During the week of September 15 to September 21, 2021, Sandwich police responded to a total of 209 calls including one ambulance assist, eight car crashes and one narcotics incident. Officers made three arrests. Sandwich fire responded to a total of 115 calls, including two gasoline spills, one electrical fire, and one dumpster fire. The following are excerpts from their logs.

Wednesday, September 15

A CVS employee contacted police at 4:38 PM from a Route 6A location to report an irate customer, who was unhappy with the store’s customer service, was causing a scene and screaming obscenities on his way out the door.

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Peter H. Tanona, 44, of Jeannes Way, was arrested on a disorderly conduct warrant at 5:23 PM after walking into the police station and turning himself in.

Thursday, September 16

Police were called to Popple Bottom Road at 11:09 AM after the homeowner reported a “crazy woman” was inside his house. He told police he was upstairs packing when he heard a noise downstairs, where he found a woman packing up his belongings in bags, stating she was a housecleaner with a real estate company. Police arrested Danielle Urciullo, 36, of Everett Avenue in Dorchester, and charged her with daytime breaking and entering and placing a person in fear, attempted larceny and Class B drug possession. During booking, Ms. Urciullo was found in possession of cocaine, police said.

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The Sandwich Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle leaking fuel in the Dan’l Webster parking lot at 10 PM. The vehicle, parked in the lower lot, was leaking fuel across the parking lot, and firefighters used a combination of speedy dry to prevent the fuel from reaching the nearby marsh; and absorbent pads to collect the fuel and stop the spread. Investigators estimated 15 gallons of petroleum leaked from the damaged fuel tank. The Sandwich Police Department assisted the fire department and a tow truck was called to remove the vehicle from the lot. The Department of Environmental Protection was notified and investigated the scene the next day.

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A 27-year-old Brewster man was summoned to Barnstable District Court at 9:33 PM after striking a vehicle near Exit 63, formerly Exit 4, on Route 6 and leaving the scene. The victim told police the other driver pulled off the highway and pulled up behind the victim, hitting his rear bumper, before passing him and speeding off. The victim followed the operator to Fox Run, where police were called and the operator was issued a summons for leaving the scene of property damage. When asked what happened, the operator said he had never been in an accident before and did not know what to do.

Saturday, September 18

A 16-year-old boy received a court summons at 1:53 AM after failing to stop at a red light on Route 130. An officer stopped the vehicle and observed four people—two males and two females—lying in the bed of the truck. The operator said he was just driving around but because he is a junior operator, he is not allowed to be driving without a parent between the hours of 12:30 and 5 AM. The parents were notified, and all were brought safely home to their parents. The boy was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a parent on a junior operator’s license between the hours of 12:30 and 5 AM and failure to stop.

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Police were called to Scorton Creek on Route 6A at 7:03 AM for reports of a verbal altercation between a woman walking her dog and a man. The altercation began when the man observed the woman throw her dog’s feces into the woods. He proceeded to call her a vulgar name. The woman stated the same male has been causing problems regularly at the Scorton Creek area for weeks.

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A 19-year-old woman was summoned to Barnstable District Court at 11:37 AM after police said she took her mother’s vehicle without her permission from her Bramblebush Drive residence. She was charged with using a motor vehicle without authority.

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Police were called to the intersection of Quaker Meetinghouse Road and Chapaquoit Way at 2:45 PM for reports of two turkeys in the middle of the road that appeared to be stuck together.

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Michael J. Martin, 68, of Emerald Way was arrested at 5:34 PM after he allegedly hit a trailer at the Forestdale Shell gas station on Route 130. When police arrived, both drivers were pulled over and the victim, Sean Buckland, 29, of Sandwich, told police Mr. Martin was pulling out of the gas station while he was pulling in and struck his trailer. Mr. Buckland believed Mr. Martin to be intoxicated. Officers observed an odor of alcohol emitting from the swaying Mr. Martin, and field sobriety tests were conducted, which he failed, police said. Mr. Martin was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Sunday, September 19

Police were called to the intersection of Quaker Meetinghouse and Service roads at 12:11 PM for reports of a two-car crash, which occurred when Joanne Ekstrom, 62, of Lynn was traveling south on Quaker Meetinghouse Road. Police said Ms. Ekstrom was turning left on the Service Road when Chad Shaw, 46, of Sandwich attempted to pass her on the righthand side and crashed into her vehicle. During the investigation, police concluded Mr. Shaw illegally passed on the righthand side and caused the crash. No citations were issued and there were no injuries.

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Police responded to the former Henry T. Wing School on Route 130 at 1:30 PM for reports of teenagers on the roof. Five teens were escorted off the roof and returned to their parents.

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Police were called to Oakcrest Cove on Quaker Meetinghouse Road at 4:09 PM for reports of teenagers on the roof of one of the buildings there. They were gone on arrival.

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Sandwich firefighters were called to Nantucket Trail at 5:30 PM for reports of a dumpster fire. According to the homeowner, the caller was mowing the lawn when he noticed smoke coming from the roll-off dumpster in his yard. When firefighters arrived, they reported the dumpster was 10 percent engulfed and they quickly extinguished the fire before removing the dumpster from the property. The homeowner told police the dumpster contained mostly household trash and he had not put anything in the dumpster in more than a week. The cause of the fire is unknown, and the incident remains under investigation.

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The Sandwich and West Barnstable fire departments responded to an East Sandwich cottage at 9:36 PM after a ceiling fan caught fire. The owner of a cottage on Ploughed Neck Road told firefighters that he had just returned home and he heard popping noises coming from the bathroom fan, so he called 911, reporting what he thought was an electrical issue, Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McMahon said. During the investigation, firefighters found smoke in the ventilation system and confirmed the ceiling fan was to blame. The Sandwich Fire Department was on scene for an hour and was assisted by the Sandwich Police Department and the town electrical inspector. There were no injuries. The incident is under investigation.

Monday, September 20

A Scorton Marsh Road resident contacted police at 9:27 AM to report an issue with her contractor whom she hired for small jobs around the home. According to the homeowner, the contractor was taking a long time to complete the tasks and eventually stopped showing up altogether.

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A 63-year-old Sagamore man was summoned to Barnstable District Court at 5:25 PM after attempting to conceal and remove stolen items from the Stop & Shop on Route 6A. He was charged with shoplifting by asportation.

Tuesday, September 21The Sandwich Recreation Department contacted police at 11:07 AM to report an incident that took place over the weekend. According to the caller, there were beer cans on the boat docks that were not there prior to the weekend. Surveillance footage showed three males in a car, seemingly intoxicated. At one point, one of the males was standing on the back of the recreation department’s boat and fell off into the water. Due to the poor quality of the video, employees and police could not identify any of the people involved.

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