Violent assault in Provincetown; Sandwich blaze; Orleans shopping plaza evacuated after SUV hits electrical box

New overnight: Power knocked out by Mashpee crash
- A single vehicle crash knocked out power to a section of Mashpee for a time late Thursday night. The vehicle struck a pole before crashing into the woods near the intersection of Cotuit Road and Main Street (Route 130) about 11:45 p.m. The driver was not seriously injured. NStar crews had to repair damaged equipment on the pole to restore service. Mashpee Police are investigating the crash.

Violent assault in Provincetown
PROVINCETOWN - Provincetown Police are looking for a suspect in a brazen assault on two people in front of dozens of tourists on crowded Commercial Street shortly before 10:30 p.m. Thursday. One of the two victims was reportedly knocked unconscious for a time and was taken by ambulance to CCH. Police reportedly have an idea as to the suspect and were quick to point out this was not a bias motivated attack. At right: An EMT treats one of the victims as police question him.

Photo by Tim Caldwell.

Fire destroys Sandwich building

Flames shoot through the roof of a vacant farmhouse in Sandwich.
SANDWICH - Fire destroyed a vacant building in Sandwich Thursday evening.

The "old farmhouse" was heavily involved when firefighters arrived on County Farm Road shortly after 7 p.m.

They immediately went to a defensive attack and protected a second structure. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photos by Bryan Joseph.

No major problems reported during Carnival Parade
PROVINCETOWN - Officials say there were no major problems reported as tens of thousands of visitors flocked to the Cape Tip under picture perfect conditions for the annual Carnival Parade. The Wild Wild West theme heralded by a horse drawn stage coach seemed to be a big hit with the lines of people who began staking a claim along Commercial Street early in the morning. Police reported only two arrests and a handful of protective custodies for public drunkenness. EMTs handled about a dozen medical calls including a person who had their foot run over by one of the floats and another who was apparently bumped by a passing car. See more photos of the parade here.

Photo courtesy of DV.

Orleans marketplace evacuated after SUV vs electrical box starts fire

   The Orleans Marketplace was evacuated after this Jeep struck the electrical box sparking a small fire.
ORLEANS - A fire was quickly brought under control by the Orleans Fire Department after a Jeep Grand Cherokee struck the electrical box on the side of the building. The crash happened Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Orleans Marketplace, 21 Old Colony Way. NStar workers were called and shut off the power to the plaza. The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands was evacuated and closed for the day. Other stores were also evacuated for a time as an acrid smell of burning electrical equipment permeated the air. Old Colony Way was also closed for a time due to fire apparatus blacking it.

Photos by Jake O'Callaghan.

News briefs:
Crash slows afternoon commute off Cape
- A crash on Route 3 just over the Sagamore Bridge slowed the afternoon commute. No serious injuries were reported. The crash is under investigation by State Police. Further details were not immediately available.

Construction worker injured in Bourne
- A construction worker reportedly suffered facial trauma in an incident on the job. Rescuers rushed to 550 MacArthur Boulevard (Route 28) just after 2:30 p.m. and took the victim to a hospital. 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