Ptown assault; M.E. loses Cape body; Orleans pedestrian hit; Dennis fire; Man arrested on drug charges after nearly hitting cruiser

Man Medflighted after vicious assault in Provincetown

EMTs work on a man found down unconscious on Commercial St. in Ptown                                  TC
PROVINCETOWN - A man reportedly suffered severe head injuries in an apparent vicious assault in Provincetown. The victim was found unconscious on Commercial Street in front of the Governor Bradford Bar. He was rushed to the Provincetown Municipal Airport and Medflighted to a Boston hospital. Authorities cordoned off the block of Commercial Street where the man was found with crime scene tape as State Police detectives assisted Provincetown with the investigation. Provincetown Police confirmed to CWN two local men were arrested in connection with the attack. They are identified as 31-year old Anthony Edwards and 28-year old Olivier Achtermann. They were both due to be arraigned Friday in Orleans District Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot). The motive in the attack is not clear but police say there is no evidence it was any kind of hate crime. Stay with Cape Wide News for continuing coverage of this story.

State M.E. suspended after Cape body "disappears" from morgue
BOSTON - It sounds like a plot straight out of the TV show Crossing Jordan. Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mark Flomenbaum (pictured) has been suspended by Governor Patrick after a body "went missing" from the morgue. Reports say the body was that of an unidentified man from Cape Cod who arrived at the morgue on April 23. The body was autopsied the next day. This incident comes about a month after the office was chastised for major overcrowding of bodies at the morgue including some that were stacked on top of one another. Read the story in today's Globe here. Update: State Police recovered the missing body after it was discovered it had been buried in a Boston cemetery under another person's name after that body was found at the morgue. 

Police investigate Route 149/Service Road crash

An SUV collided with a car at Route 149 and Service Road                                      Frank Paparo
WEST BARNSTABLE - Barnstable Police are investigating of solar glare may have played a role in the latest crash at a  notorious intersection. 
The crash happened at the intersection of Route 149, the Service Road and the off ramp of exit 5 from Route 6. One person was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Photos courtesy of Frank Paparo.

Two injured in Falmouth crash
FALMOUTH - Two people were injured in a multi car crash in Falmouth around 2:30 PM. The crash happened at the intersection of Carriage Shop Road and Sandwich Road. Falmouth Police say a car driven by 62-year old Stanley Gibbs was waiting to make a turn when it was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by 37-year old Maureen Mahoney of Mashpee. The impact pushed Gibbs vehicle into oncoming traffic where it collided with a vehicle driven by 47-year old Denise Dorado of Forestdale. Dorado and Gibbs were taken to Falmouth Hospital with minor injuries and Mahoney was cited for following too closely. 

Man struck and killed by truck in Orleans
- An elderly man was Medflighted to Boston Medical Center in critical condition after reportedly being struck by a truck on Route 28 near Monument Road in Orleans sometime around 2 PM. Tragically 78-year old Francis O'Neil of Orleans later died at the hospital. Orleans Police are investigating the crash. 

Man injured in fall from roof 
CHATHAM - One person was seriously injured in a construction accident in Chatham after falling 2 stories from a roof at a house on Shore Road around 2 PM. The victim 47-year old James Doucette of Brewster was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital. Further details were not immediately available.

Fire in Dennis
- Firefighters in Dennis were called to a structure fire at 51 Taunton Avenue shortly before 2 PM.

The fire appeared to be in the attic of the home. Investigators reportedly believe contractors renovating the home accidentally sparked the blaze when a torch being used to remove paint caught materials on fire.

No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated at $20,000.

Near collision with cruiser leads to drug bust
- A Hyannis man was arrested on drug charges after nearly crashing into a police cruiser. The near collision occurred about 12:30 AM as Sgt. Michael Clark headed to a reported disturbance call. Sgt. Clark stopped the vehicle after a brief chase on Walton Avenue. He allegedly detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and recognized the driver as 19-year old Anthony Russ. Russ was charged with operating to endanger, failing to stop for a police officer, possession of class D and possession of Class D with intent to distribute.

Yarmouth officers win national fitness title for second time
- Yarmouth Police Department Patrol Sergeant Patrick Carty and fellow Patrol Officers Andrew O'Malley and Kalil Boghdan are the Northeast region winners of the 8th Annual Nationwide 911 Fitness Challenge.  This is the second year in a row that these members of the Yarmouth Police Department have won the national title.

The nationwide contest is an annual fitness challenge for members of Public Safety.  The challenge is to lose fat and gain muscle as a team.  The team approach is designed to promote teamwork and camaraderie. 

The team with the greatest improvement is selected as a winner and a team from each region will be awarded $5,000 at a special ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Yarmouth Police Department team-known as the Undercover Bodybuilders-competed with over 1,000 other Public Safety teams from across the United States.

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