Fishing vessel sinks in Harwich; 11 arrested at Mills Park; Two arrested for shoplifting incidents; Quincy carjacking ends in Eastham; P'town fire now called accidental; Outdoor burning ban

Fishing boat sinks in Harwichport's Wychmere Harbor

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   This fishing vessel drifted under the pier and got stuck when the tide came in causing it to flood.

HARWICHPORT - It was a tough start to Patriot's Day Monday for commercial fisherman Roger Tessier.   After putting his 25' boat in the water Friday, Tessier returned to find it had sunk overnight at the town pier, at Wychmere Harbor.

Somehow the line came loose and the boat drifted under the pier.  Stuck under the pier, the rising tide caused the boat to flood and partially sink.  A minor fuel leak was contained by the Harwich Fire Department.   Story & photos by Jake O'Callaghan.

11 arrested at Marstons Mills park
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- With the early season nice weather police are stepping up patrols in area parks. Barnstable Police were amazed to find some blatantly open activity at the disc golf course at Burgess Park. 11 people were arrested on drug and alcohol violations in a series of incidents. 51-year-old Brian Chouinard of Marstons Mills, 28-year-old Timothy Myland of Hyannis, 29-year-old Christopher Bergstrom of  South Yarmouth, 23-year-old Amy Whelan of Hyannis, 36-year-old Joseph Famous of Dennis, 32-year-old Brian Powers of Hyannis, 25-year-old Arden Lockwood of Cotuit, 21-year-old Jesse Russo of Belmont, and 18-year-old Joseph Creedon of Sandwich were all charged with possession of Class D (marijuana). 18-year-old Bruce Costello of Mashpee was charged with minor in possession of alcohol, and 20-year-old Nathan Brown of Brewster was charged with possession of class D and minor in possession of alcohol. All are expected to be arraigned on Tuesday in Barnstable District Court.

Stolen car chase ends in arrest
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- A man was arrested after leading police on a stolen car chase. Officer Kate Mungrove spotted a vehicle reported stolen out of Quincy driving on Route 6 early Monday morning. She pulled the vehicle over but it then took off. A chase ensued and the driver temporarily eluded the officer but was spotted a short time later at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. Edward Conrad was charged with receiving stolen property over $250, failing to stop for police, operating unlicensed, mark lanes violation, and speeding.

Two arrested for shoplifting incidents

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YARMOUTH - Two people were arrested within minutes of each other in separate shoplifting incidents at the Stop & Shop in South Yarmouth around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

52-year-old Ann Mae Refuse of West Dennis allegedly tried to hide over $76 in groceries in her purse. While arresting Refuse, police reportedly noticed another group of people who appeared to be trying to steal merchandise. The group fled in a red SUV but store employees recognized one of them from a Stop & Shop security bulletin watch list.

20-year-old Heather Talmadge of West Yarmouth later surrendered to police. The other members of the group are still at large.

Quincy carjacker arrested in Eastham

EASTHAM - Brockton Police report that a carjacker, who forced a women to surrender her car at knifepoint  in Quincy, was arrested in Eastham Sunday.  The car was later used in a gas station robbery in Brockton.  After stealing the vehicle, the carjacker or an accomplice robbed a Mobil station in Brockton.  According to Brockton Police, the car was recovered and an arrest was made in Eastham Sunday afternoon.

P'town fire now called accidental

PROVINCETOWN - Townspeople are breathing a sigh of relief after the Holway Avenue fire that was thought to be the first arson on an occupied, year-round house was, in fact, accidental. Investigators now say a mirror reflecting sunlight caused the scorch marks on an outside shower stall.

Department of Conservation & Recreation urges towns to ban open burning

STATEWIDE - The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is urging all municipalities across the Commonwealth to stop issuing open burning permits immediately. Normally, the open burning season lasts through the end of April, but this year's warm, dry and moderately windy weather coupled with dry forest fuel, has resulted in a high fire danger throughout the state.  On Saturday, April 19, alone, 189 wildland fires burned more than 375 acres, threatening private homes and property at times.

As most such fires are started through careless human error, the DCR also urges residents to be extremely careful with cigarette smoking and disposal of cigarettes, campfires, and cooking fires of any sort.

Release courtesy of the DCR.

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