Man charged with killing ferret

DERRY | A 44-year-old man is facing jail time for stealing his friend's ferret and throwing it out of a third-floor window, according to police.

Wilton "Rusty" French, who is now homeless, was arraigned Tuesday on misdemeanor charges for cruelty to animals and theft of lost property. According to court documents, on June 30, two women in French's apartment building found the white ferret. French took it from them, claiming it was his.

The women told him they were hoping the ferret's owner had posted a reward for finding it, according to court documents.

That same day, the ferret's owner asked French if he had the animal. He denied having it, according to court documents. Three hours after taking the ferret from the two women, he threw it out of the window, where it died on the pavement below, according to court documents.

French was arrested on Monday night and arraigned on the charges Tuesday in Derry District Court. Judge Robert A. Stephen released him on $10,000 personal recognizance bail. As part of his bail, he can't have any contact with domesticated animals. Both charges are class A misdemeanors, meaning French faces up to a year in jail on each charge. The case is scheduled for trial on Nov. 14.

-- Courtney Paquette

Derry residents arrested following underage drinking party

DERRY | Three Derry residents were arrested on Monday for taking part in an underage drinking party.

Police responded to 1 Berry Road after a parent of a teenager who had been at the party came to the police station to report the gathering. When police arrived, they took five people into custody.

The home's occupant, Johnathan Rigg, 19, was arrested and charged with hosting the party and possession of an alcoholic beverage. Steven Furtado, 18, of Derry and John Vasquez, 20, of Derry were charged with possession of an alcoholic beverage. Two other juveniles were taken into custody by police.

The three adults were released on summonses and will be arraigned on the charges on Aug. 21. The juveniles were released to their parents.

— Courtney Paquette

Derry man indicted on bank robbery charges

LONDONDERRY | A Derry man faces federal bank robbery charges after his indictment by a grand jury last week.

Neal Wright, 49, of 8B Sunnyside Lane in Derry was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Concord before Magistrate Judge James Muirhead. Wright was indicted July 25 on two counts.

The first count is for robbing Citizens Bank in Londonderry of $833 on June 22, the indictment alleges. The second is for allegedly robbing $2,000 from a TD Banknorth branch on South Willow Street in Manchester on June 23.

Wright was previously charged with those crimes in state courts and with robbing a TD Banknorth branch in Methuen, Mass., on June 25. But since bank robbery is a federal offense, suspects are often prosecuted in federal court.

Wright, a Haverhill, Mass. native, has a criminal record dating back to 1980. His record includes charges of assault, armed robbery, receiving stolen property, escape and the unlawful obtaining of a controlled substance.

He is being held at the Valley Street jail in Manchester.

—Terry Date

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