Manchester Crimewatch: Teen faces second drug charge
A Deerfield teen who had reached a plea agreement with prosecutors earlier this month in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a November 2012 marijuana possession charge was back in Circuit Court Thursday on a new drug possession charge.
Christopher Alicea, 18, of 7 Mccarron Road, was arrested Wednesday night after officers stopped a vehicle in which he was a passenger that was operating without lights on Lake Avenue at about 8:30 p.m.
Court documents show officers reported detecting an odor of marijuana when the driver rolled down the window. The driver gave permission for the vehicle to be searched and police said they found a clear baggie containing 15 grams of marijuana under the passenger seat.
Police prosecutors filed a contempt of court charge because Alicea had reached an agreement with prosecutors Feb. 5 that called for him to complete the First time Alcohol and Substance Treatment diversion program, comply with any recommendations and return to court May 6 with proof of completion and the charge would be dropped.
Police prosecutor Lt. Peter Favreau said Alicea had been on $500 personal recognizance bail on the November charge, but because he was arrested again "with a substantial amount of marijuana," Favreau asked for $10,000 cash/surety bail on the new charge.
Alicea asked Judge Gregory Michael: "May I request (personal recognizance) bail?"
Michael said Alicea could request it, but he wasn't going to get it. Michael set bail at $5,000 cash/surety.
With the plea deal on the November charge no longer in effect, trial on both charges of possession of a controlled drug was set for April 2.
Skipped court for lack of funds
Rebecca Savickas, 31, of 168 Blake Road, Epping, pleaded guilty Thursday in Circuit Court to a charge of theft by unauthorized taking for taking items valued at $99 from a kiosk in the Mall of New Hampshire May 8, 2012.
Savickas missed two scheduled court dates on May 29 and Dec. 18, 2012, incurring two $50 fees.
When Judge Gregory Michael asked Savickas why she didn't show up, she responded: "The first one, I don't know why. The second one I didn't have the money."
Savickas was fined $200 plus 48 penalty assessment and sentenced to six months in the House of Corrections, all suspended for two years of good behavior. She is also barred from the Mall of New Hampshire for two years.
Gets break on bail
Eric Hehir, 36, of 151 Hallet St., Dorchester, Mass., pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to misdemeanor charges of theft by unathorized taking and resisting arrest.
Hehir is accused of stealing a 30-pack of beer from TN Gas and Convenience, 90 Bridge St., and trying to escape arrest.
Hehir told Judge Gregory Michael that he needs treatment for his alcoholism.
A police prosecutor sought $2,000 cash/surety bail for Hehir, who said he is undergoing counseling in Massachusetts where he lives with his mother.
Michael set bail at $2,000 personal recognizance and told Hehir to continue counseling.
Michael set the same bail amount for Craig Hamilton, 26, of 47 Pennacook St., who was with Hehir and who also fled police during what Michael described as "the beer caper."
Hehir is scheduled for trial March 26 and Hamilton's trial is set for April 2.
Third set of charges this month
Brandon Ross, 22, of 385 Concord St., was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on two felony charges of forgery and two misdemeanors of theft by deception.
Ross is charged with using first a $100 counterfeit bill and later a $50 counterfeit bill to purchase items at the A&A Market, 540 Hall St., Feb. 8, receiving $89.15 in change on the first purchase and $48.91 in change on the second.
A probable cause hearing on the felony charges was set for Feb. 28, the same day as hearings on a felony robbery charge on which he was arraigned Feb. 14, and an ID fraud charge on which he was arraigned Feb. 15.
The robbery charge stems from an incident Jan. 18 in which Ross allegedly held a gun on three people in the Beech Street residence of an acquaintance, while his companion gathered up a Playstation 3, Xbox and iPod. The duo fled the apartment with the electronics and several hundred dollars in cash stuffed in a backpack, police said.
The ID fraud, receiving stolen property and fraudulent use of a credit card charges stem from Ross' alleged theft of a credit card from a neighbor and its use, charges on which he was arraigned Feb. 15.
Trial was set for March 25 on all the misdemeanors. His total bail on three sets of charges is $60,000 cash/surety.