Manchester man pleads innocent to fraud, other charges
MANCHESTER - Tyler Murray, 18, of 456 Cartier St., pleaded innocent Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to charges of fraudulent use of a credit card on Nov. 3, plus violation of a domestic protective order, contempt and resisting arrest charges from Nov. 23 and 24.
Murray is accused of using a credit card belonging to another to purchase $258.58 worth of items from the RiteAid in McGregor Square Nov. 3. He's accused of running from an officer trying to arrest him on a warrant Nov. 23; of being with his mother, who took out the protective order, on Nov. 24; and of resisting arrest twice on Nov. 24, running from an officer again and leading to his being hit with a Taser. He was also charged with contempt for allegedly committing a new crime while out on bail.
Murray told Judge William Lyons that his mother is not going to court for the final hearing on the protective order, that it was all a misunderstanding, and said: "It's the only person who's left that cares about me."
Murray was out on bail on a receiving stolen property charge for which he was arraigned Nov. 8. Police prosecutor Carissa Pelletier said another charge has been bound over to a Hillsborough County North grand jury. Murray is also under the umbrella of a 12-month suspended sentence on a July conviction.
Murray said he's a full-time student.
"Please, I'm asking for (personal recognizance) bail. ... I want to be home for the holidays."
Lyons would only reduce bail from the prosecutor's requested $10,000 cash/surety to $6,000 cash/surety, with trial set for Jan. 23.
Counseling in mix
A New Boston man, who failed to appear multiple times on charges of attempted burglary and willful concealment, was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony possession of a narcotic (heroin) charge that resulted from his arrest Saturday on warrants.
Benjamin Macieski, 22, of 29 Foxberry Drive, could enter no plea to the new felony charge, so a probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 11.
Police prosecutor Lt. Ron Mello said Macieski has convictions in June and July for inhaling intoxicating vapors and twice failed to appear in Circuit Court on a charge of inhaling vapors.
"Clearly there's a substance abuse issue here," said Mello.
Murray said he's signed up for alcohol and drug counseling this week and is supposed to start a new job. As for the heroin charge, Murray said "it was an empty bag in a pair of jeans I had on."
New bail was set at $7,500 cash/surety. Trial on the misdemeanors was set for Feb. 5, 2013.
Don't know woman
Thomas Blood, 42, was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a robbery charge that alleges he robbed a woman at knifepoint on Webster Street on Sept. 5, 2011.
Blood, who is listed as being from Temple and homeless, could enter no plea to the felony charge in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 11.
Bail was set at $3,000 cash/surety with conditions that bar contact with the alleged victim, who Blood said he didn't know.
Armed robbery charge
Marcus Hall, 27, who said he is homeless, could enter no plea Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of armed robbery that alleges he went up to a man stopped in traffic at Hanover and Elm streets at 1 a.m. Sunday and held a knife to the man's neck, robbing him of $300 cash and an iPhone.
A probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 11 and bail was set at $10,000 cash/surety.
Police said the robbery victim told them he was stopped at a red light, when a man approached, knocked on the driver's window and asked for a ride. When he refused, the driver said, the man produced a knife and held it to his throat, threatening to kill him if he moved.
At the same time, the victim said, another man opened the passenger side door and pointed a handgun at him and the victim was robbed of the phone and cash from his wallet.
Police said the driver drove to Mechanic and Elm streets where he had someone call police. Officer Tom Ouellette found Hall, who matched the description, in the area. Officer John Levasseur found a jacket matching the description of the one worn by a robber with a knife and mask inside the pockets, and Hall was arrested. The other robber, described as a heavyset black male, armed with a handgun and wearing a dark-colored mask, remains at large.
A police officer?
Joseph Quinn, 25, of 252 Laurel St., could enter no plea to a felony charge of theft by deception Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Quinn is accused of calling a woman while posing as a Manchester police officer and asking her for money to resolve a court case. He is accused of calling the woman at least 10 times and of getting $2,500 from her.
A police prosecutor said Quinn is out on bail on Salem charges and asked for $5,000 cash/surety bail, which Judge William Lyons approved. Bail conditions bar contact with the woman and bar him from her residence.