Manchester Crimewatch: Judge sets bail at $10,000 cash on robbery, burglary charges
MANCHESTER - Bail was set at $10,000 cash-only Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for William Schoof, 24, of 332 Hanover St., who was arraigned on felony charges of robbery and burglary.
Police said Schoof and another man entered a man's Pine Street residence last June 14 intending to rob the man after learning he had talked about having a lot of cash from selling a vehicle.
Police prosecutor Capt. Robert Cunha requested the cash-only bail because of concern for the victim, who suffered serious injuries. Schoof and a co-defendant are accused of repeatedly punching and kicking the victim in the face and chest, causing multiple facial fractures and several fractured ribs.
Schoof's criminal record includes criminal threatening, drug possession, reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, violation of probation/parole, receiving stolen property, identity fraud and criminal trespass.
Schoof asked for a break on bail, saying he works full time and has a year-old son. "I support my kid," he said.
Judge Gregory Michael said he was concerned about the nature of the events recounted in the affidavit supporting Schoof's arrest and granted the cash-only bail.
Bail conditions bar contact with the victim and with Schoof's co-defendant, Travis Beach, 28, of Hooksett, who was arraigned on the same charges Nov. 20.
A probable cause hearing on the felony charges was set for Jan. 15.
Both parties are arraigned
Donna Mihill, 43, of 613 Front St., pleaded innocent Wednesday to a simple assault charge that alleges she assaulted Bob Duhaime. Trial was set for March 14.
Conditions of her $500 personal recognizance bail bar contact with Duhaime and bar her from the Front Street address.
Duhaime, 42, also of 613 Front St., later was arraigned on a charge of violation of a domestic violence protective order that alleges he telephoned and texted Mihill.
Police said that during their investigation of the assault charge, the arrest warrant for the DVP violation was discovered and Duhaime was arrested. Police said the violation preceded the assault.
A police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Duhaime, noting his criminal record includes conduct after an accident and criminal threatening.
Duhaime asked for personal recognizance bail, telling Judge Michael he isn't a flight risk. Michael said there are two parts to bail, to ensure appearance in court and to protect the victim and society.
When Duhaime said he would not contact Mihill, Michael set bail at $1,000 personal recognizance and trial was set for Feb. 19.
Duhaime can continue to live at the Front Street address.
Cash/surety bail sought
James Keating, 49, of 118 Union St., was arraigned Wednesday on two sets of charges for which he had failed to appear in court in October and November.
Judge Michael noted Keating had failed to appear a number of times on the charges: a drug charge for which he failed to appear Nov. 28, and 2011 motor vehicle charges of driving while intoxicated, speeding and a turn signal violation, for which he last failed to appear Oct. 9, 2012.
The warrants on the charges called for a total of $800 cash bail, but Keating asked Michael to set bail at $1,000 cash/surety, so he would need far less money to bail out, since a bail bondsman likely would only require 10 percent of the $1,000, plus a fee.
Michael granted Keating's bail request, but warned him that if he doesn't show up for trial Feb. 25, when he was found he should expect to sit in jail for a long time.
Two court dates, two cities
Nathan P. Ledoux, 24, who listed the Manchester homeless shelter as his address, could enter no plea Wednesday to a felony charge of theft by unauthorized taking. The charge, which alleges he attempted to take two laptop computers from Sears in the Mall of New Hampshire, is a felony because he has two previous theft convictions.
Bail on the charge was set at $3,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include not going to Sears. A probable cause hearing was set for Jan. 15.
Ledoux also was arraigned on a warrant from Concord on a motion to impose, with a court date of Jan. 16.
Ledoux was convicted of operating after suspension in October and had 90 days to pay his fine. Judge Michael noted Jan. 16 is 90 days from the conviction date.
Bail on the Concord warrant is $500 personal recognizance.