Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

Fire, Explosions Destroy Garage In Commerce Park

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH CHATHAM — Fire ripped through a vehicle repair garage in Commerce Park Thursday evening, destroying the building but causing no injuries. The blaze was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m., about 90 minutes after firefighters say an auto repair technician had removed the fuel tank from a truck, and then left the premises for the day.    The first firefighters to arrive found flames "ripping" from the...

Child Dies In Tragic Accident

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

NORTH HARWICH — The death of a seven-year-old boy Saturday has left his family, his friends and his young classmates reeling from the loss. Police say Damien Larsen was at his grandfather’s home on Main Street Extension Saturday afternoon when he was critically injured by a piece of heavy equipment, a Bobcat-style skid steer loader. The accident happened at around 3:15 p.m. at 106 Main St. Harwich police ...

Woman Dies In Single-vehicle Crash

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

PLEASANT LAKE — A woman has died in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning on Long Pond Drive. Police and firefighters were called to the intersection of Long Pond Drive and Oak Street just before 2 a.m., and arrived to find a vehicle that had collided with a utility pole and then rolled over.  The only person inside, a woman, had sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash, police said.  The vict...

Fire Marshal: Cause Of Downtown Fire Was Electrical

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

The cause of the fire that nearly gutted a commercial building off Main Street Thursday was likely electrical, according to the state fire marshal's office. The early morning blaze destroyed most of the northern side of the building at 37 Kent Place, behind The Children's Shop and just off the town offices parking lot.  The Emack and Bolio's ice cream shop occupied the first floor of that section of the buildi...

CHATHAM – Training local residents to respond to shark bite emergencies is the goal of a series of “Stop the Bleed” workshop that will be held at the Chatham Shark Center over the next few weeks. The first session will be held today (Thursday, Oct. 18), with additional workshops on Nov. 1 and 8. Each session will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Shark Center on Orleans Road and will be led by Orleans Fire and Rescu...

Sullivan Is Harwich PD's First FBI Academy Graduate

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Police Lt. John F. Sullivan, Jr. has been working in the department since 1988, when he started as a summer officer . Today he holds an honor no other police officer coming through the ranks of the department has obtained: In September Sullivan graduated from the FBI National Academy Program in Quantico, Va. Former Police Chief William Mason and current Chief David Guillemette are graduates of the Na...

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...