Cape Wide News for Thursday July 3rd, 2014
CWN Weather Alert: A *Tropical Storm Warning* is in effect for Nantucket, and for Cape Cod from Provincetown to Chatham. Arthur will make his closest pass to us Friday night. Heavy rains and some squally winds over 40 MPH are likely. High surf and rip currents are likely along ocean beaches.
All interests urged to follow the track of "Arthur"
Arthur is then expected to continue moving northeast and may pass near the 40N 70W benchmark Friday night.
There is a chance for tropical storm force winds over a portion of the coastal waters of southern New England during this time. This would include the waters near and south and east of Nantucket and the Cape.
Heavy rain squalls may extend farther north into the waters of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. However, uncertainty remains very high on the exact track...size and intensity.
Thus all interests should stay tuned to later forecasts and discussions regarding this developing system.
Marine statement via National Weather Service in Taunton. Click image to go to NHC website
REPC Keeps Eye on Hurricane Arthur
BARNSTABLE – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a conference call at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014, to review planning for Hurricane Arthur.
Current forecasts indicate that Hurricane Arthur does not appear to pose a threat to Cape Cod either through strong winds or storm surge on Friday night into Saturday. Current forecasts indicate the hurricane will be at its closest point to Cape Cod during the early hours of Saturday morning and should depart the area quickly. There is a chance of tropical-storm-force winds in the range of 40-50 mph on Nantucket and the outer Cape for a brief period of time during the storm’s closest passage. A period of heavy rain will precede the storm on 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.
Media release furnished by Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee
Fire damages outside of Yarmouth house
YARMOUTH - Fire damaged the outside of a house in Yarmouth Thursday evening. The fire at 48 Phyllis Drive was quickly knocked down. No injuries were reported. The exact cause is under investigation.
Former Truro Police Chief arrested for OUI again
HYANNIS - Former Truro Police Chief John Lundborn has been arrested again for operating under the influence of liquor. Lundborn's toddler was in the vehicle in a child seat. The incident unfolded after Barnstable Police received calls of an vehicle operating erratically in the drive through at the McDonalds on North Street Thursday afternoon. Lundborn was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, OUI child endangerment and open container of alcohol in a vehicle. Lundborn was terminated as Truro Chief after crashing a brand new cruiser while under the influence in Truro in 2011. He was also arrested for OUI in Palm Beach, Florida. in 2013.
Serious injury in Falmouth head-on crash
FALMOUTH - One person was seriously injured in a head-on crash in Falmouth around 11:30 a.m. The crash happened on Teaticket Highway (Route 28) at Oxbow Road. Firefighters had to extricate one driver using the Jaws of Life. Rescuers called for a MedFlight but it was unable to respond due to weather so the victim was taken to Falmouth Hospital. The crash is under investigation by Falmouth Police
Three hurt as pedicab flips in Provincetown
PROVINCETOWN - Three people were treated for minor injuries after the pedicab they were in reportedly flipped over. The crash happened just before 1 a.m. on Bradford Street behind the Town Hall. The area is at the bottom of a steep hill. The pedicab is owned by Ptown Pedicabs. Provincetown Police are investigating the incident. Pedicabs, which have become increasingly popular, are a three-wheel bicycle for hire with a bucket-type seat in the rear for passengers.
State Police Bourne arrest update
BOURNE - State Police in Bourne report the following arrests for the past week. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
June 25, 2014 at 5:53 p.m,
Mchael David Ramos, 30, of North Dighton was charged with:
Operating MV with license suspended/ Speeding
June 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Tatum C. Bradford, 26, of Manomet was charged with:
June 27, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.
Frank A. Sylvester, Jr., 44, of Falmouth was charged with:
OUI Liquor/ Possession of an open container of alcohol in MV/ No inspection sticker
June 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
Lawrence J. Costello, 53, of Dedham was charged with:
June 27, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
Darby D. Blakeman, 36, of West Warwick, RI was charged with:
Warrant/ Marked lanes violation/ Operating MV with license suspended
June 27, 2014 at 9:20 p.m.
