Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

CHATHAM – Louis Guarracina loved fishing. If he wasn't with his family or working, it was likely he was on the waters off Chatham catching stripers or tuna. “He just loved fish,” said Peter Harris, CEO of HighRes Biosolutions, the company Mr. Guarracina co-founded in 2004. The conference rooms at the company's Beverly headquarters are all named for different species of fish, he said. Last Wednesday, Mr. Gua...

No Injuries After Boats Collide Off Monomoy

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Remarkably, there were no injuries when a charter boat collided with a commercial fishing boat in thick fog off Monomoy Point Saturday morning, sending the charter boat to the bottom. At around 6:20 a.m., the charter boat Artemis II from Allen Harbor struck the starboard side of the Chatham-based commercial fishing boat Great Pumpkin. The Artemis, a 38-foot Pursuit, ended up on top of the Great Pumpk...

No Injuries After Boats Collide Off Monomoy

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

CHATHAM — A commercial fishing boat and a charter boat collided in heavy fog off Monomoy Point Saturday morning, sinking one and heavily damaging the other. Officials say it is remarkable that no one was hurt. Sometime between 6 and 6:30 a.m., the charter boat Artemis II from Allen Harbor struck the starboard side of the Chatham-based commercial fishing boat Great Pumpkin. The Artemis, a 38-foot Pursuit, ended...

Officials Rescue Apparently Orphaned Fawn

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAMPORT — Thanks to a compassionate resident and quick work by the Chatham Police, a fawn is getting a new lease on life. Shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday, a resident of Crow’s Pond Road called the police department to report that a small fawn had climbed up on the deck and had been there by itself for some time. Animal Control Officer Diane Byers and Police Officer Christopher Vardakis located the baby ...

Harwich Fire Department Purchases Ballistic Armor

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — It's a changing world with a lot less tolerance and a lot more violence, and public safety officials have to make adjustments accordingly when responding to calls. That includes providing the proper safety armor for fire department personnel. “It's a far cry from when I started this job,” Deputy Fire Chief David LeBlanc said of some of the conditions fire personnel across the nation find themselves f...

HARWICH PORT — A 62-year-old Harwich Port man died after being crushed by a car he was repairing. Police say Benito Reyes was working underneath the car in the parking lot behind 546 Main St. Friday morning when the scissor jack holding the car was knocked loose. Police received a 911 call shortly before 10:30 a.m., and the first officer on scene, Animal Control Officer Jack Burns, saw a group of citizens l...

Despite Rescue Efforts, Man Dies After Being Crushed By Car

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

HARWICH PORT —Good Samaritans are being credited with coming to the rescue of a man who became pinned after the car he was working on fell off a jack and crushed him Friday morning. But officials announced Monday that the man had succumbed to his injuries. He has been identified as 62-year-old Benito Reyes of Harwich Port. Police received a 911 call shortly before 10:30 a.m. Friday and responded to the park...

Motorcyclist Killed In North Harwich Crash

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

NORTH HARWICH - A 77-year-old South Yarmouth man died when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a van at the intersection of Depot Street and Old Chatham Road early Wednesday afternoon. Harwich Police have identified the victim as Charles Koehl, who was riding south on Depot Street when the accident happened at about 12:10 p.m.  An off-duty Harwich firefighter witnessed the crash, called for help and sta...

CHATHAM — On a recent morning, Sgt. Bill Massey stood outside Chatham Elementary School, greeting children as they stepped off the bus. Most gave him friendly fist-bumps, and one young girl flung her arms around him. Not a bad way to start the work day. Sgt. Massey is already a familiar face for students at Chatham Elementary and Monomoy Regional Middle School, but soon they’ll be seeing him just about ev...

Gunshot Report Turns Out To Be Backfiring Motorcycle

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

HARWICH – A SWAT team converged on a Long Pond Drive home late Tuesday following a report of gunshots being fired, but the incident turned out to involve a backfiring motorcycle and several “highly intoxicated” occupants of the home. A 911 caller to the Massachusetts State Police at about 9:30 p.m. reported a domestic incident at the residence involving knives and a gun; the caller also reported that shots had...

Seniors Invited To Have 'Pizza With The Police'

By: Debra Lawless

Like pizza? Have questions you’d like to ask the Chatham police and police chief? Your chance to enjoy pizza while getting your questions answered will come during an informal luncheon called “Pizza with the Police” on May 11 at the Chatham Council on Aging (COA). “This is one of our community interactions that we do,” says Chatham Police Chief Mark R. Pawlina. And “what gets people together more than anyth...

No Injuries After Dragger Hauls Up Unexploded Ordnance

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

ORLEANS — A Rock Harbor fisherman got a surprise when he hauled up his dredge late Wednesday morning and discovered two pieces of unexploded ammunition. The fisherman hauled the items aboard and brought them to shore, leaving them on the dock a short distance from the fuel pumps. The man called the harbormaster, who, in turn, notified firefighters and police. The two rusty objects included a small cylindrica...

HARWICH – At the Parent University forum hosted by Monomoy Schools on March 21 the prevailing message was clear: student safety is the top priority not only for educators and administrators, but also for local police and fire officials. “Most of us have kids in the district,” said Chatham Police Sergeant William Massey. “So we share your concerns as parents.” The event was held not only to address parent fe...

Alleged Carjacker In Custody

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

CHATHAM — A 27-year-old man with addresses in Chatham and Norwood, Mass., faces a laundry list of criminal charges after his arrest Wednesday morning, hours after he allegedly stole one vehicle and then carjacked another. At his arraignment in Orleans District Court last Wednesday, Joseph M. Bopp pleaded not guilty to 14 separate charges. He was also the subject of several outstanding warrants for alleg...

Selectmen Weigh Opioid Suit Against Drug Companies

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen are weighing whether to participate in a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies alleged to be behind the opioid epidemic in this country. Town Counsel John Giorgio made a presentation to selectmen on Monday night explaining the town may be able to recover costs incurred to the community from the crisis. Giorgio presented the background of the litigation being crafted by the Massachusetts ...

HARWICH PORT — Police are providing limited information about the burglary of an automatic teller machine inside the CVS Pharmacy in Harwich Port that took place during the storm-related power outage two weeks ago. “It’s still an active case,” Harwich Police Det. Sgt. Robert Brackett said. One or more suspects broke in the front door of the CVS and then went to work on the ATM, forcibly breaking in and steal...