Arrests in Hyannis firebomb attack; Double-fatal Bourne crash; Sexual assault reported in Sandwich; Mashpee brush fire

CWN Followup: 5 arrested in Hyannis firebombing case

In court (l-r) Joshua Debonaise, Andrew Nickerson, Victor Mason, Jose Reyes, and Tiffeny  Mason.
- State Police have arrested five people in connection with the early Thursday morning firebombing of a Hyannis duplex. A family including children barely managed to get out alive. Four of the suspects are expected in Barnstable District Court Friday morning. Officials identified the suspects as Andrew Nickerson and Joshua Debonise both 19 of Mashpee, 20-year old Tiffeny Mason of Hyannis, 20-year old Victor Mason of East Boston and 22-year old Jose Reyes of Boston. All 5 are charged with attempted murder, arson of a dwelling and possession of an explosive device. It is still unclear what the attack's motive may have been but police had responded to the location a few hours before the fire for an argument.
Above: Courtroom pool; Right CWN file photo by Frank Paparo.

Top story: Two killed in head-on crash in Bourne
- A head-on crash killed two people on Sandwich Road in  Bourne around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The crash occurred on the road along the Cape side of the canal about midway between the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges. Police say a Ford Bronco driven by 46-year-old Janet Sweeney of West Barnstable crossed over and struck a box truck driven by 39-year-old John Wales of Bridgewater, killing both drivers. A passenger in the truck 41-year-old Lezite Filho was taken to Tobey Hospital in Wareham and then flown to a Boston hospital. A third vehicle could not avoid the collision. That driver, Janet Montville of Bourne, escaped injury. Police had to shut down traffic in both directions for an extended time for reconstruction. Afternoon commuter traffic from the Cape was backed up at least two miles at one point. Watch the channel 5 video here. Story by Bryan Joseph.

New: Sandwich Police investigating alleged sexual assault
- Sandwich Police are looking for a suspect in an alleged sexual assault late Thursday evening. A 17-year-old woman reportedly told police she was attacked in the parking lot of Snake Pond. Police from Sandwich and Mashpee were searching for the suspect in the woods and surrounding roadways near the pond.  Further details were not immediately available. Story by Aaron Bryant.

Man arrested for alleged sexual assault in Provincetown
- A Hyannis man is charged with a disturbing crime in Provincetown. 24-year-old Dominique Brown is charged with rape and indecent assault and battery on a person under 14 in connection with an incident in Provincetown. He is currently being held at the Barnstable House of Corrections.

Brush fire extends to shed in Mashpee
MASHPEE - A brush fire in Mashpee Thursday afternoon extended to a shed and a hot tub before firefighters could knock it down.

Investigators don't believe this fire was connected to a series of brush fires that have been plaguing the Falmouth area including four more overnight and three others during Thursday.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the toll free, confidential Mass Arson Hotline at 1 (800) 682-9229. 

Traffic slip sliding away after oil slick
- At 11 a.m. on Thursday Barnstable Police were asked to help the Centerville Fire Department at the exit of the Centerville Plaza, approximately 100 feet before the Old Stage Road lights headed west on Route 28.  Fluids, oil and other liquids had apparently been leaking from the bottom of a large open truck starting at Phinneys Lane and getting worse as the truck approached the Centerville Plaza.  The road was extremely slippery in the westbound passing lane and had to be closed with cones. This continued all the way from South County to the Sandwich town line. The police were able to follow the sheen into Sandwich to a parking lot on Route 130.  Certain parts of the fast lane of Route 28 had to be closed due to the slippery conditions the leakage had caused until the State and Town Highway Departments could come with trucks and sand.  All the slick parts caused a significant traffic backup in the area. There were reports to the police that some cars were skidding a bit, so officials urged motorists to use caution.  Story by Frank Paparo.

COMM firefighters to hold fundraiser for one of their own in need
- Fools for Fred will be a Motorcycle Event to benefit a firefighter in need. Come join COMM and Hyannis firefighters in a motorcycle ride to benefit Lt. Fred Lewis of the COMM Fire Department. Fred has recently been diagnosed with bladder cancer and has been out of work for an extended period of time.  There is a chance Fred may not return and will instead retire. For that reason his colleagues are trying to raise funds to help offset expenses.
The event is scheduled for Saturday April 19, 2008 / Rain date Sunday April 20, 2008

  • Registration at 0900 hrs / Ride begins @ 1000 hrs
  • Start: At the Burger King, Route 132, West Barnstable
  • Destination: The Deer Club, Old Stage Road, West Barnstable
  • Cost: Pre-registration $20 per rider / $15 per guest
  • Cost: Day of event $25 per rider / $20 per guest

The ride will travel from the Burger King down Rte 6A into Bourne and over the Sagamore bridge, through Plymouth then back onto the Cape via the Bourne Bridge. The ride will then continue on through Bourne and down to Falmouth then on into Woods Hole, the scenery will be great! Continuing along Falmouth Heights with a view of Martha's Vineyard and back to West Barnstable. Participants will then gather at the West Barnstable Deer Club for food and refreshments. The ride will include a scavenger hunt where riders will be asked to find landmarks and information for a chance to win a prize. A raffle will be held for a chance to win additional prizes. For more information contact Lt. Roger Cadrin of Hyannis fire at (508) 737-3270. 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