Hollowed-out hand grenade briefly disrupts school day in Dennis; Rear-end Harwich crash sends one to the hospital; Child falls in Hyannis

Hollowed-out hand grenade briefly disrupts school day

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Deputy Fire Chief John Donlan (kneeling) shows the hollowed-out hand grenade to Fire Captain Robert Tucker and Police Detective Sergeant Bernd Wunderlich in front of the Ezra Baker School.

dennis040908b_275WEST DENNIS – A suspicious object was removed from the Ezra H. Baker School on Route 28 in West Dennis around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday. Captain William Monahan of the Dennis Police Department reports that the object turned out to be a World-War-II era Mk2 (Pineapple) grenade in a third-grade student’s backpack. The grenade was found by the student’s teacher and was immediately removed from the building by principal Kevin Depin. He placed the backpack on the front lawn and the building was evacuated with students gathering at the rear of the school.  

After interviewing the student’s mother who was at the scene, emergency personnel were confident that the device was inert. When they opened the backup and inspected the grenade, they found that its explosive charge and detonator had been removed and a hole cut in its bottom. The device was taken into custody by Dennis Police and later turned over to the state police bomb squad for disposal. The parents of the third-grade boy were questioned and the residence checked for any other devices. None were found.

Dennis Police will continue to investigate how the third-grader came into possession of the device. At this time, no charges are being contemplated against the student. Any administrative action is left to the school to decide on.

Story and photo by Kevin Morley, above close up of the grenade courtesy of the Dennis Police Department.

Rear-end Harwich crash sends one to the hospital

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   Fire Captain Donald Parker comforts the injured woman before she is transported to the hospital.

harwich040908b_225HARWICH - A rear-end collision occurred at Main and South Streets in Harwich 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The driver of a Mitsubishi sedan 24-year 0ld Michael Gomes 0f Chatham crashed into the rear of a Ford Explorer driven by 35-year old Donna Gilmette of Harwich causing significant damage to the sedan. Gilmette was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. Main Street was closed between Forest and South Streets for approximately 45 minutes.
Photos and story by Jake O'Callaghan.

Child is transported to the hospital after falling at the Christmas Tree Shop in Hyannis

HYANNIS - At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the Hyannis FireDepartment and two Barnstable Police units responded to a call at theChristmas Tree Shop on Route 132 in Hyannis.  A child had fallen andhit his head on the ground sustaining what the first police officer onscene described as a "nasty gash on his skull".  The child wasconscious and breathing.  The boy's mother was so distraught, sheinsisted on carrying him into the ambulance and rode with him to CapeCod Hospital. It was a priority 3+ transport to the hospital. Story by Frank Paparo.

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