Police Make Arrests in Unrelated Teen Drinking Parties

Derry Police dealt with two unrelated teen drinking parties this past weekend.

The first occurred on Sunday, according to Derry police logs.

Derry Police Capt. Vern Thomas said an officer on patrol near 22 Manchester Road discovered the first infraction when he noticed four parked cars. “He knew the area and he knew these cars didn’t belong there,” Thomas said. The officer made contact with the driver and passengers, and learned that several were under the legal age for drinking or in possession of a controlled/ narcotic drug.

Arrested were the following:

Michael J. Bellmore, 18, of 29 Montgomery Farm Road, Derry. He was charged with possession of a controlled/narcotic drug. He was released on a summons, with a court date of April 17.

Tyler J. Prendergast, 18, of 19 Steven Ave., Derry. He was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol. He was released on a summons, with a court date of April 17.

Brendan Barlow, 17, of 13 North Main St., Apt. B, Derry. He was charged with facilitating an underage drinking party. He was released on a summons, with a court date of April 17.

Another underage drinking party occurred the same night in an apartment at The Fairways. Thomas said, “At 1:18 a.m. police received a report of a large and disorderly party at The Fairways.”

The officers entering the building observed one male, Connor Wishart of Londonderry, returning to the second floor from the third and urinating in the hallway. He was placed under arrest, Thomas said, and upon searching his person police discovered a white powder consistent with the appearance of cocaine. A search of Wishart’s backpack revealed a pipe and a grinder containing a green vegetative matter consistent with the odor and appearance of marijuana, Thomas said.

Wishart, 20, of 7 Gordon Drive, Londonderry, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled drug, felony; possession of a controlled drug, misdemeanor; and public urination. Bail was set at $5,000 cash and he was taken to the Rockingham County House of Correction in Brentwood, from which he was arraigned by video Monday.

Upon continuing to the site of the party, police discovered that no one 21 or older was at the party, Thomas said, and that alcohol was present. Both Bryan Bartlett and David Bennett appeared to be impaired by alcohol, Thomas said.

In addition to Wishart, the following people were arrested:

Samantha Norton, 19, of 12 Fairway Drive #38, Derry, charged with facilitating an underage drinking party. She was released on a summons, with a court date of April 17.

Bryan Bartlett, 20, of 92 East Broadway, Salem, charged with unlawful possession of alcohol. He was released on a summons to a sober person, with a court date of April 17.

David Bennett, 19, of 325 Main St., Hampstead, charged with unlawful possession of alcohol. He remained with police until he was sober, Thomas said, and was then released on a summons, with a court date of April 17.

Thomas said the two incidents were unrelated.

He reminded residents that facilitating underage drinking is a Class A misdemeanor, according to RSA 6:44:18, and is punishable by a $2,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

 “In addition,” Thomas said, “there could be liability in a civil suit, if someone gets in an accident or otherwise harms someone else.”