Dennis crash critically injures driver; Truro man charged with rape of a child; Hyannis crash; Alleged shoplifter "roughs up" employee

SUV vs Tree on Route 6A in Dennis critically injures driver

This Ford Explorer failed to negotiate a curve on Route 6A in Dennis.
- A westbound Ford Explorer apparently traveling at high speed failed to negotiate a sharp curve on Route 6A Tuesday morning and slammed into a tree around 12:15 a.m. The curve where the crash occurred is just west of the intersection of 6A and Sesuit Neck Road across from the entrance road to Scargo Lake. Dennis Fire arrived at the scene and extricated the driver, 23-year-old Sara Humphrey of Centerville, the sole occupant of the vehicle, with the Jaws of Life. MedFlight was requested but weather conditions prevented the launch of a rescue helicopter. Ms. Humphrey was removed from the vehicle in about 15 minutes and was rushed by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital with critical injuries and was later transferred to a Boston hospital. Dennis Police officers were on scene and are investigating the crash. Story and photos by Kevin Morley.

Arrest made in series of smash & grab robberies
- Barnstable Police arrested a Martha's Vineyard man Monday in connection with a series of smash-and-grab robberies in the town of Barnstable including three over the weekend. Only Cape Wide News cameras caught the arrest of 20-year-old Sean Wilcoxson after police stopped his Toyota 4runner on the Service Road in Centerville. That vehicle was reportedly seen on surveillance video from one of the robberies. He could face additional charges in Mashpee and Yarmouth. Police are still seeking an accomplice of Wilcoxson. Photo by Frank Paparo.

Truro man charged with sexual assault on child
- A local man was arrested Saturday afternoon in Truro for alleged sexual assault on a child. 57-year-old Gregory Paul Perkins was charged with rape of a child, indecent assault and battery on a child and indecent exposure following an investigation by Officer Carrie DeAngelo assisted by D.S.S. and Children's Cove. Perkins was arraigned in Orleans District Court and held on $15,000 bail.

One person seriously injured in Hyannis crash

Hyannis firefighters use the Jaws of Life to free a victim of a crash on Route 132.
HYANNIS - One person was seriously injured in a crash in Hyannis shortly after noon on Monday. The crash happened on Route 132 by the Christmas Tree Shop Plaza when a Ford Explorer broadsided a Saturn Ion. Hyannis firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to free the driver of the Saturn who was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital. Traffic between the Airport Rotary and the Mall was gridlocked by the crash. Barnstable Police are investigating if  one of the vehicles may have been trying to make an illegal left turn. Elsewhere, wet and in someplaces slushy roads have caused a number of fender benders. The worst of the storm is pretty much over but temperatures may fall a bit toward evening creating the potential for significant black ice to form. Motorists are urged if they must travel to keep their speeds down. Photos by Frank Paparo.

Supermarket employee assaulted by alleged shoplifter
- Barnstable Police are looking for an alleged shoplifter who reportedly "roughed up" an employee who tried to stop him. The employee of the Stop & Shop on Independence Drive was not injured. The suspect had fled in an SUV before police arrived around 3:45 p.m. He apparently did not succeed in actually taking anything from the store. Story by Frank Paparo.

Automatic fire alarm sends students into foul weather

- At 12:45 p.m. Monday the sounding of an automatic fire alarm sent the students at the Ezra H. Baker School out in the cold and wet weather. The fire department responded quickly and by 12:53 p.m. the alarm was reset and the students were back in the warmth and dryness of the school. Reports indicate a student accidentally tripped the alarm. Story and photo by Kevin Morley. 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