Man MedFlighted after car vs. tree on Vineyard; Counterfeit C-notes in Chatham; Yarmouth open burning season

Man MedFlighted after car vs. tree on Vineyard

WEST TISBURY - At approximately 12:09 a.m. Sunday morning, the West Tisbury Police Department responded to a reported accident on State Road near Old County Road.  The driver, William Scott, 28, of West Tisbury, was heading west up-island at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his 1997 Volkswagen Jetta, crossed into the opposite lane and crashed into an oak tree.

Mr. Scott was treated on scene by Tri-Town EMTs and an island paramedic.  He was transported to Martha's Vineyard Hospital by ambulance, then airlifted off the island by Boston MedFlight.

Tri-Town Ambulance, Island Paramedic, the West Tisbury Fire Department and the Tisbury Police all responded to the crash.

Around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Mr. Scott's condition was reported as stable.

Counterfeit C-notes circulating in Chatham

CHATHAM - The Chatham Chamber of Commerce has received word from the Chatham Police Department that counterfeit $100 bills were reportedly passed on the Town's Main Street this past Friday.

According to police, the bill has been altered from a legal tender $5 bill to look like a valid $100 bill.  A counterfeit detection pen will not work as the $5 bill the $100 was "created" from is valid. 

Merchants should hold the bill up to the light and look for security features to determine whether or not the bill is a fake.

The department has asked that Chatham merchants report anything suspicious to Detective Malzone at 508-945-1213.

Learn more about paper money security features here.

Yarmouth Fire Department announces open burning season for 2009

YARMOUTH - In the Town of Yarmouth open burning season begins January 15, 2009 and ends May 1, 2009.  Prior to burning, a permit must be obtained from the Fire Department at 96 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth.

yarmouth_fd_patch_150This permit will cost $25 and will be in effect for the entire season. Each day the fire department will determine if burning is to be allowed. After obtaining a permit, the fire department must be contacted by phone (508-398-2212) after 9 a.m., the day of your burn.  You will be told, at that time if burning is allowed for that day.

The open burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from all buildings and must be conducted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  It must take place on land closest to the source of material to be burned, according to Department of Environmental Protection regulations (310 CMR DEP 7.07).  People conducting illegal burning, or who allow a fire to get out of control, may be held liable for costs of extinguishing a fire, fined, and even imprisoned (MGL c.48 s. 13).

Burning of the following is allowed with a permit:

  • Brush, cane, driftwood, forestry debris from other than commercial or industrial land clearing operations                                                    
  • Materials normally associated with the pursuit of agriculture such as, fruit tree pruning, dead raspberry stalks, blueberry patches for pruning purposes, and infected
  • Beehives for disease control
  • Trees and brush resulting from agricultural land clearing
  • Fungus infected elm wood, if no other acceptable means of disposal is available

Burning of the following materials is prohibited statewide:

  • Brush, trees, cane, and driftwood from commercial and/or industrial land clearing operations.
  • Grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and tires
  • Construction material and debris

An adult should always be present during open burning and children and pets should be kept a safe distance away. Use paper and kindling to start the fire and progressively larger pieces of wood. Parts of a leftover Christmas tree may also be used. 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