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Baby taken to local hospital, recovering

MARSTONS MILLS, Mass. —It was a Christmas miracle for a family on Cape Cod after a Barnstable police officer helped saved an infant over the phone, the Cape Cod Times reported.

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Samantha D’Elia called 911 saying her baby was choking on his vomit and had turned blue.

Officer Dennis Stampfl answered the call Wednesday morning and walked D’Elia and the baby’s father, Jonathan Brooks, through the steps to clear baby Brandon’s throat.

A few moments later, the baby started crying.

“That is the thing you want to hear,” Stampfl told D’Elia.

The Cape Cod Times reported that EMTs took the baby to the hospital where he stayed one night for an acid reflux condition.

Crash happened in store plaza on Cape Cod

ORLEANS, Mass. —A man was flown to a Boston area hospital after an accident in a Cape Cod mall parking lot.

According to the Cape Cod Times, the victim was pinned between his car and another vehicle that jumped a curb.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. near the TJ Maxx store at Cranberry Cove Plaza off Route 6A in Orleans.

Orleans fire Capt. Geof Deering told The Times the victim was either getting into or out of his vehicle, when the car jumped the curb. Deering said the man was pinned between two vehicles and suffered “pretty serious injuries” to his legs.

The female driver of the sedan that jumped the curb was not injured, he said.

Two-story apartment building evacuated

HYANNIS, Mass. —A two-alarm fire in Hyannis forced a mother and her children to escape from a second-story window on Saturday, fire officials said.

The Cape Cod Times reports that the mother and two children had to be lowered from the window, and a fourth person jumped to safety after a fire on Main Street broke out just before 5 p.m.

The two-story apartment building was evacuated and it’s unclear how many people were displaced, according to The Times.

The Hyannis Fire Department said some people were treated at the scene, but no one was taken to a hospital.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, officials said.


A Facebook page of a person claiming to be a Massachusetts soldier who was killed in Afghanistan has been taken down after dozens of complaints were lodged.

PLYMOUTH, Mass. —A Facebook page of a person claiming to be a Massachusetts soldier who was killed in Afghanistan has been taken down after dozens of complaints were lodged.

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Some was using Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Pucino’s likeness on social networking sites. Pucino, of Plymouth, was 34 when he was killed in 2009 in Afghanistan.

His sister, Lisa Pucino-Haglof, told the Cape Cod Times that someone claiming to be her brother was trying to “friend” people on Facebook. She said his photos and name were also used on a dating site.

Pucino-Haglof said despite dozens of complaints to Facebook, the site had not replied to her request, the newspaper reported.

A message posted on the Facebook page dedicated to the nonprofit group named after Pucino said the fake Pucino page was removed.

Pucino-Haglof had called the ordeal “a betrayal,” and said she just wants her brother to rest in peace.

House of Coach Light Road severely damaged

Centerville, Mass. —A fire severely damaged a home on Coach Light Road Thanksgiving afternoon, the Cape Cod Times reported.

The 74-year-old owner, Thomas Hoppe, was in the house with his dog when the fire broke out in the living room. Both got out safely from the home.

Fire officials said they were not sure if the home was habitable because of the heavy damage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.