Man arrested for animal cruelty; 2 arrested on warrants after beach disturbance

Apparent domestic dispute leads to arrest for animal cruelty
- An apparent domestic dispute allegedly led to an unsettling case of animal cruelty. About 10:30 PM Tuesday Yarmouth Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance on Aspinet Road in South Yarmouth.  The caller reported a male and a female arguing and that the male had assaulted the family cat. 

Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers Raymond A. Scichilone and Mark F. Noone arrived at the residence and met with a female who was emotionally upset.  The female was not injured but stated that she was concerned about the well being of her cat.  She explained that her boyfriend had just advised her of abusing the cat earlier in the day and also on a previous occasion and that he has since left the residence.

The female further alleged to the officers that when she came home, the cat was wet and smelled like urine and was hiding under the couch. She also reported that it had an injury to its chin and was missing a tooth. The cat-named Tatianna-a 2-year old female was not suffering from life threatening injuries and plans were made to bring it to her veterinarian. Patrol Officer Scichilone located fresh bloodstains in the bathroom and some loose fur on the floor.

A short time later, the suspect 32-year old David Pehrson of South Yarmouth arrived at Yarmouth Police Headquarters in West Yarmouth.  He was interviewed and placed under arrest for felony cruelty to an animal.  He was arraigned in the Barnstable District Court Wednesday. Town of Yarmouth Animal Control and Protection Officer Rick Nelson conducted a follow-up investigation and will be assisting the cat and cat owner. Mugshot furnished by YPD. 

2 arrested on warrants after beach disturbance
- Two people with outstanding warrants were arrested after police respond to a disturbance at Bay View Beach in Yarmouth around 9 PM Tuesday evening. Police say officers Kevin L. Antonovitch and Louis Nickinello arrived at the beach parking lot and encountered the people. A computerized record check indicated that two of the persons had outstanding arrest warrants. 49-year old Timothy F. Harnett of South Yarmouth and 45-year old Anne E. Encarnation of Hyannis were placed in custody and transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters. They were scheduled for appearance in the Barnstable District Court Wednesday. Mugshots furnished by Yarmouth Police.

Yarmouth Police start new crime fighting initiative
- The Yarmouth Police Department has activated a new crime-fighting program through the interactive use of our web site. Citizens are urged to visit and submit information on-line that will lead to improving the quality of life in our community. This on-line crime-reporting tool should not be used for crimes in-progress or incidents that need immediate attention but can prove to be very effective for other types of incidents and matters of concern involving criminal activity. Feel free to partner with us to keep our community safe and help us prevent and solve crime! For further information-please contact Yarmouth Police Detective Sergeant Kevin P. Lennon at 508-775-0445 extension 134 or [email protected]

Yarmouth Police distribute free bicycle helmets
- The Yarmouth Police Department has been awarded 50 bicycle helmets as part of the 2007 statewide bicycle safety program of the Executive Office of Public Safety. The program provided more than 13,000 helmets to 253 communities and organizations for distribution this spring and summer.

Massachusetts law requires children 16 years of age or younger who operate a bicycle, or who ride as a passenger on a bicycle, on a public way or bike path to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet.

A bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of serious head and brain injury by as much as 90%. Unfortunately, 89% of people killed in bicycle crashes with motor vehicles were not wearing a helmet. For more information on the bicycle helmet law and bicycle safety tips, go to

Bicycle Safety Facts

  • Bicycle Incapacitating Injuries are Highest During the Summer Months
  • The Days of the Week with the Highest Bicycle Injuries are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Over 50% of Bicycle Incapacitating Injuries Occur between 1:00 and 7:00 PM

Yarmouth Police Patrol Force Officers will distribute the helmets while on random patrol as long as they last. In photo: Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Erica Wenberg and recipients of new helmets in South Yarmouth. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on