Jonathan W. Reynard, 36, of Middleborough was charged with:
OUI Liquor/ Negligent operation of a MV/ Failure to signal/ Marked lanes violation/ Following too close
June 28, 2014 at 6:16 a.m.
Edward J. Casey, 45, of West Wareham was charged with:
OUI Liquor/ Negligent operation of a MV/ Speeding
June 28, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
Jim B. Norris, 36, of Pocasset was charged with:
OUI Liquor (2nd offense)/ OUI Drugs (2nd offense)/ Operating MV with license suspended for OUI/ Marked lanes violation/ Speeding/ Possession of an open container of alcohol/ Negligent operation of a MV
June 28, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.
Michael A. Fonesca, 24, of New Bedford was charged with:
OUI Drugs/ Negligent operation of a MV/ Marked lanes violation
June 29, 2014 at 6:20 p.m.
Adam DeJesus Lom, 24, of Plymouth was charged with:
OUI Liquor (2nd offense)/ OUI Drugs (2nd offense)/ Negligent operation of a MV/ Marked lanes violation/ Speeding/ Failure to take care in starting, stopping, turning, or backing
Media release furnished by Mass State Police Bourne
Yarmouth Operation Safe Ride Home activated for July 4th weekend
YARMOUTH – The Yarmouth Police Department announces the activation of Operation Safe Ride Home for the July 4th holiday.
Operation Safe Ride Home will start at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, and end at 3:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7. Anyone who needs a free and safe ride home from a Yarmouth licensed liquor establishment should call Town Taxi directly at 508-775-5555.
Drunk driving is a very serious crime with often-tragic consequences. Do not drink and drive and if you need a ride home take advantage of this highly successful program that provides citizens with a free ride home during Independence Day Weekend.
Operation Safe Ride Home is made possible by financial donations from various businesses including Red Jacket Resorts and The Davenport Companies of South Yarmouth, the Yarmouth Restaurant Association, JJ Manning Auctioneers, the Yarmouth House, Hallett Funeral Home, and the Yarmouth Police Relief Association.
Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos said, “We encourage all Yarmouth and other Cape Cod drivers to look out for each other. Don't let others drive drunk, and don't tolerate those who do, or ride with them. Drinking and driving injures or kills a driver every day. This is why no one should drive impaired or ride with anyone who is. If you see an impaired driver call 911 and help us keep our citizens safe."
Media release provided by the Yarmouth Police Department
Yarmouth focuses on illegal fireworks
YARMOUTH – In response to community complaints and public safety concerns about illegal fireworks, the Yarmouth Police Department reports that it and the Yarmouth Fire, Natural Resources and Parks and Recreation departments are increasing education and enforcement activities this year.
According to the Police Department Deputy Chief Steven Xiarhos, “Yarmouth is the most densely populated town on Cape Cod. With the increases in size and sophistication of some of the fireworks being used we are concerned about the safety of our citizens and visitors and the danger of damage to properties; as well as to our beautiful beaches and natural resources.”
The Yarmouth Police Department lists some of the negative effects of Illicit fireworks displays:
• Disturbs the peacefulness of residents and guests
• Increases fire hazards especially during these dry conditions
• Risks injuries to bystanders and the novice users of dangerous displays
• Causes dogs and other animals to become frightened
• Leaves behind significant debris and unexploded fireworks
In order to be proactive, the Yarmouth departments will be working together over the next few days in order to reduce the negative results of illicit fireworks. The following are some of the initiatives that will be undertaken:
1. Media outreach to inform Yarmouth residents and visitors of the Massachusetts fireworks laws
2. Work with motels particularly along beachfront properties for their protection
3. Deploy beach patrols beginning at 4 p.m. on July 4th in order to prevent illicit fireworks displays from being constructed
4. Fire Inspectors, Police Officers, and Natural Resource Officers will circulate in neighborhoods and respond to 911 calls
5. Take enforcement actions if needed for violations of those laws
Residents and guests are asked to call the Yarmouth Police Department at 508-775-0445 extension 0 if fireworks are being discharged at any time. Deputy Xiarhos cautioned, “Even with teams circulating in neighborhoods, they simply cannot be everywhere at once and there may be a delay in the response time unless an emergency exists.”
Media release provided by the Yarmouth Police Department