Police: Man had 19 small baggies of crack cocaine
MANCHESTER - Bail was set at $75,000 cash/surety Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for a city man charged with felony possession of a narcotic with intent to sell.
Police prosecutor Richard Brown also requested a hearing on the source of any funds offered for bail for Ayodeji Olorunfemi, 19, of 99 Fourth St.
Brown said that when the vehicle in which Olorunfemi was a passenger was stopped for a traffic issue, the driver gave police permission to search the vehicle.
Brown said Olorunfemi kept trying to reach into one of his pockets, despite being told not to do so. When he turned away from the officer and again reached for his pocket, said Brown, the officer grabbed Olorunfemi's hand. Concerned that Olorunfemi had been reaching for a weapon, the officer reached into the pocket and pulled out a cell phone and a bag holding 19 smaller baggies containing what tested positive for crack cocaine. Police said he also had $200 in cash in his possession.
Brown said Olorunfemi has three convictions for resisting arrest, as well as convictions for disorderly conduct, criminal threatening and criminal trespass. Olorunfemi also has two drug charges pending in Hillsborough County Superior Court North.
Olorunfemi could enter no plea to the felony charge in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for April 17.
Justin Noury, 22, of 823 Chestnut St., pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a charge of receiving stolen property that alleges he attempted to return stolen itmes to Hobby Lobby, 1525 S. Willow St., for a refund Wednesday afternoon.
Police said the store manager recognized the items, valued at more than $145, as merchandise stolen from the store about an hour earlier by a woman.
Police said they found the woman, identified as Shannon Clark, 20, outside the store and said further investigation showed Clark had taken the items and later given them to Noury to return for a cash refund.
Clark was charged with theft and released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail. Noury was held on a probation violation as well as the stolen property charge.
Police prosecutor Carissa Pelletier sought $3,000 cash/surety bail for Noury, noting he has convictions for receiving stolen property, breach of bail, disobeying a police officer, drug possession and violation of probation.
Noury told Judge Gregory Michael he is unemployed and lives with his girlfriend at the Chestnut Street address. Michael set bail at $1,000 cash/surety. Trial was set for May 8.
Parking lot busts
A police investigation into what appeared to be suspicious activity in a vehicle parked in a drugstore lot on Elm Street Wednesday led to the arrest of three people.
Nicole Carver, 27, of 529 Nashua St., Milford, was charged with felony possession of a narcotic after a bag next to her seat was found to contain a small baggie of heroin, hypodermic needles and paraphernalia indicating recent use of heroin. Police prosecutor Richard Brown said Carver admitted being a heroin user.
Carver's bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety on the felony, with a probable cause hearing set for April 17.
Trial was set May 7 on charges of operating without a license, failure to yield and a traffic light violation for which Carver had failed to appear in Circuit Court.
Another passenger, Kevin Henderson, 27, of 18 Pepperell Road, Brookline, was charged with possession of a controlled drug. Brown said Henderson told police he had marijuana in his possession. He was also arrested on warrants from Milford for criminal trespass and bail jumping.
A police prosecutor sought $5,000 cash/surety bail for Henderson, but Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $1,000 cash/surety on the drug charge, with trial set for May 6, and changed the $1,000 cash bail on the Milford charges to $1,000 personal recognizance, with an April 24 court date.
The driver of the vehicle, Christopher Dadley, 23, of 504 Nashua St., Milford, was charged with transportation of drugs and released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail.
'I'm not a bad person'
Steven Plourde, 31, of 20 Cabot Road, Merrimack, pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to two misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property and one of theft by deception and trial was set for May 6. Plourde is accused of selling items he took from a couple to local pawn shops.
A police prosecutor sought bail of $1,000 cash/surety, but Plourde complained: "I really don't have the money. . .I just got a full-time job." Plourde told Judge Gregory Michael: "I'll take a high pr (personal recognizance)."
Plourde, who is also subject to a 72-hour probation hold in connection with a Florida charge of acting as a contractor without a license, said: "I'm not a bad person."
Michael set bail at $2,000 personal recognizance, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victims and barring Plourde from Mickey's Buy and Sell and Gamestop.
Accused is 'a decent sort'
Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge Gregory Michael set personal recognizance bail Thursday for Alame Simwerayi, 21, of 153 Dave St., on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and negligent driving.
A police prosecutor said Simwerayi was driving his brother's vehicle when he crashed it into another vehicle, damaging both, and then pulled away and parked at a location away from the accident scene.
Noting Simwerayi was convicted of indecent exposure in 2011 and two counts of drug possession last year in Hillsborough County Superior Court North, a police prosecutor sought bail of $2,000 cash/surety for Simwerayi.
Simwerayi, who said he works and is also a student, told Judge Gregory Michael: "I think the bail is too high." When he found out police were looking for him, Simwerayi said: "I turned myself in the next day."
Michael told Simwerayi: "You seem like a decent sort." Michael then set bail at $2,000 personal recognizance.
Weapon charge for felon
Scott Riemer, 25, of 10 Orange St., could enter no plea Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a charge of felon in possession of a weapon.
Police said that Riemer's strange behavior as a passenger during a vehicle stop prompted a request for him to get out of the vehicle. Police initially thought a black handle sticking out of Riemer's pocket belonged to a knife, but it turned out to be a blackjack.
Riemer's 2011 conviction in Hillsborough County Superior Court North on two felony charges of sale of a controlled drug bar him from possessing a dangerous weapon.
Bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety and a probable cause hearing was set for April 16.