Man critically injured in Dennis boat explosion; Route 6 Sandwich crash; Cell phone blamed for Falmouth crash; 911 stabbing call in Harwich; OUI arrest in road detail zone

New overnight: Violent night in Hyannis
- A violent night in Hyannis saw one person stabbed and another beaten with a baseball bat in separate incidents. Just after midnight a man was found stabbed in the chest at 44 Yarmouth Road. The victim said to be the property mananger was rushed to CCH. The suspects who the victim reportedly asked to leave the area are still at large. Minutes later police responded to a Hamden Circle address for reports of an armed home invasion. Reportedly masked suspects with baseball bats entered the residence. Police discovered a young man beaten with a baseball bat on Orrs Avenue which runs behind the Hamden Circle location. That man was also rushed to CCH and arrested along with a second individual who arrived at the hospital on his own. See update here.

Man severely burned in boat explosion in Dennis

     A man was severely burned in the cabin of this sailboat when gasoline fumes ignited.
EAST DENNIS – A man working on his sailboat at the Northside Marina was severely burned Wednesday afternoon. Early indications are that an electrical spark ignited gasoline vapors in the cockpit of his dry-docked sailboat Tranquility. The resulting explosion caused first and second degree burns. Dennis Fire/Rescue responded to the scene and immediately called for MedFlight.  The victim 39-year old Matthew Name of Provincetown was transported by Dennis ambulance to Barnstable Municipal Airport where he was transferred to the helicopter which flew him to Massachusetts General Hospital.

It is reported that Name had earlier removed the vessel’s gasoline tank. He then went back into the cockpit. At that time, another man working nearby heard what he described as a “thump.’ At first he thought that the burned man had dropped something off his boat but then he heard screaming. He ran to the vessel and saw Name attempting to climb across to another boat in order to get the ground. The witness grabbed his own ladder and used it to help the him climb down. Name was able to walk the approximately 100 yards to the marina office area. An off-duty Yarmouth firefighter, Lt. Ken Huck, was in the area and helped attend to Name who was rushed into a cold shower.  He was alert at the time and unaware of the severity of his injuries. At right the removed gas tank. Reports at the scene indicate that there is no evidence of explosion or fire in the sailboat’s cabin. The Dennis fire inspector and a Dennis police detective are investigating the cause of the explosion. Story and photos by Kevin Morley

Driver extricated, airlifted after Route 6 crash

     An elderly man was Medflighted after a crash on Route 6 that sent his Jeep into the median.
SANDWICH - An elderly man was seriously injured in a two vehicle crash on Route 6 in Sandwich Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened about 2 p.m. on the westbound side near exit 3. A Jeep Grand Cherokee ended up over the guardrail in the median. The driver of the Jeep 74-year old William Ginalski had to be extricated by firefighters using the Jaws of Life. He was then taken to Sandwich High School and flown to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The driver of the other car 25-year old Michael J. Wilkins of Charlestown was treated and released at the scene. Westbound traffic was significantly delayed until the wreckage was cleared. The crash is under investigation by State Police who cited Wilkins for operating to endanger and unsafe lane change after reports he was going around cars in the travel lane by going on the shoulder to the right. Photos by Bryan Joseph.

Cell phone distraction possible cause of crash
- Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. on Teaticket Highway (Route 28) in Falmouth, the driver of a Dodge Durango pulled too far out on to Teaticket Highway from Driftwood Plaza at 188 Teaticket Highway trying to edge into traffic while, reportedly, using a cell phone. The Dodge was struck by a large White trash container truck traveling north on 28. The impact knocked the Dodge back into the plaza driveway damaging both vehicles.
The two adult male operators were the only occupants in the vehicles and both were evaluated by Falmouth Fire/Rescue and both declined medical assistance on the scene. The crash was investigated by Falmouth DNR and Police officers.
Story by Eric Tinglof.

Harwich Police respond to 911 stabbing call

   Ronald Galletta of Harwich was arrested for assault & battery with a dangerous weapon Wednesday.

harwich042308b_275HARWICH - A 911 call of  a stabbing brought Harwich police and fire personnel to 6 Lakewood Drive Wednesday at 11:30 a.m where an unidentified woman had received a superficial cut to her arm.  The woman was treated at the scene by fire and rescue personnel, and refused transport to Cape Cod Hospital.

Her boyfriend, Ronald Galletta of Harwich, was placed under arrest for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a knife).   Mr. Galletta was cuffed and escorted to an ambulance by police officers Marc Harris and Robert Horgan (above) and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital for observation. 

Right: Lt. Thomas Gagnon and Sgt. Kevin Considine examine the alleged weapon used in the assault.   

Below: Harwich Police are gathered at the woman's home.  Story and photos by Jake O'Callaghan


Harwich road construction detail officer makes OUI arrest
- On Wednesday Officer Keith Kannally was assigned as a detail officer at road construction zone on Rt. 28 in the area of Riverside Drive. While directing traffic Officer Kannally noticed a motor vehicle approaching the work zone area. The vehicle in question would not obey the direction of Officer Kannally and would not move from the intersection. This vehicle wanted to try and enter the work zone that was closed off to traffic at the time due to workmen in the roadway and unsafe conditions in the work zone.

Officer Kannally made contact with the vehicle operator identified as Elwood Nickerson, 72 years old from 212 Rt. 28, Harwich.

Nickerson was determined to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and charged with Operating under the influence of alcohol, and Negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Nickerson was released and will be arraigned Thursday morning in Orleans District Court.

Man airlifted after fall from roof
- A man was flown to a Boston hospital after falling off a roof in Falmouth Wednesday morning. Firefighters responded to Terry Lou Avenue about 11:15 p.m. Further details were not immediately available. 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