Noah Asimow
Edgartown police were led on a car chase that snaked through Upper Main Street and ended in the town cemetery on Thursday morning with an arrest, a vehicle tow and a few toppled tombstones — but no injuries.
Edgartown Police


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.


Tony Bettencourt

For over a decade, Antone (Tony) Bettencourt, the new police chief of Edgartown, served as the department’s special event coordinator, which meant organizing police response to large community events during the summer, including visits by President Clinton, the annual fireworks display and the Fourth of July parade.