MSP cruiser in crash
DENNIS - A Massachusetts State Police cruiser was reportedly involved in a crash early Thursday morning. It happened eastbound on Route 6 just past Exit 9 shortly before 3 AM when the cruiser apparently went out of control and crashed into the woods. Trooper Seth Peterson of the Yarmouth Barracks was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries. Authorities are investigating if weather conditions may have contributed to the crash.
Relative calm reported during Provincetown's "4th" celebration
PROVINCETOWN - It appears to have been a relatively calm 4th of July celebration in Provincetown. Rain caused the fireworks to start about 15 minutes early and appears to have caused many people to leave soon afterward. A handful of arrests and about as many protective custodies were reported. The only serious incident appears to have been a motorcycle vs car (see story below). State police and county sheriff's deputies patroled along with a mounted patrol from Plymouth County (right). Acting Ptown Chief Warren Tobias is seen at left in photo. Two years ago a series of fights resulted in a near riot.
Two injured in motorcycle crash in Provincetown
Rescuers place a neck collar on a victim of a car vs motorcycle in Ptown. Photo by Tim Caldwell.
PROVINCETOWN - Two people were injured, one seriously, when their motorcycle was struck by a car in Provincetown. The crash happened about 9 PM on Route 6A by the Sandcastle Resort. The operator of the motorcycle Dennis LaFlamme of Dennisport is seen above being put in a neck collar. A second unidentified rider reported to be a teen was seriously injured. The car driver John Kelly of Dorchester was not injured. Medflight helicopters were grounded by the rainy weather so both were rushed by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital. Provincetown Police are investigating. Further details were not immediately available. This is the third major motorcycle vs vehicle crash this week on the Cape (see related stories here).
Skateboarder critically injured in Wellfleet
WELLFLEET - A skateboarder was critically injured in Wellfleet Wednesday evening. It happened just before 5:30 PM at Commercial & Bank Streets. Medflight was not available due to weather so the victim 25-year old Caleb Porter of Wellfleet was rushed to CCH and was later transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital. He was reportedly skateboarding at the time he was struck when according to police he grabbed on to a bumper of a friend's truck. His skateboard snapped in two throwing him to the ground. The driver of the truck was identfied as 27-year old Shaye Cavanaugh also of Wellfleet. Wellfleet Police are still investigating the incident. Click here for a blog that is following Caleb's progress.
Fiery crash in Marstons Mills
Two SUVs were involved in a fiery crash in Marstons Mills. Photos by Frank Paparo.
MARSTONS MILLS - Barnstable Police are investigating a fiery crash in Marstons Mills. About 4:30 PM Wednesday a Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer collided at the intersection of Old Falmouth Road and Race Lane. The Mountaineer caught fire after impact. The driver of the Explorer 18-year old Colleen Shields of Centerville was taken to CCH with minor injuries. She was cited by police for failure to use care. The driver of the Mercury was 17-year old Christopher Albernaz of Marstons Mills, he and several passengers were removed from the Mercury but were reportedly not injured.
A Dennis Firefighter on shore watches the Harbor Patrol boat as it approaches the mariner in trouble.
At this time a foot pursuit ensued in which Patrolman Patsavos caught up to one of the individuals and following a struggle the suspect and officer fell to the ground. Upon falling to the ground Patrolman Patsavos received an injury to his right shoulder but managed to gain control of the suspect and pin him on the ground, where assisted by Patrolman Jessop, he was handcuffed.
The suspect was later identified as 22-year old Robert S. Daniels of Halifax. Mr. Daniels was charged with Breaking & Entering in the Night-time, Larceny, Trespassing and Malicious Destruction to a sign of a nearby business. Mr. Daniels was released on his own recognizance for appearance in the Orleans District Court on Thursday.
Patrolman Patsavos was transported from the scene to Cape Cod Hospital, by Dennis Fire/Rescue, where he was treated and released. Patrolman Patsavos is expected to return to duty following recuperation from the injury to his shoulder.
Recovered as result of the investigation was approximately $300 worth of merchandise taken from the store. Police are following up leads as to the identity of the remaining two suspects.