Disbarred lawyer theathens mother, rain causes crashes; man sought after chase

Disbarred lawyer arrested after Police stand off
Popular Orleans inn used as staging area
Barley Neck Inn
   Police from five towns and County converge on Barley Neck Inn.            cctoday photo
ORLEANS - In response to a reported domestic incident at this house on Brick Hill Road in which reportedly a death threat was involved,  police and fire personnel from five towns used the parking lot of the Barley Neck Inn as a staging area for handling the nearby incident. 

The suspect 62-year old Richard Birchall  was apparently emotionally disturbed and reportedly held his mother against her will.

 He surrendered to the police about an hour later, at around 6 pm.
No one was injured.

Police cordoned off the area for safety purposes. Officials say they were alerted to the situation by two calls, one from the mother herself.

She reportedly told police her son had a gun although no gun was apparently found.

As police and a special response unit stood bu Birchall apparently came out on his own and got into this Ford Taurus where he was taken into custody.

Photos right courtesy of Jake O'Callaghan.

Two car crash in Centerville

Firefighters on the scene of a two car crash in Centerville                          Frank Paparo
CENTERVILLE - Barnstable Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash in Centerville early Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened about 1 PM at the intersection of Route 28 and Phinney's Lane. 

An EMT is seen here helping a victim of the crash.

None of the injuies appear serious.

Photos courtesy of Frank Paparo. 

Crash snarls traffic on Route 132

Traffic was slowed after a collision between a pickup and a SUV                     Frank Paparo
BARNSTABLE - A collision between a pickup truck and a SUV snarled lunch hour traffic Wednesday. The collision near the entrance to Cape Cod Community College was one of several to occur on Route 132 in the rainy weather. The crash is under investigation by Barnstable Police. 

Man faces charges after police chase
- A Dennis man faces a slew of charges from several towns after taking police on a wild ride. The Times reports it started in Dennis when police stopped the man on Theophilus Smith Road. Police say the operator later identified as 47-year old James David Thelman gave police a false name and fled. A short time later the Volvo station wagon was found crashed into some trees on Great Western Road. Firefighters using thermal cameras were unable to locate a driver. After subsquent investigation Harwich Police plan to charge Thelman with operating with a revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident, operating negligently to endanger, marked lanes violation and speeding. Dennis Police have charges pending and Thelman is also reportedly wanted by Eastham Police for operating under the influence of alcohol, operating revoked, giving a false name and speeding. 
Editors note: due to an editing error a previous verison of this story was inaccurate. CWN regrests the error.

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