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Past articles by Wheeler:

Charities, businesses raise for Tommy's Place in Falmouth

Charities raising funds to renovate a former inn in Falmouth that will become Tommy's Place, a vacation spot for sick children and their families. → Read More

Ex-Yarmouth police officer pleads guilty to paying for sexual conduct

Richard Morrison sentenced to probation in case involving 15-year-old girl. → Read More

Dennis homeowner sues town over flooding

BARNSTABLE — Since a 2015 project to raise the height of Elm Street in Dennis by 6 inches, the property at the corner of Elm Street and Mashantum → Read More

Aquinnah tribe files 2nd appeal over bingo hall

BOSTON — The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has appealed a U.S. District Court judge's decision requiring it to comply with local building regulations for the construction of a bingo hall.The appeal filed July 22 is the second filed by the tribe related to plans for a bingo hall. The first appeal was successful, with the court overturning the judgment of U.S. District Court Judge Dennis… → Read More

West Dennis man's motion for new trial denied

BARNSTABLE — A West Dennis man convicted of bashing a man in the head with a hammer during a home invasion had his motion for a new trial denied Monday. Valerie DePalma, the appellate attorney for Robert Shanahan, 35, filed three motions for a new trial in his case. On Feb. 24, 2013, police responded to a house on Susan Way for a report of an armed home invasion. A 48-year-old resident called… → Read More

Conviction upheld in 2000 Dennis Port murder case

BOSTON — On Aug. 21, 2000, a Barnstable County jury convicted Charles Robinson of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Edward Figueroa. → Read More

Attorneys seek to delay start of Hyannis murder trial

BARNSTABLE — The defense and prosecution in the murder trial of Keven Seme want the trial to move to October to allow an essential witness the opportunity to testify in court.Seme, of Brockton, and Kyle Walker, 27, of South Yarmouth are charged with fatally shooting 19-year-old David Anthony Colon in the head on Washington Avenue Extension in Hyannis in June 2015. Seme also faces an additional… → Read More

Minke whale washes ashore in North Truro

A minke whale washed ashore late Friday night on Beach Point in North Truro."It was reported to the Center for Coastal Studies as floating off the → Read More

Police seizure of Yarmouth woman's cellphone deemed legal

BOSTON — The state Appeals Court ruled Wednesday that police seizure and search of a cellphone belonging to a woman charged in a Centerville home invasion were legal, overturning a Barnstable Superior Court decision to suppress the evidence. Alexa Fencher, 24, of West Yarmouth, had two men go to her uncle’s Centerville apartment and beat him with a crowbar in 2016, according to police. Fencher’s… → Read More

Cape and Islands DA directs police to get receipts for evidence

Action comes after cellphone goes missing in Kevin Spacey case. → Read More

Bail set for man accused of shooting Falmouth officers

Malik Koval had been held without bail since arrest last July. → Read More

Kevin Spacey accuser invokes Fifth Amendment rights

Judge says sexual assault case may be dismissed without his testimony. → Read More

Boy uses burns as lesson in Cape Cod beach fire safety

HARWICH — When Sawyer Nicholson was running from Red River Beach back to the car after his grandfather's 85th birthday in September, the 11-year-old unknowingly stepped on the spot where his family had been using a metal fire pit. The metal container had just been dragged down to the water line. In an incredible amount of pain, Sawyer put down his second foot before collapsing forward, his feet… → Read More

Sandwich zoning board approves permit for adventure park

SANDWICH — The Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved a special permit for an adventure park and ropes course to be operated by Heritage Museums & Gardens despite the objections of neighbors who wanted another hearing to consider a newly presented plan for the project.Just 32 minutes into Tuesday's hearing, Heritage’s attorney, Eliza Cox, submitted a new plan to the zoning board designed… → Read More

Kevin Spacey accuser files civil lawsuit

Actor already faced criminal charge in alleged Nantucket sexual assault. → Read More

High court bars punitive claims for mariners

Ruling finds crew members no longer in need of special protection. → Read More

Key evidence missing in Kevin Spacey sexual assault case

Alleged victim's cellphone had been ordered turned over to police. → Read More

Nantucket judge orders phone turned over to Kevin Spacey team

NANTUCKET — A judge has ordered the alleged victim in actor Kevin Spacey's sexual assault case to turn over the phone he had in July 2016 so it can be given to Spacey's expert to be downloaded and forensically examined. Nantucket District Judge Thomas Barrett issued the order Friday. At a hearing Monday, Spacey's attorney, Alan Jackson, had requested physical access to the phone, alleging that… → Read More

Attorney: Mother of Spacey's alleged victim deleted evidence

Cellphone data remains point of contention in sexual assault case. → Read More

Kevin Spacey's attorneys granted access to phone records

Judge denies requests for other documents in island sexual assault case. → Read More