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Cape Wide News for Wednesday July 2nd, 2014


Tropical Storm Arthur: current REPC status  

Latest predicted track of Arthur. Click image to go to National Hurricane Site

BARNSTABLE – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a conference call at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, to discuss Tropical Storm Arthur.


Current forecasts indicate that Tropical Storm Arthur does not appear to pose a threat to Cape Cod and the Islands either through strong winds or storm surge over Thursday or Friday.


The BCREPC is closely monitoring the storm and given the current forecast does not anticipate activating the Regional Shelter System. If conditions change, the BCREPC will re-evaluate the situation.


The National Weather Service states there is a risk of ocean swells increasing to 10 to 15 feet along southern and southeastern coastal waters. Increased swells raise the risk of rip currents in the Saturday timeframe. Beachgoers should be aware of the rip current risk. For more information on rip currents visit


For information about preparedness and sheltering visit the Barnstable County REPC website at Follow the BCREPC on Twitter @bcrepc.


Additional information on preparedness is available from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) at or the FEMA website at or call 2-1-1. For specific local information, citizens should contact the emergency management office in their town.

Media release furnished by Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee


Town of Provincetown fireworks postponed, parade cancelled

PROVINCETOWN - Current tracking forecasts Tropical Storm Arthur well offshore, however the “cone of error” still includes the Outer Cape so the town will continue to monitor over time. Although any storm impacts to Provincetown at this time appear to be minimal, rain is anticipated on Friday July 4th and therefore the fireworks celebration has been postponed to Saturday, July 5, 2014 at its regular time of 9pm. The weather is expected to clear up early Saturday and be ideal for fireworks viewing.


The July 4th parade scheduled for Friday at 11:00 am has been cancelled.


Any other updates will be posted to the towns website.
Media release furnished by Town of Provincetown 


Town of Barnstable Fireworks Cancelled for July 4th
– Due to the predicted inclement weather, the Town of Barnstable’s fireworks have been cancelled. Based on scheduling and availability, the town hopes to provide a fireworks display to celebrate Barnstable’s 375th Anniversary later this summer.
Media release furnished by Town of Barnstable 


Air conditioner fire damges Chatham home

CHATHAM - An air conditioner caught fire causing heavy smoke at a Chatham residence Wednesday evening. FIrefighters were able to quickly get the fire at 34 Sea Cove Road under control.


Earlier around noon, firefighters responded to 540 Orleans Road where a small fire, possibly from an electrical fire, broke out in a wall. No injuries were reported in either fire.


Man injured at MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown

PROVINCETOWN - A man was injured at Macmillan Wharf in Provincetown Wednesday morning. Rescuers were called around 6:15 a.m. for a man who reportedly suffered a crushing injury to his hand from some machinery. EMTs inquired on a MedFlight helicopter but it was not available due to weather so the victim was taken to Cape Cod Hospital. Further details were not immediately available.


Mashpee fireworks display sparks brush fires

MASHPEE - Firefighters were kept busy during the public fireworks display at the high school on Old Barnstable Road Tuesday evening. Embers from the pyrotechnics sparked at least two separate brush fires that had to be wet down.


Brewster Police arrest update

BREWSTER - Brewster Police report the following arrests since their last update. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On June 19th at 7:06 a.m.

Elise Helen Hathaway,  22, of Brewster was charged with

Assault and battery

Intimidating a witness


On June 20th at 10:18 p.m.

Michael Ray Bliss, 33, of Brewster

Larceny of a credit card

Improper use of a credit card under $250 (2 counts)

Larceny under $250 (2 counts)

Warrant arrest


On June 24th at 8:43 p.m.

Anthony J. Tocantins, 52, of New Bedford, MA was charged with

Assault and battery


On June 25th at 7:46 p.m.

Adam PJ Kelly, 32, of Nantucket was charged with

Aggravated rape (3 counts)

Indecent assault and battery on a person under 14 (6 counts)

Posing a child for a sexual photograph

(see original story here)


On June 26th at 3:31 p.m.

Melanie Rose Fields, 23, of Brewster was charged with

Warrant arrest


Brian A. Taylor, 32, of Orleans was charged with

Warrant arrest


On June 28th at 12:26 a.m.

Conrad W. Languth, 55, of Brewster was charged with

Operating under the influence of liquor

Operating negligently to endanger

Failing to stop of yield



On June 28th at 1:31 a.m.

Jenna Jordan, 38, of Naples, FL was charged with

Operating under the influence of liquor

Operating negligently to endanger

Marked lanes violation

No license in possession

Media release furnished by Brewster Police 


Yarmouth Police cencel Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive 
WEST YARMOUTH – It was a very warm and humid day and the air conditioning at YPD Headquarters was not functioning at full speed. The Blood Drive room was set up and donors were lined up to donate but the group of nurses present felt the room was too warm and made the decision to cancel the drive. Yarmouth Police apologize to everyone who was present or who intended to give blood today.
Media release provided by the Yarmouth Police Department
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