Severe storms knock out power, snarl traffic
EASTHAM - Severe thunderstorms pounded parts of the Cape Friday afternoon. Warnings were issued for the Eastham region three times within two hours. This was radar at the height of the storm. The Wellfleet Police and Fire station suffered a direct hit by lightning which knocked out some phones and radios and at least 1 computer. NStar crews were kept busy with numerous scattered outages from lightning strikes. There were several reports of tree limbs coming down in the area including one in Brewster which landed across primary wires catching fire and cutting out power to a neighborhood. A kayaker on Long Pond in Harwich got caught by the sudden squall but was able to make it to shore safely before rescuers arrived. Already heavy holiday weekend traffic ground to a crawl in torrential downpours. Several crashes were reported including a three car crash at the Route 6 and Brackett Road interchange in Eastham just after 6:30 PM. 4 people were treated and released at the scene. Our Brewster weather spotter reported over an inch of rain in less than 30 minutes and hail up to 1/2 inch in diameter. NStar crews were still working on many isolated incidents well into the evening. Check the official NWS local storm report here.
Serious crash in Falmouth
FALMOUTH - A serious crash snarled traffic in downtown Falmouth late Friday afternoon. Three vehicles collided at the intersection of Dillingham and Gifford Streets just before 5 PM. Police alleged a vehicle driven by 68-year old Joan Reagan of Falmouth ran a stop stop sign triggering the crash. A pickup truck driven by 56-year old Louis Romiza of Falmouth rolled on its side. Romiza had to be extricated from his vehicle. The third vehicle was driven by 50-year old Donna McNiff of Dennisport. All three drivers and a passenger in McNiff's vehicle were taken to Falmouth Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Falmouth Police are investigating the crash.
Alleged drunk driver accused of nearly hitting child on bike
YARMOUTH - Yarmouth Police arrest a woman accused of being drunk behind the wheel and nearly hitting a child on a bike. Police say about 1:30 PM they responded to a report of a red Jeep Liberty operating erratically at a high rate of speed in the parking lot of the Castle Dawn Motel on Route 28 in West Yarmouth.
Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Olivier Naas and James Cheverie arrived at the scene and located a female standing next to the haphazardly parked Jeep. The female was interviewed and reportedly admitted that she had been driving. Patrol Officers determined that she was intoxicated and had nearly struck a young boy who was riding his bicycle in the lot.
45-year old Christine Jensen of Wareham was placed under arrest for OUI and operating to endanger and transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters. She was scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court on Monday. Mugshot furnished by YPD.
Swimmers caught in rip currents on Nantucket
NANTUCKET - Rough seas are proving challenge for swimmers. At least four swimmers ran into trouble at Nantucket Beaches on Friday and had to be rescued by lifeguards or rescuers. No one was injures. An offshore storm system is generating high surf on south facing beaches. Swimmers are urged to continue using caution. It you get caught in a rip current don't try to swin against it, instead swim parallel to the shore until you get out of the current.
Three brothers arrested on drug charges in Nantucket drug sting
NANTUCKET - A month long investigation into increased foot and vehicle activity in a neighborhood led to three brothers being arrested in Nantucket. Police exectued a search warrant at 66 Prospect Street early Friday morning. 21-year old Dakota Cooke, 28-year old George Cooke and 22-year old Joshua Cooke were all charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana. Dakota Cooke was also charged with a drug violation within 1000 feet of a school. In addition to cocaine and marijuana police reportedly recovered a scale, processing equipment and $2500 in cash.