Please be advised that due to weather concerns, the fireworks event scheduled for tonight in Onset, MA has been re-scheduled for Sunday, July 8, 2012. The same traffic announcements and times pertaining to the Onset area made for the original event will apply to the re-scheduled fireworks event.
On Saturday, June 30th the Wareham Police Department and Massachusetts State Police joined in a cooperative effort to increase motor vehicle safety with intensive traffic patrols and a Sobriety Checkpoint on the Cranberry Hwy. (Rte. 6&28) for the purpose of removing intoxicated operators from the roadways.
During the traffic enforcement phase of the operation, Wareham officers and State troopers conducted over 140 motor vehicle stops and issued 105 citations for various motor vehicle infractions, including speeding, defective equipment, and other vehicle safety issues. Along with the issued citations, Mass State Police made an arrest of a male for the illegal possession of drugs.
Later in the night, State Police and Wareham officers conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint in the area of Sullivan Tire on Rte. 6&28. During the hours of 11:00 pm to 3:00 am, 610 vehicles were encountered at the checkpoint, where observations were made with regard to operators possibly operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a result of the vehicles stopped at the checkpoint, 7 operators were placed under arrest for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol, while three passengers were placed in Protective Custody, due to being intoxicated and unable to drive.
The operators placed under arrest were to be arraigned at the Wareham Fourth District Court on Monday, July 2, 2012.
Chief Richard Stanley commended the cooperative effort of the Mass. State Police and Wareham Police Department in the concerted effort toward the goal of increasing safety on the roadways of Wareham. Chief Stanley stated that the cooperative effort between the Wareham Police Department and the Mass. State Police will continue with further efforts and initiatives to keep motor vehicle safety a top priority.
On February 14, 2012, Wareham Police Chief Richard M. Stanley, Emergency Management Director for the Town of Wareham, and Douglas Forbes, Regional Director for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) held the first meeting to establish a Local Emergency Management Committee (LEPC).
The mission of the LEPC is to partner with federal, state, and local government agencies to rapidly recover from large and small disasters. This is accomplished by assessing and mitigating hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and building the capacity to recover.
For the first time ever in just under twelve weeks, the Town of Wareham earned “Start Up” Certification from MEMA. Director Forbes made the formal presentation last evening to the Board of Selectmen at their regularly scheduled weekly meeting.
Members of the Wareham LEPC include public safety personnel from Wareham Police, Wareham and Onset Fire departments, Harbormaster’s office, EMS, Board of Health, Municipal Maintenance, Tobey Hospital, and local resident John Wiliszowski, a client executive with IBM computer systems.
In addition, interns in the Emergency Management undergraduate program at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Jeremy Letson and Kyle Sleek, were instrumental in the formulation of a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) for the town.
The CEMP is a labor intensive document that requires gathering and inputting data such as emergency contacts, escape routes, mapping flood zones, identifying emergency shelters etc. Letson and Sleek were presented with certificates of recognition for their tireless efforts in putting this plan together.
Douglas Forbes praised the efforts of the LEPC and said, “Wareham is a better place with this plan in place and Wareham’s program is one of the best I have seen to date.” Chief Stanley thanked all of the LEPC members for their dedication to the program while Deputy Director, Lt. John Walcek stated, “We are now a better prepared town and the teamwork and cooperation between town departments has been commendable.”
Chief Stanley’s future goal is to attain “Full” certification with MEMA for the town and has already started the process with a meeting of all LEPC members scheduled for this week.
As part of the ongoing investigation into the May 24th stabbing incident on Onset Avenue, charges have been brought against 37-year-old Trayce Crew of Onset, who was an involved participant in the altercation and was later transported to a Boston Hospital, due to sustained injuries. Mr. Crew has been charged with Assault & Battery as a result of his actions during the altercation with Christopher Corey Turner, who has also been charged with offenses related to the incident.
Trayce Crew will be arraigned on the charges at Wareham Fourth District Court when he is medically cleared from the hospital with regard to his injuries.