Rochester Fire Department to Host Inspection Information Sessions for Businesses

Rochester Fire Department
Mark Klose, Chief
37 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 978-769-5193

Rochester Fire Department to Host Inspection Information Sessions for Businesses

ROCHESTER — City Manager Blaine Cox and Fire Chief Mark Klose are pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department will host two informational sessions for business owners to help them learn about the inspection process. 

Two identical sessions will take place at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 23 at Granite Steak and Grill. The sessions are hosted by the City of Rochester, Rochester Fire Department, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Rochester Main Street. 

Assistant Chief Tim Wilder will present to business leaders in order to help them learn more about the Fire Department’s safety inspection process. The sessions will place an emphasis on life and safety codes, compliance and planning for fire safety. Business owners will have a chance to learn about what they should expect prior to, and after, an inspection, how to work with the Fire Marshal to become compliant.

“I encourage all business leaders to attend one of these sessions so they can have a better understanding of our fire safety inspection process,” Chief Klose said. “These codes are in place to ensure that buildings are safe, and it’s important that business owners understand and are in compliance with all safety regulations.”


Nahant Fire Department Rescues Man Following Fall From Ladder

Nahant Fire Department
Chief Michael Feinberg
67 Flash Road
Nahant, MA 01908

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 16, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Nahant Fire Department Rescues Man Following Fall From Ladder

The Nahant Fire Department responded to a home near the intersection of Willow Road and Wharf Street after a man fell from a ladder. (Courtesy Photo)

NAHANT — Chief Michael Feinberg reports that the Nahant Fire Department responded after a man fell while working on a roof this morning.

At 8:25 a.m., Nahant Fire received a report that a man had fallen from a ladder at the Rockledge Apartments, 162 Willow Road. Upon arrival, responding units from Ladder 31 and Ambulance 34 located an injured 59-year-old man on the first floor roof of the building.

Firefighters subsequently lifted their aerial ladder to the roof and began providing aid to the man, who was conscious and alert, but suffered head and leg injuries.

Firefighters were able to secure the victim in a rescue basket and lower him down the ladder before transporting him to an area hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.



Whitman Police Arrest Two Men Following Vandalism Spree, Assault on Motorist

Whitman Police Department
Scott D. Benton, Chief of Police
20 Essex St
Whitman, MA 02382

For Immediate Release

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-742-3922

Whitman Police Arrest Two Men Following Vandalism Spree, Assault on Motorist

WHITMAN — Chief Scott D. Benton reports that two men were arrested early this morning and face multiple charges after allegedly vandalizing several vehicles and leaving the scene of a crash.

KYLE GAVEN, AGE 23, OF ABINGTON was arrested and charged with:

  • Operating Under the Influence of Drugs (Cannabis)
  • Failure to Stop for a Police Officer
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Property Damage
  • Assault and Batter With a Dangerous Weapon (BB Gun)
  • Malicious Destruction of Property Under $1,200 (Nine Counts)

JOSEPH SHIELDS, AGE 31, OF EASTON was arrested and charged with:

  • Assault and Battery With a Dangerous Weapon (BB Gun)
  • Malicious Destruction of Property Under $1,200 (Nine Counts)

On Saturday, July 14, at 12:56 a.m., Whitman Police were dispatched to the fire station on Temple Street for a report that a man had been shot with a bb gun while driving.

Upon arrival, officers initiated an on-scene investigation and learned that the victim had been driving on South Avenue at the intersection of Washington and Temple Streets  when a dark sedan with two men inside pulled next to him. The passenger in the vehicle, later identified as SHIELDS, then reached out of the sedan and shot a bb gun toward the victim.

At that time, the victim ducked down and began driving away, when a second shot shattered his rear window. The victim stopped at the fire station to report the incident and was treated on-scene by firefighters. He described the suspects as two white males, and indicated that the vehicle turned onto Washington Street as he fled.

Whitman Police dispatch subsequently received reports from residents on Washington Street and Old Colony Way. One of the callers reported hearing a window smash and saw a black car leaving the scene. A second caller reported that a black sedan pulled into their driveway, struck their vehicle and then fled.

A responding officer then located a black sedan with two men matching the suspects’ descriptions in the area of Washington and Commercial Streets and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver, later identified as GAVEN, then sped away and later stopped on Stetson Terrace, where both men were taken into custody without further incident.

Officers then searched the vehicle and located a bb gun, ammunition and CO2 cartridges, and determined based on their training and experience that GAVEN appeared to be under the influence of marijuana.

After GAVEN and SHIELDS were taken into custody, officers located several vehicles with shattered windows on Old Colony Way, Freedom Lane, Washington Street and Jacobs Lane.

“These individuals caused significant damage to many residents’ property, while also assaulting a motorist, at the risk of causing a serious crash,” Chief Benton said. “It’s fortunate that nobody was seriously hurt as a result of their conduct, and it was alert and excellent police work that brought this to a safe and successful conclusion.”

GAVEN was released on $500 bail, while SHIELDS was held on $500 bail and transported to the Plymouth County Correctional Facility. Both are expected to be arraigned Monday in Brockton District Court.

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


Methuen Police Department Invites Residents to Participate in National Night Out

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, July 13, 2018

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

Methuen Police Department Invites Residents to Participate in National Night Out

METHUEN — Mayor James Jajuga and Chief Joseph Solomon would like to invite residents to help the City of Methuen celebrate National Night Out next month by hosting block parties in their neighborhoods.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie in an effort to make cities and towns safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors, first responders and city officials while promoting a stronger sense of community.

“National Night Out is a tradition that all of our officers cherish and look forward to each year,” Chief Solomon said. “We have all enjoyed the chances we’ve had to meet members of the community in past years, and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with those residents and meeting new people as well.”

Methuen’s National Night Out will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and those that register their parties will receive a visit from members of the Methuen Police or Fire Departments. Night Out events can range from backyard barbecues to full-blown festivals.

The night provides a unique opportunity for community members and first responders to meet in a fun, friendly environment within their own neighborhoods in order to build lasting relationships with one another.

Residents are encouraged to join Methuen police officers and firefighters in celebrating the event by signing up online to host a block party, as well as by calling Sgt. Joe Rynne at 978-983-8816 to sign up for police, fire and character visits. There is no cost to register.

“A strong relationship between residents and first responders is a critical asset for our community,” Mayor Jajuga said. “This event is an excellent chance to lay the foundation for those relationships, and I hope everyone takes the time to find or host a block party and get involved.”