Dennis blaze; Cotuit construction accident; Solar glare causes car vs pole crash in Harwich; Crash slows Bourne commute; New Yarmouth Police Chief

New overnight: Driver seriously injured in Falmouth crash
- One person was taken to Falmouth Hospital with serious injuries after a single vehicle crash early Saturday morning. The crash happened about 2:20 a.m. on East Falmouth Highway (Route 28) at Fresh Pond Road. The vehicle went off the road and struck a tree. Falmouth Police are investigating.

Top story: Lost Dog Pub damaged by fire

  A fire fighter stays low while donning his mask prior to entering the front door of the Lost Dog Pub.
– The Lost Dog Pub on the north end of Route 134 was hit by fire Friday afternoon around 3:45 p.m.

Early reports at the scene indicate that the flames likely originated in the first-floor ceiling and then ran into the attic. 

Two alarms were sounded and crews from Harwich, Brewster and Yarmouth joined the Dennis Fire Department on scene.

Dennis ladder 110 was deployed in a parking lot behind the building. 

Dennis Fire Chief Mark Dellner said that the fire was extinguished after an “aggressive attack” over a half-hour period.

The heaviest damage on the first floor seemed to be confined to the kitchen  (bottom right) where burnt insulation could be seen hanging down and soot covered everything. The lounge and the dining room appeared largely undamaged.

Smoke was seen drifting out of the second floor windows and a vertical burn area on the back right side of the building (upper right photo) was the only external sign of fire.

The Red Cross was on scene providing rehab for the firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

CWN reader Amanda McGerigle sent in several photos she took at the scene. Click here to see a slide show

Story and photos by Kevin Morley.

Crash at Willow Street off ramp
- Around 7:30 p.m. Friday evening all the westbound off ramp traffic at Willow Street in Yarmouthport was delayed because of this crash. One person suffered non life threatening injuries when a Nissan Pathfinder collided with a work van. Both vehicles sustained heavy front end damage. It was raining heavilly but it is unknown if weather was a factor. Yarmouth Police are investigating. Story and photo by Richard Copley.

Cotuit construction accident sends one to CC Hospital, one medflighted off Cape
   A construction worker, who fell 18 feet from a scaffolding in Cotuit, is transported to a Medflight helicopter.
barnstable030708b_250COTUIT - Around 10:30 a.m. Friday, the Cotuit Fire Department and the Barnstable Police Department responded to a call at 22 Clamshell Cove Road.  A scaffolding collapsed sending two construction workers to the ground from a height of about 18 feet.  One of the men was transported to Cape Cod Hospital and the other was transported to Lowell Park to meet a Medflight helicopter destined for  Boston. 

Story and photos by Frank Paparo. 

Solar glare causes car vs pole crash in Harwich
harwich030708a_599    This car vs pole crash tied up traffic on Route 28 in West Harwich Friday morning.
harwich030708b_250WEST HARWICH - Around 7:20 a.m. Friday, a woman reportedly blinded by the sun struck a pole on Route 28 across from the Weatherdeck Restaurant while taking her grandchildren to school.  All three occupants of the Buick Roadmaster, the driver, a boy and a girl, were transported to Cape Cod Hospital  by Harwich Fire and Rescue. NStar was called to the scene to replace the pole which was severed at the base.   Route 28  near the Herring River was closed for two hours.  Story and photos by Jake O'Callaghan.

Crash slows commute off Cape
BOURNE - A rollover crash jammed traffic on the Bourne Bridge during the morning commute. The crash happened just before 6:30 a.m. Friday.  No injuries were reported but commuters were urged to use the Sagamore Bridge until the wreckage of the Toyota pickup could be cleared. A sander was requested to treat the bridge so there may have been patchy black ice around this morning. State police cited the driver Paul Hendricks of Marstons Mills for a marked lane violation. Another two vehicle crash was reported about 6:40 a.m. at Route 28 and South County Road in Marstons Mills. No one was seriously injured.

30-year  veteran promoted as new Yarmouth Police Chief
-On Thursday the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen unanimously appointed Chief Michael J. Almonte as the town's new Chief of Police.

Chief Almonte was selected at the conclusion of a series of interviews with Almonte and the 3 other finalists-Lieutenant Steven G. Xiarhos-Lieutenant Frank G. Frederickson-and Lieutenant Paul J. Rooney-all of whom are current members of the Yarmouth Police Department Command Staff.

Chief Almonte began his career 30 years ago with the Yarmouth Police Department as a Patrol Officer and has served in various positions within the department including Detective-Patrol Sergeant-Detective Sergeant-Lieutenant-and Deputy Chief. Chief Almonte holds three college degrees including a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Western New England College.

During his interview Chief Almonte told selectmen that his priority-based management style will help continue to foster the growth of the department and that he will continue to seek out opportunities to meet with members of our community to make sure they know that we want to know what their needs are.

Combined with his education and experience-Chief Almonte is a dedicated and proactive leader in community policing and community activities. Chief Almonte is a long time resident of Yarmouth-is a graduate of Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School-and is married and the proud father of two sons. Photo furnished by YPD.

Dennis Child Safety Seat Team Recognized
dennisffpo_250HYANNIS – Three firefighters and two police officers from Dennis received the “Firefighter/Law Enforcement Community Impact Award” at the sixth annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast held at the Resort and Conference Center Friday morning. Nominated by Fire Chief Mark Dellner and Police Chief Michael Whalen, the men were recognized for forming the Dennis Child Safety Seat Team in 2005. During 2007 the team continued to grow in its success by replacing old and faulty units and educating drivers, parents, businesses, media and volunteers on the importance of properly installed and maintained child safety seats. The team has inspected over 200 vehicle installations and removed a number of faulty seats and installed new ones.  Pictured right (l-r) : Firefighters Ben Anderson, Jeff Larkowski and Dan O’Connell; Police officers Damon Reinold and Jim Sullivan. Story and photo by Kevin Morley. 

Fox 25's Firehouse Fridays visits Dennis
fox_dennis_150DENNIS - Fox 25's traffic guy, Doug Meehan, visited the men and women of the Dennis Fire Department during their Firehouse Fridays segment. 

Armed with Dunkin' Donuts coffee and doughnuts, Doug paid tribute to some of Dennis' finest.

Click on the image (right), then click on Dennis to watch the video. 

Significant coastal storm to lash Cape with high winds, heavy rain
- (updated) The first portion of the double barrel coastal storm moved through during the predawn hours. Storms that were severe in Bristol County moved across the outer Cape with heavy downpours and gusty winds. The NWS issued a High Wind Watch for this evening through Sunday morning which has been upgraded to a warning. Southerly winds may gust to 60 MPH tonight before switching to the west on Sunday with gusts to 55 MPN. More heavy rain is also expected with thunderstorms a good possibility. Beach erosion and minor coastal flooding are also possible. Scattered power outages are possible with this storm. The CWN storm team will keep you covered through the storm. Remember you can get jump to the latest forecast by the bar at the top of every Cape Cod Today page.

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