Fatal head-on in Wellfleet; Hyannis crashes (3); Comcast meltdown; Truro drug bust; YPD nabs man with 20 warrants; MV B&E in Dennis; DPD auction

Vehicle crashes into previous crash scene
WEST BARNSTABLE - A state trooper working an accident scene on Route 6 eastbound got quite a scare when a vehicle reportedly struck her cruiser and a tow truck that was removing the vehicle that had crashed in the median earlier. The scene unfolded between exits 5&6 about 6:15 AM. Trooper Heather Smolinsky was filling out paperwork in the cruiser when it was struck. The trooper was shaken up but no one else was injured in either crash. Her cruiser was significantly damaged. Traffic was down to one lane until the wreckage was cleared. 

Alleged thief caught after chase
TRURO - Truro Police have arrested a suspect accused of breaking into a car and stealing golf clubs. The incident happened at the Highland Links Golf Course Thursday evening.

Officer Scott Holway was being given a description of the vehicle a black Mercedes seen leaving the scene over his radio and realized the car was in traffic just ahead of him on Route 6.

The vehicle took off when Ofc. Holway tried to stop it and Truro and Wellfleet Police chased the vehicle along Route 6 into Wellfleet until it was stopped by Money Hill Road.

After a short foot chase the suspect was apprehended by Officer Nick Ambrosini. Wellfleet Police Officers Campbell, Turner and Darakjy assisted at the scene. The getaway car (right) turned out to be stolen as well.

The suspect 50-year old Donald C. Cross of New Bedford (pictured) was arrested for larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle and numerous motor vehicle  charges. He also had two outstanding warrants. Mugshot furnished by Truro PD; Photo by Tim Caldwell.

Man pinned under helicopter
OSTERVILLE  - A man reportedly had his arm become pinned under a helicopter late Thursday afternoon. 76-year old Jefferson Van Der Wolk was reportedly working on the helicopter when a gust of wind moved the helo and pinned his arm. Centerville, Osterville, Marstons Mills rescuers were able to free him and because Medflight was unavailable rushed him to Cape Cod Hospital. 

Driver killed in head-on crash in Wellfleet
Holiday traffic backed up for miles

A head-on crash in South Wellfleet backed up traffic for miles.  Photo courtesy of BWS.
WELLFLEET - A head-on crash killed one person and seriously injured another. The crash happened about 9 AM on Route 6 by Rookie's Restaurant near Lieutenant Island Road. A truck apparently veered into oncoming traffic and struck a car. A third vehicle could not avoid the collision and also crashed. The victim identified as 43-year old Mims Sparks of Truro was pronounced dead at CCH. A well known DPW worker in Ptown, Sparks could often be seen in the morning operating the town sweeper. The driver of the truck 48-year old Carlos Vicente of Eastham was seriously injured and rushed to CCH . The driver of the third car was identified as 72-year old Joan Moriarty of Truro. Traffic was snarled for nearly 3 hours and backed up for miles while officers from the Cape Cod Law Enforcement Regional Crash Investigation Team headed by Wellfleet Sgt. Michael Hurley reconstructed the crash. This was the fourth fatal crash on the Cape in the last nine days. The Provincetown Banner contributed to this report.

Two extricated from Harwich crash
- Two people had to be extricated after a crash Thursday afternoon in Harwich. The crash reportedly happened on Bank St. The severity of the injuries was not clear. Further details were not immediately available.

Fallen tree cuts power to County complex
- A fallen tree in Phinney's Lane took down power lines knocking out power to about 600 customers in Barnstable. The county complex including 1st district and superior courts lost power for about an hour.

"Crazed" driver damages cars at Hyannis dealership

This SUV struck several vehicles at Ford of Hyannis, caused another crash then struck a pole.
HYANNIS - An apparently "crazed" driver used his SUV as a battering ram damaging several vehicles on the Ford of Hyannis lot.

The driver 25-year old Christopher Ballard of Hyannis then reportedly caused a crash at Route 28 &  Bearses Way before finally striking a utility pole on Corperation Road around 3 PM Thursday.

Ballard and his passenger 45-year old Tina Munroe were taken to CCH by Hyannis Rescue. No one else was hurt. Barnstable Police are trying to determine what caused the strange series of events to unfold.

Charges of operating to endanger were filed by police against Ballard and additional charges were possible.

 Photos by Frank Paparo.

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Argument leads to crash in Hyannis

A BPD officer talks to driver of truck allegedly rammed by woman in gray sedan on wrecker.
HYANNIS - An argument apparently so enraged a woman that she allegedly rammed her car into a pickup truck. It happened around 11 AM at the Cromwell Court apartments on Barnstable Road. One person was taken to CCH by Hyannis Rescue and police arrested the woman seen here in a cruiser. Further details were not immediately available.
Photos by Frank Paparo.

A McDonald's motoring morning: super-size that dent


hymaccombo_4032 car accident on Rt 132 in between McDonald's and Christmas Tree mall
Hyannis morning commute was a mess for a while

This two car collision on Route 132 in Hyannis in front of McDonald's happened  just after 8 this morning.

The cars had to be left for a time in the middle of the road causing a difficult commute.

In the photo above Hyannis firefighters check on one car while on the right the one is questioned by a officer.

