MANCHESTER — A 17-year-old Memorial High School senior was arraigned Wednesday in Circuit County-Manchester District Division on a felony robbery charge that alleges he punched a 15-year-old boy and stole the handgun he had arranged to purchase from the youth.
Dominic Ramos Chalifoux, of 10 O’Malley St., could enter no plea to the felony charge in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 7. Bail was set at $10,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the victim.
Police said Chalifoux had arranged to buy the Sig Sauer P229 .357 caliber gun as part of a plan to “get even” with someone. The 15-year-old told police he had stolen the gun from his parents and was planning to sell it to Chalifoux, who he had met at the skate park four or five months earlier.
The victim said he met Chalifoux at Maple and Concord streets Oct. 21 to sell him the stolen gun, but said Chalifoux punched him and fled with the gun. The charge is a felony because force was allegedly used in the theft.
Tylen Jennings, 19, of 923 Valley St., did not think he should be in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Thursday. He complained: “I got arrested in my own home.”
Police said Jennings was arrested and charged with criminal threatening because he allegedly called his ex-girlfriend and demanded to see her, saying: “I’ll kill you if you don’t come over.”
When Judge Gregory Michael explained Jennings’ rights to a court-appointed lawyer if he could not afford to hire one and asked if he understood, Jennings claimed he didn’t. The most he would say to any question, including whether he understood that bail conditions bar contact with the alleged victim, was: “I heard you.”
Jennings’ personal recognizance bail was continued and trial was set for Jan. 6, 2014. Michael requires all defendants to sign the trial notice, but Jennings added, verbally and in writing on the notice, that he was signing “under duress.” He also reluctantly accepted the paperwork before walking quickly out of the courtroom.
Calls charges ‘trumped up’
David Dionne, 40, whose address is listed as the homeless shelter, said the charges on which he was arraigned Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division were “trumped up.”
A misdemeanor simple assault charge alleges he punched another man in the face at a Maple Street address Sept. 21. Court documents show police were called to the Maple Street address that night, but Dionne had fled.
The woman told police Oct. 8 that Dionne had later returned to the apartment Sept. 21 and put his hands around her neck and squeezed until she lost consciousness, but she was afraid to report it right away.
Court documents show that when she spoke with police Oct. 8, she said Dionne had moved out, so she felt safe reporting the assault. Dionne was charged with second-degree assault for that incident.
The woman told police that Dionne had called her Oct. 7 and said: “I’m coming to your house and I’m going to kill you.” Police filed a criminal threatening charge based on that allegation.
In court, Dionne told Judge Gregory Michael: “I don’t know what the hell is going on.” He said he had been living with the woman after the alleged Sept. 21 incident.
Dionne is currently being held in Merrimack County on a charge of duty to report. He is required to report regularly as a sex offender as a result of his 2004 conviction for attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault. A police prosecutor requested $10,000 cash/surety bail for Dionne, with conditions barring contact with the two alleged victims.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony charge in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing on the felony charge was set for Nov. 7. Trial on the misdemeanors was set for Dec. 2.
Couple is divorcing
Bakita Lado, 41, could enter no plea Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of second-degree assault that alleges she put both hands around her husband’s neck during an argument Tuesday and squeezed until he had difficulty breathing. A probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 13.
Court documents show that Lado’s husband told responding officers that the couple is divorcing after 23 years because she is abusive to him and their children. He said she is not supposed to be in the residence at 61 Trahan St., but that someone had been letting her into the residence since Oct. 26.
He said she refused to leave Tuesday and instead told him to leave. When he said he was going to call police, he said Lado grabbed him around the neck with both hands and squeezed. He said he had to bite her left wrist to free himself.
Lado told police that her husband was mad at her for talking to herself and they argued. When she grabbed for the phone, she told police, he bit her wrist.
An officer responding to the residence said there were no marks on the husband’s throat, but the bite mark of a human mouth was on Lado’s left wrist.
A police prosecutor requested $7,500 cash/surety bail for Lado, who has no prior record. Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $2,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with her husband and no going to his residence.
Speaking through an interpreter, Lado told Michael: “I just wanted to go where my children are.”
Says she is ‘clean’
Briana Beliveau, 26, pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a theft by deception charge that alleges she took items from the shelves at Home Depot, 129 March Ave., and “returned” them for a gift card.
Beliveau, who has prior theft convictions, told Judge Gregory Michael that she was hanging out with the wrong person. She assured him that she is attending meetings and is “clean” and passes all her urine tests in a Rockingham County drug rehab program.
Beliveau told Michael she has had a difficult life, living in foster and group homes, suffering the loss of family members, and stealing to feed a drug addiction. But she insisted she is clean now and is living with her mother at 26 Railroad Ave., Seabrook, while undergoing drug treatment.
When Michael asked about the alleged Home Depot theft, she said the slip was because she was depressed because a close relative, who has Alzheimer’s and other medical issues, is in the hospital.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier, noting Beliveau’s most recent conviction for willful concealment and receiving stolen property was in July, said her record of convictions goes back to 2005.
“This is a recurring problem for Miss Beliveau,” said Pelletier, who requested $5,000 cash/surety bail.
Beliveau asked for personal recognizance bail, telling the judge: “Sitting in jail, that’s not going to help me.”
Michael set bail at $1,000 cash/surety and $3,000 personal recognizance. Trial was set for Dec. 3.