Violent domestic in Barnstable; Falmouth crash, bizarre chase; Clerk assaulted in Hyannis donut shop; Dennisport wire fire

Violent domestic in Barnstable
- A woman was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after her boyfriend allegedly threatened her with a knife. The incident happened at a residence off Hyannis Road sometime Friday evening. Details are sketchy but the  suspect reportedly stole a vehicle to get away. He apparently didn't get too far. Police found 22-year old Michael Finnegan asleep in the suspect vehicle in the Burger King parking lot on Route 132. Finnegan was charged with assault and battery, attempted murder and larceny of a motor vehicle. He's scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in Barnstable District Court.

Falmouth crash cuts power

A VW struck a parked SUV and then this utility pole on Ostrum Rd. knocking power out in part of Falmouth.
- A VW sedan went off Ostrum Road about 7:20 p.m. Friday evening,  struck a parked Nissan Pathfinder and then struck a utility pole a few feet later knocking out power in the area. The power pole was sheared off and its wires blocked Ostrum road. There was considerable damage to the rear of the unoccupied Nissan. Although the VW sustained significant front end damage both the male driver and the male passenger miraculously "walked away" from the crash and refused aid and transport to the hospital according to Falmouth Fire/Rescue. NStar was on the scene but it was  not known when power would be restored in the area given the amount of work to do.
The crash is under investigation by Falmouth PD.

Driver arrested after bizarre two-town chase
- Around 8:15 p.m. a Mashpee Police cruiser attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop on a white Ford Thunderbird at the start of Route 28 South at the Mashpee Rotary. The vehicle failed to stop for the officer and continued down Route 28 South. A second Mashpee cruiser joined in the pursuit. The suspect then continued down Route 28 South until the Route 149 split in Marstons Mills but only traveling about 30 to 40 MPH. Barnstable Police joined in the pursuit. The suspect then continued down Main Street and then was finally stopped at Cammett Road in Marstons Mills when the driver, now identified as 47-year-old James Taylor III was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.

Clerk assaulted in Hyannis donut shop
-  At 11:45 a.m. Friday morning a clerk at the Dunkin' Donuts on West Main Street across from Barnstable High School reported he had been assaulted by an unruly customer. When the police arrived the alleged perp had left. Police were on scene for a half  hour gathering information. The manager decided to press charges for assault and requested the suspect, who was reportedly known to police, to be advised not to return to the property or be charged with trespassing. Story and photo by Frank Paparo.

Dennisport wire fire
DENNISPORT – Stormy days aren’t the only time that branches fall into power lines. sd2_captain_brown_598

Dennis Police received a call around 6 a.m. Friday reporting utility lines on fire at the north end of Depot Street in Dennisport. The PD notified Dennis Fire at 6:05 a.m. and an engine was dispatched.

The fire was located approximately 100 yards south of the intersection of Depot and Center Streets.

A pine branch had broken off and fallen on the primary power line, pushing it against and energizing the telephone lines as well. When firefighters arrived on scene, a considerable length of phone line was ablaze. The DFD notified NSTAR and Verizon of the problem.

Dennis Police blocked access to Depot Street in that area. By 6:30 a.m., the fire had isolated itself to only one section of the line. An NSTAR truck arrived on scene around 6:50 a.m. and the worker tripped the breakers, de-energizing the affected wires.

At that point, DFD Captain Robert Brown (on right) was able to extinguish the fire using a portable pressurized water and foam extinguisher.

With the fire out and the power off, Depot Street was reopened to traffic. Power and heat which was knocked out on a frigid morning was restored around 8 a.m.

Story and photos by Kevin Morley.

Police seek driver of rolled over vehicle
- State Police were seeking the driver of an SUV found rolled over by the Mary Chase Road overpass at Exit 4 westbound on Route 6 in Sandwich early Friday morning. No one was around the vehicle when rescuers arrived. Police temporarily closed the highway while the vehicle was removed by a tow truck. 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