RMHS Alumnus at UNH Arrested in Drug Raid

David Fitzpatrick charged with selling controlled substances.

Another Reading alumnus has been arrested on drug charges after police raided a University of New Hampshire fraternity house in Durham, N.H. on Sunday.

David E. Fitzpatrick was one of 11 brothers arrested as a result of the raid, and one of eight faced with drug charges, according to Seacoast Online.

Police charged him with sale of a controlled substance, the site reported. Other brothers were charged with drug possession, distribution and conspiracy to sell drugs. One brother was also charged with possession of a fake identification card.

UNH Police Executive Director Paul Dean told the news organization that the raid followed a year-long undercover investigation that started with reports to his department.

Officers “confiscated a variety of narcotics, including marijuana, prescriptions and dugs that need to be tested before their identity can be confirmed,” Dean told the Manchester Union Leader.

UNH police also told the Union Leader that they believe that drugs had been sold out of the fraternity house on multiple occasions.

Fitzpatrick graduated from Reading Memorial High School in 2009, according to The Reading Advocate, where he participated with the school’s drama program.

In 2008, the paper awarded Fitzpatrick a “High Five,” citing his role as run crew chief during a recent performance of Peter Pan. The Advocate also reported that he played trumpet and mellophone with the town’s band program.

Cheryl Buono November 08, 2011 at 02:33 AM
What are dugs? ...Officers “confiscated a variety of narcotics, including marijuana, prescriptions and dugs that need to be tested before their identity can be confirmed,” ...
Cheryl Buono November 08, 2011 at 02:48 AM
Keeping Reading in the news. I saw the story on channel 5 this morning. http://www.thebostonchannel.com/video/29697867/detail.html Can't blame Vaccaro, bad parents or hockey (even though it's UNH) for this one. Just a coincidence: Nov 7, 2011 UNH Named Hockey East Team of the Week
John November 08, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Since these drug-related Patch threads are always playing the blame game, you can still blame two of the three...he was a member of RMHS track team/Vaccaro factor and he was raised in Reading by his parents. You can take the boy out of Reading but you can't take the Reading out of the boy. Count your blessings Readingites, it could be worse, you could be experiencing Lexington's drug problems, yikes!!!
Matt M. Casey November 08, 2011 at 02:14 PM
John, I don't tend to follow Lexington, and a suspect that most of our readers don't either. Do you have a link to an article that might clarify what you're talking about when you refer to "Lexington's drug problems?"
John November 08, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Matt, Please see three recent links below, sounds a lot like the drug-related problems that we are experiencing here in Reading, that many folks think doesn't exist in more affluent communities. These are just three examples, most of my info comes from friends who are Lexington residents. http://lexington.patch.com/articles/two-from-lexington-charged-in-unh-frat-drug-bust http://lexington.patch.com/articles/police-log-alleged-adderall-overdoses-starbucks-stains-and-shots-fired http://lexington.patch.com/articles/police-log-resident-arrested-for-home-invasion-and-noise-at-shire
Charles Towne November 09, 2011 at 10:40 AM
@John, add teachers to the list ;)
Hammertime November 09, 2011 at 04:45 PM
John why would we be worried about Lexington and their problem? This problem is in every community. I am worried about what we do about it as a community in Reading to preserve what we have for our kids and community. Not to be unsympathetic to their problems but we have to take care of our own. Some may not like the spotlight we have on us, but if we shed light on this rather then hiding the truth which never works!
01867 November 10, 2011 at 03:11 PM
It is quite stereotypical that people now believe that every child who grew up in Reading does drugs. I am a 21 year old who was born and raised in Reading, and I am a successful student at a prestigious university. I loved growing up in Reading and met some of the best people there. I grew up playing ice hockey and was able to learn a great deal from the sport and all the people involved in it. Reading hockey does not make people bad people. There are many successful people who have come out of the Reading hockey program. Stop the stereotypes. I am 21, I played hockey, my parents live in reading and I am just fine. If you don’t know these people stop judging.
Pat November 11, 2011 at 02:40 PM
