Sandwich news in brief

School fees reduced
The Sandwich School Committee voted last week to reduce the fees they voted to raise during the winter session.
The vote to return the bus fee to $75 and the sports fee to $135 was unanimous last Wednesday, with school board members saying it was the right thing to do in light of the draft state budget, which shows Sandwich schools could receive almost $450,000 in state aid.
Last February, working with a level-funded state aid projection, the school board voted to increase the bus fee by $25 and the sports fee by $15. The district has also worked to reduce the cost of health insurance and property insurance, meaning reductions in those line items can go to classroom needs instead.

Verizon bids on spot for antenna
Sandwich school officials have been contacted by another cell phone giant that wants to use school property to increase its capacity to reach local consumers.
Verizon Wireless has proposed to enter into the same deal as Sprint/Nextel, which agreed to pay $2,000 per month for the right to install cell phone antennas on the roof of the high school’s auditorium.
Like the Sprint/Nextel agreement, the payments made through the Verizon deal would increase by 3 percent each year.
Both the school committee and the board of selectmen must approve the deal.

Chase ends with crash in Sandwich
A man who crashed a stolen car and then tried to flee was found in Sandwich Saturday, according to state police.
Christopher Mello, 37, of Roslindale was in an accident with another vehicle between Exits 3 and 4 on Route 6, then fled into the nearby woods. The 2002 Volkswagen Passat Mello was driving was allegedly stolen from a Medford man.
Mello was taken to Cape Cod Hospital to be treated for injuries and will be summoned to court to face charges of operating under the influence, speeding and leaving the scene of an accident.

Break-in suspect charged
A 25-year-old Sandwich man alleged to be part of a series of robberies and assaults earlier this year was indicted last week in Barnstable Superior Court.
Benjamin Cain was indicted on charges of masked armed robbery in Barnstable for two service station robberies. The Sandwich man was also charged with assault to rob and assault and battery in Sandwich from an attempted purse snatching, and with breaking and entering during the day, malicious destruction of property and larceny of property over $250.