Hooksett man pleads innocent to eluding Manchester police
MANCHESTER - Nickolas Scarlett, 21, of 19 Pinnacle St., Hooksett, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to misdemeanor charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, reckless conduct, disobeying a police officer and a stop sign violation.
Scarlett is accused of attempting to elude a police officer in a cruiser with signals activated who was seeking to stop him on South Willow Street about 2:40 a.m. Feb. 18. Police said Scarlett was traveling at high speed while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and became involved in an accident that put two passengers at risk of injury. He also turned off his headlights and ran a stop sign at March and Cahill avenues before crashing his vehicle in the Sam's Club parking lot and abandoning it, according to police.
Scarlett, who has a previous conviction for simple assault, is free on $1,500 personal recognizance bail. Trial is set for May 8.
Heads out of court
A city man, angry at being charged with simple assault and resisting arrest, complained to Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge Gregory Michael that "nothing (expletive) happened," and began walking toward the courtroom door before the arraignment process was complete.
Jeff Jolley, 36, of 45 Myrtle St., is accused of pushing his girlfriend in the back, causing her to fall forward into a wall, and after his arrest, struggling physically with a police officer while awaiting the arrival of the transport wagon.
Court documents show the alleged victim told police that Jolley was "acting crazy" because he wanted to smoke crack and couldn't get any. She told police he had been violent on other occasions and showed officers a leg bruise that she blamed on Jolley.
A police prosecutor requested $5,000 cash/surety bail, noting Jolley's criminal record includes three violations of a domestic violence protective order, drug possession, contempt and assault.
Jolley asked for personal recognizance bail, but Michael said Jolley's record made that impossible. The judge was willing to modify the requested bail, setting bail at $2,500 cash/surety.
But Jolley, who appeared in court as a detainee, was angry and started walking toward the door through which Hillsborough County Deputies escort detainees, complaining that nothing had happened and not waiting to hear his trial date, which is set for April 2.
Wife wants him home
Police prosecutors wanted David Eaton, 37, of 943 Hayward St., barred from contact with his wife and from returning to his residence pending trial in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a simple assault charge.
But Eaton's wife, Pamela, stood up in the gallery and asked Judge Gregory Michael to let her husband return home. She said they have been together for three years and between them have four children, not counting the one she is now pregnant with.
"I do not feel that he is a threat to me," said Pamela, who added: "He has nowhere else to go."
After discussions between a police prosecutor, the domestic violence advocate and the Eatons, the prosecution proposed David Eaton undergo a domestic violence evaluation within 45 days and follow any recommendations. If he does that and provides proof to the court, the charge will be conditionally dropped.
The judge agreed and Eaton was given information on obtaining the evaluation.
Women to be tried for receiving stolen property
Jennifer Doherty, 33, of 47 Pennacook St., was given three court dates in three communities on receiving stolen property charges on Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Doherty had failed to appear on the charges when scheduled in Salem, Derry and Manchester. Judge Gregory Michael set $500 cash bail on the Manchester charge, with a trial date set for April 3.
As Doherty looked toward the gallery and shook her head side to side, Michael reduced a $5,000 cash/surety bail to $1,000 cash/surety on the Salem charge, with a March 28 trial date, and changed a $1,000 cash bail to cash/surety on the Derry charge, with a March 7 court date there.
Doherty asked Michael: "So I can't get (personal recognizance)?" Doherty's three failures to appear on the 2012 charges and a 2011 Derry willful concealment conviction ruled that out.
Currently on parole
Albert James, 29, of 77 Market St., could enter no plea Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of theft by unauthorized taking. The charge is a felony because James has at least three prior theft convictions.
This charge alleges he took more than $200 worth of baby formula from a CVS store last month.
James, who said he is unemployed and on parole, told Judge Gregory Michael that he needs drug treatment.
A police prosecutor requested $10,000 cash/surety bail, saying James' record also includes forgery, larceny and receiving stolen property. Michael set bail at the requested amount and a probable cause hearing was set for March 12.