Flood watch; argument leads to Yarmouth crash

Mystery diesel fuel spill covers cars, roads
HYANNIS - Officials in Barnstable are trying to determine the source of a diesel spill that made for a big mess. According to reports a Barnstable County Sheriff's dispatcher arrived at work and discovered her car covered with the fuel.

Officials discovered the sheen on several roads such as here on Mary Dunn Way. Town sanders out for the storm were checked and found to be okay.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Somerfield.

Smoke detectors save lives in Hyannisport
- Fire offiicials say smoke detectors saved a mother and child after a fire broke out in their Hyannisport home about 10 PM Thursday. The Times reports officials think an unatttended candle sparked the fire at 61 Pram Road that burned curtains, a lamp and part of a mattress. No one was injured. Meanwhile in Harwich a load of laundry caught fire at a coin-op laundry on Doane Road Thursday afternoon. The clothes were destroyed and heavy smoke had to be ventilated from the building. No one was injured.

Fire at P.A. Landers plant in Plymouth
PLYMOUTH - Plymouth firefighters were able to control a potentially explosive situation Thursday. A fire broke out on the conveyor system at the P.A. Landers asphalt plant on Nicks  Nook Road. A nearby gas station was shut down because of concern about flames impinging on gas tanks there. A Bourne engine helped cover Plymouth during the emergency which sent thick black smoke into the air that could be seen for miles. Three workers at the plant escaped safely and no injuries were reported. The exact cause is under investigation. 

Trailer truck crash knocks out traffic lights at major Dennis intersection
DENNIS - Dennis Police urged drivers to use extreme caution for much of the day if their trip took them through the intersection of Route 28 and Route 134. Earlier this morning a tractor trailer unit struck the signal control box while turning the corner.

The truck fled but was caught a short time later by state police. The traffic lights were out for several hours until technicians could replace the box. Service was restored about 2:45 PM. 

Photo furnished by Dennis Police. 

Car crashes into woods off Route 132
- Police are looking at speed and saying a driver was very luck after a single vehicle crash early Thursday morning. The Chevorlet Malibu reportedly flew over a guardrail coming to rest in some trees about 30 feet off the road about 4:50 AM. Incredibly the driver was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with only minor injuries. It took two wreckers to pry the vehicle back onto the roadway. Barnstable Police are continuing to investigate the crash. Photo courtesy of Ryan Somerfield.

Car vs building in Yarmouth

- A popular restaurant was damaged  after being struck by a Jeep early Thursday morning. The crash happened at Ann and Fran's a well known breakfast spot on Route 28 in West Yarmouth. Yarmouth Police say an arguement led to the vehicle going out of control and crashing. Patrol Officers Michael Zontini and Andrew O'Malley arrived at the scene about 1:15 AM and determined that an eastbound 2004 Jeep Liberty had left the roadway and struck a fence-flagpole-picnic table-awning-and front steps of the restaurant. Police say an on-scene investigation revealed that the operator and passenger had been involved in an argument during which the passenger grabbed the steering wheel and pulled hard to the right causing the operator to loose control and crash. Extensive damage was done to the vehicle and the restaurant. The passenger 22-year old Matthew R. Weinbarg of West Yarmouth (right) was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property over $250 and malicious destruction of a vehicle over $250. He was due to be arraigned Thursday in Barnstable District Court. Both occupants of the Jeep were treated for minor injuries.

Scene photo courtesy of R. Copley; mugshot courtesy of YPD.  

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