At least two were transported to CCH

Photos by Richard Copley 

Comcast has a meltdown on Cape
MASHPEE - Comcast cable TV and internet service was knocked out Cape Wide for a good portion of the morning. TV went out in some areas before dawn. by 7:30 AM all towns on Cape served by Comcast were completely out. The problem reportedly occurred in the Mashpee head end or control point but its still not clear what caused the outage. We do know power lines came down on Route 151 at Quashnet Road in Mashpee but its unclear if this was related as Comcast usually has emergency power to cover such situations. The outage knocked our CWN live fire scanner off line for much of the day but it is back on now. We're trying to get a comment from Comcast and will let you know any further details.

5 arrested after traffic stop ends in drug bust
- 5 people were arrested after a traffic stop ended with the discovery of marijuana. Officer Nick Ambrosini stopped a car that reportedly had no inspection sticker on it Wednesday evening. Officer Ambrosini and Officer Craig Danziger reportedly discovered alcohol and marijuana seeds in the vehicle. The occupants were all determined to be under the age of 21. During an inventory search of the vehicle police discovered 15 bags each containing 1.4 grams of marijuana and a scale. 20-yea rold Jeremy Robinson of Yarmouth, 19-year old Nicholas Morin of Centerville, 19-year old Jason Tobin of Hyannis, 19-year old Christopher Johnson of Centerville and 18-year old Blair Dalrymple of Attleboro were all charged with possession of Class D with intent to distribute and minors in possession of alcohol. Robinson, the driver was also charged with several motor vehicle offenses. All were due in Orleans District Court Thursday.

Man arrested on 20 warrants in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH - Yarmouth Police arrested a man with 20 outstanding warrants Wednesday. About 12:15 PM Yarmouth Police Patrol Investigator observed a known wanted person traveling as a passenger in a motor vehicle on Route 28 in South Yarmouth. Patrol Investigator Van Ness-with the assistance of fellow Patrol Officers Olivier Naas and Michael Zontini-stopped the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier at the intersection of Pine Grove Road.

Police say the passenger immediately attempted to exit the vehicle and run but was stopped by Patrol Investigator Van Ness.  The passenger-with verbal support from the operator-then vehemently denied his true identity but that was reportedly overcome when his wallet and identification was located stuffed in the passenger door armrest.

The subject 29-year old Troy Thatcher was placed in custody and transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters.  He was charged with Default Felony Warrant Breaking and Entering Orleans District Court, Default Warrant Larceny Orleans District Court, Default Warrant 3 Counts of Larceny and 3 Counts of Uttering Orleans District Court, Default Warrant Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Straight Warrant Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Barnstable District Court, Default Felony Warrant Breaking and Entering Barnstable District Court, Default Felony Warrant Larceny of a Firearm Barnstable District Court, Default Felony Warrant Breaking and Entering Barnstable District Court, Default Felony Warrant Breaking and Entering Barnstable District Court, Default Warrant Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Barnstable District Court, Default Warrant Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Barnstable District Court, Default Warrant Operating with a Revoked License and Failure to Provide True Identity, Default Felony Warrant Breaking and Entering Barnstable District Court, Straight Warrant Larceny Barnstable District Court, Default Felony Warrant Breaking and Entering Orleans District Court, Default Warrant Conspiracy to Commit Crime Orleans District Court, Default Warrant Conspiracy to Commit Crime Orleans District Court, Default Felony Warrant Breaking and Entering Orleans District Court, Default Felony Warrant Breaking and Entering Orleans District Court, and Default Felony Warrant Breaking and Entering Orleans District Court. He was held without bail and scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Barnstable District Court. Mugshot furnished by YPD.

Two arrested for MV B&E in Dennis
- An alert citizen helped thwart a breaking and entering into a motor vehicle Wednesday evening. Dennis Police tell CWN about 7:30 PM they responded to a 911 call reporting a Breaking & Entry to a motor vehicle had just occurred to a vehicle parked at a residence on Kingswear Cr. in South Dennis.

The caller was able to provide police with a description of the suspect vehicle and one of the occupants. While en-route to the call Sgt. Brian Cummings observed a vehicle fitting the description traveling southbound on Old Bass River Rd. approximately 1 mile from the scene of the B&E.  The vehicle was subsequently stopped by Sgt. Cummings and the occupants identified.

As a result of further investigation both of the occupants of the vehicle were arrested and charged with Breaking & Entering a Motor Vehicle, Possession of  Class D Controlled Substance-Marijuana and Minors in Possession of Alcohol.  The latter two charges were the result of items found in the suspect vehicle at the time of the stop.     

The operator, identified as 17-year old Tyler Besly, of South Dennis was also charged with operating a motor vehicle in violation of his Junior Operator's License.

The male passenger was identified as a 15 year old South Dennis juvenile.

Mr. Besly was released on his own recognizance for appearance in Orleans District Court on Thursday.  The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent for his later appearance in Orleans Juvenile Court.

Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle.

Dennis Police to hold auction Saturday
- The Dennis Police Department will be holding an auction of found and unclaimed property on Saturday morning July 7th at 10:00 AM.

The auction will take place inside the Town facilities maintenance building adjacent to the former Dennis DPW building located at 30 Bob Crowell Rd. in South Dennis.

Some of the items being auctioned in addition to unclaimed bicycles are tools, home and car electronics, computers, flat screen TV, jewelry, CD's and other miscellaneous items.

All are welcome to attend.

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