FDA Warns of Possible Listeria Contamination in Market Basket-Stocked Fruit

Peaches and nectarines stocked at Market Basket locations across Massachusetts have been recalled over a possible listeria contamination. (Courtesy photograph)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of fresh peaches and nectarines sold at Massachusetts Market Basket locations. The FDA confirmed Yonkers N.Y. distributor Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. is recalling nearly 3,000 cartons of fruit over possible listeria contamination concerns. In a statement on their website, Market Basket vows to address all food safety issues as soon as possible.

Four Juveniles Face Charges After Weekend Home Invasion in Methuen

Teenagers from Lawrence must answer to charges related to a Jan. 26 home invasion, Methuen Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon said. (File photograph)

Four Lawrence juveniles have been arrested and charged in connection with a violent Saturday home invasion in Methuen, Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV. Police say a 15-year-old, two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old forced their way into a Howe Street home Jan. 26 and allegedly assaulted a 72-year-old man and two cousins.

Methuen Police Layoffs a ‘Debilitating Blow to Public Safety,’ Says Chief Solomon

Chief Joseph E. Solomon deemed the potential layoffs “a debilitating blow to public safety.” (Courtesy file photograph)

More than half of Methuen’s police force is expected to receive a pink slip in the coming weeks as a contentious debate over law enforcement salaries continues, Chief Joseph E. Solomon said Thursday. Over the last several months, Methuen’s superior officers’ union—one of two in the city—have disputed contract negotiations with the City Council and Mayor James P. Jajuga’s office. As a result, the police department has been stripped of an estimated $1.8 million, The Boston Globe reported. “(Thursday was) a very sad day in Methuen and a debilitating blow to public safety,” Solomon said in a statement issued on social media, confirming 50 of his officers—including three K-9 teams—could lose their jobs March 1 if funding is not restored to the police department budget. Officers impacted are expected to take part in civil service hearings next month, the Globe said, with an independent arbitrator having authority to reverse layoffs for “lack of just cause.”

According to Solomon, the department’s patrol division would be the hardest hit.

Police Charge Groveland Teen With Alleged Mail Theft, Car Break-In

Groveland Police said a 16-year-old will appear in court charged with alleged mail theft and motor vehicle breaking and entering. (File photograph)

A 16-year-old Groveland teen has been summonsed to Lawrence Juvenile Court to answer to charges he allegedly stole mail and broke into a car on Balch Avenue. Groveland Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen said in a statement that a resident reported their car broken into overnight Jan. 19 and alleged several items—including snow pants and Ray-Ban sunglasses—were missing. The next day, Groveland Police received a box of mail from 14 addresses across town, along with the missing snow pants and sunglasses.

Plaistow Woman Flees from Walmart Security on Her Bike Amid Shoplifting Arrest

Krista Browning attempted to evade store security on her bicycle before being apprehended by Plaistow police. (File photograph)

A 33-year-old Plaistow, N.H., woman was arrested for alleged shoplifting Tuesday after attempting to evade Walmart security staff by riding away on her bicycle, police said. Police responded to the Plaistow Road department store to find Krista Browning circling around the back of the store plaza in an effort to get away with $136 in random merchandise in her purse. “When loss prevention officers tried to stop her, she rode off on her bicycle and they followed but could not keep up,” Plaistow police spokesman Capt. Brett Morgan told WHAV. Officers ultimately located Browning behind the Staples store and her bag—with the allegedly stolen merchandise inside—was found stashed behind a dumpster.

Merrimack Valley Gas-Related Fires: How to Help Impacted Residents

Local community groups are collecting money and items to donate to affected areas. (WHAV News photograph of the Merrimack River by Jay Saulnier)

The Merrimack Valley is coming together to support neighbors in need after gas-related fires devastated areas of Andover, North Andover and Lawrence. Red Cross-sanctioned shelters were set up overnight Thursday at local schools and community centers, with dozens of first responders from across the state headed to the area to offer mutual aid to help direct traffic and keep residents safe while power remains shut off. Joseph's and Market Basket were among those helping to feed first responders across the area. WHAV 97.9 FM has compiled a list of ways to give—and receive—help if needed.

High Tech K-9s: How Area Police Dogs Use GPS to Solve Cases

Andover K-9 Grimm demonstrates the GPS collar his handler Sgt. Mick Connor uses. (Courtesy photograph)

WHAV is saluting local and state K-9 officers and their four-legged partners in a special series. Listen to the special Dog Days of Summer series Monday through Friday, at 97.9 WHAV FM. The special series is sponsored by the Law Offices of Joseph C. Edwards, Neptune Uniforms, Quinn’s Canine Café and Riverside Veterinary Clinic.

State Police K-9 Tracks Fleeing Suspect in Methuen Car Crash Leading to Arrest

State Police K-9 Devaney tracked a suspect involved in a two-car Methuen crash, apprehending the person after a chase into the woods off Route 213. (Courtesy photograph)

Canine cop to the rescue! Massachusetts State Police K-9 Devaney was dispatched to Methuen over the weekend to assist with a suspect who fled the scene of a two-car crash on Route 213, with the German shepherd and his human partner, Trooper Chris Thurlow, arresting the suspect after a foot chase. Andover-based Trooper Alex Vath attempted to pull over a driver on Route 213 just before 7 p.m. on August 5, briefly pursuing the vehicle after it failed to stop. Terminating his pursuit for safety reasons, Vath was later dispatched to a two-car crash scene to assist Methuen Police.