Fire at Orleans museum building; Suspect sics pit bull on police during drug bust; Shoplifter arrested; Driver misses deer, hits pole; Stabbing mystery; Threat of gun at Hyannis fight

Woman seriously injured in Route 6 crash
- A Bourne woman was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with what were described as serious but not life-threatening injuries following a single-vehicle crash Tuesday night. The car  Yasmine Cormack, 22, was driving went out of control on Route 6 eastbound before exit 5 around 9:15 p.m. and struck a tree in the median strip. It was raining and that stretch of the Mid-Cape Highway has been the scene of a number of hydroplaning crashes. State Police are investigating and believe hydroplaning was a factor in this latest crash.

Fire damages building at French Cable Museum in Orleans
- Fire heavily damaged a storage building that is reportedly part of the French Cable Museum. The building on Cove Road off Route 28 was discovered ablaze around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. Crews from Eastham, Harwich and Brewster assisted Orleans. Orleans Deputy Chief William Quinn told CWN the fire left the building in an unsafe state so heavy equipment would be brought in to demolish it. The State Fire Marshal's office has labeled the fire suspicious. Anyone with information is urged to call the confidential state arson hotline at (800) 682-9229 or Orleans Police. Photo by Jake O'Callaghan.

Falmouth man accused of ordering pit bull to attack officers during drug bost
- Falmouth Police faced an unusual, dangerous situation while investigating alleged drug trafficking. Police were responding to a number of complaints of drug activity at 279 Maravista Avenue. 

As officers conducted surveillance a vehicle was seen leaving the residence at a high rate of speed and was stopped. The officers noted a smell of burnt marijuana in the vehicle and, following an interview with the occupants, a search warrant was obtained for the Maravista Avenue house.

During the entry into the home an occupant directed his pit bull at the officers according to police. 19-year-old Michael Costa was arrested and charged with assault with dangerous weapon (dog), possession of class D (marijuana), possession with intent to distribute class D, and conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws.

Detectives seized 106.1 grams of marijuana, 2 scales, $1,232.00 in cash and the pit bull.  

Arrest made in shoplifting incident
- On Saturday at 11:30 a.m. the suspect in a shoplifting assault incident  at the Stop & Shop on February 18th turned himself in at Yarmouth Police Headquarters. A family member noticed his photo in the media and assisted him to police headquarters. After being given his Miranda Warnings, the suspect,  25-year-old William R. Prickett III, reportedly admitted his involvement in the crime and was placed in custody. Prickett was charged with assault and battery and shoplifting. He was arraigned in the Barnstable District Court on Monday. Photos furnished by Yarmouth Police.

Police respond after threat of gun made

    Numerous Barnstable Police cruisers responded after a threat of a gun was made during a fight.
S - At about 1:45 p.m. Barnstable Police were called to the Cromwell Court Apartments at 168 Barnstable Road in Hyannis for a report of a fight in which a threat was made with a gun. Multiple cruisers responded and police got a description of a vehicle that had left the area. They quickly caught up with a suspect vehicle in the area of Nautical Way off Sea Street in Hyannis just a few blocks away. There officers questioned the occupants of the green compact vehicle and another gray compact vehicle with front-end damage that might also have been involved. After about an hour, officers left the scene. It was not immediately confirmed if anyone was charged. We'll bring you further details as we get them from Barnstable Police. Story and photos by Frank Paparo.

Electrical problem smokes Barnstable home, forces evacuation

Fire officials confer about smoke in a Barnstable home.
- Anxious moments for a Barnstable homeowner when smoke began filling the house.

It happened about 11:30 a.m. at 293 Oakmont Drive. Firefighters vented the home after they checked the electrical system and the heating system which had backfired.

The owner was advised to have repairs done on both. No one was injured. Photos by Frank Paparo.

Driver misses deer, hits pole

   A cross and flowers marking the site of a 2007 fatal accident on Old Chatham Rd. can be seen behind the vehicle.
SOUTH DENNIS – Shortly before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, a woman driving an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera east on Old Chatham Road near the Dennis-Harwich line struck a utility pole at low speed. The driver reported that she had swerved to avoid a deer and that her car veered off the road and skidded on the snow-crusted shoulder. Fortunately, the vehicle was almost at a stop when it hit the pole. Dennis Rescue was called to the scene to transport the woman to Cape Cod Hospital with reportedly minor injuries. A sobering sidebar to the story is that the car came to rest near the site of the June 26, 2007 crash that killed 18-year-old Kelly Ann Brennan of Harwich. A cross and flowers mark the area where the young woman's Mercury Grand Marquis slammed into trees and broke in half. Story and photos by Kevin Morley.

Barnstable Police seek possible connection between stabbing, car vs house
- Barnstable Police are trying to unravel a mystery in their town. It began about 10:30 p.m. Monday night when a car flashed its lights at a passing cruiser on Route 28. The vehicle pulled into the Mobil station at Old Stage Road when the driver identified as Richard Villa of Cotuit jumped out and told officer Nicole Provitola he had been stabbed. An ambulance was called. Meanwhile a Centerville woman entered the Barnstable Police Facility to report a vehicle had hit her Centerville home while driving around back. She told police she followed the vehicle to the Mobil station but stated she knew nothing about the stabbing. Police say damage to the house and vehicle indicate it was the one that hit the house. Villa was treated and released at Cape Cod Hospital. Police continue to investigate.

Orleans Police seek e-mail address for emergency notification
- The Orleans Police Department is accepting e-mail addresses for both the business community, as well as the residents of the town. The purpose of the e-mail system is to alert either the businesses in town or the residents of any criminal activity that may be occurring in their area. This could be breaking and entering to homes or cars, door-to-door scams, or counterfeit money circulating. This will also allow residents to inform police of any suspicious activity that they should be aware of, such as suspicious persons/vehicles or questionable e-mails. Those who would like to be a part of this new system should e-mail Detective Kevin Higgins at [email protected], and indicate their physical address and the e-mail address that they would like the police to use. If you have any questions, please contact Detective Higgins at the Orleans Police department at 508-255-0117, ext 105.

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