Additionally seven cell phones (some capable of messaging), 54 additional rounds of 9mm ammunition, 4 rounds of .12 gauge shotgun ammunition, brass knuckles and other drug paraphernalia including a scale were confiscated from the apartment.

Mr. Baams is charged with Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, Trafficking (More Than 100 Grams of Cocaine) Possession of a Firearm without a License, Possession of Ammunition and Being an Armed Career Criminal.

Mr. Baams was arraigned in Orleans District Court today where he pleaded not-guilty on all charges. Mr. Baams was held in lieu of a quarter-million dollars cash bail for his next appearance in court on March 30th.

Ms. Davis is being charged with Trafficking (More Than 100 Grams of Cocaine) and Failure to Secure a Firearm. She was also arraigned in Orleans District Court where she pleaded not guilty. Ms. Davis bail was set at $7,500 cash. Her next appearance in  court is scheduled for March 30th.

Both individuals face a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in state prison on the drug trafficking charge according to police. DPD photos.

Fishing  boat gutted by fire in Harwich
- a 35 foot fishing vessel was gutted by fire about 10:30 PM Friday. Fire crews were called to a pier in Saquatucket Harbor and found the boat Miss Morgan fully involved. They were able to knock down the blaze while Chatham, Brewster and Dennis covered the Harwich stations. The Coast Guard responded to dewater the vessel and check for any pollution. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two injured in Harwich crash
- Two people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital with non life-threatening injuries after a crash in Harwich. One vehicle apparently broadsided another at the bottom of the ramp from Route 6 to Route 137 just after 9:30 PM Friday. State Police are investigating the crash. Further details were not immediately available.

Stay away order vioaltion leads to drug, weapon charges
- An alert day care worker called police on a man known to have a stay away order when he was spotted. The man 46-year old Mark Wheeler of South Yarmouth fled before police arrived but was captured in Main Street in Hyannis by  Barnstable Police. Police reportedly discovered bag of marijuana and two handguns in his vehicle. He is charged with violation the protective order, possession of guns without a license and possession of marijuana.

Equipment damaged by early morning power surge at CCH
Woman trapped in elevator for time
- An apparent power surge damaged equipment at Cape Cod Hospital early Friday morning. Crews were apparently testing emergency generators when the problem tripped the fire alarm bringing Hyannis firefighters to the scene. There was no fire and no patients had to be moved but a pungent odor was reportedly noted around the labs. A woman was stuck in an elevator for a time before being freed by Hyannis firefighters. NStar crews were still on scene checking the situation out well into the daylight hours. Back on September 16 of last year a transformer caught fire at the hospital causing a huge cloud of smoke that could be seen for miles. Photo courtesy of R. Copley.

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