Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? To Make a Political Statement.

The man in the chicken suit was arrested during this year's Old Home Day Parade. Photo credit: Jamie Reynolds.

A man in a chicken suit was arrested for disorderly conduct at this year’s Londonderry Old Home Day Parade on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Reports indicate that the man, 23-year-old Michael Zona, was trying to send a political message by following Senator Jeanne Shaheen along the parade route. It was reported that he was trying to send the message that Shaheen was “too chicken to hold town meetings.”

Kathy Wagner, Chair of the Old Home Day Committee, states that she, along with several others, saw the chicken at the start of the parade route. He was told to leave and his sign was taken away by Rick Mansfield, the parade Chairman, Wagner states. “We then saw the chicken run off and thought it was gone. About 10 minutes later, Rick got a call that the chicken was back in the parade near Senator Shaheen.”

Zona was seen carrying this sign, which Old Home Day organizers were able to take away from him, before the start of the parade.

Zona, who acts as the Operations Coordinator for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, was seen later as the parade approached the high school. Steve Young, School Board Member, saw him running up the pathway while he was in the parade. “We were three or four units behind the Senator. He ran across the road from the fire house side in front of Dan Lekas another School Board Member and I, Dan made a joke about ‘now we know why the chicken crossed the road, to get to the other side of the parade,’” said Young.

Police reported they received several complaints of a man in a chicken suit running in and out of the parade route in the area of the Governor and Senator Shaheen. Zona was warned multiple times to stay out of the parade before he was apprehended. He was escorted from the parade route and was ultimately handcuffed. Wagner added, “The police did a really nice job because I think most of the people watching the parade didn’t even know what was happening, they did it so discretely.”

Zona was charged with the misdemeanor of disorderly conduct, was released on a hand summons, and will appear in court in September. But he still defends his actions. “I believe that Senator Jeanne Shaheen should be holding town halls and I have a First Amendment right to express that point of view,” he was quoted as saying. “I wasn’t bothering anyone. I wasn’t disturbing anyone. In fact, I got a good deal of encouragement from people along the parade route.”

Be sure to listen to the audio clip below of the arrest! Please note, the clip has been edited to remove dead air and unrelated police calls.

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Londonderry Police Log

Police Logs for 7/20/2014-6/27/2014

On Sunday, July 27th, two arrests were made after a motor vehicle stop in Londonderry. Zachary Terrell of Windham was arrested by Londonderry Police and charged with driving after revocation or suspension, open container of alcohol, possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, aggravated driving while intoxicated, disobeying an officer, and equipment violations. The 24 year old’s bail was set at $2,500 pr and also the $40.00 bail commissioner’s fee. He is now scheduled to be arraigned in Derry District Court on August 11th.

Shaun Cooper of Derry was the passenger in the vehicle. The 24 year old was charged with possession of  controlled/narcotic drugs and an open container of alcohol as well. His bail was set at $1,000 pr plus the $40.00 bail commissioner’s fee. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Derry District Court on August 25, 2014.

 

 

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Arrests Made at DWI Check Point in Londonderry this Past Weekend

During the hours of 9:00pm, Friday, July 18th through 3:00am, Saturday, July 19th, New Hampshire State Troopers from Troop B in Bedford and officers of the Londonderry Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Route 102 in Londonderry.

The checkpoint was authorized by an order of the Rockingham Superior Court and conducted under guidelines promulgated by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

A total of 218 vehicles and operators were screened. Numerous warnings, and one summons for child restraint was issued.

Five people were arrested including:

  • Kaylei Judkins, age 23, of Derry, NH was arrested on warrants.
  • Courtney Jewett, age 24, of Manchester, NH was arrested for felony Possession of a controlled drug.
  • George Theberg, age 37, of Manchester, NH was arrested for felony Possession of a controlled drug.
  • Jose Valentin, age 28, of Derry, NH was arrested for misdemeanor possession of a controlled drug.

One juvenile was also arrested for Minor in possession of alcohol.

New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn and Londonderry Police Chief William Hart and the officers of their departments consider the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers to be a top priority. They will continue to collaborate and utilize sobriety checkpoints and other means to deter, detect and remove impaired drivers from New Hampshire’s roadways.

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Londonderry Police Logs

Police Logs for 5/18/2014-5/24/2014

Monday, May 19th, Shane Hirth from Nashua, NH was arrested by Londonderry Police. A male caller was reporting two males were in the parking lot of Aeroflex, arguing. Hirth, 24, had a firearm and was threatening to shoot the other male subject. The male subject ran into the business saying Hirth was threatening to shoot him. The caller stated the male subject knew one of the employees there and when he entered the building he pulled the fire alarm. No one was hurt. The 24 year old was charged with resisting arrest or detention. Shane’s bail was set at $10,500 and went to court on May 20th in Derry.

 

Dorie Dimarca from Derry was arrested on Thursday May 20th after a motor vehicle accident. There were no injuries, however the 57 year old was taken in by Londonderry Police after being charged for suspended registration and driving after revocation or suspension. Her bail was set at $2,000 and has a court date of June 16th in Derry.

 

 

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Londonderry Police Log

Police Logs for 5/11/2014-5/17/2014

Several arrests were made here in Londonderry last week. Below are a few notable.

Thursday, May 15, Londonderry Police got a call about a shoplifting incident at Market Basket and arrested 2 individuals. Sheree Shattuck of Greenville, NH was arrested. The 34 year old was held at $3,000 bail and has a court date of June 16, 2014 in the 10th Circuit Court in Derry, NH.

Benjamin Wylie was also arrested on the same charge, receiving stolen property. The 26 year old was held at $5,000 cash and had a court date of May 19th in the 10th Circuit Court in Derry, NH.

On Friday, May 16, David Gauthier of Derry, NH was served with a warrant  for receiving stolen property. The 26 year old’s bail was set at $4,000 PR plus the $40.00 bail commissioner’s fee. He is now scheduled to be arraigned in Derry District Court on June 16, 2014.

 

 

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Londonderry Police Logs & Arrests 4/20/2014-4/26/2014

Police Logs for 4/20/2014-4/26/2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, Shawn Roberts was arrest after a motor vehicle stop. The 27 year old was charged for driving after revocation or suspension of license. His bail was set at $3000 cash with a court date of May 19th in the 10th Circuit Court in Derry.

 

On Sunday, April 20th, Eric Johnson was arrested after a motor vehicle stop for driving with a revocation or suspension of license. The 24 year old’s bail was set at $2500 PR with a court date of May 22nd in the 10th Circuit Court in Derry, NH.

 

 

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