Chatham fire; Barricaded suspect in Hyannis; Man allegedly attacks Yarmouth officers twice; Firefighters pay respect to fallen brothers

Children treated after smoky dryer fire
- Firefighters were able to quickly knock down a fire that started in a clothes dryer in a Chatham home shortly before 8:30 PM. Smoke filled an upstairs bedroom at 18 L.R. Murphys Way and reports say five children were evaluated for possible smoke inhalation. A Harwich engine and rescue assisted at the scene. 

Wanted man barricades himself from police in Hyannis

Police enter a house to serve an arrest warrant in Hyannis. The trail officer carries a non-lethal bean bag gun
 shown close up in the inset (right).

HYANNIS - At around 3 PM Thursday, several Barnstable Police units responded to 111 Rudder Rd to serve an arrest warrant on a male in that home. When they arrived the male reportedly barricaded himself in the home and a call for more police units with beanbag guns  went out. The street was blocked until the suspect was taken into custody, placed in the back of a police cruiser, and brought to the station. Several neighbors watched from inside their homes several hundred yards across Old Town Road until the situation got under control. Story and photos by Frank Paparo.

Man accused of assaulting Yarmouth officers twice
- Yarmouth Police say about 9:35 Thursday morning they responded to the Castle Dawn Motel 226 Route 28 in West Yarmouth to help a Massachusetts state trooper who was requesting assistance for an unresponsive and unconscious man in room 206.

Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers Olivier Naas and Christopher Marino arrived at the scene and found a subject unconscious from an apparent drug overdose. Members of the Yarmouth Fire Department were called to the scene and the man regained consciousness.

Patrol officers observed drug paraphernalia in the room. The subject, 23-year old Joel N. Hufnagel of Harwich, apparently suddenly became violent, uncooperative, and combative. The patrol officers, with the help of the firefighters, were able to gain control of Hufnagel and subsequently transported him to Cape Cod Hospital.

During the attack, Patrol Officer Marino suffered a severe injury to his right hand and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital as well.

Hufnagel will be summonsed to the Barnstable District Court to face charges of assault and battery on a police officer, possession of a Class D subsance, and disorderly conduct.

Then Yarmouth Police allege Hufnagel assaulted yet another officer Thursday evening about 5:40 PM. That's when Yarmouth Police and Fire Departments responded to Heavenly Pizza #2 at 194 Route 28 in West Yarmouth for a report of an unconscious man seated at a table passed out head first into a plate of food.

Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers John Dimitres and Cheryl Nugent Gomsey responded and found the man had become conscious. They determined that it was Joel Hufnagel, the same man who had been brought to Cape Cod Hospital earlier in the day suffering from a drug overdose, and the same man pending charges for assaulting Patrol Officer Christopher Marino. While being treated by a member of the Yarmouth Fire Department, the man again became violent and uncooperative. As he was being escorted to an ambulance, Hufnagel allegedly kicked Patrol Officer Dimitres in the left leg. Officers subdued Hufnagel and placed him under arrest. He was transported to Cape Cod Hospital and, after examination and treatment, was transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters. He is scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court on Friday on additional charges of Felony Assault and Battery on a Police Officer with a Dangerous Weapon (shod foot), and Disorderly Conduct. Mugshot furnished by YPD.

Brush fire at Bourne school
-  Bourne. firefighters battled a 1/2 acre brush fire behind the Hoxie Elementry School on Williston Road in the Sagamore section of town at about 3:45 PM.


They were able to stop the fire using an engine and a breaker.


The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Cape firefighters pay respects to fallen Boston brothers

Firefighters board a bus to travel to Boston for the funeral of fallen firefighter Paul Cahill.  Jake O'Callaghan.
BOSTON - Firefighters from across the Cape boarded buses today to attend the funeral of brother Boston Firefighter Paul Cahill (right) at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury. F/F. Cahill and F/F. Warren Payne (left) died in a blaze inside a West Roxbury restaurant last Wednesday. Some 30,000 firefighters from across the nation attended today's service for Firefighter Cahill and are expected to attend tomorrow's funeral for Firefighter Payne. 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