SC ruling: Strip-searching allowed for any arrest

Posted on April 3rd, 2012 No Comments

In a 5-to-4 vote on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that strip-searches will now be allowed to be done on detainees after an arrest of any kind even if there is no suspicion that they have contraband on them.

A justice in the majority opinion have stated that they should be able to prohibit correctional facility officials from strip-searching people that have been arrested before being admitted to jail because it may help them make sure that the detainee does not have drugs, weapons or other potentially harmful information on them.

Strip-searches on those arrested are not required, but they are now allowed. Those not in favor of the new law have stated that strip-searches on those arrested for minor crimes is unnecessary and violates “individual privacy.”

If you or a loved one has been arrested of a serious crime, you need representation on your side at this time. Contact the Cape Cod criminal defense attorney James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676 today.

South Yarmouth man arrested after a drug raid

Posted on February 21st, 2012 No Comments

A 20-year-old South Yarmouth man was arrested after his house was raided by the Cape Cod SWAT team. The man had been under surveillance after he posted bail for a previous charge of shooting two people.

The raid happened after drug dealings at the location had been recorded for over a month. The SWAT team found a loaded hand gun, a small pile of drugs, and over $3,000 in cash.

The South Yarmouth man was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a controlled substance, and illegal possession of ammunition. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him, and his bail was set at $100,000.

If you have been charged with drug possession, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the Cape Cod criminal defense lawyer, James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676 today.

Arrest Made in Cape Cod Funeral Home Stabbing

Posted on August 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Police made an arrest over the weekend in connection with a stabbing at a Cape Cod funeral home wake last week.

According to officials with the Yarmouth Police Department, officers arrested 23 year-old Andrew Serriello at a home on Old Sailor’s Way in Dennis shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Serriello was held overnight and released late Sunday afternoon after posting $2,600 cash bail, police said.

Seriello was arraigned Monday in Barnstable District Court on charges of assault and battery while armed with a dangerous weapon and assault while armed with intent to murder. Police said he was held pending a dangerousness assessment hearing.

Police were called to the Morris O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home on Long Pond Drive in Yarmouth on July 25. A fight broke out during a wake for James Edward DeLancy. One person was stabbed.

If you have been charged with assault in Cape Cod, please contact the Cape Cod Assault Attorneys of James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676.

Police ID Suspect in Cape Cod Stabbing

Posted on July 27th, 2011 No Comments

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a homeless man in connection with a stabbing in Cape Cod.

According to officials with the Yarmouth Police Department, officers responded to a call at the Morris O’Conner & Blute Funeral Home on Long Pond Drive shortly after 3:00 p.m. Monday after two people were stabbed in the parking lot. The stabbing took place during a wake for James Edward DeLancey, 24, police said.

Yarmouth police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Richard Andrew Serriello in connection with the stabbing.

Police say Serriello has 29 prior criminal charges in Massachusetts, including several offenses of violent crimes involving weapons and drugs. Authorities say Serriello should be considered to be armed and potentially dangerous.

Police said anyone with information about Serriello should immediately call 911.

If you have been charged with a violent crime in Cape Cod, please contact the Cape Cod Criminal Defense Attorney James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676.

Charity President Arrested for Shoplifting

Posted on July 21st, 2011 No Comments

The former head of a Cape Cod charity was arrested for shoplifting Wednesday.

According to officials with the Plymouth Police Department, Gina Clark was arrested for shoplifting at a department store Wednesday afternoon. Clark is the former president of Cape Cod charity Touched By Angels.

According to the Plymouth Police Department arrest report, Clark is accused of stealing clothes from a Kohl’s department store. Clark’s attorney, however, calls the situation a “big misunderstanding.” He claims it began when Clark forgot about some clothing she put underneath her shopping cart.

Clark was indicted by a grand jury earlier this year on charges that she kept money her charity raised for families in need.

If you have been charged with shoplifting near Cape Cod, please contact Cape Cod Shoplifting Defense Attorney James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676.

2 Arrested in Wareham Drug Raid

Posted on July 14th, 2011 No Comments

Two Wareham residents were arrested on drug charges this week.

According to officials with the Wareham Police Department, Detectives were joined by members of the DEA Cape Cod Task Force early Wednesday morning in a raid at 164 Hathaway St., where they arrested 29 year-old Nathan Landry and 44 year-old Kimberly Ranieri. Police say they found 98.5 grams of suspected cocaine, several small plastic bags of suspected marijuana, a digital scale, and a video surveillance system.

