Bail hearing for accused rapist; two OUI related arrests; Speeding car carrier

  Carrier with 2 police vehicles clocked doing 83mph. mystery solved


- Around 2 p.m. Thursday this car carrier with two Police Department vehicles aboard  (one atop and one being towed) was clocked at 83 mph on Route 6 heading east at the Dennis-Harwich line.

The carrier was speeding so fast that our reporter and two others in the car only caught a glimpse of the markings which appeared to be "Dennis" although that department's cruisers are no longer black, but the license plate number was POLICE 10 T and the Police van on top was registered to POLICE 448 E.

MHQ Municipal Headquarters Vehicles Inc. is an embarrassment to police

Any tow truck company believing they are exempt from the laws governing our highways because of the Police Cargo they are carrying, putting people at risk, should be cited and their insurance rating questioned. The hundreds of people who witnessed this idiot yesterday will blame local police in error.

We know now that the carrier dropped the van (448 E) at Yarmouth AFTER it had delivered the cruiser (10 T) somewhere on the Outer Cape.

The van was the only vehicle being transported by the carrier when the van was delivered at the Yarmouth Police Department. The truck was operated by MHQ Municipal Headquarters Vehicles Inc. of Marlborough, a private company that says it's the largest supplier of police and emergency vehicles in the world. Their telephone number is 508-573-260.



Bail hearing held for accused rapist
Police say Wareham man assaulted 16-year-old male

BREWSTER - Robert Lewis, 42, of Wareham, who has been charged with raping a male teenager, was scheduled to appear at Orleans District Court Thursday morning for a bail hearing.

Lewis was arrested by Brewster police on Route 6 in Brewster on Tuesday evening following an investigation by Det. Paul Judge. Police have charged him with two counts of rape and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 years of age or older.

Brewster police learned of the case last week when the victim reported the alleged assaults. Police said the victim, who was 16 at the time of the incidents, worked for Lewis for a period of time in 2007.

Following his investigation, Detective Judge obtained an arrest warrant for Lewis. With assistance from the Dennis and Wareham police, the detective found Lewis traveling on Route 6 in Brewster. The state police assisted with a traffic stop of the vehicle.

Lewis was placed under arrest and was taken to the Brewster police station for booking. He was arraigned Wednesday in Orleans District Court, where he pleaded not guilty.

Two overnight OUI related arrests in Yarmouth

ypdmugshots_pistole_zahigia_479YARMOUTH - Wednesday evening at 6:23 p.m., 26-year-old Jennifer Pistole of West Yarmouth was arrested after a hit-and-run accident at Route 6A and Manchester Road in Yarmouth Port.

Pistole was taken into custody following the crash and charged with OUI, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Unlicensed Operation and Failure to Yield at an Intersection.

In another OUI-related arrest, 27-year-old Michael V. Zahigian of Barnstable was stopped by a Yarmouth officer on Paula Lane in West Yarmouth at 1:45 a.m. Thursday morning. 

Zahigian had an active warrant for operating under the influence and was taken into custody.

Both Pistole and Zahigian will be arraigned Thursday morning in Barnstable District Court.

Mugshots courtesy of the Yarmouth PD. Top: Pistole; bottom: Zahigian. 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