July 4 busy, but routine
The July 4 holiday brought hot beach days, clear summer skies, and droves of visitors. But while it was generally busy, the weekend was routine, according to reports from Island police departments.
Police reported an increased number of emergency calls and more vehicles on the road, but major incidents were few: An Oak Bluffs police sting operation landed three people in jail. Claudia's jewelry in Edgartown was broken into on Sunday. A bus and a moped collided on Saturday in West Tisbury.
At the Martha's Vineyard Hospital emergency room, Monday was the busiest day of the long weekend holiday, with 99 patients treated.
Dr. Alan Hirshberg, hospital emergency room director, said that most of the emergency room traffic was typical of a summer holiday weekend. He cited bicycle accidents, asthma attacks, cuts and scrapes, and heart problems among the most common emergencies.
Martha's Vineyard Airport officials reported a busy but typical holiday weekend as well. Bill Weibrecht, airport manager, said revenue from fuel sales and landing fees appears to be slightly up from last year. He said thunderstorms in New York caused some delays on Thursday, and fog on Friday backed things up.
"It was a busy weekend. Sales were up, and we were impacted by the weather, but it was good weekend without any major incidents," said Mr. Weibrecht.
Arrests aplenty in Oak Bluffs
Oak Bluffs, where police made 25 arrests over the weekend, was the busiest town for police over the holiday weekend.
Lt. Timothy Williamson, of the Oak Bluffs police department, said offenses included assault and battery on a police officer, drug violations, drunk driving, procuring alcohol for a minor, and disorderly conduct.
Among the more significant arrests, Oak Bluffs police conducted an undercover sting operation in which three people were arrested.
Keith Murphy, 22, of Yarmouth, was arrested for allegedly selling cocaine to an undercover police officer. He was charged with distribution of cocaine, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a class B drug (cocaine), and possession of a class D drug (marijuana). He also faces two outstanding arrest warrants in other jurisdictions, according to police.