Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

CHATHAM – For the fourth time, a shark has been stolen from the downtown Sharks in the Park exhibit. The shark taken early Saturday morning was returned and a suspect identified. A Chatham summer resident, who lives year-round in New Jersey, reportedly confessed to the theft, and police are waiting to determine if charges will be filed. On Saturday evening, another attempt was made to take one of the sharks...

CHATHAM — Even as loved ones gather today to remember Matthew Amsler as a friend, a son, a husband and a father, questions remain about how his remains went undetected for months, just feet from where he was last seen alive. On July 30, a crew from Coast Guard Station Chatham was practicing a law enforcement boarding on the retired CG44301, a rescue boat on display on the front lawn, when they found Amsler's...

ORLEANS — You won't be breaking the law if you walk down the middle of Main Street between routes 28 and 6A next Wednesday night. If you don't believe us, you can ask all the police officers doing the same thing. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, that stretch will be closed for the annual Orleans Police Block Party, a downtown tradition since the town's bicentennial in 1997. “I think I have been to every...

Body Found Inside Coast Guard Boat

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Investigators say foul play is not likely a factor in the death of a man whose decomposed remains were found inside the rescue boat on display at the Coast Guard station Sunday. But they're eager to learn more about the death, and how it apparently went undiscovered for months under the noses of officials at the most visited, photographed site in town. On Monday, the Cape and Islands District Attor...

Body Found Inside Coast Guard Boat

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office has confirmed the discovery of a decomposed human body inside the rescue boat on display on the lawn of Coast Guard Station Chatham. Shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, Coast Guard personnel notified police that they had discovered what appeared to be a decomposed body in a closed compartment of the boat. “Preliminary investigation has not revealed any ev...

Another Shark Poached From 'Sharks In The Park'

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Yet another shark sculpture from the Chatham Merchants' Association's “Sharks in the Park” display has reportedly been pilfered. The association reported Sunday that the sculpture, painted by artist Tilda Bystrom and sponsored by Pine Acres Realty, was stolen at around 11:15 Saturday night. A reward is being offered for tips that lead to the return of the shark, and the association reports that there...

HARWICH — Selectman Jannell Brown was in court Wednesday answering an assault charge, the second time she has done so in as many years. Brown pleaded not guilty to a single misdemeanor count of assault and battery on a family or household member, and a single charge of malicious destruction of property valued at less than $250. She was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim, and will return to court fo...

Selectman Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charge

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Selectman Jannell Brown was in court Wednesday answering an assault charge, the second time she has done so in as many years. Brown pleaded not guilty to a single misdemeanor count of assault and battery on a family or household member, and a single charge of malicious destruction of property valued at less than $250. She was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim, and will return to court fo...

CHATHAM — Christopher Woods, 21, has plenty to learn before he begins his planned career in naval aviation. But he's already got one thing going for him: he knows how to keep his head in an emergency. A rising senior at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., Woods is a summer resident of Chatham and a seasonal employee of the harbormaster's department. His grandparents, James and Barbara Woods, are summer resident...

When officials receive a call for help from a boater in trouble, the problem isn't a lack of responders; typically, the Coast Guard, harbormasters from several towns and police and fire boats get underway. A new system being put in place this summer aims to streamline and simplify the way town resources are dispatched by the Coast Guard. The system involves a smartphone app used by town harbormasters, police o...

Death of 'Capt. Dave' Murdoch Stuns Waterfront

By: Alan Pollock , Kat Szmit

CHATHAM — Captain Dave Murdoch was an easily recognizable figure in the town of Chatham, between driving along in his blue Jeep with its American flag waving in the wind and walks with his dog Gordon. Now, friends and fellow mariners are mourning the death of the 78-year-old, whose remains were found near the southern tip of North Beach Monday afternoon. Investigators do not yet know how Mr. Murdoch died, bu...

CHATHAM — A body recovered from the area of North Beach Monday afternoon has been identified as that of 78-year-old David Murdoch, a well respected member of the town's maritime community and a fixture around Chatham's waterfront. Officials say they received a call for an overdue boater and an unattended dinghy was found on the tip of North Beach Island shortly before 4 p.m. Murdoch's remains were located near...

Responders Contain Mock Oil Spill On Herring River

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The threat of an oil spill in local waters is a serious environmental concern, and state, county and local officials trained together in the Herring River on Monday to contain a simulated plume of pollution. The daylong exercise was sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection and focused on training for Harwich and Dennis fire departments and harbormasters. But it also included Chat...

Coast Guard Readies New Rescue Boat

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — When it comes to offshore emergencies, the go-to agency is – and always has been – the U.S. Coast Guard. But when boaters get into trouble in shallow water, the crew of Station Chatham has been up the creek, thanks to the size and design of their three 42-foot nearshore lifeboats. That's all about to change. Station Chatham has just received a 24-foot shallow-draft rescue boat capable of operating...

CHATHAM – Three giggling women skipping through Kate Gould Park at 1 a.m. Nothing so odd about that. Except that one of them was carrying a five-foot painted shark taken from the Sharks in the Park exhibit. Video of the escapade was captured by surveillance cameras scattered around the park and shown to a representative of the Chatham Police and a reporter Tuesday. While police are investigating, because the w...

Four-vehicle crash Closes Route 39

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — One person was reportedly hurt in a four-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 1 p.m., police and firefighters were called to the intersection of Route 39 and Depot Road, and found two damaged vehicles in the roadway and two more on the side of Route 39 near the roundabout at Queen Anne Road. One person was taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. The driver's ...