Friday, May 17, 2013
The Martha's Vineyard Times reports that Officer Kelly Kershaw faces arraignment today in Edgartown District Court on four criminal charges, including a felony, after allegedly interfering with firefighters and police during a blaze at her home May 9.
An embattled Tisbury police officer has a court date this morning after allegedly interfering with firefighters and threatening to kill two police officers responding to a blaze at her home May 9, according to a report in the Martha's Vineyard Times. Officer Kelly Kershaw, who is currently on medical leave after crashing her patrol vehicle into a tree and is also in the process of suing the town and police department for employment discrimination, faces four criminal charges at the request of Tisbury Police Chief Dan Hanavan, the Times reports. Kershaw is charged with hindering a firefighter, a felony, and three misdemeanors: assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and threatening to commit a crime, according to the Times report, …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A 19-year-old Vineyard Haven man police say made a drug deal outside a cop's house failed to show up for his arraignment last week and had to be arrested, according to court documents.
It took two tries to arraign William A. Rogers, Jr. on one count of distributing marijuana, according to documents filed in Edgartown District Court. Rogers, 19, attracted the attention of Island drug officers March 22 after an off-duty police officer reported having just seen "an obvious drug deal taking place outside his house" on Dunham Avenue in Tisbury, wrote Massachusetts State Police drug detective Sgt. Jeffrey Stone in his report on the case. Armed with the off-duty officer's description of the suspect vehicle, Stone and another member of the Martha's Vineyard Drug Task Force, Edgartown detective Mike Snowden, spotted Rogers' red Dakota pickup in the parking lot of the Tisbury Post Office and followed him to Lake Street, where …
Monday, May 13, 2013
A 40-year-old man gave police conflicting accounts of how he wound up screaming for help in Oak Bluffs harbor early Thursday, according to reports in the Martha's Vineyard Times and Vineyard Gazette.
Did he jump? Did he fall? Or was he pushed? Oak Bluffs police got a "garbled" account from Nelson Ferreira, 40, after they pulled him from the harbor early Thursday morning, according to Island newspapers. The Martha's Vineyard Times has a blow-by-blow account of how Oak Bluffs and Tisbury police rescued Ferreira after receiving a 911 call. Read the Times report here. The Vineyard Gazette reports that police are investigating how Ferreira, described as "highly intoxicated," got into the harbor. Read the Gazette report here. According to both newspapers, Ferreira gave conflicting accounts of how he got into the water, at one point saying he had floated to Oak Bluffs from Edgartown. The case is under investigation. For more police news on …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A "horrendous" stretch of dirt road on the way to an oven fire Sunday left a fire engine with damage underneath, Tisbury Fire Chief John Schilling told the Martha's Vineyard Times.
A fire in an oven on Stoney Hill Road in Tisbury was quickly contained without spreading Sunday morning, but a fire engine was damaged along the way, reports the Martha's Vineyard Times. The vehicle was repaired by a mechanic after suffering damage underneath while driving the "horrendous" dirt road where the fire was reported, Tisbury Fire Chief John Schilling told the newspaper. For more police and fire news on and off the Vineyard, please see our Police & Fire section, available in the News tab above or by clicking here. Stay Patched in! Follow Martha's Vineyard Patch on Twitter | Like Martha's Vineyard Patch on Facebook | Sign up for the daily email with links to the latest news | Got something to say? Start a blog and share your views.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Get to DYFY Games in Vineyard Haven before all the sweet bread's gone: The bake sale starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and all proceeds go to the One Fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims.
Here's a sweet way to help survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings: DYFY Games in Vineyard Haven is hosting a bake sale Saturday to benefit the "One Fund" set up to benefit the hundreds of people who were injured in the April 15 attacks. The bake sale starts at 10 a.m. inside the 395 State Road shop. A status update on the store's Facebook page reads, "Sweet bread is VERY limited, so come early, but other goodies available. Don't forget our donation fish tank too!! Let's fill it up." The store will also be gathering signatures on the bake sale poster in its window, according to another Facebook update: "The poster pictured will be available for you to sign on Saturday, and we will be sending it in with our donation. Hope to have a lot …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The judge could have sentenced Robert C. Manning to two and and a half years in the county jail for punching his mother in the mouth, but the victim asked that he not be incarcerated for the children's sake.
