Londonderry brush fire extinguished quickly

LONDONDERRY | A brush fire on Old Nashua Road burned a small section of woods Thursday before firefighters got it under control.

The call came in at 7:21 p.m., while two Londonderry fire trucks were helping to fight a large house fire in Windham.

An area 200 feet by 300 feet was scorched, Capt. Douglas Cardwell said. The brush fire was put out in about an hour. The cause is unknown.

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Man, horse bitten by dog in Derry

DERRY | A man was bitten by a loose dog while horseback riding last week.

A husband and wife were riding horses in the railroad track bed near Bowers Road on May 8 when they were approached by a large black dog, police Capt. Vern Thomas said. The dog was wearing a conical anti-itch collar, but that did not stop it from jumping at the riders and chasing them.

The animal bit the man several times, its teeth sinking through his leather boot at least once and puncturing his calf, Thomas said. The man was thrown from his mount when the dog jumped and bit the horse.

He was taken to Parkland Medical Center for treatment of the wound, Thomas said.

Thomas said police are working to track down the dog's owner. He said the owner could face charges because town statutes require dogs to be under the control of their owner at all times.

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Police: Derry grass fire was set

DERRY | Police believe an afternoon grass fire last week was set by children playing outside.

The fire started around 3 p.m. on May 8 on Fairway Drive, a day that extreme fire danger warnings were posted statewide. A witness saw two or three juveniles in the area playing with fire, police Capt. Vern Thomas said.

Police said they have several leads and will investigate the incident. "It's a dangerous thing for anybody to be playing with fire in an apartment complex," Thomas said.

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Manchester man indicted on drug, gun charges

LONDONDERRY | A grand jury has indicted a felon on several charges, including possession with intent to distribute heroin, for which he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if found guilty.

The Rockingham County Superior Court grand jury also indicted Robert O'Rourke on a count of possession with intent to sell cocaine and for being a felon in possession of a gun.

Londonderry police found O'Rourke, 51, formerly of Manchester and currently being held at Rockingham County jail, in possession of 9 mm pistol on Sept. 24, during a search of his box truck at RMZ Sunoco at Rockingham Road.

Police also allegedly found in his possession a half-ounce or more of cocaine and five grams or more of heroin. The suspect also allegedly possessed oxycodone.

The felony charges were put before a Rockingham County Superior Court grand jury, which handed up the indictments on May 1. O'Rourke was previously convicted in 1990 of a felony, sale of a controlled drug.

The possession of cocaine with intent to sell is punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in jail. The weapon charge is punishable by a maximum of 10 to 20 years in prison. The oxycodone possession charge is punishable by a maximum of 7-1/2 to 15 years in prison.

O'Rourke will be arraigned on the indictments and scheduled for trial.

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Derry man indicted for issuing bad checks

LONDONDERRY | A Derry man was indicted May 1 on charges of issuing more than $1,000 in bad checks.

Gary Johnson, 32, of Chase Grove Road, allegedly wrote six checks to Benson Hardware between March 18 and 25 while knowing that payment would not be received, according to the indictment.

Johnson was indicted by a Rockingham County Superior Court grand jury. The felony charge is punishable by a maximum of 7-1/2 to 15 years in prison.

The case will now be scheduled for arraignment and trial.

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