When Zachary Townes becomes a full-time police officer in Edgartown next year, pending completion of the police academy, it won’t be his first paycheck from the town. Far from it. Mr. Townes, 29, has worked for the town for 13 years.
The handful of Islanders who ran the marathon this week were not the only ones who had trained for the big day. Officer Jeff Trudel and Det. Michael Snowden of the Edgartown police department trained to be among 100 members of a special bicycle unit that patrolled the marathon route Monday.
The Edgartown police department was hard at work early Friday morning — in the kitchen.
They had to cook for a crowd, after all. By noon, 80 senior citizens came to the fire station to dine on food prepared by the police department, “our way to say thank you to the seniors, and to let them get to know us a little bit better,” Officer William Bishop said.
Officer Michael Gazaille made the lobster rolls and the strawberry shortcake, while Sgt. Jonathan Searle went quahaugging and made chowder. Officer Bishop made stuffed quahaugs.
Edgartown police are issuing a criminal complaint summons for a man who was allegedly growing marijuana in his Twentieth street home, an early test of the state’s recently approved medical marijuana law.
While responding to a reported theft at Keith Bassett’s apartment on Jan. 27, Edgartown police allegedly found a marijuana grow room.
According to a police report by Det. Sgt. Christopher Dolby, the room allegedly contained about 12 marijuana plants, each three feet tall, and the room had lights “and other equipment designed to cultivate marijuana.”
The Edgartown police department will welcome two new members this summer.
On Tuesday police chief Antone Bettencourt told the selectmen that with officer Alex Elias leaving for another job, Oak Bluffs police officer Jeffrey Trudel will be joining the Edgartown force on May 14. Mr. Trudel is assigned to the K-9 unit for Martha’s Vineyard Law Enforcement Council, working with his black Labrador, Buster. Aquinnah Det. Ryan Ruley will also join the Edgartown department, effective June 18. Mr. Bettencourt said both men will later be sworn in before the board.