On Friday, November 22, 2013, Londonderry Police, in conjunction with the United States Postal Inspection Service, arrested 21 year old Londonderry resident Kyle Pedrick after he received a package containing about two pounds of suspected marijuana.
At about 10:43 AM, police officers watched as the post office delivered the suspicious package to a residence on Anthony Drive. Within minutes, Pedrick approached the package and returned to the house with it. Officers immediately moved in to make the arrest.
A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of firearms and more than $19,000 in cash. Police also found suspected Butane Honey Oil*, as well as items suspected to be used in the manufacturing of the oil.
Pedrick was charged with two counts of Possession of Controlled/Narcotic Drugs, Possession of Controlled/Narcotic Drugs with the Intent to Distribute, and Manufacture of Controlled Drugs. He was held on $20,000 cash bail, which he was unable to post. He was arraigned this morning, November 25, 2013, in Derry District Court.
*Butane Honey Oil (BHO), also known as hash oil, dabs, shatter, or wax, is a highly concentrated clear, golden brown derivative of marijuana that resembles honey or wax. Manufacturing BHO requires the use of butane, and the recent rise in the drug’s popularity has led to many explosions.
Londonderry Police arrested a man after he drove the wrong way through the construction zone near Exit 5 and Rockingham Road. On November 4, 2013 at about 1:30 PM, detail officers in the area requested back up after stopping the vehicle.
Police tested the driver, Robert Gionet, 44 of Manchester, for sobriety and subsequently placed him under arrest. According to the police logs, Gionet was charged with Driving an Unregistered Vehicle and Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Liquor.
Gionet was held on $2,500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Derry District Court on November 18, 2013.
Last Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Londonderry Police arrested 53-year-old John Hempfield, of Lori Lane in Londonderry, after he turned in a license platen he found to the police station.
According to the police log, at 3:05 PM, Hempfield arrived at the station to turn in the plate that he reportedly found on Route 28. He was also responding to allegations of being the suspect of the illegal dumping of a washing machine on Bockman’s Trailer Park property earlier that day.
While at the station, Hempfield was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Liquor. His bail was set at $1,000 personal recognizance and he was given a November 18 court date.
On Saturday morning August 31, 2012 at 3:40 am Londonderry Fire received a phone call reporting a building fire in the area of the Flea Market at Avery Road and Nashua Road (Rt 102). Londonderry Police arrived in at about 3:45 as did Londonderry Fire Engine 2 just under 6 minutes reporting a “Extremely large bonfire at Tate Paving with no exposure.” Early in the event Londonderry Police determined it was a brush pile from the owner. Not structure was involved.
The large debris fire located on the property at 271 Nashua Road had flames 30 feet in the air. Town records indicate the property is owned by William Tate of Tate Brothers Paving. The debris pile was approximately 75 feet by 30 feet in size and 15 feet high fully involved.
A Nashua Ladder and Litchfield Tanker were dispatched at the time of the initial call. Further mutual aid was required for water supply utilizing Tankers from Hudson and Windham Fire Department along with all Londonderry Fire personnel.
Derry, Salem and Bedford Fire departments provided station coverage for the incident. It took firefighters approximately 2 hours to knock down the flames and all companies were released by 5:27am due to severe thunderstorms in the area. Londonderry Fire crews did return again at 11:35am to complete the extinguishment utilizing on duty staff. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Londonderry Fire prevention Division.
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On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 3:11 PM, the Londonderry Fire Department responded to Emerald Isle Auto Sales located at 214 Rockingham Road for a structure fire. Within minutes, the fire department arrived on the scene to find the front exterior of the building on fire extending into the interior through the windows. The area of bark mulch and shrubs in front of the building was also on fire. All occupants were out of the building.
While mutual aid was requested, Engine 1 advanced the first attack line and was able to keep the fire contained mainly to the exterior of the building. Nine minutes after the initial call, at 3:20 PM, the fire was considered under control.
There were no injuries reported from the fire. Minor fire damage was reported extending into one interior room of the building. Upon conducting an investigation, Chief of Fire Prevention Brian Johnson determined the cause of the fire to be a carelessly discarded smoking material.
On August 27, 2013 at approximately 11:09 AM, Troopers from the New Hampshire State Police, Troop B Barracks responded to a report of a three vehicle crash on Interstate 93 Northbound, just north of the Exit 1 on ramp in the town of Salem, NH. The vehicles involved were a 2000 Chrysler LHS, 2009 Chevrolet Suburban and a 2013 Freightliner tractor trailer unit.
As a result of minor injuries sustained in the crash, the drivers and passengers of both the Chrysler and Chevrolet were transported to the Parkland medical Center and Lawrence General Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The driver of the Chrysler is identified as James Palleschi from Hampton, New Hampshire, age 80. The driver of the Chevrolet was identified as Janet Seidi of Wellsley, Mass, age 49, and the driver of the freightliner was identified as Dale Edson of Swanzy, NH age 36.
Members of The New Hampshire State Police Troop B and Troops G, along with Department of Transportation personnel and members of the Salem Fire Department all assisted at the scene. Interstate 93 was reduced to one lane in this area for approximately 45 minutes during the investigation and was promptly reopened once the vehicles were removed from the scene.
Initial investigation has revealed that the tractor trailer struck the Chevrolet and then the Chrysler was hit. All vehicles were traveling northbound on Interstate 93. Alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor; however, the investigation is ongoing, and the public is strongly encourage to supply any information about the crash to Trooper Hicks at 603-672-3333.