Provincetown Police Blotter: 9/2/14 to 9/29/14

Two OUIs, seven landlord/tenant disputes and a cat vs. dog
Provincetown police activity for 9/2/14 to 9/29/14.

During the 4-week period of Tuesday, September 2, 2014 to Monday, September 29, 2014, the officers of the Provincetown Police Department responded to 1,684 calls for service.

During the month there was only 1 domestic disturbance call. There were 14 disturbances, 6 disorderlies (2 arrests), 2 threats, 6 reports of harassment and 1 report of child endangerment. There was one restraining order violation complaint and one violation of a harassment order which resulted in arrest. Officers served 2 warrants. 

Officers assisted citizens on 22 occasions, other agencies on 5 occasions (1 arrest) and other agencies/mutual aid on 8 occasions. There were 3 fires (1 grill fire, 1 structure fire and 1 unfounded structure fire). Officers conducted 11 bar checks and 87 park, walk & talks.

There were 5 breaking and entering/burglaries (1 had occurred in the past), 5 reported larcenies (including a computer, a bike and refrigerator) and 6 reports of larceny/forgery/fraud. There was one reported rental scam and one report of annoying phone calls/scam. There were 19 sounding general alarms, 3 burglar alarms, 1 holdup alarm (unfounded), one Lifeline activation and 15 fire alarms. 

Officers responded to 3 reports of trespassing (1 arrest), 7 reports of property damage, 4 reports of motor vehicle vandalism, 2 reports of vandalism and 10 reports of suspicious activity (including one involving a boat). There were 34 complaints including 3 neighbor complaints, 5 street performer complaints, 1 bike complaint, 1 car alarm complaint and 1 complaint about feeding the birds. There were 7 landlord/tenant disputes and police were called in to keep the peace on 2 occasions. There were 6 bylaw violations (3 citations) and 4 abandoned bikes.

There were 103 medical calls (1 arrest) including one suicide attempt/threat. There was one mental health call and one reassurance check. There were 5 missing person calls.

As always in Provincetown, there were several wild and domestic animal calls--52 in total. Calls included several about rabbits, a dead raccoon, a trapped raccoon, a fox, a dead squirrel, an injured bird, a seagull and a "squirrel problem". On the domestic side there was one report of animal cruelty, 3 dog bites, 1 dog in a car, 9 loose dogs, 1 quarantine citation issued, several cats and dogs lost and found and 1 "cat vs. dog".

One hundred and twenty motorists were pulled over, 9 citations were issued and 2 people were arrested for OUI. There were 183 other motor vehicle -related calls including disabled automobiles, motor vehicle observation and traffic control (4 citations). There were 16 motor vehicle complaints including one about a trolley driver (1 car was towed). There were 29 parking complaints resulting in 7 citations and 3 tows. Cars were towed on 6 occasions to accommodate the street sweeper. 

Some of the more colorful calls included:

  • Potted plants
  • Hypodermic needle found
  • Bird feeding complaint
  • Lost shoes
  • Someone on a raft
  • A suspicious odor
  • Hornets nest
  • Stolen refrigerator

There were 13 arrests:

  • On Monday, September 22 at 8:02 a.m., Christopher St. Clare Grant, 28, of 341 Bradford Street in Provincetown, was arrested during a harassment order violation on Commercial Street and charged with violation of a harassment prevention order.
  • On Friday, September 19 at 10:16 p.m., G. Thomas Trono, 67, of 281 Farmcliff Drive in Glastonbury, CT, was arrested during a motor vehicle top at Bradford Street Ext. and Province Lands Road and charged with motor vehicle lights violation, OUI-liquor and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
  • On Thursday, September 18 at 1:22 p.m., Michael E. Higgins, 56, of 24 Captain Berties Way, Apt. H in Provincetown, was arrested on Shank Painter Road and charged with cocaine trafficking, possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class E substance with intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
  • On Thursday, September 18 at 12:59 a.m., Christina Kunewa Walker, 52, of 915 Washington Ave. N, Apt. 512 in Minneapolis, MN, was arrested during a motor vehicle stop at Johnson Street and Bradford Street and charged with failure to stop/yield, speeding, OUI-liquor and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
  • On Wednesday, September 17 at 4:42 p.m., Sean E. Rehill, 65, of 96 Bradford Street in Provincetown, was arrested during a trespassing call on Commercial Street and charged with trespass.
  • On Monday, September 15 at 7:13 p.m., Scott James Hathaway, 40, of 54 Bradford Street, Apt. 25 in Provincetown, was arrested on a default warrant.
  • On Monday, September 15 at 3:26 p.m., Anthony E. Pino Jr, 53, of 110 Plain Street in Hopedale, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property $250+ and larceny over $250.
  • On Sunday, September 14 at 2:52 p.m., an arrest was made on Bradford Street during a medical emergency. The information regarding the arrest was redacted to comply with laws, according to PPD.
  • On Saturday, September 6 at 7:49 p.m., Lloyd Burke, 64, of 21339 Glen Br. in Spring, TX, was arrested during a disorderly call on Commercial Street and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.
  • On Saturday, September 6 at 5:59 p.m., police assisted the National Park Service with an arrest at Province Lands Road and Route 6. No other information given.
  • On Saturday, September 6 at 7:10 a.m., Richard Cummins, 67, of 3117 Bear Swamp Road in Marshalls Creek, PA, was arrested during a disorderly call on Commercial Street and charged with trespass and possession of a class B substance.
  • On Tuesday, September 2 at 12:22 a.m., Jonathan M. Bridges, 37, of 191 Maverick St., Apt. 3L in Boston was arrested on Shank Painter Road and charged with possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to violate drug law, possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class C substance with intent to distribute and 4 counts of possession of a Class E substance with intent to distribute. There was also a default warrant. Bridges was arrested with Schiffenhaus, see below.
  • On Tuesday, September 2 at 12:22 a.m., Rasa Schiffenhaus, 35 of 10 Shore Road, Apt. 202 in North Truro, was arrested on Shank Painter Road and charged with possession of a Class B substance, possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class C substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class D substance, 4 counts of possession of a Class E substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug law. Schiffenhaus was arrested with Bridges, see above. 

There were 15 motor vehicle accidents:

  • Tuesday, September 23 at 2:55 a.m. on Howland Street (citation issued)
  • Saturday, September 20 at 12:57 p.m. on Route 6
  • Friday, September 19 at 2:01 p.m. on Commercial Street
  • Thursday, September 18 at 11:28 a.m. on Court Street
  • Tuesday, September 16 at 7:53 a.m. on Commercial Street
  • Sunday, September 14 at 10:14 a.m. at Bradford Street and Ryder Street (hit and run)
  • Friday, September 12 at 10:36 a.m. on Shank Painter Road
  • Tuesday, September 9 at 10:04 a.m. at Mechanic Street and Bradford Street (motor vehicle vs. dumpster)
  • Sunday, September 7 at 6:45 p.m. on Bradford Street
  • Saturday, September 6 at 1:38 p.m. at Commercial Street and Court Street 
  • Thursday, September 4 at 7:51 p.m. on Captain Berties Way (motor vehicle, past)
  • Thursday, September 4 at 4:23 p.m. on Captain Berties Way
  • Thursday, September 4 at 1:55 p.m. on Ryder Street Ext. (motor vehicle accident, past)
  • Thursday, September 4 at 10:25 a.m. on Commercial Street (bike accident, first aid)
  • Wednesday, September 3 at 1:29 p.m. on Commercial Street (motor vehicle vs. pedestrian)

All those charged above are innocent until proven guilty.


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