Wareham Police arrest 7 before and during fireworks festivities

Jul 09, 2018

Wareham Police arrested seven people on July 7, dispersing a crowd following an argument and dealing with a suspect who tried head-butting an officer, according to police.

Ryan Hanscome, 22, homeless, was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. Officers Christopher Corner and Robert Mclain approached Hanscome, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, at approximately 4:35 p.m. near 270 Onset Ave.

After a brief chase, officers attempted to place Hanscome into custody. He resisted arrest by kicking the officers, striking Corner, and attempting to head-butt them, police said. A Taser was deployed and he was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and held pending arraignment at Wareham District Court.

Later that night, during the fireworks festivities at about 8:10 p.m., Officer Ryan Turner was directing traffic when he saw Michael Thompson, 28, of Weymouth standing at the corner of South Bolevard and Onset Avenue. Turner was aware Thompson was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants and arrested him. Thompson had five active warrants and was transported to the police department where he was held for court.

Moments later, Mark Oliveira, 45, of Fall River was arrested by Officer Jennifer Braley and charged with disorderly conduct following a disturbance at the corner of Pleasant and Onset Avenue.

At about 8:35 p.m., at the corner of Onset and Union Avenue, two woman were involved in an argument that officers stopped. Within a few seconds, one of the woman, Ashleigh Fowler, loudly challenged the other woman to a fight. Officers again tried to move them along. However, when it appeared an assault was imminent, Fowler was arrested. She thrashed about, resisting arrest and was finally handcuffed after a brief struggle, police said.

While she was being arrested many people tried to interfere, causing several officers to move in and disperse the crowd. Fowler, 26, of West Wareham, was arrested by Officer Aaron Pacheco and Acting Police Chief John Walcek. She was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

At about 9:15 p.m., officers responded to Over Jordan Road for a disturbance. As officers Charles Pillsbury and Joseph Cardoza approached, they observed hundreds of people walking away from the water after the fireworks display had ended. Officers found Robert Akins, 52, of East Wareham, yelling, swearing, and waving his arms wildly. Police said officers asked him to calm down in front of 30 people, but he refused. Akins was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

During the evening, two other men were arrested on domestic violence charges, however state law forbids disclosure of the particulars of the incident, police noted.

Ryan Hanscome (Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department)
Michael Thompson (Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department)
Mark Oliveira (Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department)
Ashleigh Fowler (Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department)
Robert Akins (Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department)
Comments (12)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 09, 2018 15:14

7 more winners!  What a crew!  Geeze...looks like the participants in an ugly contest!


There's always that shirtless guy! Bad boy bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?  Looks like the magnet has been attracting fine citizens from Weymouth lately.  Michael must be in there somewhere.  Look at Marky there striking a pose.  Don't look at Ashleigh, she's scary...Fred Sanford would say "I Could Stick Your Face In Some Dough And Make Some Gorilla Cookies".  And Robert...well...musta been at the wrong place at the wrong time...everybody knows he doesn't like crowds.


Keep up the great work WPD!  I'm feeling safer every day!


In all seriousness, these are the bad apples that ruin it for everyone! The Onset Bay Association puts on this wonderful event and these dirtbags go and represent Wareham/Onset by acting like this.  Thousands of visitors come to the fireworks and get to see our lowlife acting up.  So proud!

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jul 09, 2018 21:19

Damn is all I can say......

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jul 09, 2018 23:46

The last guy is that Cliff Clavin from Cheers?

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jul 10, 2018 06:06

So glad they caught these thugs

Posted by: desertsky | Jul 10, 2018 06:58

Is that tat supposed to say Patriots?? I know it's a toughie to spell but you may want to get it right before you tattoo yourself...and kudos again to WPD..visually spotting these losers with the warrants means our guys are paying attention. Right on!!

Posted by: kevinc687 | Jul 10, 2018 08:36

I think that tattoo is probably his daughter or baby mama’s name

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Jul 10, 2018 11:33

I think its Patrice. Kudos to the Officers involved. Its one thing to do their job on a daily basis. But add to that thousands of people, a hot night, people aggravated by the crowds, and you get a mixture for rioting. If the crowds got involved these poor officers would not have stood a chance, thank God none of them were hurt. It would have been easy to just let some of these folks go, and ignore that they saw them, we are extremely lucky to have police officers that are dedicated to protecting our Town, without fear of personal harm.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 10, 2018 12:41

Could be Patrice.  The tattoo started cleary with the "Patr", the next letters may be an "ic but then gets progressively illegible as the end is approached.  He and person doing tattoo probably started out sober but then the booze/drugs kicked in letter by letter.  They were both oblivious by the end.  That's probably representative of every day this guys life!


I take my hat off to our police with every one of these situations.  I couldn't work in such an environment where the same stupidity and same risk happens day after day.  There is a never ending supply of degenerates.  It must be so draining to have to deal with this lowlife every day.  Apprehending them requires interaction and close contact with them.  These people are nasty!  Touching them and being assaulted by them must be awful.  Smelling them and listening to them yell and scream must be disturbing.


Years ago I went on a tour of the WPD with a group of kids.  I recall the officer explaining how they were lucky because the windows open in the cell area for ventilation.  He said that these people stink like animals.  Especially when they are required to remove their shoes.  Especially the ones that get arrested on a Friday night before a long weekend and stay until Tuesday!  Imagine that!  I suggested they install floor drains so they can be hosed down like swine.  A nice 50 degree shower every hour for 3 days would make then think twice about acting up again.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jul 10, 2018 12:48

Like a Bad Snickers ad .....

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jul 10, 2018 13:11

Could be the tribal sign of the loser cult

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Jul 10, 2018 13:12

The town does NOT put on this event, the private Onset Bay Association does, down to paying police details and cleanup.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 10, 2018 15:01

Onset - thanks, I changed my comment.

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