Town administrator charged with indecent exposure
The downfall of Derry's top leader in the wake of indecent exposure charges emerged as one of Southern Hampshire's top 10 stories of the year.
It began in July when Town Administrator John Anderson was placed on paid administrative leave with no explanation given by town councilors.
It was eventually revealed that Anderson, 50, town administrator for three years, was arrested by state police on two counts of indecent exposure and lewdness.
Anderson was charged with exposing himself to a satellite TV salesman who came to the door of his home. The town administrator, who was naked, was accused of masturbating in front of the salesman and asking him to to take off his clothes and allegedly told the salesman it was a "nudist" household, according to a police affidavit.
The Town Council voted the next day to place Anderson on leave and dismissed him without cause three months later, opting not to renew his contract once it expired Oct. 31. Larry Budreau, Derry's human resources director and assistant town administrator, has filled in.
Anderson was to go on trial Dec. 13, but a scheduling conflict caused it to be postponed until February.
Teen commits suicide with chief's gun
A Timberlane Regional High School freshman shot and killed himself with Danville police Chief Wade Parson's service revolver on March 11.
The boy, Jacob Carver, 15, was the son of Parson's girlfriend.
Parsons was charged with negligent storage of a firearm for failing to secure his loaded handgun before leaving the house to run errands.
Parsons has pleaded not guilty, contending he is not responsible for the teen's death. If convicted, he could face a fine of up to $1,000, but no jail time.
In October, Judge Michael Sullivan requested that Assistant County Attorney Terri Harrington provide additional information on how a state firearms law has been applied in similar cases.