Londonderry man faces drug charges

LONDONDERRY | A local 20-year-old is facing marijuana possession and sales charges following his arrest on May 2 on a warrant.

David Melnick of Mayflower Drive turned himself in to Londonderry police after they searched his vehicle and found four wrapped baggies of marijuana, according to a police affidavit. He was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to answer the charges May 22 in Derry District Court.

On Feb. 1, police stopped Melnick in traffic. The officer smelled marijuana in Melnick's vehicle and requested the department's drug-sniffing dog, Zip, who indicated the presence of drugs in the car.

Police got a search warrant and found the baggies in the center console area. In a Feb. 3 interview with police, Melnick said he had planned to sell small quantities of the drug.

| Terry Date

Man arrested on drug possession charge in Chester

CHESTER | Police arrested a 29-year-old North Carolina man for possession of drugs on May 1 after he was stopped for driving over the speed limit.

Jesse Singer of Wendell, N.C., was pulled over in a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe he was driving at a speed near 100 miles per hour on Chester Street at 1:30 p.m. on May 1, according to Chester police Chief Al Wagner.

The officer who pulled Singer over said he detected a strong odor of marijuana and found a small amount of the illegal substance in the center console of the vehicle, Wagner said.

Singer is being charged with driving with an open container of alcohol, possession of controlled drugs, and possession of drugs in a motor vehicle, Wagner said.

He is scheduled to appear in Derry District Court on May 24.

| Eric Parry

Derry man hurt in motorcycle crash

WINDHAM | A motorcycle accident on Rockingham Road on Thursday night sent a Derry man to the hospital with leg injuries.

Douglas Muti was traveling north just before 8 p.m. when his Yamaha YZF 600 motorcycle veered off the road, said police Sgt. Glenn Record. The 26-year-old crashed into a thicket of trees near 184 Rockingham Road and was thrown from the bike.

Muti injured a leg and suffered scrapes, Record said. He was wearing a helmet when the crash occurred. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Muti was transported to Parkland Medical Center in Derry where he was in stable condition Thursday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Although the accident is still under investigation, Record said speed is believed to have been a factor.

| Cyra Master

Two injured in Derry crash

DERRY | A head-on crash sent two people to the hospital Sunday night.

A car and a pickup collided about 8 p.m. near 306 Island Pond Road, fire Lt. Rick Fisher said. The truck's two occupants, a man and a woman, were taken by ambulance to Parkland Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, Fisher said.

Police would not release their names Sunday. The other driver refused treatment at the accident scene, Fisher said.

Chris Campbell, a friend of the two people in the pickup, witnessed the crash. He and his friends were on their way home from fishing.

Campbell said he pulled into his driveway on Island Pond Road and his friends in the pickup were right behind him. "They were getting ready to turn," he said.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage. The front of the pickup was smashed in and debris littered the roadway.

Hugo Constantino was visiting his sister a few houses down when the crash occurred.

"We just heard it and ran over here and called the cops," Constantino said. "It was loud, like a big boom."

The accident's cause was still unknown on Sunday night, Fisher said.

| Cyra Master

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