Lightning wreaks havoc; Barnstable crash; Dennis axe assault

Squall line keeps firefighters busy
FALMOUTH - An afternoon squall line kept area firefighters busy. In Falmouth officials were hopping late Friday afternoon and early evening answering a plethora of automatic fire alarms. A house on in Edgartown on the Vineyard on Dodger Hill Road was struck by lightning causing minor damage but no injuries. Reports were received of houses being struck in Mashpee and Eastham but no significant damage was reported and no one was injured. There was also a report of a person being stunned in Brewster when lightning stuck close to them.

Truck fire slows Route 28 traffic
- A truck fire late Friday afternoon slowed traffic along Route 28 in Hyannis near the Yarmouth line.

Passing motorists reported the engine compartment was fully involved.

Firefighters from both Hyannis and Yarmouth were able to quickly douse the flames. No one was injured.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the truck to catch fire. Photo courtesy of R. Copley.

TT driver cited after crash
BOURNE - A tractor trailer driver was cited for an improper lane change following a frightening crash Friday afternoon. Police say the semi driven by 43-year old Ramon Andrade of Everett was changing lanes on the MacArthur Boulevard section of Route 29 when it clipped a car driven by 53-year old Robert Sylvia of Falmouth. The car spun out of control and crashed into the woods. Incredibly Silvia was only slightly injured and was treated and released at Falmouth Hospital. 

Woman injured in Route 6 rollover
- A Dennis woman was injured after her car apparently hydroplaned and rolled over on Route 6. 29-year old Corinne Ceravoni was eastbound before exit 6 around 8 AM at a point police say is a known trouble spot during heavy rains when the crash happened. Passersby including Dennis Police Chief Michael Whalen assisted the woman until Barnstable rescuers arrived. It took them about 35 minutes to extricate Ceravoni. Because helicopters were grounded by the rain she was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. State Police are investigating the crash

Man charged in alleged axe attack
-  A local man is accused of wielding an axe during an argument at a local condo complex. Dennis Police tell CWN about 7:45 PM Thursday they responded to a 9-1-1 call from an individual at the Plantation Condominiums, located at 371 Route 28 West Dennis, reporting that a male subject had just assaulted a resident with a long handled axe in the parking lot of the complex.

As a result of the police investigation it was learned that the suspect 50-year old Michael J. Adler of Dennis had reportedly first approached the victim who was landscaping the property in front of his unit. At this time Mr. Adler is alleged to have offered the sexual services of his female companion to the victim in exchange for money. When the victim refused, Mr. Adler began to verbally argue with the victim and returned to his apartment, retrieving a long handled axe which he swung at the victim but did not strike him.

A witness interceded and managed to calm the situation after which Mr. Adler returned to his apartment. Upon the arrival of police, Mr. Adler fled his apartment through a rear bathroom window but was located by Patrolman Henry Jessop hiding in nearby woods. The axe used in the assault was also located by police and taken into evidence.

Mr. Adler was charged with one (1) count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (axe). He was held on $500 cash bail at the Barnstable County Jail for his appearance in Orleans District Court on Friday. The allegation of solicitation of sex for money is under investigation.

Pickup goes for swim during boat launch
- A pickup truck wound up in the water during a boat launching in Pocasset. It happened late Thursday afternoon at the Barrows Landing boat ramp in Pocasset. The driver was able to escape cold and wet but uninjured. The truck was pulled out and no pollution hazard was reported. 

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