DERRY — Three Derry teens face drug charges after one of them asked police for help getting into a hotel room. Police say officers were at the Econo Lodge in Manchester on an unrelated matter Sunday when 18-year-old Shaun Cooper told police he had difficulty getting into his room at the hotel. When police accompanied him to the room, they found a 30-pack of beer in the hallway, along with a marijuana pipe and other drug paraphernalia. Cooper was charged with illegal drug and alcohol possession. Kyle Dennis, 18, was charged with resisting arrest and drug possession and Hannah Pelletier, also 18, was charged with drug possession after police found cocaine in her purse.
Londonderry man charged with casing cars
DANVERS, Mass. — Two men pleaded not guilty in Salem, Mass. District Court on Jan. 27 after a patrolman said he spotted them in the Sheraton Ferncroft Resort parking lot on Jan. 26 peering into vehicles' windows with a flashlight. Peter Parsons, 44, of 16 Union Court, Lynn, Mass., and William Webb, 30, of 6 Gary Drive, Londonderry, were both arraigned on charges of possession of Class E and Class C drugs for which they did not have a prescription and the possession of burglarious tools: a flashlight, screwdrivers and gloves. In addition to the tools, police found 462 pills in the men's possession. Webb was freed on $500 bail, and Parsons was held on $1,000 bail.
Derry man dies after car crash
A Derry man has died of injuries suffered in a car crash on Jan. 17.
James Kalabakas, 44, died Saturday, Jan. 31 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He was a passenger in a car driven by Lester Emery, 20, of Derry, when the single-car crash occurred on Pingree Hill Road. Emery appeared in Derry District Court on Jan. 20 answering to two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated.
Another passenger, Joseph O'Hara, was also injured in the crash.
Gun arrest leads to marijuana charge
LONDONDERRY — Officers who went to seize guns at the home of Michael Keller, 37, of Olde Country Village Road, ended up charging him with drug possession when they found a pipe stuffed with marijuana.
Keller turned himself in Jan. 26 to be booked on a charge of possession of a controlled drug. Londonderry police said Keller may face an additional federal charge of possession of a shotgun. Police said the gun was illegal by federal standards because the barrel was 17.5 inches long. They referred the case to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Keller had initially been arrested on Dec. 15, as a result of an emergency restraining order. While he was being booked, Keller acknowledged he owned firearms which were being kept in his bedroom. Two police officers went to his bedroom and found a marijuana pipe sitting on top of a toolbox, according to a police affidavit. Keller was released on bail and is due in Derry District Court on Feb. 17.