Woman dies, YPD news conference on Tuesday morning fire; Hyannis crash, hotel evacuated; Fire; Attempted murder charge in Harwich domestic

Heroic efforts of YPD Officer Marc Thibeault acknowledged during Tuesday news conference; Fire victim dies in hospital


WEST YARMOUTH - A press conference was held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the Yarmouth Police Department to acknowledge the heroic efforts of canine officer Marc Thibeault.

yarmouth040808b_200Thibeault pulled 46-year-old Sharon Wetherbee from her burning home early Tuesday morning.

After being stabilized at Cape Cod Hospital Wetherbee was flown by Medflight  to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  Wetherbee was treated for severe burns and smoke inhalation, but she later succumbed to her injuries.

The canine officer who pulled her from her burning house on Bradford Road, Marc Thibeault, was treated for smoke inhalation at Cape Cod Hospital and released.  According to the Yarmouth Police Department, another police officer and firefighter were also treated and released.

According to investigators from the Yarmouth Police and Fire Deparments, careless disposal of the contents of an ashtray is believed to be the cause of the fire.

During the news conference, Yarmouth Fire Chief C. Randall Sherman described the fire conditions and praised Officer Thibeault.  He then answered questions from the local media. Most of the Boston news outlets were also present.

Read the original story on CWN here.

Photos by Richard Copley

Three injured in Hyannis rear-ender

     Three people were injured when the red car rear-ended the black SUV in rear.
HYANNIS - At 3:45 p.m. Tuesday Hyannis and Yarmouth rescues along with State and Barnstable Police responded to a two-car rearend crash on Route 28 at Ridgewood Avenue. An SUV with one male driver had rearended a small car and the SUV wound up in the empty lot next to Sid's while the small red car was in the road. Three people with unknown injuries were taken to CCH in two Hyannis and one Yarmouth mutual aid ambulances. Afternoon commuter traffic was tied up for a time. Story and photos by Frank Paparo.

Hyannis hotel evacuated
- At 1 p.m. Tuesday Hyannis Fire responded to alarms sounding at the newely renovated Hyannis Harbor Hotel on Ocean Street in Hyannis across from the Hy-Line docks. Alarms, lights were sounding and the FD evacuated all of the guests in that wing. A search determined that dust and some smoke from tools had activated the sprinkler and alarms in the new addition. The event lasted for 1 hour until the dust and smoke, cleared and the few guests were allowed to go back in. Story by Frank Paparo.

Attempted murder charge after Harwich domestic
HARWICH -On Monday at 7:40 a.m., Officer Thomas Clarke, and Officer Adam Hutton responded to 6 Sydney Road for a reported domestic disturbance. On location, officers were met by the victim who stated that she was just attacked by her aunt's boyfriend. The victim stated she was pushed onto a couch and the suspect began to strangle her with a boot lace. During the attack, the victim was able to scream alerting the 10-year-old daughter of the suspect who was home at the time. The 10-year-old was able to stop the attack and called the Harwich Police. The victim had wounds on her neck consistent with being strangled.

Arrested was 37-year-old Israel Alcocer who is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of domestic assault and battery, and threatening to commit a crime.

The victim was transported to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment of injuries to her neck. She was treated and released. Mugshot furnished by HPD.

Spring clean-up of beaches and river in Truro
- On Saturday morning May 10 the Truro Shellfish Committee plans a clean-up of trash and other debris along the entire shorefront from Ryder Beach to the Provincetown line on Cape Cod Bay, from Brush Hollow to High Head along the Atlantic, and along both sides of the tidal Pamet River from the north and south jetties to Wilder's Dike.

Participating as co-sponsors will be Americorps, the National Park Service and the Truro DPW and the Truro Beach and Recreation Commissions. The Shellfish Committee is the lead sponsor because the principal purpose of the clean-up is to protect shellfish from potential sources of pollution.

"DPW Director Paul Morris has agreed to serve as commander-in-chief," said Ansel B. Chaplin, chair of the Shellfish Committee. ""We hope to attract enough volunteers to staff 12 teams working under him, each of which will be headed either by an Americorps representative or a citizen volunteer such as Tony Jackett and his wife, Susan, who serve as Truro's Shellfish Wardens," Chaplin said.

Families with children able to walk about two miles through sand will be especially welcome. "It will be a good lesson in civic responsibility," Chaplin continued, "as well as an opportunity for fresh air and exercise."

"Further information will be forthcoming closer to May 10, but any one interested should mark off the morning of that day on their calendar now. They will be rewarded with a free lunch provided by Friends of the Clean-up, so they should put that down as well," Chaplin concluded.

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