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Manchester Crimewatch: Fender-bender crash leads to drug possession charge

MANCHESTER - A Goffstown woman who is accused of driving a stolen vehicle and rear-ending a car stopped at a traffic light on Webster Street on March 7 now faces a charge of possession of a controlled drug.

Katelyn Poisson, 20, of 21 Paige Hill Road, was arraigned March 8 on a felony of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor of disobeying a police officer for giving a police officer a false name. Bail was set at $10,000 cash/surety bail.

The drug charge stems from Poisson allegedly having heroin in her possession at the jail after her arrest. She had allegedly concealed the drug within her body.

Poisson could enter no plea to the new felony charge, so a probable cause hearing was set for March 27. Bail on the new charge is $5,000 cash/surety.

Aggravated DWI charge

David Zaitsev, 22, of 3 Tiffany Lane, Bedford, pleaded innocent Friday in Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, to a misdemeanor charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated and trial was set for April 15.

Zaitsev, whose license was revoked in 2011 for an underage DWI, allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .16 or more when he was arrested on Main Street early Friday.

He could enter no plea to a felony charge of possession of a controlled drug (Ecstasy), so a probable cause hearing was set for March 27.

Bail was set at $2,000 cash/surety.

Felony charge this time

Craig Bienvenue, 20, of 6 Surrey Lane, could enter no plea Friday in Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, to a felony charge of receiving stolen property, alleging that he had in his possession a Macbook Pro laptop whose owner had reported it stolen. The laptop computer was later pawned for $210.

Bail was set at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the laptop owner and barring Bienvenue from the pawn shop. A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for March 27.

Bienvenue had been arraigned March 8 on a misdemeanor charge of theft by unauthorized taking and prowling, a violation, in connection with allegedly going through vehicles on Peabody Avenue and having $120 in coins and other items in his backpack that are believed to have been taken from vehicles. He is scheduled for trial April 11 on those charges, for which bail was set at $500 cash/surety.

Copper thefts alleged

A Goffstown man who has been indicted by the Hillsborough County North grand jury on 2012 charges of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking was arraigned Friday in Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, on two new felony charges of theft by unauthorized taking and a misdemeanor of possession of burglary tools.

David Major, 43, of 140 Elm St., is accused of entering a secured Fairpoint Communications property at 100 Gay St. Wednesday and Thursday and removing copper wire valued at more than $10,000. He is accused of having in his possession, when arrested, tools that included two flashlights, gloves, and wire cutters.

Police said Major was a passenger in a truck driven by Michael Kirwin, 32, of 58 Lafayette St. Kirwin allegedly cut the fencing to gain access to the property and both men allegedly worked together to remove the copper wire.

Police said the two men were responsible for a similar theft the preceding night and Kirwin reportedly sold the stolen wire to Manchester Metals at 87 Union St.

Kirwin was charged with two counts of felony theft, as well as criminal mischief and theft by deception. He was released on $5,000 cash/surety bail and scheduled for arraignment in Circuit Court March 27.

Says it never happened

Steven Martel, 43, of 396 Manchester St., pleaded innocent Friday in Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault that alleges he slapped his girlfriend across the face with an open hand.

Martel told Judge William Lyons: "It never happened."

Martel was apparently unaware that his girlfriend had been escorted out of the building for being loud and disruptive when he told Lyons: "She's here right now to drop charges."

Lyons told Martel that it is the state that brings the charges, not the victim. Martel declined to apply for a court-appointed lawyer, even after Lyons said a conviction could put Martel in jail for a year.

Bail was continued at $1,000 personal recognizance with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim and barring Martel from the 396 Manchester St. address.

Trial was set for May 21.


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