Eastham three-car accident; Two-month narcotic investigation leads to double arrest in Falmouth; Mall melee suspect held on $50,000 cash bail Nantucket PD sued; Other mayhem of note

Mayhem of Note:
Love triangle ends in brutal assault

NANTUCKET - What started as a quarrel between two women Saturday night over a man, ended up with one of the women being attacked with a pint glass and a high-heeled shoe - resulting in an eye-to-mouth gash, and a husband and a wife under arrest.
   According to a Nantucket Police report, the victim of the attack and 36-year-old Laurie Ray had been getting into arguments over the past couple of days because the two women were involved with the same man.
   Ray was arrested after attacking the victim Saturday night at the Bamboo with a pint glass Bamboo Supper Club and then beating her with a high-heeled shoe, while the victim lay unconscious on the floor, bleeding heavily from the face, the report said... Nantucket Independent.

Three-car accident on Route 6 in Eastham Wednesday, three transported to hospital

EASTHAM - There was a three-car accident near Brackett Road around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  All three vehicles were traveling north on Route 6 when one of the operators apparently became distracted and failed to stay in marked lanes.

Apparently, a brown 1998 Toyota Camry, driven by 35-year-old Zoe Giordano of Provincetown, failed to stay in marked lanes causing the three-car accident.  The other vehicles involved were a 1997 Oldsmobile and a 2000 Chevy.  Upon arrival, police discovered the Chevy resting on the driver's side with two individuals still strapped inside.

Eastham Fire Department personnel freed the trapped operator and passenger from the Chevy.  Orleans and Wellfleet ambulances also responded to the scene.  Of the five people involved in the accident (including two from Warrensburg, NY and two for Eastham), three were transported to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. 

The accident remains under investigation by Eastham Police.

Two-month narcotic investigation leads to double arrest in Falmouth

hendricks_falmouth090308a_219EAST FALMOUTH - On August 31, 2008, at approximately 2 p.m., 25-year-old Issac Hendricks and 48-year-old Mandred Henry, both of East Falmouth, were arrested as a result of a two-month narcotic investigation by State Troopers assigned to the Cape & Islands Distric Attorney's Office and Falmouth Police Detectives. 

Both individuals were charged with Trafficking Class "B" controlled substance (Oxycontin), Possession with intent to Distribute Class "B" (Oxycontin), and Conspiracy to Violate the Control Substance Act. 

Additionally, Hendricks (right) was charged with Assault & Battery on a police officer and Resisting Arrest.  Hendricks, who is well-known by the Falmouth Police for distribution of narcotics, was on bail at the time of his arrest.

Pursuant to the investigation, officers recovered $14,000 in US currency and 240 80mg Oxycontin tablets. The estimated street value of the Oxycontin is $20,000.

Hendricks and Henry are both being held pending bail.

Mugshot & release courtesy of the Falmouth Police Department.

Civil Rights lawsuit charges police

NANTUCKET - A Civil Rights lawsuit was filed in United States District Court in Boston on Monday against members of the Nantucket Police Department and the Town of Nantucket by an attorney representing a group of black youths who were the victims of admitted excessive force by the NPD during a 2007 incident, which took place on Broad Street.
   The suit seeks monetary damages, yet no dollar amount was listed, since that is for the jury to decide, according to attorney Stephen Hrones. The basis for the suit is the "use of excessive force, illegal arrest and illegal searches that occurred that night," said Hrones.
   The suit states the officers involved were "completely out of control" and faults police chief William Pittman for his "failure to supervise and train these police officers."
The suit is being filed by Sharon Liburd, mother and best friend of Terrance Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Adeane Watty, David Loveberry, Nicholas Phillips and Leslie Johnson, mother and best friend of Troy Sullivan.
   It lists the defendants as police officers Richard Aprea, Michael Nee, Briand Ketcham, Taylor Noll, Michael Mahoney, Michael Mabardy, Robert Hollis, Patrick Spera, Dana Hanson, Chief of Police William Pittman and the Town of Nantucket... Nantucket Independent.

Mall melee suspect held on $50,000 cash bail

A stabbing suspect in the Aug. 9 brawl at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis was arraigned on felony charges Wednesday in Barnstable District Court.

Christian Chapman, 18, of Pitcher's Way in Hyannis, was held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

Following the brawl, a warrant was issued for Chapman's arrest. A fugitive task force of federal marshals and New York and New Jersey police found and arrested Chapman Aug. 20 at an apartment in Queens, N.Y.

Chapman waived extradition and was brought back to the Cape by Barnstable police.

He faces charges of armed assault with intent to murder, using a knife, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The victim alleged attacked by Chapman nearly died from his wounds, which included a punctured lung and the severing of an artery that brings blood to the heart.

Judge Joan Lynch set Chapman's bail at $50,000. According to court papers, bail was required because of the nature and circumstance of the alleged offense, the potential penalty, and Chapman's failure to appear at a prior court proceeding.

The bail dwarfs that required of another suspect in the mall brawl, Dino J. Tillman, who faces bail of $10,000.

Chapman is next scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial conference on Sept. 17.

If convicted, Tillman and Chapman could face state prison sentences.


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