Two Drug or Alcohol Related Arrests by Londonderry Police this Week

Londonderry Police were involved in two notable arrests this past week, both involving drugs or alcohol. Both arrested were woman from Manchester, New Hampshire.

On Thurday, November 13, 2014, Londonderry Police stopped a vehicle at 3:52 PM on the Exit 4 northbound on ramp and made contact with the driver. Melissa Murray, 37, was subsequently arrested. She was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Liquor, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Controlled/Narcotic Drugs, Possession of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle, Open Container of Alcohol, and Failure to Obey Inspection Requirements. Murray was held on $5,000 cash bail.

The second arrest occurred on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:47 AM when Londonderry police served a warrant in Manchester. Alyssa Ramalho, 24, was arrested and charged with two counts of Possession of Controlled/Narcotic Drugs, two counts of Possession of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Burglary Tools, Felon in Possession of Dangerous Weapon, and three counts of Receiving Stolen Property. Ramalho was held on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and will appear in court on December 29, 2014.


Londonderry Firefighter Organization Releases Second Newsletter

The Professional Firefighters of Londonderry have released the second issue of the Londonderry Ladder Pipe News, a newsletter dedicated to providing information on the latest happenings with Londonderry’s Fire Department. The newsletter features information on upcoming and ongoing fundraisers, approaching events, service and emergency calls in and around Londonderry, staff recognitions and much more.

September’s newsletter includes information about Operation Warm, a fundraiser currently underway that provides winter coats to children in need; images and information about the recent emergency drill at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport; “Equipment Corner”, which highlights and explains a piece of equipment used by the fire department; a list of recent employee achievements; and information on some of the biggest in-town and mutual aid calls.

In addition to the newsletter, the Professional Firefighters of Londonderry has a Facebook page that is used for upcoming events, fundraisers, and other announcements.

Londonderry Ladder Pipe News is available online through the Professional Firefighters of Londonderry website and on their Facebook page.


Londonderry Police Issue Warning About Mass Mailing from Home Serve USA

The Londonderry Police would like to make the citizens of Londonderry aware of a mass mailing that recently went out from a company identifying themselves as Home Serve USA. The purpose of the letter that the company has mailed is to make homeowners aware of their exterior water service line and insurance available for it through them.

Home Serve USA purports that a portion of the service line is not covered by most home owners insurance and could result in extensive cost to the home owner should the service line need repair. The company is not a public service or utility, but rather a private company. The letter can be misleading and may appear to be from a public service. A search of the Better Business Bureau has shown that Home Serve USA has had 314 complaints against them, 98 of which were due to “advertising sales issues.” Also, the Better Business Bureau has reached “an assurance of discontinuance” with the company in Massachusetts.

A report from the Better Business Bureau states that they are unsure of the insurance coverage regarding the service line. If anyone is concerned, you are urged to contact your home owners insurance prior to making any payment to any company offering insurance for the exterior water service line. Also, online research and reading the “fine print” is always a good way to ensure you are engaging in business with a reputable company.


Londonderry Battalion Fire Chief Arrested for Harrassment

A correction has been made to the title.  It was not the Londonderry Fire Chief but a Battalion Chief.  A Londonderry Battalion chief was arrested for harassment this past week. Union Leader correspondent April Guilment covered this story and an excerpt from the story is published below with permission from the Union Leader.

Battalion fire chief placed on administrative leave following arrest

Union Leader Correspondent

LONDONDERRY — The battalion chief for the Londonderry Fire Department has been placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest earlier this week. Police said Douglas Cardwell made at least 60 harassing phone calls to his girlfriend’s former husband.

Cardwell, an employee of the local fire department for nearly 30 years, is expected to remain on leave “pending further investigation,” Fire Chief Darren O’Brien said on Thursday.

The 48-year-old was arrested on a warrant at his home on Tuesday afternoon and was charged with four counts of harassment.

To read the rest of the story please click here to go to the Union Leader website.


New Software Connects Educators and Police in Londonderry

New software launched this past Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in all six of Londonderry public schools as well as fourteen Londonderry Police cruisers. The software, called CopSync911, creates a direct line of communications between educators and first responders. NECN covers the complete story in the video below.


Top Ten Fall Favorites in Londonderry!

With the arrival of fall, the weather may begin to cool but Londonderry begins to heat up! While there’s not much time before the cold takes over, there’s still plenty to do and many people to do it with! Here’s our favorite top ten things to do here in Londonderry during the fall. But hurry, some will be gone before you know it!

1. Pick a pumpkin. Visit one of Londonderry’s four farms to find the biggest, orangest, fanciest, or funniest pumpkin you can imagine. Take it home, carve it, paint it, bake it, roast the seeds, or display it as is, the choice is yours!

2. Traverse a trail. With miles of trails in Londonderry, fall is one of the most beautiful times to hike, bike, walk or run. Surrounded by the ever-changing leaves, take a moment to enjoy the view and crisp, fall air. Trail locations include the Musquash Conservation Area, Kendall Pond, and Adams Pond.

3. Have a haunted time. Each year, the Londonderry High School Drama Club hosts the Haunted Woods, a ghoulish time for all ages. Typically held at the high school ropes courts for three nights the week before Halloween, the Haunted Woods is a perfect chance to dress in costume and get the “willies”.

4. Appreciate the arts. The Londonderry Arts Council hosts their fall Art in Action at numerous locations during early November. Watch as artists sculpt, paint, sketch, and more during this semi-annual event.

5. Maneuver a maze. Get lost in a dozen-plus acre corn maze at Elwood Orchards. Blind alleys, dead ends and endless loops will keep you guessing for hours with family and friends. Come during the day or grab a flashlight and hit the maze at night during the month of October!

6. Pluck a peck. With acres upon acres of apple trees, four Londonderry farms are the perfect place to grab your favorite apples. Snack while you pick and take home a peck or two; there’s nothing better than apple pie, caramel apples, and other delicious treats made from locally grown apples!

7. Bat, bounce, or boot a ball. From soccer and basketball, to baseball and football, there’s a number of fall ball activities going on in Londonderry! Whether you join a rec team or grab a group of friends, Londonderry has plenty of fields and courts to play on.

8. Frolic through the foliage. Londonderry is home to one of the area’s best scenic byways. Called Apple Way by locals, the drive takes visitors past apple orchards, fields, historic landmarks, old farmhouses, and more. And what a fantastic time to take the drive, when the leaves have changed their brilliant colors and the farms are alive with the hustle and bustle of fall.

9. Trick or Treat with the terrifying. Held each year, RE/MAX 1st Choice hosts their Trick or Treat on Main Street. This wonderful event allows little ones looking for some extra or safer trick or treating times to visit local businesses and gather treats.

10. Study fire safety. Each October, the Londonderry Fire Department Central Station invites children and adults of all ages to attend the Fire Station Open House. The event provides opportunity to learn more about fire safety, experience a “smoke room”, shoot a real fire hose, and meet firemen.