Tech School evacuated; Hyannis robbery attempt; Worker injured in fall; Route 28 closed by gas leak

New overnight:
Driver injured but still flees Orleans crash
ORLEANS
- When rescuers arrived at the scene of a crash in Orleans one thing was missing. There were no people in the vehicle which had snapped a utility pole on Main Street by Tonset Road about 12:45 a.m. Orleans Police tell CWN arriving officers located a late model Jeep Cherokee, underneath a utility pole which was snapped at the base. Officers checked the motor vehicle and found no passengers. Once NStar disabled power to the area, officers were able to approach safely to investigate. Evidence at the scene indicated that there were injuries to the passengers, and a search began. Orleans, Brewster, Eastham and the Massachusetts State Police, along with the Barnstable County Sheriff's Department K9, were able to track to a home approx 2 miles from the scene. An occupant there stated that she had been in the vehicle earlier in the night, but had been dropped off. Approximately 3 hours later a 911 call came from another residence in Orleans, seeking help from an accident that had occurred earlier. Officers discovered the occupants of the earlier accident, who stated they had just walked to the residence from the crash scene. Orleans rescue transported the Operator to CCH for injuries sustained in the crash. 21-year old Richard Crisp of Brewster was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, marked lanes and speeding. A portion of Main Street was blocked well into the morning commute while NStar and Verizon repaired services to the area. Photo furnished by Orleans PD.

Cape Cod Tech school evacuated after note found

HARWICH
- Cape Cod Technical High School was evacuated after reports that a threatening note was found in the school. Students were ordered out to a field (ab0ve) to await school buses to take them home for the day. The school was closed for the rest of the day while investigators swept it for any problems. Further details were not immediately available. Photo by Kevin Morley.

Attempted robbery in mall parking lot

    
A Sheriff's officer processes evidence of an attempted smash and grab robbery of a woman in this Jeep.
HYANNIS
- Barnstable Police are looking for the man responsible for a brazen broad daylight attempted robbery at the Cape Cod Mall. According to reports, the man on a bicycle approached a woman in a Jeep in the parking lot and smashed out a window (possibly with a gun) and demanded money. The woman got away uninjured and ran into a store to call 911. There was a dramatic scene a short time later (right) when police "took down" a possible suspect outside the Barnes & Noble store.
He turned out not to be the suspect and was released.

There was more trouble at the mall later Monday afternoon. What could be described as a "cat fight" apparently broke out among a group of 4 or 5 young women inside a store at the mall. Barnstable Police and mall security responded. No one was charged as of press time but this exclusive photo shows one of the women being escorted by Hyannis paramedics to an ambulance which took her to CCH for treatment of minor injuries. Editors note: We have electronically protected the women's identity until further details are released. Story and photos by Frank Paparo.

Special to CWN: Police Investigate Student's Injury
EASTHAM - Eastham Police Monday morning were alerted to an injury suffered by an Eastham Elementary School student.

easthamelementary_175_01The injury, which took place off-premises from the school, was determined not to be serious and required no ambulance or hospitalization. A photographer from the county sheriff's department was summoned to the school to gather photographic evidence of the injured student, who was not named by police.

Because the victim is a minor and the investigation is ongoing, police would not comment any further, and no arrest has been made, according to Eastham Police Detective Benjamin Novotny, who was interviewed by telephone in the absence of Police Chief Richard Hedlund, who was not immediately available.

"There was an injured student, who was not injured at the school, and that's all we can say at this point," Novotny said. "It's an open investigation."

(Image courtesy of the Eastham Elementary site.) 

Worker injured in fall at construction site
BOURNE
- A worker was injured when he fell off a roof in Bourne around 10 a.m. The injured person was taken from the scene on Waterhouse Road to the State Police barracks to meet a Medflight for transport to a Boston hospital. Further details were not immediately available.

Gas leak closes Route 28 in Harwich

    
A work crew hit a gas main forcing the closure of Route 28 in Harwich for 3 hours.
HARWICH
- An apparent gas leak forced the closure of Route 28 in Harwich Monday morning. The trouble began around 8 a.m. when workmen attempting to fix a water leak struck a gas line causing the closure.

Deputy Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr. ordered the road closed between Chatham Road and Uncle Venies Road until Keyspan crews could fix the leak. The road was shut down for approximately 3 hours.
Photos by Jake O'Callaghan.