Tagging a new epidemic; Gas can found near mall trailer fire; Construction cause of gridlock on Mid-Cape highway

Suspect in Mall stabbings arrested in NY
HYANNIS - One of two suspects wanted in connection with a brawl that left three people stabbed at the Cape Cod Mall on Augsut 9th has been arrested.

Christian Chapman was in Queens, NY during a raid on an apartment of a family acquaintance. He is due in NY court today to face an extradition hearing.

Police say a tip led to his arrest. A second suspect Dino Tillman remains at large.

File mugshot furnished by Barnstable Police.

CWN Feature story:
Tagging: the latest youth craze reaching epidemic proportions


  Tagging, or graffiti vandalism has become an epidemic on the Cape.
HYANNIS - Tagging (the legal term under Massachusetts state law although many prefer to call it what it is--vandalism) is reaching epidemic rates across the Cape. Nearly every town on the Cape has been hit.  Some arrests have been made but the problem persists.

Wednesday in Hyannis around 10:30 a.m., Barnstable Police were called to the rear of the Artifacts store in the North Street parking lot where graffiti was discovered on the rear of an Artifacts box truck. Tagging was also discovered on the Rockland Trust Bank next door.  Barnstable Police Chief Paul MacDonald also responded to the scene and is seen at right with another officer and a store owner checking the roof and second floor for evidence.

Photos by Frank Paparo.

Editor's note: Provincetown has been hard hit by tagging as well.  Police Chief Jeff Jaran has made good on his top priority as reported by Cape Wide News. We've learned Officer Monica Himes will be promoted to detective in September. Look for an upcoming interview with Det. Himes.  She has already made a handful of arrests in connection with tagging and will no doubt have her plate full between the tagging, drug trafficking and other crimes on the Outer Cape.

Gas can possibly linked to trailer fire at mall

    A gas can was discovered across the parking lot from where a trailer burned at the Cape Cod Mall.
HYANNIS - Early Wednesday afternoon officials investigated the discovery of a plastic gas can near the scene of yesterday's box trailer fire at the Cape Cod Mall. The fire has been labeled suspicious.

The container was found across the parking lot from where the trailer was parked.

A County Investigation Officer (right) took photos and Barnstable Police removed the container from the scene. 

Photos by Frank Paparo.

Multi-vehicle crash in Falmouth
FALMOUTH
- A multi-vehicle crash was reported on Route 151 at the Route 28 Exit around 5 p.m Wednesday injured two people. Officials say a vehicle driven by 28-year old Darrell Pereira of New Bedford struck a vehicle driven by 40-year old Yisroel Markov of Brighton. The impact sent Pereira's vehicle into a third driven by 78-year old William Curtin of Pocasset. Perreira and a passenger 40-year old Russell Robbins of Bourne were taken to Falmouth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Pereira was cited for failing to use care.

Transformer fire snarls Willow Street/Yarmouth Road traffic
HYANNIS
- A transformer fire snarled traffic along the busy Willow Street/Yarmouth Road artery into Hyannis around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.  NStar crews had to clear wires by the John Deere Dealership.  Power was disrupted in the immediate area.

Story by Frank Paparo. 

Construction cause of gridlock on Mid-Cape Highway
YARMOUTH
- Construction was to blame for a massive traffic backup on the Mid-Cape Highway (Route 6) between Exits 8 and 9 Wednesday morning.  Emergency work to repair catch basins in danger of caving in due to recent heavy rains forced traffic down to one lane. A caller to Cape Cod Today reported traffic backed up at one point to Route 134 in Dennis. Traffic is now reported moving smoothly.

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