Bourne MC crash; Harwich, Nantucket brush fires, crash; Arrests in home invasion; Orleans warns of e-mail scam; Chatham promotion; E-911 awareness

No injuries in Route 6 rollover
- A driver was lucky to escape injury after their vehicle flipped upside down off Route 6 in Sandwich. It happened shortly after midnight on the westbound side near exit 4. State Police are investigating.

Motorcyclist injured in crash
- A motorcyclist was injured after crashing his bike in Bourne. The crash happened just before 6 p.m. in front of 586 Shore Road (Route 28A). The victim was taken to Falmouth Hospital with unknown injuries. Bourne Police are investigating.

Two juveniles arrested in connection with brush fire in Harwich
Second brush blaze in Nantucket forces evacuation of homes

  Firefighters had to battle two separate brush fires in a remote area of Harwich Thursday.
HARWICH - Two separate brush fires in the Bells Neck section of Harwich scorched an estimated two to three acres. 

Two separate areas were burning at the same time stretching the resources of the fire department.

At right: a family hiking the Bells Neck Conservation Area stops to watch the smoke rise near the Herring River.

The Dennis Fire Department sent an engine company to aid their fellow firefighters. The brush fire was contained after three hours.

Late Thursday evening, Harwich Police told CWN that two juveniles ages 14 and 15 were arrested.  An off-duty firefighter responding to the area reportedly observed the two suspects riding their bikes down Lothrop Ave.  Sgt. Kevin Considine responded to that area and located the suspects on Lothrop Ave. They were both arrested and charged with "Malicious and Willful burning to trees and land." 

When the call came in, numerous witnesses in the area of Bells Neck Conservation area reported to officials they observed the two suspects leaving the area and then they noticed the smoke and flames. Authorities now estimate two to three acres burned in the two separate blazes. The first fire was near the Bells Neck/North Road foot bridge.  The second fire was along the cranberry bog area just west of the first fire. The juveniles are being charged in connection with both fires. One is seen from the rear in a cruiser. Because of their age they cannot be identified and thus CWN is also, of course, protecting his identity.

Meanwhile in Nantucket, crews had to battle a 10-acre brush fire today off of Somerset St. They had to call in the Nantucket Land Bank Burn Crew and the Airport crash truck to assist. Also they called in a DPW frontend loader to put a control line in around the fire. They did evacuate four homes as a precaution. (see related story below). Photos right by Jake O'Callaghan.

Harwich crash injures two

     A victim of a two vehicle crash is wheeled to an ambulance.
HARWICH - A two vehicle accident Thursday at 11:30 a.m. sent two people to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries.


The crash happened at Great Western Road and Lothrop Avenue when a red Isuzu pickup appeared to have broadsided a gray Toyota Camry.


At right: Fire Captain John Clarke and paramedic Tom Gould gave aid to an accident victim moments before he was transported to Cape Cod Hospital.



Story and photos by Jake O'Callaghan.

Updated: Two arrested in overnight home invasion
- Two people apparently got more than they bargained for during a reported home invasion in Hyannis 0vernight. About 12:15 a.m. officials responded to 86 Hamden Circle where two masked men with baseball bats or wooden sticks allegedly forced their way into the home. One of the occupants apparently resisted and the pair ran off. 21-year-old Andre Bovan was found on nearby Orrs Avenue reportedly bleeding from being struck with a bat in the head. He was taken to Cape Cod Hospital by ambulance. A second subject, 45-year-old William Holmes of Hyannis, also showed up on his own at the hospital with injuries. Both were charged with home invasion and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. They were due to be arraigned Thursday in Barnstable District Court. The motive in the attack is unknown but police do not believe it was random.

Meanwhile in a separate incident police are looking for the suspects who stabbed a man in the chest on Yarmouth Road just after midnight. The man was rushed to CCH and is expected to recover. The victim is reportedly the property manager of 44 Yarmouth Road and had asked the suspects to leave the area when the attack allegedly occurred.

