Fire breaks out at Barnstable High School Friday morning
HYANNIS -Hyannis firefighters responded to Barnstable High School on West Main Street this morning for a reported fire. According to emergency broadcast reports, the fire broke out in the woodwork shop at the school.
Students were evacuated from the main building to an adjacent building.
There were no reported injuries.
The extent of damage or origin of the fire is unknown at this time.
Photo and video by David G. Curran.
Twenty-seven arrested Thursday in multi-agency drug sweep in Falmouth
Local, state and federal agencies strike a blow to a major Upper Cape drug distribution ring
FALMOUTH - Yesterday, twenty-seven people were arrested during an early morning drug sweep in Falmouth. The multi-agency sweep was the result of a narcotics investigation that began in the Spring of 2008, according to a release from the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office.
In 2008 a large-scale drug trafficking organization was identified and a lengthy investigation was begun by members of the Bourne Police Department, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Department and members of the Massachusetts State Police Drug Task Force assigned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office.
Russell Rose, Kelvin Frye, Kyle Hicks and Adalberto Graciani were identified as members of the targeted organization. According to the DA's office, investigators soon learned there were many others involved in the group thought to be responsible for the distribution of cocaine and heroin to a large customer base on Cape Cod and the greater-Cape area.
On Thursday, arrest warrants were issued on both state and federal charges and a drug sweep was initiated by a multi-agency team on the Upper Cape. The investigation involved a coordinated law enforcement effort by local, state and federal agencies including the FBI, the IRS, the US Postal Inspection Service, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Department, the Bourne, Falmouth and Mashpee Police Departments, the Barnstable County Superior Court Probation Department, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office, the Wareham, Scituate and Braintree Police Departments and the Massachusetts State Police Drug Task Force assigned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office.
"This multi-agency effort will not eliminate cocaine and heroin from the Cape or Southeastern Mass. But it will disrupt its distribution and send a signal to those who would put these drugs into our communities that we will find, arrest and prosecute you," said Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe.
Twelve people were arrested on federal narcotics charges and will be prosecuted by the Office of Carmen M. Ortiz, the US Attorney , District of Massachusetts. Fifteen people were arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act and will be prosecuted by O'Keefe's Office.
Those facing federal charges are:
Those facing state charges are:
Tens of thousands of dollars in cash and drugs with an estimated value of over $100,000, plus cars and a boat were seized during the arrests.
See the original report of the arrest and David Curran's video here.
Source: Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office.
Yarmouth police capture speeding suspect after foot pursuit
After being pulled over, man tries to make a run for it
WEST YARMOUTH - While on patrol just after 10 p.m. Thursday night, Patrol Investigator Christopher Van Ness observed the driver of a Jeep Cherokee, fail to stop at a stop sign, then reach speeds of 60 mph in a 35 mph zone on South Sea Street in West Yarmouth, according to a Yarmouth police release. Officer Van Ness pulled the Jeep over at the intersection of Iroquois Boulevard and Pinewood Road. While speaking with the driver, identified as Justin D. Kelly, 20, of 35 Hudson Road in West Yarmouth, Officer Van Ness detected the odor of burnt marijuana.
After exiting the Cherokee during questioning, Kelly ran off. Officer Van Ness, accompanied by four other Yarmouth police officers, located Kelly in a backyard on Hudson Road. According to police, Kelly violently resisted arrest, punching and kicking the officers. He was subdued with the use of physical force and pepper spray and placed under arrest.
While being booked at Yarmouth Police Headquarters, Kelly told officers that he was on probation for assaulting an emergency room nurse at Cape Cod Hospital and feared his marijuana use would land him back in jail.
Kelly was charged with speeding, failing to stop for police and resisting arrest. He was scheduled for arraignment in Barnstable District Court today.
Source: Yarmouth Police Department.
Two arrested in Harwich for breaking and entering, assault with a dangerous weapon
HARWICH - On Tuesday, Harwich Patrol Sergeant Richard Campbell, School Resources Officers Jon Mitchell and Jeff Davis and Patrol Officers Joseph LaBelle and Aram Goshgarian were all dispatched to a home on Queen Anne Road for a reported breaking and entering in progress, according to a Harwich Police release.
An occupant of the home told police two men, identified as Jordan Souza, 20, and Sean Knight, 21, both of Harwich, were armed with knives and had kicked in the front door of the home.
Upon arrival at the Queen Anne address, officers found Souza and Knight standing on the front lawn. Both were handcuffed for officer safety, according to police. A broken door jam and broken pieces of the lock on the floor seemed to indicate that the door had been forced open.
Officers then searched both men and found several knives in their possession. The two were placed under arrest and transported to Harwich Police Headquarters where they were booked and charged with felony breaking and entering and assault with a dangerous weapon, then held overnight on $200 cash bail.
This was a targeted incident and not a random attack, according to police.
Source: Harwich Police Department.