Manchester man accused of making fraudulent credit card transactions
MANCHESTER — A probable cause hearing was set for Oct. 21 for Maxwell Lawrence, 21, of 100 Union St., who is accused of using a credit card for 31 fraudulent transactions, totaling more than $1,700, between Sept. 16 and 24.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $3,000 cash/surety bail for Lawrence, whose record includes robbery, receiving stolen property, theft by unauthorized taking and resisting arrest. She said Lawrence is also being held on a charge from another court.
Judge John Emery set bail at the amount requested by Pelletier, with conditions barring contact with a business and the card owner.
Two court appearances
Because he was out on bail when he allegedly committed a new crime, police prosecutors filed a motion to have Jeremy Ruschak’s bail on the earlier charge revoked.
Ruschak, 32, of 114 School St., was arrested on a warrant for criminal mischief, for allegedly kicking in a door at a West Hancock St. address Sept. 20.
At his arraignment on the new charge Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, Ruschak told Judge John Emery: “I have trial tomorrow (Tuesday).”
That makes two court appearances on the same day for Ruschak, because Ruschak was ordered held pending a bail revocation hearing today in Circuit Court.
Weapon elevates charge
A Weare man, accused of swinging a buck knife at a loss prevention officer who sought to detain him at Home Depot, 129 March Ave., Sunday, was charged with a felony of robbery.
Adam Belleville, 23, of 657 S. Stark Highway, was also charged with felony falsifying evidence for allegedly hiding the knife in a getaway vehicle.
Police said a loss prevention officer spotted Belleville concealing items valued at almost $100 in his pants and shirt sleeve and confronted Belleville. The loss prevention officer was able to retrieve some of the merchandise from Belleville’s sleeve, but when he tried to escort Belleville back into the store, Belleville allegedly produced a knife and swung it at the loss prevention officer, who was able to avoid being struck.
The loss prevention officer reported Belleville entered a waiting vehicle and left the area, but Police Officer Peter Flanagan spotted the vehicle on Weston Road and stopped it. Belleville, who was a passenger, matched the description of the robber, He had an empty knife sheath on his belt, but a buck knife was later recovered in the area of the vehicle’s center console.
Belleville could enter no plea Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to the two felony charges, so a probable cause hearing was set for Oct. 21. Bail was set at $4,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the loss prevention officer and not going to Home Depot.
No sympathy from judge
Quincy Flynn, 41, of 549 Somerville St., Monday told Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge John Emery that he would waive extradition to New York on a fugitive warrant.
Flynn also pleaded innocent to local charges of disobeying a police officer and operating after suspension, stemming from a traffic stop on Bridge Street Saturday.
Police prosecutor Lt. Peter Favreau said New York police said they would be coming to get Flynn, so the judge set a deadline of Oct. 17 for the pickup.
A November trial date was initially set for the local charges, but Flynn asked for a later date, in case he was in New York, so a Dec. 16 trial date was set. Bail was set at $1,000 personal recognizance.
Flynn then complained to the judge that a number of fugitive warrants have been issued by New York on the probation violation, resulting in multiple arrests and job losses, but New York authorities haven’t come to get him. Favreau told the judge Manchester police have been in contact with New York authorities and all the necessary paperwork is in hand.
“They are coming to get him,” said Favreau.
Emery suggested to Flynn that if New York fails to come and get him this time, Flynn could solve the problem of repeat warrants and their consequences by going to New York on his own to address the issue.
Prior stalking conviction
A prior stalking conviction means two new stalking charges against a Derry man are felonies, instead of misdemeanors.
Scott Davis, 28, of 6 Oak St., was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on the two stalking charges that allege he entered a woman’s apartment and spoke with her Sept. 21 and went there again Friday.
Police prosecutor Lt. Peter Favreau, who said Davis has a criminal record that includes violence and drugs, sought $20,000 cash/surety bail. He said Davis’ most recent convictions were two counts of criminal threatening in 2011, criminal mischief in 2012 and breach of bail in 2012, for which he received a suspended six-month sentence. He said Davis is also out on bail from Superior Court on a burglary charge involving the same woman.
Davis sought a lower bail, saying: “I’ve always appeared (in court) ... I have a job.” He also challenged Favreau’s listing of past crimes, saying: “Some of those weren’t convictions,” Favreau said everything he listed was a conviction, with a sentence.
Judge John Emery set bail at $20,000 cash/surety. Because no plea can be entered to a felony charge in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Oct. 21.
Straight to prison
Police said a Manchester man who walked away from Calumet House, 127 Lowell St., a transitional housing unit operated by the state corrections department, was found Monday morning. The man had failed to return to Calumet House from work Friday.
Police said Antonio Dustin, 53, a convicted sex offender who has also been convicted for failure to register, was arrested for escape. Officer Adam Beland spotted Dustin walking in the area of Pine and Laurel streets about 10:15 a.m. and arrested Dustin without incident.
Dustin was turned over to corrections department personnel for direct return to the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord.