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


After more than 30 years with the Edgartown police department, including five years at the helm, Edgartown police chief Antone Bettencourt will retire in May.

“It’s time, you know, that’s the bottom line,” Chief Bettencourt said.


Edgartown seniors were treated to a hot meal at the Edgartown Fire Station Friday afternoon, compliments of the town’s Police Patrolmen’s Association. The beef tenderloin and mashed potatoes supper began with handmade crab cakes and ended with pie.

Next summer, Kenneth Johnson and his wife Mary can watch the Fourth of July fireworks together for the first time. Mr. Johnson, 56, has retired after 29 years as a sergeant with the Edgartown Police Department.

Two Edgartown men face drug charges including heroin possession following a bust Friday by Edgartown police and the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force.

Police are emphasizing the seriousness of heroin use and overdoses on the Island.

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.

Edgartown police had an unusual lost and found call this weekend: a bag of heroin was found in an Edgartown park.

Det. Sgt. Chris Dolby said someone going to work in downtown Edgartown Saturday saw a plastic bag sitting on the foot path in a park tucked away off Main street. The person thought it looked suspicious and told a traffic cop, who in turn called a patrolman.