On February 17, 2012, at approximately 1:00 AM, Officer Stephen Kearney noticed a vehicle travel through the red light signal at Main Avenue and Rte. 6&28. Upon being signaled to stop by the officer, the vehicle increased its speed and continued toward Onset Center, before turning into an Onset neighborhood in an obvious attempt to elude the officer.
The vehicle left the residential area and traveled to Minot Ave., heading toward Wareham Center. While on Minot Avenue, the vehicle abruptly stopped, at which time the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Joseph Pennini of 10 Linda Lane in Forestdale, MA, fled on foot from the vehicle. Responding officers set up a perimeter and located the suspect within minutes, as he was running on the train tracks toward Depot Street. Mr. Pennini, who had the keys to the vehicle in his possession when located by Officers Kevin Reilly and John Iacobucci, was placed into custody on the railroad tracks just before the Depot St. intersection after a brief struggle.
Joseph Pennini has been charged with Failing to Stop for Police, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Resisting Arrest, as well as Operating After License Suspension, due to a prior OUI conviction. It should be noted that Mr. Pennini was wearing a court ordered ankle monitoring device at the time of his arrest. Mr. Pennini was also cited for failing to stop at a red light and speeding.
Mr. Pennini was held at the Wareham Police Department and will be arraigned at the Wareham 4th District Court on Friday, February 17, 2012.
It’s not often you get to make some noise at the Wareham Free Library.
From music performances to story times, visitors showed just how much they appreciate the library during the second annual Love Your Library Rally on Saturday, February 4.
In addition to being full of fun activities, the event was a show of support for increased state funding for libraries.
“It’s a way to let your legislators know what’s happening in public libraries,” said Wareham Free Library Director Denise Medeiros.
Visitors signed a petition in support of more funding, which will be sent to legislators, and wrote why they loved their library on pink slips of paper that will be displayed throughout the library this month.
“I am getting help on how to get the most out of my computer,” one visitor wrote.
Another rallier wrote that they love the Wareham Free Library “because it’s a great place … to work peacefully.” (Maybe not on this particular Saturday, Medeiros pointed out, but it usually is!)
A younger visitor wrote: “I love the story times with Miss Hickey.”
Guest readers participated in story times during the rally. Town Administrator Mark Andrews, State Representative Susan Williams Gifford (R-Wareham), Wareham Police Lieutenant Kevin Walsh, and Wareham EMS Director David Evans were among the special guests.
Organizations from the Wareham Gatemen to the Wareham Garden Club visited to show their support and to display information about their causes, while children from local vocal troupe Showstoppers filled the library with music.
“It’s kind of like controlled madness,” a smiling Medeiros said of the rally. “But it’s a lot of fun!”
Didn’t get to stop by the event? You can sign the petition all month at the Wareham Free Library. The library is located at 59 Marion Road.
On Friday, February 03, 2012, at approximately 2:30 pm, a motor vehicle accident involving a Wareham school bus and a passenger vehicle occurred on Marion Road at Viking Drive. The school bus was struck from the rear, causing extensive front end damage to the passenger vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Neon, while the school bus sustained damage to the rear bumper area. The school bus was stopped in traffic, waiting to turn left onto Viking Drive, when it was struck by the Dodge Neon, which was traveling westbound on Marion Road (Rte. 6).
The school bus was occupied by one 17 year old male student, who was transported to Tobey Hospital by Wareham EMS, due to a complaint of neck pain. The bus driver and the operator of the Dodge Neon reported not being injured in the incident.
The operator of the passenger vehicle that struck the school bus was identified as 18 year old Drew Sylvia of East Wareham MA. Mr. Sylvia was issued a motor vehicle citation for operating within 100 feet of the rear of a school bus. The Dodge Neon operated by Mr. Sylvia was towed from the scene due to the extensive front end damage, while the school bus resumed its route.