A 30-year-old Tisbury man who was charged in separate cases of allegedly abusing his mother and the mother of his children will not serve jail time after he was found guilty April 12 of assault and battery for punching his mother in the mouth last November. After his victim wrote a letter to the court in January pleading that he not be incarcerated in order to provide for his three children — one of whom is in her custody — Robert C. Manning was placed on probation until 2014. Manning must be evaluated for counseling, which he is required to undergo as mandated by the probation department until professionally discharged, according to documents in Edgartown Superior Court. He will also have to pay a monthly fee of $65 for probation …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
"You guys got me good this time. I’m screwed ... You guys gave me so many warnings,” Jeffrey Moore told Martha's Vineyard Drug Task Force agents when he was arrested at his Tisbury home, a detective said.
A 42-year-old Tisbury man arrested in a February drug raid has had his trafficking case moved from Edgartown District Court to Dukes County Superior Court, according to court records. Jeffrey Moore faces two counts of possessing heroin and morphine for sale after he was arrested Feb. 2 by Martha's Vineyard Drug Task Force officers from several Island towns. Drug investigators have long had their eye on Moore, who has a six-page criminal record including 33 offenses, eight violations of probation and a conviction for escape. "You guys got me good this time. I’m screwed ... You guys gave me so many warnings,” Moore told officers when he was arrested, according to a written report by Detective Nicholas Curelli. According to Curelli's report, …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The popular, casual American-Middle Eastern restaurant on State Road in Tisbury is closing after lunch today, to reopen April 22 at 7:30 a.m.
Little House Cafe in Tisbury is going on vacation, according to a post on the restaurant's Facebook page: "We are closing today at 2:30 and taking a little spring break! We'll be back at 7:30am on Monday the 22nd... see you then!" MV Patch readers love the food at Little House Cafe: Blogger Jen Zern gave it a five-star review, posting on Patch: "Cuisine is actually more Greek and Middle Eastern than American. And it's fantastic. Their chicken salad sandwich (curry-flavored, on pita bread) is delicious, as is their pan seared cod with olive tapenade (dinner menu item). The housemade desserts, ginger cake and chocolate cookie ice cream sandwich, were a hit at our table as well. When you've got a big appetite, don't overlook this little house…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
A whisker-thin majority of 69-66 at town meeting wasn't enough to pass the $1.3 million borrowing article that would have allowed Tisbury to construct a long-discussed cutoff route to State Road. Hear from both sides in our video.
At one point during Wednesday night's continuation of the Tisbury town meeting, rainfall on the roof of the school gym was so loud that even the stentorian Clarence Barnes had to raise his voice on the microphone in order to be heard. Barnes was speaking in favor of the proposed connector road between Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road and Holmes Hole Road west of town, which would give motorists a cutoff route to the Tisbury business district on State Road. "I'm in the trucking business," Barnes told the meeting. "I go to Edgartown more times in a day than you're probably going to the bathroom." His 15 employees also drive all over the Island, Barnes continued. Originally opposed to the connector, Barnes said, he now supports it. Barnes's …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A year-long moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries passed in one Martha's Vineyard town meeting Tuesday, but failed in two others. A ban on public consumption of medical pot failed in one town and passed in two.
Medical marijuana patients may need to consult a map before they light up or eat their doctor-prescribed herbal medications on Martha's Vineyard. Town meeting votes in three Island municipalities have created a patchwork of regulations on where residents and visitors may legally consume prescription pot. Tuesday night, Edgartown voters passed a 12-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, but not a proposed ban on smoking or otherwise ingesting prescribed marijuana in public places. This effectively means that patients with legitimate prescriptions may smoke pot anywhere tobacco smoking is allowed, but they won't be able to fill their prescriptions at a dispensary in Edgartown for at least a year. In Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven…