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ORLEANS — Jeremy Gingras, the former executive director of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, has been accused of embezzling funds from the chamber and its charitable foundation for years before he was fired in 2017. According to a conservative estimate from a forensic accountant, Gingras allegedly received at least $37,712.73 from the scheme. On Tuesday, Gingras was in Orleans District Court to answer two cou...

An Eastham man died while paddleboarding off Nauset Light Beach Sunday afternoon, having apparently suffered a medical emergency while in the water. Because of shoaling at Nauset Inlet, the closest rescue boats had to come from Chatham, about 12 miles to the south. And had the tide been lower, some of those rescuers might also have been prevented from responding because of shoaling in Chatham Harbor. Respon...

Ousted Chamber Exec Gingras Accused Of Embezzlement

By: Alan Pollock

ORLEANS — Jeremy Gingras, the former executive director of the Harwich Chamber of Commerce, has been accused of embezzling funds from the chamber and its charitable foundation for years before he was fired in 2017. According to a conservative estimate from a forensic accountant, Gingras allegedly received at least $37,712.73 from the scheme. On Tuesday, Gingras was in Orleans District Court to answer two cou...

No Serious Injuries In Pleasant Lake House Fire

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

PLEASANT LAKE - Three Harwich Police officers were evaluated for smoke inhalation after entering a burning building Tuesday evening, looking for people trapped by the fire. The fire happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. at 25 Cedardale Rd., and the initial report was that fire was showing from a window. Officers arrived just before firefighters, and heard from neighbors that the occupants might still be inside ...

Chief: Dummy Prank Has Real Costs

By: Alan Pollock

WEST HARWICH — If it was a joke, public safety officials aren’t laughing. On Monday afternoon, police and firefighters were called to the Herring River marsh near the North Road footbridge for a report of a man face-down in the water. Unable to reach him from the opposite bank of the river, firefighters launched a full response by the regional dive team, as well as their own rescue boat. They summoned anothe...

Promoted Harwich Police Officers Sworn In

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – It was a room full of blues as police officers from near and far came to the Harwich Public Safety Facility on Sisson Road to observe the swearing-in ceremonies of officers ascending the chain of command. Following the retirement of Deputy Police Chief Thomas Gagnon on April 6 after 33 years of service to the department, Police Chief David Guillemette conducted an extensive promotional selection proc...

Gagnon Reflects On 33 Years With Harwich Police

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — When Tom Gagnon started work with the Harwich Police Department in 1986, the job was a bit different. Law enforcement involved less paperwork, the number of calls was much lower, and what's now known as community policing was just, well, policing. This week, Gagnon will retire as deputy chief after a 33-year career in Harwich. It’s actually been a public safety career of around 40 years for Gagnon,...

One Hurt In ATV Accident At Cape Tech

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

PLEASANT LAKE — A teacher working with students on the grounds at Cape Cod Tech was injured this morning in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle. Boston MedFlight was requested but was later cancelled; the victim taken to Cape Cod Hospital by ambulance. Cape Tech Superintendent Robert Sanborn said the person injured is a member of the school staff and that he suffered broken ribs.  The accident is unde...

Harwich Man Dies When Truck Flips On Highway

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

NORTH HARWICH —State police are trying to determine what caused a fatal truck accident on Route 6 early Saturday morning. At around 2:15 a.m., Massachusetts State Police troopers responded to the crash between Exit 9 and 10, and found an overturned tractor trailer cab. The driver, 46-year-old David Marceline of Harwich, was killed. A preliminary investigation by Trooper Gary Turgiss indicates that the cab, ...

Fire Engine Swap Could Save Harwich $1 Million

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Fire Chief Norman Clarke wants to make changes to the department's major equipment purchases in the capital plan which could save the town $1 million and reduce the number of fire trucks in the department. “We're putting all our eggs in one basket,” Clarke told selectmen. He proposes to change the capital plan by eliminating the purchase of a $600,000 fire engine in FY20 and a ladder truck replace...

Local fire and rescue departments saw an escalation in calls last year, ranging from 13 percent in Chatham to 15 percent in Orleans and nearly 20 percent in Harwich. Most of the increases were in the number of emergency medical calls fielded by the departments. A major factor, officials say, is the area's aging population; last year's winter storms also contributed to the increase. “The storms certainly did...

Citizens Step Up For Training To 'Stop The Bleed'

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — Townspeople are flocking to courses to learn how to “Stop the Bleed.” The monthly sessions given by the fire and rescue department with the support of the Orleans Citizens Forum are already fully booked into the spring. Twenty-five people attended a training Jan. 17 at the senior center, where Fire Chief Anthony Pike explained that the program had originated at the White House in 2015 as a way to r...

Chatham Police Chief To Step Down In 2021

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – In May 2012, Mark Pawlina will have been a police officer for 37 and a half years. That, to him, seemed like a good time to try something different. Earlier this month, Town Manager Jill Goldsmith extended Pawlina's contract as the town's chief of police through May 31, 2021, a six-month extension of his current agreement. Pawlina agreed that will be his final contract extension and he will step down...

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 skid steer loader. The accident happened at around 3:15 p.m. at 106 Main St. Harwich police officers and ...

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...