Mills crash; YPD finds dangerous weapon on MV stop; Wild chase ends on Cape; Brewster single-car crash; Sandwich alarm response

Centerville intersection scene of another crash

A car and van collided at the intersection of Rt. 28 and Old Stage Road, scene of numerous crashes.
- At 9 p.m. Tuesday night the Centerville, Osterville, Marstons Mills Fire (COMM) got a call of a crash at Route 28 and Old Stage Road in Centerville, the scene of numerous crashes, many serious since the Town of Barnstable asked the state to widen the section from Phinneys Lane to Old Stage Road to two lanes in either direction several years ago, turning the short stretch into a speedway. The section is where the late Yarmouth Police Officer Brad Erickson was killed by a dump truck backing up while on detail during the finishing of the project. The COMM responded quickly to Tuesday's crash because station 1 is less than 1/4 mile up Route 28 from the scene. They found that a Toyota Prius on Route 28 West had collided with a Ford van coming out of Old Stage Road blocking that whole intersection. The Barnstable PD sent two cruisers and were aided at the scene by a state trooper. COMM evaluated two people including one who first wanted to be transported but then refused. The police are investigating if someone jumped a red light or was speeding. Since three lanes were tied up on 28 west and Old Stage was tied up southbound, the police quickly called for wreckers to remove the vehicles. Story and photos by Frank Paparo.

One injured in Mills crash

Two cars collided at Route 149 and Lovells Lane in Marstons Mills Tuesday.
- At 3:45 p.m. Tuesday Barnstable Police and Centerville, Osterville, Marstons Mills (COMM) fire responded to a two-car crash with injuries at Route 149 and Lovells Lane (which is a few yards from COMM station 2) . A blue Ford Escort collided with a silver Saturn. Three people were evaluated and one was taken to CCH with injuries that were not life-threatening. The Escort suffered extensive damage while the Saturn had its rear damaged and the muffler straps broken leaving the muffler hanging. The small narrow road was jammed and tied up for more than one hour, until two flatbed wreckers came to haul the cars away. Story and photo by Frank Paparo.

Stove sparks kitchen fire in Harwich
- A call came in at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday for a fire behind a stove at 7 Bowdoin Street.

Firefighters quickly removed the kitchen stove to the outside of the home, where they covered it to protect it from the weather.

It appeared an electrical malfunction caused a short circuit in the back of the stove, filling the kitchen with smoke. No injuries were reported.

Photos by Jake O'Callaghan

Sandwich firefighters respond to alarm, reports of smoke in building

sandwich012208b_275SANDWICH - At 10:32 a.m. on Tuesday, Sandwich firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the building and sprinkler activation at the Cape Cod Eye Surgery Center at 282 Route 130 in Sandwich. 

Upon arrival, firefighters evacuated the building and parking lot of patients and employees.  Power was cut to the building, as the smoke appeared to be electrical in nature. 

As of 11:30 a.m., units were still on the scene investigating.  No injuries were reported. Story and photos by Bryan Joseph. 

Wild chase comes to end on Cape Cod
- A wild police chase that started in Plymouth ended in Sandwich after a roundabout voyage that lasted about 30 minutes. Plymouth Police spotted a Cadillac Escalade that was reportedly being used without authority around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The driver fled on to Route 3 northbound where State Police joined in the pursuit. The driver got off at exit 13 (Route 53) in Hanover and reversed direction southbound. Despite hitting stop stick tire deflators at exit 11 in Duxbury the suspect continued south even after losing at least one tire causing a shower of sparks from the SUV. The chase wound over the Sagamore Bridge onto Cape Cod before finally ending on Route 6 at exit 2 in Sandwich where the driver hit the guardrail twice before bailing out on foot. A K-9 quickly tracked the suspect 36-year old Edgar Newell of Plymouth who was taken into custody. He was charged with use of a motor vehicle without authority, operating negligently to endanger (two counts), failing to stop for police (2 counts), marked lanes violation, and assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly turning his vehicle toward police.

Single-car crash on Millstone Road in Brewster

brewster012208b_225BREWSTER - At 8 a.m. on Tuesday a single-car crash sent a female driver to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries when her Honda Civic hit a tree in front of 724 Millstone Road.

The driver was identified by Det. Sgt. Heath Eldredge of the Brewster PD as 45-year-old Lisa Loescher of Brewster. She was arrested at the scene of the accident for driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of Class E substance, driving to endanger, and crossing marked lanes.  Above: Sgt. Stephen Freiner  photographs the scene. Story and photos by Jake O'Callaghan. 

Traffic stop leads to discovery of illegal knife
- On Monday shortly before 10 p.m. Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Michael Zontini reportedly observed a white Chevrolet Blazer traveling at 50 mph in a posted 30 mph zone which failed to stop at the red light at Long Pond Drive and Forest Road intersection in South Yarmouth.

Patrol Officer Zontini stopped the vehicle as it turned onto Alewife Circle at the entrance of Swan Pond Village. Patrol Officer Zontini conducted a computerized search of the operator's driving history that revealed that his license was revoked for non-payment of child support as well as being a habitual traffic offender.

Fellow Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer John Dimitres arrived as a back-up officer and assisted in placing the operator under arrest. While conducting the inventory process of the suspect's vehicle, Patrol Officer Dimitres discovered a three-bladed martial arts type throwing weapon identified as a shuriken in the glove box. During a search of the suspect's coat pocket, Patrol Officer Zontini discovered a crack cocaine pipe.

The suspect, 34-year-old Jason M. Pina of Yarmouthport, was charged with speeding, failure to stop for a red light, operating with a revoked license for being a habitual traffic offender, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of Class B cocaine, operating an unregistered vehicle, and operating an uninsured vehicle.

Pina was transported to Yarmouth Police Headquarters and was scheduled for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court  Tuesday morning.

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