A state and local police investigation remains ongoing after two wells at the site of a planned 20-unit rental development in Tisbury were found contaminated with motor oil last week.


Massachusetts Environmental Police are investigating after the remnants of a vessel washed ashore this week that was believed to have broken loose from a mooring in Hyannis harbor.

Sgt. Scott Opie, the new part-time environmental police officer on the Island, was introduced at the Rod and Gun Club on Wednesday.


The 56-foot sea scalloping vessel that sank with four aboard on Nov. 24 has been located, according to Massachusetts Environmental Police. Maj. Patrick Moran confirmed that the F/V Leonardo was located on Sunday.
With deer hunting season in full swing, six Island police chiefs are registering unanimous concern about the shrinking presence of environmental police on Martha’s Vineyard.


Sergeant bass

There’s a new environmental police sergeant in town, and while he doesn’t live on the Vineyard, Matt Bass is nevertheless a familiar face around the Island shoreline. He worked for The Trustees of Reservations on Chappaquiddick in the early 1990s, and after that he went on to work at the Cape Cod National Seashore for several years before becoming a state environmental police officer.