CWN Storm Team coverage: Lightning sparks condo fire, rattles nerves
PROVINCETOWN - Strong thunderstorms moved across the Cape late Friday night into early Saturday morning.
Area fire departments responded to numerous reports of lightning strikes and possible fires.
One strike likely sparked a structure fire at a sprawling west end Provincetown condo complex.
Firefighters rushed to the Cape Tip Estates at 100 Bayberry Avenue to find flames crawling up the side of one of the units.
Crews were able to contain the fire to that unit. Smoke was vented from the unit and other units were checked to make sure there was no extension.
Elsewhere lightning strikes damaged home electrical systems and caught utility poles on fire causing scattered outages but no major damage.
Photo by Tim Caldwell.
New overnight: Boat fire in Chatham
CHATHAM - Fire destroyed an approximately 20 foot vessel in Stage Harbor in Chatham early Saturday morning. Firefighters were called about 3:15 a.m. and were able to quickly douse the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Meanwhile a few hours later a fishing boat was discovered sunk near Tern Island. Its unclear if the storms were responsible. The name of the vessel was not immediately available.
Mother with 3-year old child arrested for trafficking heroin
FALMOUTH - The Falmouth Police Drug Task Force arrested 24-year old Lyndsey Gonsalves of West Tisbury who was found in possession of 60 grams of Heroin with a street value of $20,000 Friday afternoon.
According to a press release Sgt. Jeff Stone of the Massachusetts State Police Martha's Vineyard barracks developed information from a confidential informant and conducted a controlled heroin transaction with Ms. Gonsalves. At the time of the of the alleged sale Ms. Gonsalves was accompanied by her 3-year old child. Sgt. Stone further learned she would need to pick-up more heroin in Falmouth via the Island Queen Ferry. The area was placed under surveillance and Ms. Gonsalves arrived and parked in the four-hour area at the Martha's Vineyard terminal.
That information was passed on to the Falmouth Police Drug Task Force and a member of the task force placed the Falmouth terminal under surveillance. Ms. Gonsalves was observed by the officer conducting actions allegedly consistent with a drug transaction. Upon her return to the Island Queen the Falmouth Police questioned her about the activity and she reportedly admitted the heroin was in her bag. Police then seized the 60 grams of heroin.
Ms. Gonsalves was charged with possession of heroin (subsequent offense), Distributing class A (heroin), and trafficking in heroin. Her bail was set at $5,000.
Harwich water rescue
HARWICH - Firefighters were called to Wychmere Harbor Friday afternoon after a boat ran into trouble. According to reports the boat had overturned. A passing boat rendered aid and towed the victims in. Firefighters launched their boat as a precaution and checked the individuals out.
Woman unhurt after car goes into marsh
EASTHAM - An elderly woman and her dog escaped uninjured after her Toyota Prius went off Bridge Road and into a marsh. The crash happened around 9:20 a.m. Friday morning. The woman emerged from the car muddy but not hurt. A tow truck extricated the vehicle from the marsh. Eastham Police are investigating.
Computer monitors taken in school break
HYANNIS - Barnstable Police are investigating a break-in sometime overnight Wednesday or Thursday morning at the Pope John Paul II School on High School Road in Hyannis. Sgt. Sean Sweeney tells Cape Wide News the suspect or suspects apparently tampered with the alarm before making off with 10 computer monitors valued at $135 each. The school is undergoing renovation but is still in session. Anyone with information is asked to contact Barnstable Police at (508) 775-0387.