Fraudulent Comcast E-Mail circulating
- A resident in town just received an e-mail from Comcast, requesting that they verify their e-mail username and password. The body of the text requests this information, as they are "deleting all unused Comcast email account to create morespace for new accounts. [sic]" The e-mail is from "Comcast Billing Department!!! ". This is followed by a warning, stating that any account user who refuses to update his or her account within seven days will lose their account permanently.

Orleans Police Det. Kevin Higgins spoke with a representative of Comcast and she states that the email address listed is incorrect, and they would never request any sensitive account information via e-mail.  She requested that anyone who receives this scam e-mail, should forward it to [email protected].  Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Orleans Police Department.

Six Acre brush fire on Nantucket threatens home

A brush fire raced across six to ten acres of land on Somerset Road on Nantucket Thursday afternoon, coming within 20 yards of a home before the Nantucket Fired Department was able to contain the blaze.

NANTUCKET - Six homes on Nantucket were evacuated yesterday due to a raging brush fire which raced through six acres and came within 20 yeards of a home before being contained. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to NFD chief Mark McDougall.

While fighting the fire, firefighters also had to help one of their own as an unidentified call firefighter suffered a possible heart attack while battling the blaze. His condition was not released, but was alert and breathing as he was taken to Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

Further complicating matters was the break down of Engine One, which had to be towed away from the scene and was blocking Somerset Road for a time. Story & photo by Peter A. Sutters Jr. courtesy of Nantucket Independent.

Promotional ceremony in Chatham

Police Chief Mark Pawlina swears in Captain Cauble while some of his fellow officers & public look on.
CHATHAM - Lieutenant John D. Cauble, a 25-year veteran of the Chatham Police Department, was promoted to the rank of Captain at a promotional ceremony Thursday morning at Town Hall.

At right: Captain Cauble receives congratulations while his wife Gretchen stands by beaming with approval.


Story and Photos courtesy of Jake O'Callaghan.

SETB Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness of Enhanced 9-1-1
TAUNTON - The Statewide Emergency Telecommunications Board (SETB) is launching a new public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of the state's Enhanced 9-1-1 system (E 9-1-1).

The E 9-1-1 system automatically displays the address and telephone number of the emergency caller on a screen at all 9-1-1 communications centers in Massachusetts, commonly referred to as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). There are approximately 270 PSAPs in the Commonwealth.

The public awareness campaign will center around two features of E 9-1-1 in the Commonwealth.

The "Silent Call Procedure" is used when a caller is unable to verbally communicate their emergency over the phone. It allows Massachusetts residents' dialing 9-1-1 from a wireline touchtone phone to press "1" for police, "2" for fire and "3" for an ambulance. It's important to note that the call must first be answered at the 9-1-1 center before pressing numbers.

E 9-1-1's "Wireless 9-1-1" program is in place to handle all emergency calls originating from cell phones. A person dialing 9-1-1 from a cell phone will be routed to one of three State Police wireless PSAPs in the Commonwealth. From there, calls will be transferred to the appropriate emergency call center. It is important to note that because of the nature of wireless technology, callers may need to provide the call taker with their cell phone number, additional location information, or nearby landmarks.

The SETB will also raise awareness about Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) through the distribution of hand cards. VoIP is the technology that allows voice quality calls to be made over Internet connections. Because VoIP service works differently from traditional phone service, consumers who use it should be aware that VoIP 911 service may also work differently from traditional 911 services.

SETB provides the following service tips to all VoIP customers:

  • VoIP phone service may not work in the case of a power or broadband connection outage.
  • Confirm with the service provider that E 9-1-1 service is provided.
  • Have a clear understanding of any limitations of the 9-1-1 service.
  • Provide your accurate physical address to your service provider.
  • Be familiar with your providers' procedures for updating your address, and promptly update address information in the event of a change.
  • Inform any visitors about your VoIP service and its 9-1-1 limitations.

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