As Hurricane Sandy continues to move closer to New England and make landfall in the northeast, Verizon continues to take aggressive measures to prepare our network. We have been in contact with state emergency services and other utilities gathering information and coordinating preliminary crisis response. Verizon will continue to monitor the path of Sandy and stand ready to restore service to all customers who may be impacted by this storm. The following helpful information and Verizon contact numbers will help residents and your municipality deal with telecommunications related issues due to the storm. Verizon’s toll free number 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966) and website www.Verizon.com/support may be posted to your Municipal website and public access channels.
The Wareham storm shelter, located at #48 Marion Road, became operational at 8:00 am this morning. All Wareham residents, especially those who reside in low lying, flood prone areas, are advised that shelter is now available. There have been no evacuation orders issued or suggested at this time. This press release has been issued as a notification that shelter services are offered. Residents are reminded of the following shelter information:
- Bring blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags.
- Bring all medications you may need.
- Bring personal hygiene items.
- Bring baby formula, diapers, etc…
- Bring contact lens solution.
- Bring anything else that you may need to sustain your health.
No pets are allowed at the shelter.
As Hurricane Sandy approaches our area, emergency services personnel in Wareham have been meeting to monitor the weather forecasts and evaluate appropriate and necessary actions. The Wareham Police Department is actively monitoring the situation and will relay information to residents when necessary.
At this time, high winds and minor to moderate coastal flooding issues are forecasted beginning Sunday night, with increased wind and rain occurring from Monday into Tuesday night. Emergency information regarding the hurricane may be obtained by dialing “211.” At this time, there have been no evacuation orders issued for any area in Wareham. In the event that shelter is needed, The Wareham Mulit-Service Center will open as a shelter at 8:00 am on Monday, October 29th.
Residents are reminded that the shelter does not accept pets. In the event that flooding, or any other reason necessitates shelter, evacuation notice will be given and all affected residents will be advised.
If shelter is required before 8:00 am on Monday morning, the American Red Cross has activated regional shelters across the Commonwealth. The nearest shelters prior to 8:00 am on Monday are located at BMC Durfee High School, #360 Elsbree St. Fall River, MA, and Weymouth High School, #1 Wildcat Way, Weymouth, MA. Further information may be obtained by dialing “211.”
Residents of Wareham are advised that all schools have been closed for Monday, October 29th. Town Meeting has also been cancelled and will be re-scheduled for a later date and time.
Please know that this weather situation is being closely monitored and changes can occur at a moment’s notice. Although the Wareham Police Department will provide all necessary information to those who contact our department, we urge the public to use the emergency 911 system for emergencies only, so that that priority situations are handled in the appropriate manner and speed. During this storm, the Wareham Police Department urges citizens to take great care, and to travel on the roadways only when necessary for safety reasons.
Further press releases concerning this weather situation will be released as necessary.
On Thursday, October 11, 2012, at approximately 6:30 am, Wareham Police Department detectives, patrol officers, and troopers assigned to the Mass. State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team conducted a joint investigation regarding warrant arrests of two Wareham residents in separate locations. During the warrant arrests, two others were arrested on drug charges as a result of further investigation at one of the locations.
Mark Gomes, age 47, of #7 Trout Farm Way, was arrested on 3 outstanding warrants regarding larceny charges and the charge of Possession of a Firearm. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Gomes was found to be in possession of approximately 3 ounces of marijuana in plastic baggies, and was charged with Possession of a Class D Substance (Marijuana) with Intent to Distribute.
At #5 Camardo Drive, detectives and officers located 25-year-old Christian Fernandes, who was arrested for warrants pertaining to charges of Unarmed Robbery and Operating After License Suspension, 20-year-old Sabria Chytrus, and 23-year-old Thomas Tavares III . Further investigation revealed several items of drug paraphernalia including a digital scale and plastic sandwich bags, four of which contained marijuana. A further search led to the discovery of 117 small plastic baggies containing cocaine, an Oxycodone pill, and over an ounce of marijuana located in separate baggies.
The three parties have been charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance (cocaine), Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Substance (marijuana), Possession of a Class B Substance (cocaine), and Possession of a Class B Substance (Oxycodone), as well as Possession of a Class D Substance (marijuana). The arrested parties were arraigned at Wareham District Court on Thursday, October 11, 2012.
Chief Stanley praised the cooperative effort of the detectives, officers, and troopers involved in the arrests of the wanted individuals and the ensuing investigation into the possession and distribution of illegal drugs in Wareham.