Methuen Police Arrest High School Student After Threat

Methuen Police Department
Joseph Solomon, Chief of Police
Quinn Public Safety Building
90 Hampshire St.
Methuen, MA 01844

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 19, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Methuen Police Arrest High School Student After Threat

METHUEN — Mayor James Jajuga and Chief Joseph Solomon report that the Methuen Police Department arrested a Methuen High School student after he allegedly made threats and referenced a school shooting in front of other students.

The Methuen Police Department was called to the high school at 2 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, officers were told by school administrators that a 10th grade boy had reportedly made disturbing remarks to other students, including references to bullets, death, and a mass shooting at the school.

As a result of an investigation by the Methuen Police Department, a JUVENILE MALE, AGE 16, OF METHUEN was identified and arrested without incident.

The suspect was charged with Threats Concerning Dangerous Items and Disturbance in a School.

A search of the suspect’s home and bedroom resulted in no weapons found. There are also no firearms licensed to anyone at his home. The Methuen Police Department does not believe there is any danger at this time.

Chief Solomon and Mayor Jajuga praised the students who heard the alleged remarks for coming forward and reporting the incident to the administration.

“This is an excellent example of ‘see something, say something,'” Mayor Jajuga said. “In this instance, students heard disturbing remarks about committing violence at school, and they spoke up immediately. This is one of the ways we keep our community and our schools safe.”

The suspect will be arraigned in Lawrence Juvenile Court.

These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty. 


Smoking on Home Oxygen Cause of Fatal Andover Fire

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield, and Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe announced the cause of yesterday’s fatal fire at 30 Railroad Street in Andover was smoking while on home oxygen. The fire took the life of 85-year old Nicholas Rizzo II according to District Attorney Blodgett’s Office.

The fire originated inside the victim’s fourth floor apartment at 10:50 a.m. There was evidence of smoking in the presence of home medical oxygen. The fire was jointly investigated by the Andover Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to both the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Office of the Essex District Attorney.

State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Fire is a tragic way for a long life to come to an end. Massachusetts has on average 5-6 fires each year with 1-2 deaths and 4 injuries from fires involving medical oxygen.”

The Department of Fire Services has a public awareness/public education campaign Breathe Easy: Home Oxygen Fire Safety ( that tries to educate physicians, patients, families, housing officials and firefighters about the fire dangers of bringing medical oxygen into the home. Materials are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


DRAMATIC VIDEO: North Reading First Responders Save Choking Puppy


North Reading Police Department
Chief Michael P. Murphy
150 Park St.
North Reading, MA 01864

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 5, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003


North Reading Police Officers and Firefighters Save Choking Puppy

Video Links (No audio):

  • Lobby 1 (Best overall angle)
  • Lobby 2 (Beginning and after 7:00 mark are best)

NORTH READING — Police Chief Michael P. Murphy and Fire Chief Don Stats are very pleased to announce that, after a dramatic 10-minute emergency medical effort that was captured on video in the lobby of the police station, North Reading police officers and firefighters saved the life of a choking puppy.

Megan Vitale (second from left) reacts as her puppy, Bodhi, is revived by police officers and firefighters. (North Reading Police Department Surveillance Image)
Megan Vitale (second from left) reacts as her puppy, Bodhi, is revived by police officers and firefighters. (North Reading Police Department Surveillance Image)

North Reading Resident Megan Vitale ran into the police station with an acquaintance shortly after noontime Sunday, saying that her 9-week-old Saint Bernard puppy Bodhi was choking on food. When officers came around the corner, they found the puppy was not breathing, limp, and unresponsive.

Officers Jorge Hernandez, Peter DiPietro and Joseph Aleo came around the window and began to attend to the puppy. Assisted by North Reading firefighters, the first responders administered back blows and chest compressions, ultimately dislodging the obstruction.

The dog was revived and provided with oxygen by firefighters in the lobby. The puppy left with its owners and is being treated by a veterinarian at this time.

Both Chiefs praised the quick thinking of officers and firefighters.

“Ultimately, a life was saved thanks to rescuers falling back on their training and remaining calm. Even though we are not faced with this kind of incident every day, the officers reacted just as they would in any emergency situation,” Chief Murphy said. “We are hopeful that the puppy will make a full recovery.”

North Reading Firefighters used a special oxygen mask designed for pets. Over the past few years, the firefighters have received specialized training in how to respond to emergencies involving pets.

“Many of our firefighters have pets at home in their own families. We do not get to choose the emergency situation that comes our way, so it is important that first responders be prepared for anything,” Chief Stats said.


Newport Police Department Investigating Unattended Death

Newport Police Department
Chief Seth C. DiSanto
222 Main St.
Newport VT 05855

newport-vt-patchFor Immediate Release

Monday, March 5, 2018

News Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 802-332-6821

Newport Police Department Investigating Unattended Death

NEWPORT, Vt. — Chief Seth C. DiSanto reports that the Newport Police Department is investigating the death of a New Hampshire man found near an ice fishing shanty on Sunday.

Newport Police received a missing persons report for John Barry, age 82, of Gorham, New Hampshire, who was last seen driving a GMC Canyon pickup truck. Information from the report suggested that the man may be ice fishing on Lake Memphremagog.

A trace of the missing man’s phone showed him to be about a mile north of the Claremont Terrace cell tower. A Newport police officer located the vehicle and noticed a nearby ice shanty. Barry was found just outside the shanty. He was taken to North County Hospital by Newport Ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.

The facts and circumstances of Barry’s death are under investigation. At this time, foul play is not suspected.