Derry man pleads guilty to tattooing minors

DERRY | A Derry man pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally tattooing several teenagers.

Billy Palermo, 29, of 12L Rebecca Lane was facing misdemeanor charges for tattooing the teens without a license and doing so illegally because they are minors. He was arraigned on those charges Tuesday in Derry District Court.

He tattooed a 15-year-old and 16-year-old boy, as well as a 13-year-old and 16-year-old girl, between March and May, police said.

It is illegal to tattoo anyone in New Hampshire without a license. It is also illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18. Police said the teenagers were fine and did not suffer any health problems as a result of the tattoos.

Police were led to Palermo when the mother of the 13-year-old girl went to the police station in March and said he had tattooed her daughter's hip. The girl led police to a 16-year-old girl whose chest he allegedly tattooed, and eventually to the 15-year-old and 16-year-old boys, whose arms were tattooed. Police would not say how the teens knew Palermo.

Derry District Court Judge Robert A. Stephen placed three of the complaints for practicing body tattooing without a license on file without a finding.

He issued a deferred sentence of one year for four of the complaints | two for tattooing without a license and two for body art on minors prohibited. That means Palermo's case will be reheard on June 26, 2008, and a judge will decide then whether the sentence should be imposed.

| Courtney Paquette

Off-duty cop helps catch burglary suspect

DERRY | An off-duty Derry police officer helped catch a Lawrence, Mass., man who police said had just broken into a home and was running away.

Derry police Capt. George Feole heard over his radio the description of a man who officers were looking for in connection with a break-in on Chase's Grove Road on Sunday.

The man, who police later identified as Ryan Wilkinson, 20, of Brookfield Street, had entered the home around 6:55 p.m. A person who was watching the home while its owner was away reported that drawers had been ransacked. Jewelry was missing as well, according to court documents.

The woman saw the man enter the home and gave police a description.

Feole, who had his radio on even though he wasn't working, spotted a man fitting that description at the ExxonMobil gas station on Island Pond Road and alerted on-duty officers.

Police found Wilkinson at the gas station and charged him with burglary, a class B felony, and criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor. Police said Wilkinson defaced a mirror in the Chase's Grove Road home.

Wilkinson was arraigned Monday in Derry District Court. Judge Robert Stephen ordered him held on $5,000 bail. He remains in Rockingham County Jail and will return to court for a probable cause hearing on July 25 at 12:45 p.m.

| Courtney Paquette

Londonderry man charged with stealing from employer

LONDONDERRY | Police arrested a Sears employee on theft charges on July 11 after he allegedly stole gift cards and cash from the store over several months.

Leonard Hart, 17, of Happ Avenue in Derry turned himself in to police on an arrest warrant and was released on $3,000 personal recognizance bail.

On July 2, Londonderry police responded to a call from the store's loss prevention manager. The manager told police he had noticed a high number of "no sales" register activity when Hart's cashier number was logged on to the register, which allows the cashier to open the cash drawer, according to a police affidavit.

During the no sales times, a total of $724 in cash and $874 in gift cards was discovered missing, the affidavit states. They were taken in increments ranging from $10 to $283.

Police secured a warrant for Hart's arrest. In a statement to the store's loss prevention officer, Hart said he took the money because he was saving up to buy a vehicle, the affidavit states.

He is scheduled to answer to the charges in Derry District Court on July 31.

| Terry Date

Londonderry woman faces stalking charge

LONDONDERRY | A Londonderry woman is scheduled to appear in court next month to answer to a stalking complaint filed by a Concord teenager.

Patricia Hardman, 42, made repeated calls to the 18-year-old girl's cell phone over several months while she was a teacher at Concord High School, according to a petition filed by the teen, who was a student at the school. Hardman continued calling the girl's phone during school hours and even after her mother had told Hardman to stop calling, according to the court documents.

The teenager filed a temporary restraining order June 15, and a judge will decide Aug. 3 in Concord District Court whether the temporary order against Hardman will stay in effect, according to the court's clerk, Elaine Lessles. The court order prohibits Hardman from having any contact with the student.

Steven Sacks, the lawyer for the New Hampshire chapter of the National Education Association, will represent Hardman, according to the documents.

Hardman could not be reached for comment at her home on Seasons Lane.

| Eric Parry

Derry woman charged with writing bad checks

DERRY | A 21-year-old local woman faces felony charges for writing bad checks to buy nearly $1,000 in goods at Brooks Pharmacy, police said.

Lillian Gaffney of Elm Street was arrested on July 9 on a warrant for theft by deception. She spent nearly $1,000 on makeup and cigarettes at Brooks over a week and a half, using checks that did not clear, police said.

The offense is a felony due to the amount of money spent, police said.

Gaffney was charged with a class B felony. If convicted, she faces three and a half to seven years in prison. She was released on $1,000 cash bail and is to be arraigned July 31 in Derry District Court.

| Courtney Paquette

Manchester man arrested for threatening co-worker, police

LONDONDERRY | A local food store worker was arrested last week after he allegedly threatened to shoot a fellow employee and two local police officers.

John Brady, 27, of Massabesic Street in Manchester was picked up by Manchester police on July 9 on a warrant sworn out by Londonderry police and arraigned in Salem District Court on three counts of criminal threatening, said Londonderry police Capt. Bill Hart.

Police on July 8 investigated a report that Brady had threatened to shoot a co-worker at Tedeschi Food Shop and Londonderry police officers Randy Dyer and Matthew Laquerre, Hart said.

Police learned through their investigation that Brady carries a concealed weapon on his person or, while at work, in his vehicle, Hart said. Brady is licensed to carry a gun in Manchester, police said.

Police had no comment when asked why the suspect allegedly made the threats.

Brady was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail at his arraignment and is scheduled to answer to the charges in Derry District Court on July 30, Londonderry police prosecutor Kevin Coyle said.

Police have learned to take threats seriously considering the frequency of violent acts throughout the nation, Hart said.

"Human interaction is filled with angry boasts," Hart said. "Unfortunately, specific threats have to be taken very seriously to make sure people are safe."

Brady was arraigned in Salem District Court because a medical condition made the trip to Derry District Court less suitable, Hart said.

| Terry Date

Manchester woman arrested for spitting in officer's face

LONDONDERRY | Police arrested a Manchester woman on a warrant on July 4 for spitting in an officer's face as he took her into protective custody in May.

Jennie Beaupre, 46, of Douglas Street was charged with simple assault and released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail. She is scheduled to answer to the charge on July 24 in Derry District Court.

The charge stems from an incident on May 5. Shortly before 9 a.m. that day, police officer Mark Page was dispatched to a parking lot outside the Personal Touch business at the intersection of routes 128 and 28 to check on the welfare of a woman, according to a police affidavit. At the scene, Beaupre was intoxicated and yelling, the affidavit states.

Page handcuffed Beaupre and was placing her in the back of the cruiser when she spit at him, the affidavit states.

Manchester police encountered Beaupre during a motor vehicle stop on Wednesday and, noting the warrant for her arrest, transported her to the Londonderry Police Station.

| Terry Date

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