Juvenile arrested after apparent accidental teen shooting
YARMOUTH - An 18-year old was shot in the leg in West Yarmouth late Friday night, according to police. Police responded to 34 Reid Ave. in West Yarmouth shortly before 11:30 p.m. Police Patrol Officers Raymond A. Scichilone, David S. Dickey, Cheryl Nugent Gomsey, Michael Zontini, John Dimitres and Patrol Sergeant Walter R. Warren Jr. found an 18-year-old male suffering from a gun shot wound in his left leg. The officers conducted a protective sweep of the home and secured the interior and outer perimeters.
A protected crime scene was established and additional assistance from Yarmouth detectives, the K9 unit and Barnstable County Sheriff's Department Crime Scene Investigation officers.
Several people in the home at the time of the shooting were interviewed at the scene and at police headquarters.
The 18-year-old victim was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment.
Initial indications are that the shooting may have occurred accidentally with an illegal firearm.
Late Saturday afternoon, the Yarmouth Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for a 16-year-old male. Yarmouth Police notified the suspect's family and the suspect turned himself in to Yarmouth Police Officers at Yarmouth Police Headquarters.
The suspect who was not identified because of his age faces charges of Felony Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm), Felony Illegal Possession of a Firearm, and Felony Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Building. He will be held is a secure facility and scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Juvenile Court on Monday, September 10, 2007.
Drugs suspected in Yarmouth death
YARMOUTH -Yarmouth Police and Fire Departments responded to 28 Town Brook Road in West Yarmouth just after 1:30 p.m. Friday regarding a report of a woman who apparently died of a drug overdose.
Officers Gordon T. Gibbons and David S. Dickey arrived at the residence and assisted as Yarmouth firefighters tried to revive the unconscious woman.
The 23-year-old woman was transported to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. Despite the efforts of emergency personnel at the house and Cape Cod Hospital personnel, the woman was pronounced dead. An initial review of the incident indicates drugs may have been involved. The victim's name was not released.
Members of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit and State Police detectives were called to the scene and are assisting in the investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Massachusetts State Police or Yarmouth Police Detective Stephen W. Renzi at 508-775-0445, ext. 118.
Rollover crash ties up traffic
A van rolled over after colliding with a small station wagon in Osterville.
OSTERVILLE - A car vs. van crash occurred at 5 p.m. Friday at South County Road and Route 28 in Osterville. A Dodge Caravan scraped the front of a Pontiac Vibe wagon, knocking off and crushing the front plate. The van then rolled over on its roof.
Both drivers were checked at the scene by Centerville, Osterville, Marstons Mills firefighters, but declined to be taken to Cape Cod Hospital. Traffic in both directions slowed to a crawl. The van was in the lane headed to Mashpee and traffic had to be diverted for more than an hour until the wrecker could right it.
(Story and photos by Frank Paparo)
Harwich boating assist turns into rescue
The Harwich harbormaster needed an assist from the FD boat after ripping his prop out (inset).
HARWICHPORT - A training mission turned into a boat rescue for the Harwich Fire Department. Lt. Mike Mason and his crew, firefighter Justyne Walorz and Lt. Daniel Spencer, were called to rescue the harbormaster's boat after it ripped its propeller while trying to remove a sailboat that went aground near the entrance to Saquatucket Harbor.
The 43-foot sailboat "Tangent" (right) out of Buzzards Bay was able to come in under its own power after another boat was able to pull it free.
(Story and photos by Jake O'Callaghan)
Dennis man arrested in apparent road rage incident
HYANNIS - Police arrested a Dennis man Thursday afternoon after an apparent road rage incident about 4:15 p.m. on Iyannough Road (Route 28) by Settles Glass.
That's when an elderly man, approximately 90 years old, told police he was attacked by another male while driving on Yarmouth Road. The victim told police the assailant jumped out of a black Ford Ranger pickup truck, began yelling at him and punched the front window, smashing it.
The elderly man described the other driver as a white male about 20 years old with black hair and "strange earrings," apparently upset because the older motorist was driving slowly. Barnstable Officer Edward Cronin began searching for the pickup truck and spotted one fitting the description in a parking lot at 200 Main St. A passenger in the truck fit the description of the suspect because he had large earrings, according to police.
The truck left the parking lot and Cronin stopped it a short distance away on Main Street. The driver reportedly admitted to Cronin that his passenger had confronted an elderly male driver and broke a window in his car. The officer questioned the passenger who admitted to the incident, police said.
Arrested was Shawn T. Norton, 21, of Dennis and charged with injury to real property and assault. A computer check revealed an outstanding default warrant charge against Norton, who was due to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Friday.
Harwich police chief witnesses crash; driver charged with drunken driving
A woman was arrested for OUI after colliding with another car. The crash was witnessed by the Harwich chief.
HARWICH - A local woman was charged with driving under the influence leaving a driveway on Route 39 around noon and collided with a vehicle traveling westbound.
The driver was not identified by police.
Also driving on Route 39 at the same time was Harwich Police Chief William Mason, who witnessed the accident. Mason, who called for backup police officers and firefighters to evaluate crash victims, determined the driver of a red Chevy Blazer coming out of the driveway to be impaired.
Officers Adam Hutton and John Sullivan Jr. conducted a field sobriety test which the woman failed, according to police. She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. A passenger in the second vehicle was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by Harwich paramedics, condition unknown. Both vehicles suffered minor damage. (Story and photos by Jake O'Callaghan)
Car broken into in the BK lot
A County Investigation Officer "dusts" a vehicle broken into for fingerprints at the BK on Route 132.
WEST BARNSTABLE - Barnstable police got a call from the Burger King parking lot on Route 132 that two men and two women broke into a car around 1:15 p.m., stole items and fled in another vehicle.
Witnesses gave police a description of the suspects, their car and license plate number. Police went inside the Burker King to find the owner of the car that had been broken into and called for a County Investigation Officer for photos and prints.
As the county officer was doing his job, the shocked owner of the car came out and described the stolen items to police. A "be on the lookout" (BOLO) alert was issued for the car and thieves.
Police advised onlookers and those who called in the robbery to lock their vehicles and close the windows when not in their vehicles. (Story and photos by Frank Paparo)