Bourne Police seek "fake cop"; Yarmouth crash; Brewster church smoked; Falmouth crash; Falmouth/Mashpee brush fire; Telecommunicators honored

Route 6 crash
- One person was injured after a crash on Route 6 overnight. The crash happened on the eastbound side before exit 2. The driver reportedly told state police another vehicle forced him off the road. Further details were not immediately available.

Bourne Police release sketch of possible "fake cop"
BOURNE - Bourne Police have released this sketch of an apparent "fake police officer". A local teenage girl was driving home about two weeks ago from school when she says she was pulled over by what appeared to be an unmarked cruiser equipped with lights. The man wearing a navy uniform accused her of running a red light and allegedly said she could avoid a ticket in return for sexual favors. He is described as a white male in his early 30's. Bourne Police say they waited two weeks to release the sketch because they didn't want to jeopardize an ongoing investigation. Police add if you're not sure who is pulling you over dial 911 and ask for identification. A real police officer will not hesitate to produce ID. Sketch furnished by Bourne PD.

Serious crash in Yarmouth
YARMOUTH -One woman was taken to CCH after her car rear-ended another.

The crash happened Thursday afternoon on Station Avenue near White's Path.

Traffic was backed up on busy Station Avenue for about a half mile in both directions.

Yarmouth Police are investigating.
Story and photos by Richard Copley.

Smoke fills Brewster church
BREWSTER - Anxious moments when smoke began filling the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Brewster. Brewster and Harwich crews responding to the Freeman's Way location around 4:15 p.m. determined a major malfunction of the church's furnace caused the problem. Firefighters remained on scene to ventilate the smoke. No injuries were reported. Story by Jake O'Callaghan.

Four injured in Falmouth crash
- Four people were injured in a crash in Falmouth Thursday afternoon. The head-on crash happened on Route 151 by the Barnstable County Fairgrounds. The impact caused one of the vehicles to rollover. Two of the injuries were described as serious but non-life threatening. Falmouth Police are investigating.

Brush fires keep Mashpee, Falmouth crews busy
- At 2:55 p.m., Falmouth Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a large brush fire near Turner Road. Upon arrival, crews determined that it would be necessary for a brush breaker to be dispatched to the area. Soon after, engines and breakers were called in from Mashpee and Mass DEM to help battle the blaze. Firefighters had to work several flanks fo fire due to winds that kept spreading it. The fire was deemed put down at 3:55 p.m., with small "hot spots" remaining. A Massachusetts State Police helicopter was called to perform several flyovers to confirm that all small fires had been extinguished and no 'hot spots" were reigniting. The fire is currently being investigated by Falmouth Fire and state officials, as well as many other brush fires across the Upper Cape that are being considered "suspicious." There have been no injuries reported with any of the reported brush fires. Meanwhile, another small brush fire slowed traffic along Route 6 near exit 4. Story by Aaron Bryant.

Bizarre vandalism probed in Hyannis
- Officials are investigating a bizarre vandalism incident in Hyannis. At 11 a.m. Hyannis Fire was called to 16 Stevens street by a neighbor who saw water in the basement. The building has been newly renovated. When firefighters gained access they discovered the pipes had apparently been intentionally cut some time earlier. NStar was called to cut the power. A County officer arrived to check for prints and take photos. Story by Frank Paparo.

Power knocked out in Osterville
- A malfunction on a pole on South Main Street forced a power disruption in the area. NStar crews had to cut the power to make repairs. Traffic also had to be diverted off South Main Street until repairs were complete.

Telecommunicators honored
- Many Cape Cod police and fire departments are marking National Emergency Telecommunications Week. National Emergency Telecommunications Week was started in 1981 in order to focus on public safety telecommunications professionals for their contributions to the safety and security of communities around the world. The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International convinced Congress of the need for a formal proclamation in 1991; it became permanent in 1994. Telecommunicators or dispatchers are the vital link between the public and public safety personnel.

At Dennis Police for example, public safety dispatchers (Emergency Telecommunication Officers [ETOs]) handled over 4,000 emergency 911 calls in 2007 and radio and telephone duties associated with over 30,000 calls for service handled by the Police Department. They also dispatch and coordinate the town's Harbormaster, Animal Control and Natural Resource functions. Several Dennis ETOs have been honored in the past for specific actions. However, Chief Michael Whalen stated that it's "the day-to-day standards of excellence that set our folks apart. This past year has been especially challenging for the Dennis ETO's as the Department moved into a new building and the ETO's were required to learn a new 911 system, as well as new radio and computer systems. They have come through with flying colors."

Editor's note: Tim Caldwell is a telecommunicator for the Truro Police Department. 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