MANCHESTER — Jeremy Ruschak tried to persuade Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge Gregory Michael on Friday that he should be released on personal recognizance bail.
Ruschak, 32, of 114 School St., was in court for arraignment on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking, brought as a felony because he has been convicted twice of theft.
Police said Officer Scott Ardita Thursday morning saw Ruschak and a Manchester youth, Dylan Prell, 17, huddled in the vestibule of the closed Yee Dynasty Restaurant on South Willow Street and then observed them walking toward the Cash for Gold business next door. Police said Ardita approached the two and found they were in possession of gold coins.
Police said further investigation indicated the coins had been taken in a burglary. Prell was charged with receiving stolen property and Ruschak was charged with theft and the coins were seized as evidence.
But at his arraignment Friday, Ruschak assured the judge that the coins belonged to him and his girlfriend and said they had possessed them for some time.
It was Ruschak’s second arraignment of the week. He had appeared in court Monday on a criminal mischief charge. Because he was out on bail on another charge, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his bail on the earlier charge. Following the bail hearing Tuesday, Ruschak was released on bail on the mischief charge.
Ruschak said he’s been helping his girlfriend and is supposed to start working for a landscaping company.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier had requested $3,000 cash/surety bail for Ruschak, but Michael set $3,000 personal recognizance bail, although there is a 72-hour probation/parole hold on Ruschak that must be lifted for him to be released on bail. A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Oct. 24.
A bail revocation hearing is set for Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, to determine whether a city woman will be held without bail until her trial Oct. 21 for assault of her boyfriend and his mother.
Police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke the bail of Natalie Neville, 26, of 20 Cheney Place, alleging she stalked her boyfriend three times after her arrest on the August assault charges.
Because the courts are closed Monday for the Columbus Day holiday, Neville will be held until a hearing Tuesday. If a judge decides not to revoke her bail on the assault charges, bail will be set on the stalking charges.
More burglary, drug charges
A police prosecutor Friday sought $25,000 cash/surety bail for Hector Rivera Ayala, 24, who was arraigned in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on felony charges of criminal liability to burglary and possession of a narcotic and a misdemeanor of second offense operating after suspension.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said Rivera Ayala, of 153 W. Hancock St., was out on bail on Goffstown burglary and drug charges, for which he had waived a probable cause hearing, when he was arrested by Manchester Police.
The prosecutor said Rivera Ayala is accused of driving someone to a residence for a burglary and then to a location to dispose of the stolen items. Pelletier said Rivera Ayala had crack cocaine in his possession when arrested.
In addition to the Manchester charge of second offense operating after suspension, Rivera Ayala was sought by Circuit Court-Merrimack District Division for failing to appear on an operating after suspension misdemeanor. That charge carried a $1,000 personal recognizance bail and an Oct. 24 court date.
Judge Gregory Michael set bail on the Manchester charges at the $25,000 cash/surety requested by the prosecutor.
“I am concerned about the public’s safety,” said Michael. Bail conditions include not going to a specific Lake Shore Road address and not having any contact with the alleged burglary victim or with Kyle Berlinguette.