Derry man admits to disobeying a police officer, operating after suspension
MANCHESTER - A Derry man accused of passing vehicles on the right in the breakdown lane, giving a police officer a false name after he was stopped at Granite and Elm streets, operating after suspension and not having his motorcycle inspected last July pleaded guilty to two of the charges Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Under terms of a plea agreement, Eric Jones, 25, of 1 Norman Drive, pleaded to the disobeying a police officer and operating after suspension charges and a police prosecutor nolle prossed the remaining two charges.
Jones was ordered to pay a total of $558, including penalty assessments, part of that from the $350 cash bail he posted after failing to appear initially for arraignment in August.
Accused of punching girlfriend
Kevin Nichols, 35, of 623 Central St., pleaded innocent Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to three charges of simple assault that allege he punched his girlfriend in the head, pushed her head to the central console of his vehicle and held it there, and punched her again at the Mall of New Hampshire Monday.
Nichols is free on $500 cash bail with conditions that include no contact with his girlfriend. Trial was set for Feb. 19, 2013.
Accused of stealing cell phone covers
Kristina Tracey, 29, of 70 Beech Hill Ave., who was charged with willful concealment after she allegedly put four cell phone covers valued at $155 in her purse while at Best Buy, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Bail was set at $1,000 personal recognizance, with conditions barring Tracey's return to Best Buy. Police prosecutor Carissa Pelletier said there is a 72-hour probation hold on Tracey in connection with a check fraud or forgery conviction.
Trial was set for Feb. 5, 2013.
Also charged in Derry
Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge William Lyons waived a failure to appear fee for Kurtis Lavigne, 28, of 18 Carpenter St., who explained he missed his Nov. 13 court date for arraignment on simple assault and criminal threatening charges because he was in jail. "I was being held in Rockingham County and wasn't released until the 17th," said Lavigne. He said as he was released on the Manchester charges, he was taken into custody because Derry was charging him with simple assault.
The Manchester simple assault charge alleges he reached in his girlfriend's bra and forcefully removed her cell phone and told her that he would kill her if she didn't tell police that everything was OK when police arrived at their home.
Lavigne is free on $2,000 surety bail on the Manchester charges, with conditions that bar contact with the alleged victim and bar him from her residence.
Trial was set for Feb. 5, 2013.
Facing new charges
Cindy Boutin, 41, of 385 Holly Ave., was already scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking, for allegedly taking nearly $355 worth of items from Macy's in the Mall of New Hampshire.
But she was also arrested Monday on three charges of disobeying a police officer, for giving false names to police officers and contempt, for allegedly committing a new crime while out on bail, and was arraigned on those charges as well as earlier violations of driving after suspension, following too closely, unregistered motor vehicle and license change of address.
She had been released on $2,000 cash/surety bail. A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Dec. 7 and trial on the remaining charges was set for Feb. 5, 2013. The theft by unauthorized by taking charge is a felony because of Boutin's previous theft convictions.
Boutin was already scheduled for trial Jan. 3, 2013, on other unspecified charges for which she said she had reached an agreement with prosecutors.
A police prosecutor requested $5.000 cash/surety bail on the new charges.
Boutin said: "I know I'm not perfect." But she said she is on medications and they are affecting her behavior. "I have four children at home," she told Judge William Lyons. But Lyons was unwilling to set bail any lower than $3,000 cash/surety, citing her record and her failures to appear in court.