Landry was charged with cocaine trafficking, possession of cocaine, distribution of marijuana, and passion of ammunition without an FID card. He is being held on $30,000 cash bail.

Ranieri was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of codeine. She was released on personal recognizance.

Wareham Police Chief Richard Stanley issued a statement praising the officers involved in the raid. “Illegal drug dealing in Wareham will not be tolerated,” Stanley said. “Those who choose to continue this lifestyle will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

If you have been charged with a drug trafficking in Cape Cod, please contact the Cape Cod Intent to Sell Lawyer, James Powderly, by calling 508-343-0676.

Members of Alleged Cape Cod Drug Ring Arrested

Posted on June 29th, 2011 No Comments

Authorities cracked down on an illegal oxycodone drug distribution rink last week in Hyannis.

According to officials with the Barstable Police Department, detective have been gathering information on a drug trafficking organization operating between California and Hyannis since March. The organization is allegedly responsible for distributing thousands of oxycodone pills throughout Cape Cod.

Last week, detectives learned that members of the organization had traveled from California to Hyannis with thousands of tablets destined for Nantucket. According to police documents, detectives conducted surveillance at a local motel and observed members of the organization leaving for the Barnstable Airport. Detectives were able to seize 115 oxycodone pills.

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Cape Cod, please contact the Cape Cod intent to sell lawyer, James Powderly, by calling 508-343-0676.

East Falmouth Mother Charged with OUI

Posted on June 23rd, 2011 No Comments

An East Falmouth woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges she drove to her child’s elementary school while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

According to Falmouth District Court documents, Denise Morad-Lanoue was arrested at North Falmouth Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon after a concerned citizen called police to report a motorist driving erratically on Route 151. Morad-Lanoue was found at the school sitting in the grass alone watching “mini field day,” court records state.

According to the arrest report, police administered several field sobriety tests, which Morad-Lanoue failed. She was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, operating under the influence of drugs, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Police searched Morad-Lanoue’s car, after she was in custody, and found three empty miniature bottles of Sutter Home wine in her purse, according to court records.

Morad-Lanoue was released from custody and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing July 20.

If you have been charged with operating under the influence in the state of Massachusetts, please contact Cape Cod OUI Defense Attorney James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676.

Sandwich Man Arrested in Dennis Cemetery Theft

Posted on June 6th, 2011 No Comments

A man from Sandwich was arrested Saturday and charged with stealing from a cemetery storage building.

According to officials with the Dennis Police Department, 22 year-old Brian Paquette is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Orleans District Court. He is charged with breaking and entering a building in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony and larceny from a building. Police say a West Dennis resident called shortly after 3:35 a.m. to report the sound of heavy things being loaded into a truck. The sound was coming from the West Dennis Cemetery, police said.

According to Dennis Police Sergeant Cleve Daniels, responding officers found a Ford pickup truck parked next to a cement storage building on the cemetery grounds. The door of the building was ajar and landscaping supplies and power tools were inside the flatbed of the truck.

Pacquette was released on personal recognizance pending his arraignment.

If you have been charged with theft or larceny in Cape Cod, please contact Cape Cod Theft Defense Lawyer James Powderly at 508-343-0676.

Mashpee Teens Arrested in Stolen Vehicle

Posted on June 2nd, 2011 No Comments

Three Mashpee teens were arrested in Cape Cod Wednesday morning on charges of possessing a stolen motor vehicle.

According to Cape Cod Police Chief Peter Wack,  18 year-old Preston McNeill, 17 year-old Wayra Gomez-Wixom, and 18 year-old Phillip Hicks were arrested after allegedly leading a police officer on a chase around 1:25 a.m. Wednesday. The officer involved in the pursuit observed the teens pulling into The Food Mart on Route 130 in the stolen vehicle, which had defective equipment, Wack said.

When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it rapidly accelerated, leading to a pursuit away from the convenience store. The officer ran the vehicle’s registration information and learned it had been reported stolen from Mashpee, Wack said. The teens eventually fled the vehicle but were arrested by members of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office.

The police are seeking charges of all three teens with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

If you have been charged with a similar crime in Cape Cod, please contact the Cape Cod Theft and Fraud Lawyer James Powderly at 508-343-0676.


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