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Manchester Crimewatch: City man accused of assaulting toddler

December 16. 2013 9:42PM

MANCHESTER — A police prosecutor Monday sought $100,000 cash-only bail for Stephen Coleman, 26, of 355 Rimmon St., who was arraigned in Manchester District Court on a charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Coleman, who the prosecutor said has a seven-page criminal history, is on probation on a drug sale conviction and is subject to a 72-hour hold. He is accused of assaulting a toddler.

Because no plea can be entered in District Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 23. Judge Gregory Michael set bail at the requested amount, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim, no unsupervised contact with anyone under age 18, and no contact with the child's mother.

Too much Christmas spirit?

A Hampton woman, who allegedly slapped her aunt across the face after an argument during a family Christmas party, pleaded innocent Monday in Manchester District Court.

A police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Elyssa LaFrance, 33, of 19 Hemlock Haven, noting her only conviction is a driving while intoxicated conviction in September 2012. Bail conditions bar LaFrance from contact with the alleged victim.

Trial was set for Jan. 15, 2014.

Asks for personal recognizance bail

Jaycen Birmingham, 39, of 651 Lake Ave., Monday asked a Manchester District Court judge for personal recognizance bail on his charges of second offense driving while intoxicated, disorderly conduct, negligent operation and one-way violation.

A police prosecutor said Birmingham crashed into a snowbank, after driving the wrong way on a one-way street, and became disorderly when police arrived.

A police prosecutor sought $1,000 cash/surety bail for Birmingham, saying that in addition to a previous DWI, Birmingham has convictions for willful concealment and driving without giving proof of responsibility.

Birmingham told Judge Gregory Michael: "I just became foreman at my job." Michael said Birmingham had provided a sufficient reason to make the bail personal recognizance.

When told the trial date would be Jan. 15, Birmingham asked if it could be pushed back, so he can earn enough money to pay a private attorney.

With Birmingham on record as waiving a speedy trial deadline, trial was set for Feb. 12, but Michael warned Birmingham: "You're not to use any alcohol in the interim."

Bail revocation hearing Tuesday

A Bedford man who failed to appear in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Nov. 21 on charges of resisting arrest, traffic light and headlamp violations, simple assault and burglary stemming from several different incidents, was arraigned Monday in District Court on another burglary charge.

The most recent charge for Chad Montminy, 22, whose address was listed as 31 Darling St., is a burglary at 400 Stark Lane Dec. 13.

Because Montminy was out on bail when he allegedly committed a new crime, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Montminy's bail and have him held until trial set for Jan. 30. A judge will decided whether to revoke Montminy's bail on the earlier charges after Tuesday's bail hearing. A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Dec. 30.

Charges in two courts

A Burlington, Mass., woman could enter no plea Monday in Manchester District Court to two felony drug charges, for allegedly having crack cocaine and heroin in her possession when stopped by police near Amherst and Ashland streets Friday evening. Officers made the stop after seeing what they said appeared to be drug activity by occupants of the vehicle.

Mia Plant, 41, of 51 Upland Road, pleaded innnocent to making a false report to law enforcement. Police said she initially gave a false name.

Bail was set at $5,000 on the new charges, with a probable cause hearing on the felonies set for Dec. 30 and trial on the misdemeanor set for Jan. 15, 2014. She will also have a probation hearing, in connection with a June 2013 suspended sentence.

But before those court appearances, Plant has a Dec. 23 court date in Salem District Court, where she failed to appear Sept. 30 on two felony drug charges and a felony of willful concealment, dating from a July 19 incident.

Drug charges for two Massachusetts men

Two Massachusetts men were arraigned Monday in Manchester District Court on charges of possession of a narcotic with intent to sell.

They were arrested Friday morning after members of the special enforcement division observed what they said appeared to be a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Super 8 Hotel, 2301 Brown Ave, and began an investigation.

Police said the investigation led to a fourth floor room. Dashan Collins, 39, of 1857 Columbus Ave, Roxbury, agreed to a search of the room, where police said they found drug packaging material, approximtely 35 grams of cocaine and, in Collins' possession, more than $500 in cash.

In court, Collins told Judge Gregory Michael the drugs weren't hi "(they) had nothing to do with me," he said.

The second man, Cornell Robbins, 37, of 17 Braddock St., Springfield, was stopped in the hotel hallway. Police said Robbins was found in possession of two small packages of marijuana and more than $1,200 in cash.

No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so probable cause hearings for both men were set for Dec. 30. Bail was set at $35,000 cash/surety for Collins, who prosecutors said has drug sale convictions dating back to 1995 in Massachusetts. A bail commissioner had set bail at $35,000 cash/surety for Robbins, but Robbins was able to persuade the judge to reduce it. Robbins' bail is now $15,000 cash/surety.

Prosecutors requested, and the judge approved, a requirement for a hearing on the source of any funds offered for bail.

Being held on other charges

Michael Warner, 21, of 205 Pine St., Nashua, could enter no plea Monday in Manchester District Court to a felony charge of receiving stolen property, but did plead innocent to a misdemeanor of theft by deception.

Warner is accused of stealing a auto battery-charging machine valued at more than $5,000 and selling it.

A police prosecutor requested $5,000 cash/surety bail, noting Warner is being held on high bail after waiving a probable cause hearing in Nashua Circuit Court on felony charges of armed robbery and first-degree assault.

Conditions of Warner's bail on the Manchester charges include a ban on going to Speedy Lube, 226 Second St. A probable cause hearing on the stolen property charge was set for Dec. 30 and trial was set for Jan. 15, 2014, on the misdemeanor theft charge and a violation for which Warner failed to appear.

Chased with her car

Lori Patton, 46, of 484 Chestnut St., pleaded innocent Monday in Manchester District Court to violating a protective order. Patton is accused of yelling and swearing at a man as she approached him with her car.

Bail was set at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the man and barring Patton from his residence.

Trial was for Jan. 15, 2014, on the new charge and on a willful concealment charge for which Patton failed to appear Nov. 19. She had been free on $1,000 personal recognizance bail on the concealment charge, but when she failed to appear, Judge William Lyons set $1,000 cash/surety bail, making her total bail $2,000 cash/surety.

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