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New Hampshire

May 2, 2014

Underage parties a spring ritual in New Hampshire

Londonderry police charge 20 with alcohol offenses


Police found more than 12 vehicles parked in the cul-de-sac. One officer stopped a “suspicious” vehicle in the area and learned the underage people in the car were looking for a house where a party was taking place.

Police went to the house and knocked on the door. Some of the windows were covered with sheets, police said, but they could see cases of beer and bottles of liquor through a glass door. Officer also saw two young men, who they believed to be under age 21, run from view. When police knocked on the front door, they heard another door open and “rustling” sounds from the woods, Detective Christopher Olson said.

At that point, a car pulled into the driveway and the driver told police his daughter had called him and said people at the house were refusing to let her leave.

Police then used a bullhorn to ask someone to come to the door, Olson said.

Nicholas Beaton — and the girl who had called her father — came to the door. beaton told police it was his home and his parents were away.

Inside, police found “large amounts of alcohol” and a lot of underage kids.

Beaton and 19 others, ranging in age from 15 to 20, were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of alcohol and intoxication. Several cars were towed from the area, some of which may belong to people who ran when police arrived, Olson said. Charges could result against those individuals, he said.

It’s a scene state drug and alcohol officials hope isn’t’ repeated too many times in the weeks ahead.

“It’s a big problem and a very dangerous situation,” Morgan said. “A lot of car accidents result from young people who are inexperienced drivers who use alcohol.”




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