Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

CHATHAM — President Joe Biden will be spending Thanksgiving and this weekend on Nantucket, and as part of the security preparations, the FAA has grounded all drones, even toy ones, until the presidential visit is concluded. Chatham Municipal Airport Manager Tim Howard issued a reminder Monday about the federal temporary flight restriction, which is in effect in a 30-mile ring around the Nantucket Airport. That...

ORLEANS – For members of the Nauset Regional School Committee, any discussion about using district land for a new fire station in Orleans is premature. That was the message Nov. 18 from committee members, who for the first time publicly addressed discussion that has been ongoing among town officials about possibly building the new station on three acres of land currently occupied by Nauset Regional Middle Scho...

Biden Visit Prompts Drone Restrictions

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM — President Joe Biden will be spending Thanksgiving and this weekend on Nantucket, and as part of the security preparations, the FAA has grounded all drones, even toy ones, until the presidential visit is concluded. Chatham Municipal Airport Manager Tim Howard issued a reminder Monday about the federal temporary flight restriction, which is in effect in a 30-mile ring around the Nantucket Airport. That...

SOUTH HARWICH — A police officer from Carver, Mass., was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital in stable condition late Wednesday morning after shooting himself in the leg during a training session at the town-owned firing range. The officer has not been identified, pending notification of his family, a source said.   The incident happened at the range off Depot Road at around 10:30 a.m., where a group of police offi...

Thompson’s Field Serves As Lost Victim Training Grounds

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH – The Thompson’s Field Conservation Area was alive with fire and police personnel last Thursday as the Barnstable County Search and Rescue Team canvassed the 57-acre parcel during a day-long training drill. The training session included morning demonstrations on the use of drones and land navigation tools such as GPS and compasses. In the afternoon, teams searched the conservation area for volunteers s...

ORLEANS -- For Geof Deering and his staff at the Orleans Fire Department, the Oct. 27 nor'easter, which left almost all of Orleans without power, made for an intense but memorable workweek. Over the course of three days, local officials and Eversource staff worked to restore power to almost the entire town. On Oct. 27, about 91 percent of Orleans residents and businesses were left without power due to the nor'...

Plane Wreckage Found, But Pilot Yet To Be Located

By: Ryan Bray

Wreckage of a plane that was reported missing early last week has been located, but there is still little information about the man who was piloting the aircraft. State police divers, accompanied by Chatham and Harwich harbormaster personnel, located wreckage from the 1979 Piper Dakota aircraft early in the afternoon Nov. 4 about two miles east of Nauset Beach, Chatham Harbormaster Stuart Smith said. Four days...

Fire, Police Depts. Face Major Staffing Issues

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – The town's police and fire chiefs say their departments are feeling the impacts of being understaffed, and the select board has pledged to help them bring their numbers up. Fire Chief Geof Deering and Police Chief Scott MacDonald each gave the board quarterly reports Nov. 3. Between retirements, resignations and injuries, both said they have been making do with fewer personnel. Deering said the fi...

HARWICH – The Harwich Fire Association and the Harwich Conservation Trust are collaborating on a plan for joint use of the former fire station on Bank Street. The association wants to restore the town’s first fire station, constructed in 1927, and use it to some degree as a museum. The trust sees the opportunity to develop an education center with offices and parking for the abutting 66-acre Robert F. Smith Co...

School Property Excluded From Fire Station Study

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS – Voters at Monday's special town meeting approved $100,000 for an expanded fire station feasibility study, but the funding will not be used to explore property owned by the Nauset Regional School District. Article 10 on the warrant for the special session sought authorization to use free cash to finance the expanded study to explore possible options for siting a new fire station. That was to inclu...

ORLEANS -- Det. Sgt. Andrew McLaughlin has been investigating cybercrime for the Orleans Police Department for the past five years, and he says the job isn't getting any easier. If anything, he said, it's only gotten harder as perpetrators continue to find different ways of committing crimes online. "I try to stay on top of it as much as I can," said McLaughlin, who works with other Cape police departments ...

Heart Association Honors Chatham Fire For Cardiac Care

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — There’s no good place to suffer a sudden cardiac emergency. But if it happens in Chatham, take heart: you’re likely to get the best possible emergency cardiac care. The American Heart Association has awarded the Chatham Fire/Rescue Department its Life Line Silver Plus Achievement Award for taking certain specific steps to improve care for victims of severe heart attacks. The annual designation was...

ORLEANS -- For Jamie Demitri, the Finch Skate Park is more than just a place for kids to recreate. It’s an emblem of hard work. “Your community built that,” Demitri, who manages the Pump House Surf Shop in town on Route 6A, told the select board Sept. 1. “They came together and they volunteered their time, their money, their equipment, their workers.” Demitiri, along with other skate park advocates, express...

SOUTH HARWICH — Four teenagers suffered potentially life-threatening injuries when their car struck a tree on Chatham Road Monday afternoon. The crash happened at around 2:15 p.m. just north of the intersection of County Road. The four-door Nissan hatchback came to rest in the southbound lane, and police closed the road for the rescue and a subsequent accident investigation. The driver was a 16-year-old mal...

Four Seriously Hurt When Car Strikes Tree

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH HARWICH — Four teenagers suffered potentially life-threatening injuries when their car struck a tree on Chatham Road Monday afternoon. The crash happened at around 2:15 p.m. just north of the intersection of County Road. The four-door Nissan hatchback came to rest in the southbound lane, and police closed the road for the rescue and a subsequent accident investigation. The driver was a 16-year-old mal...

Orleans Officials Say New Fire Station Needed

By: Ryan Bray

ORLEANS -- What began as a plan to renovate the town’s fire station on Eldredge Park Way has become one to build a brand new facility. There is $5 million in capital improvement funding earmarked for Fiscal Year 2023 to make necessary upgrades to the existing building. But an Aug. 11 update to the select board from town officials made clear that a bigger project is needed to adequately bring the aging station ...