Hyannis fire; Teens accused of counterfeiting money; Rewards to be presented in Cape arson cases

Top story: Fire damages Hyannis home

   Smoke pours from a duplex on Hiramar Road in Hyannis Sunday afternoon.
- Fire caused extensive damage to a Hyannis duplex Sunday afternoon. Firefighters found smoke billowing out of 20 Hiramar Road when they arrived around 2:45 p.m.

The fire was quickly knocked down as the three residents who escaped safely looked on.

Furniture and other ruined debris littered the front lawn after being pulled outside by firefighters.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photos by Frank Paparo.

       What's a Nor'easter? 

   That's what forecasters are calling today's storm. See our forecast here.
   A nor'easter is a macro-scale stormwinds come from the northeast, especially in the coastal areas of the Northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada. More specifically, it describes a low pressure arearotation is just off the coast and whose leading winds in the left forward quadrant rotate onto land from the northeast.
   The precipitation pattern is similar to other extratropical storms. They also can cause coastal flooding, coastal erosion and gale force winds
Three teens accused in counterfeiting scheme
- Authorities say three 17-year-olds using a color printer and plain paper were able to make fake $20 bills that were good enough to fool some clerks at local businesses. Police and Secret Service officers (who investigate all counterfeiting cases) raided a home in Harwich Friday afternoon. Angeline Nickerson  face charges of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit money and manufacturing counterfeit money. Michael Quest of Harwich and Manuel Gomes of Dennis face charges of passing a counterfeit note. If convicted Nickerson could face 10 years in prison. Arraignment is scheduled for Monday in Orleans District Court.

Arson Watch Rewards To Be Given for Solving String of Cape Cod Fires
DENNIS - On Wednesday, January 16 at 2 p.m. John Golembeski, president of the MA Property Insurance Underwriting Association (FAIR Plan), will present rewards to three people as part of the Arson Watch Reward Program. The reward recipients contributed key information to investigators that lead to solving a series of arson fires on Cape Cod including several in Dennis and one in Wellfleet as well as one in East Bridgewater in 2004. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, State Police Major Michael Crisp and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) Special Agent Jane Hefner, along with investigators from the Dennis, East Bridgewater and other local fire and police departments will attend the ceremony at Dennis Fire Headquarters, 883 Main St, West Dennis, MA. The information provided by citizens led investigators to suspects Jordan McCarroll and Thomas Asteline who were indicted and later convicted.

The Arson Watch Reward Program offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information that leads to solving arson cases. The Arson Watch Reward Program is sponsored and administered by the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association or the FAIR Plan on behalf of the property and casualty insurance companies in Massachusetts..

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Place: Dennis Fire Headquarters. 883 Main St (Rte 28), W. Dennis, MA

Who: Attendees will include: the three civilians receiving the awards, John Golembeski, president of the FAIR Plan, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, State Police Major Michael Crisp, ATF Special Agent in Charge Jane Hefner member of the Fire Investigation Unit of the Department of Fire Services as well as local fire and police department members of the investigation team.

There is still a $5,000 reward for information in the recent Provincetown fires. The confidential Mass State Arson Hotline can be reached at (800) 682-9229.

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