Couple arrested for renting, and keeping, games

DERRY | Two people were arrested for renting hundreds of dollars worth of video games from a local store, giving fake addresses and then never returning the games, police said.

Police said other local departments are investigating a similar scheme at other stores involving the same couple.

Police said Andre Thomas, 38, of Rye and Jennifer Eldredge, 30, of Exeter gave addresses on High Street in Londonderry | a street that doesn't exist | when they applied for memberships at the Movie Scene in Derry. Thomas rented six games valued at $269 and Eldredge rented five games valued at $258. Neither returned the games.

Police got warrants for their arrests and found such popular games as "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent" and "Tony Hawk's Project 8" in their homes.

Both are charged with misdemeanors for theft by deception. Both were arraigned in Derry District Court earlier this week. Eldredge was released on $5,000 personal recognizance. Thomas remains in Rockingham County Jail. | Courtney Paquette



LONDONDERRY | Police say they are following strong leads related to a break-in at a Rockingham Road motorcycle sales and parts shop.

A window was smashed, the alarm ripped off the wall and numerous items were stolen from Thomason Performance at 61 Rockingham Road, according to police. The company reported the burglary Tuesday morning.

Londonderry police Capt. Bill Hart said yesterday the incident took place in the overnight hours before the burglary report. Hart said the incident may be related to a similar one that took place recently in a nearby town.

Police, citing an on-going investigation, are not releasing information on any stolen items. | Terry Date



Man charged with drunken driving in I-93 crash

LONDONDERRY | An accident in which a man was charged with drunken driving shut down an Interstate 93 exit ramp for more than an hour Sunday.

William Mcknight, 36, of Litchfield was driving on the Exit 4 ramp about 1:45 p.m. when his sport utility vehicle collided with a pickup and overturned, according to state police, who responded to the accident along with Londonderry police.

As Mcknight was exiting, he cut off Ty Terry, 35, of Derry, who was driving a Dodge Ram truck, state police said. Terry's truck was damaged, but he was not injured.

State police received a call reporting a possible drunken driver shortly before the accident. Londonderry police determined that Mcknight's white Ford Explorer was the same vehicle that had been reported earlier, state police said.

Mcknight was taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry with minor injuries. He was released from the hospital and held at the Rockingham House of Corrections in Brentwood.

Speed and alcohol were factors in the accident, state police said. The ramp was closed for an hour and a half. | Cyra Master



Woman arrested for buying kids alcohol

DERRY | A Derry woman was arrested April 6 after buying alcohol for teenagers, then trying to return it because they wanted something different, police said.

Christine MacDonald, 48, of Tobacco Road, was charged with a misdemeanor for prohibited sales. Police said she bought alcohol at the Mobile station near the traffic circle. When she tried to return it a few minutes later and said "they" wanted something different, police said the clerk became suspicious. He asked for identification from two teens in the car parked outside. When they couldn't produce it, the clerk called police.

MacDonald was released on a summons and will be arraigned in Derry District Court on April 24. | Courtney Paquette

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