Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

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 ...

Chatham Fire Celebrates Promotions

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Last Wednesday was a red letter day for five of Chatham’s bravest. The fire department introduced two new firefighters and promoted a new lieutenant and two new captains. Ryan Clarke, son of retired Harwich Fire Chief Norman Clarke, was promoted to Captain. A 14-year veteran of the department, Clarke has a degree in fire science and holds certifications in training, leadership and fire investigation,...

ORLEANS — Police Chief Scott MacDonald, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, remembers when “community policing” was more reactive. “When a problem arose, we would connect with the community and try to solve that problem,” he said last week. “Community policing was always on the periphery, not part of the fundamental foundation of law enforcement.” That had to change. “We can’t react after there’s a problem,”...

ORLEANS -- A driver was taken to Cape Cod Hospital after the SUV she was driving collided with an apartment building Thursday morning. The collision happened shortly before 11 a.m. at 36 Old Colony Way, an apartment building known as Hancock III.  Witnesses say the driver, who lives nearby, drove over the lawn and through the parking lot before the vehicle crashed into the first floor of the three-story buildi...

Community Support Strong For 'Homeless For The Holidays'

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT — Even combined with the constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Saturday’s heavy rain that saturated the ground did nothing to dampen the spirits of those who came out to support the annual “Homeless for the Holidays” drive in Harwich Port. This was the sixth year firefighters and police came together to collect toys and food and raise money for the program established in 2002 by Bourne fire...

Selectmen Back County Training Facility At Fire Headquarters

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The public safety facilities on Sisson Road may be the new location for the Barnstable County live burn training facility. Selectmen on Monday night endorsed Fire Chief David LeBlanc collaborating with the county in establishing the training center at the rear of the fire department headquarters. In a memorandum to selectmen, LeBlanc said the county’s center for public safety training is in a stat...

CHATHAM — The preliminary results of a crash investigation indicate that a teenage driver failed to stop at an intersection when his vehicle collided with police cruiser and a third vehicle on Crowell Road Tuesday night. Three people, including the officer, sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, which heavily damaged all three vehicles. Police say at around 8:42 p.m., 18-year-old Trenton Andr...

Chief LeBlanc Takes Charge Of Harwich Fire Department

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — A year ago, the fire department was dealing with a fuel tanker rollover that spilled 8,000 gallons of fuel near the entrance to the Star Market less than a half mile from the Sisson Road station. Last Saturday, the department was dealing with another rollover, but this time it was in department command. Approximately 100 people were on hand at the Robert A. Peterson Memorial Firehouse to wish 43-year...

Police Nab Alleged Fugitive Hiding In Harwich

By: Staff Reports

HARWICH — Police say a man wanted for murder in Bridgeport, Conn., was hiding out in a home in the Headwaters neighborhood before he was apprehended last Thursday. The man was identified as 25-year-old Jefton Brown, who is charged in connection with the killing of a man whose body was found in East Lyme, Conn., on June 2. Deputy U.S. Marshal Neil Sullivan said Brown has ties to Harwich and was under surveill...

Police Nab Alleged Fugitive Hiding In Harwich

By: Staff Reports

HARWICH —Police say a man wanted for murder in Bridgeport, Conn., was hiding out in a home in the Headwaters neighborhood of Harwich before he was apprehended Thursday. The man is identified as 25-year-old Jefton Brown, who is charged in connection with the killing of a man whose body was found in East Lyme, Conn., on June 2. Deputy U.S. Marshal Neil Sullivan said Brown has ties to Harwich and was under survei...

A Change of Command At The Harwich Fire Department

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — There will be a change in command at the fire department Saturday, with longtime firefighter and Fire Chief Norman Clarke, Jr. retiring after 43 years of service. “From a very young age it was my dream to be a firefighter,” Clarke wrote in a letter to selectmen when announcing his retirement several months ago. “That dream was realized on July 17, 1977 when Chief Charles Hall appointed me to the Harw...

A Lesson In Boating Safety CHATHAM — Four young men are lucky to be alive after their boat capsized in the North Cut Friday afternoon. Officials say the case is proof of the town’s rescue capabilities – and the need for common-sense boating safety. The four men were fishing in a 15-foot Boston Whaler when their boat was overturned by a wave. All four went in the water, Fire Chief David DePasquale said. ...

No Major Injuries After Boat Capsizes

By: Staff Reports

CHATHAM — Four young men were apparently spared any serious injury after their boat capsized in Chatham’s North Cut Friday afternoon. At about 2:50 p.m., officials received a 911 call from one of the men, who indicated that they were in the vicinity of Outermost Harbor before the call was disconnected. Dispatchers retrieved the phone’s location and plotted it to a location several miles away near the north inlet....