To 01867: Thank you. I have read the Patch and all its comments regarding this issue and have waited to comment. Not once since August has anyone come forward to say that there are MANY former athletes who have benefited from their involvement in sports at RMHS. The comments vilified the RMHS athletic programs. As a lifelong resident and as a parent of RMHS grads I know that athletics and other extracurricular activities are a positive in young peoples' lives. For some, athletics as well as academics provide scholarships to college which would otherwise be unaffordable/unavailable to a promising student. For some programs an athletic scholarship to a Division one school is like having a full time job along with rigorous academics. I know that from experience. My son attends such a program, and I am enormously proud of him. He relies on what he learned at home, at school, and though RMHS athletics to become a well rounded member of scoiety.
Pat November 11, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Pat November 11, 2011 at 02:42 PM
arrgh! society!!!
Charles Towne November 12, 2011 at 12:53 AM
@Pat, "For some programs an athletic scholarship to a Division one school is like having a full time job along with rigorous academics." LMAO
01867 November 12, 2011 at 03:19 AM
Pat is correct to play a division one sport and maintain a respectable GPA is quite rigorous. Charles, you must have graduated a long time ago.
Pat November 12, 2011 at 03:58 AM
I said that for SOME programs. Twice a day practices and workouts, a 15 - 18 credit/semester class load (3.5 GPA) and a part time job (10 hours/week) is rigorous. Add to that travel time and weekends on the road during the season. It is not always what people think. Not all college sports have the "glory" attached to them that football, basketball and hockey seem to have.
Laura Savage-Carr November 12, 2011 at 03:16 PM
“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.” ― Mark Twain
Charles Towne November 13, 2011 at 09:48 PM
I stand corrected, D1 is really rigorous. In Division I, student-athletes must complete 40 percent of the coursework required for a degree by the end of their second year. They must complete 60 percent by the end of their third year and 80 percent by the end of their fourth year. Student-athletes are allowed FIVE years to graduate while receiving athletically related financial aid. All Division I student-athletes must earn at least six credit hours each term to be eligible for the following term and must meet minimum grade-point average requirements that are related to an institution’s own GPA standards for graduation. Student-athletes must achieve 90 percent of the institution’s minimum overall grade-point average necessary to graduate (for example, 1.8) by the beginning of year two, 95 percent of the minimum GPA (1.9) by year three and 100 percent (2.0) by year four. http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Eligibility/Remaining+Eligible/ Forget about it in 2015 Starting in August 2015, high school student-athletes who hope to play sports in college will be held to a higher academic standard. While freshmen only need a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for competition now, the new rules require student-athletes to have a 2.3 GPA to have immediate access to competition.
Cheryl Buono November 14, 2011 at 01:23 AM
I hope that your parents aren’t paying too much for that prestigious education. "...WRITE to judge them"
sonny November 14, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Correcting another persons grammer usually indicates someone with low self-esteem, no class and way too much time on their hands.
Nikki November 14, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Um, that's grammar...sorry, I couldn't resist, lol! I have too much time on my hands...
Laura Savage-Carr November 15, 2011 at 02:56 AM
High Sunny, Ewe halve know write two judge Share that weigh. :) A few corrections: It should be "person’s grammar". Also, "their” is a plural pronoun and should not be used with singular subjects or objects. I’m not an English teacher, but I believe that acceptable sentences would include: Correcting another person’s grammar usually indicates someone with low self-esteem, no class and way too much time on his or her hands. Or When people correct the grammar of others, it usually indicates low self-esteem, no class and way too much time on their hands. It took no time at all :) BTW, Zip Code deleted his or her comment.
Nikki November 15, 2011 at 12:23 PM
I just love your sense of humor!
AnonLikeU November 15, 2011 at 02:07 PM
When someone's "sense of humor" is used to belittle another, it's not particularly funny Nikki.
Nikki November 15, 2011 at 03:17 PM
We'll have to disagree on this one, Donna. I don't think Laura meant it as belittling at all...rather, a satire on how rampant usage of incorrect grammar has become. You see it everywhere nowadays, even in newspapers, magazines and on tv. Maybe some people don't think that's important anymore, but to me it is...makes me wonder how English is being taught in the schools today. I am so long removed from the school system, maybe someone can enlighten me. Back in the day I remember a lot of time being spent on spelling, diagramming sentences, the "tricky" words like their/there/they're, effect/affect, to/too, etc. Is this still part of the curriculum?
Cat S January 23, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I wonder if NH judges are as lenient as MA judges.


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