Provincetown Police Blotter: 9/29/14 to 10/27/14

Five arrests (one person twice), a suspicious package and a hot tub fire

During the 4-week period of Monday, September 29, 2014 to Monday, October 27, 2014, the officers of the Provincetown Police Department responded to 1,493 calls for service.

Over the course of the month, there were 10 disturbances, 3 disorderlies, one vacated harassment order, two restraining order/harassment violations (one arrest), one restraining order service made, 6 reports of harassment, two warrant service attempts (one arrest), 2 summons service attempts, one threat and one sex registry.

There were 60 medical emergencies, 4 well-being checks conducted, one reassurance check conducted and one child concern.

Officers responded to 7 larceny/forgery/fraud calls, one report of shoplifting, one defraud report (one arrest), one motor vehicle break-in, one breaking and entering (one arrest) and 3 breaking and entering/burglary calls (one of which was a follow-up). Several items were reported stolen including a backpack and marine gear.

There were 9 suspicious activity calls, one suspicious motor vehicle and one suspicious phone call. There were 2 reports of property damage, 2 reports of vandalism, 2 reports of motor vehicle vandalism (one arrest) and 2 trespass calls. There were 3 bylaw violations (including one tent), one crowds/overcrowding call and one BOLO (be on the lookout) for an overdue male. Officers were called in to keep the peace on 4 occasions.

Officers assisted other agencies on 13 occasions (including 5 mutual aid) and citizens on 17 occasions. There were 39 sounding alarms (burglar, fire, general and elevator). Officers conducted 85 "park, walk & talks" and 19 bar checks. There were 20 service calls. There was one livery inspection, three fire-other calls and two fires (one hot tub and one grill-with hospital transport). There were 2 bike accidents (one person transported to the hospital). Two open doors were investigated.

There were 30 complaints (including one flashing strobe, propane odor, 3 street performers, sewage smell and a camper). There were 6 noise complaints, one computer complaint and 4 annoying phone calls. There were 39 animal complaints including one dog bite, one white fluffy cat, 2 koi calls, one dead bird, 3 dogs in cars, one fox, one baby possum, one raccoon in vent, one raccoon pickup, one dead cat, 2 rabbits, a seagull, an injured fox, a litter of kittens, a possum, 3 lost dogs, one lost cat, 9 loose dogs, screeching and one cat not breathing.

Fifty-six motorists were pulled over and only one citation was issued. There were 140 motor vehicle-related calls (3 citations, one tow), 13 motor vehicle complaints (one citation), 25 parking complaints (5 citations, 3 tows) and 2 parking/street sweeper calls (2 tows).

A few of the more unique calls: 

  • Bullet turned in
  • Suspicious package
  • Lost wool hat
  • Walking in road
  • Bike with no seat
  • 911-stuck on breakwater
  • Found lunch bag
  • Whale head

There were 5 arrests:

  • On Thursday, October 16 at 3:30 p.m., Whitney Kay Hammon, 38, of 256 Bradford Street in Provicnetown, was arrested during a harassment order violation on Commercial Street and charged with violation of a harassment prevention order. Hammon was arrested for days before (see below).
  • On Sunday, October 12 at 7:34 p.m., Whitney Kay Hammon, 38 of 256 Bradford Street in Provincetown, was arrested during a defraud/arrest call on Commercial Street and charged with destruction/damage of property, common victualler-defraud-under $100, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, assault and battery and resisting arrest. 
  • On Monday, October 6 at 4:38 a.m., Ian M. Gasunas, 35, of 83 Pamet Road in Truro, was arrested during a breaking and entering call on Commercial Street and charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony and trespassing.
  • On Thursday, October 2 at 2:40 p.m., Meredith L. Spearance, 29, of 187 Shelburne Road in Shelburne, was arrested during a motor vehicle vandalism call at Commercial Street and Pearl Street and charged with destruction/damaging property.
  • On Monday, September 29 at 1:21 p.m., Ella Marlene Mathis, 48, of One Vorse Lane in Provincetown, was arrested during a warrant service on Ryder Street Extension.

There were 18 motor vehicle accidents:

  • Sunday, October 26 at 9:59 a.m. on Commercial Street
  • Saturday, October 25 at 2:46 p.m. at Center Street and Commercial Street
  • Thursday, October 23 at 8:45 a.m. at Gosnold Street and Commercial Street
  • Wednesday, October 22 at 1:04 p.m. on Shank Painter Road
  • Saturday, October 18 at 9:50 a.m. on Commercial Street (motor vehicle vs. sign)
  • Friday, October 17 at 11:05 p.m. at Commercial Street and Atlantic Ave.
  • Thursday, October 16 at 10:24 a.m. on Commercial Street (past hit and run)
  • Wednesday, October 15 at 1:20 p.m. on Commercial Street (hit and run)
  • Wednesday, October 15 at 9:16 a.m. on Bradford Street
  • Tuesday, October 14 at 10:07 a.m. on Standish Street
  • Sunday, October 12 at 5:36 p.m. on Province Lands Road
  • Saturday, October 11 at 5:33 p.m. on Conwell Street
  • Thursday, October 9 at 3:38 p.m. at Arch Street and Commercial Street
  • Thursday, October 9 at 8:08 a.m. on Commercial Street (hit and run)
  • Tuesday, October 7 at 1:04 p.m. on Court Street (hit and run)
  • Monday, October 6 at 7:12 a.m. on Priscilla Alden Road
  • Saturday, October 3 at 11:13 p.m. on Commercial Street
  • Friday, October 3 at 2:41 p.m. on MacMillan Wharf (hit and run) 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