Manchester CrimeWatch: Mother asks judge for a break in her bail
MANCHESTER — A city woman on Thursday asked a judge in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for a break on bail, saying she has two children at home.
Angela Arriaga, 31, of 214 Wilson St., was in court for arraignment on a felony theft by unauthorized taking charge that alleges she was caught by loss prevention officers as she left the Macy's store at the Mall of New Hampshire with $2,600 in merchandise.
Police prosecutors sought a $2,500 cash/surety bail for Arriaga, who has previous convictions for willful concealment and shoplifting that date back to 2008.
Judge Gregory Michael declined to lower the bail amount, saying this is Arriaga's fourth or fifth similar charge. A probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 23.
2 assault charges
Jesse Theriault, 26, of 7-A Ash St., pleaded not guilty Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to two simple assault charges that allege he pushed his girlfriend and punched a man in the face several times.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Theriault, saying he has a 2012 conviction for obstructing government administration, in connection with his interference with rescue personnel and Nashua police trying to rescue and resuscitate a drowning victim at Sandy Pond, and a March conviction for driving while intoxicated.
Theriault, who had refused to apply for a court-appointed lawyer, apparently didn't understand the prosecutor was listing convictions, not arrests, when he said: "I don't appreciate the prosecutor lying. I got a DWI 18 months ago, not six."
Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $500 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with either alleged victim. Trial was set for Jan. 13.
He can't go home
Joseph Richard Bard, 29, who listed his address as 77 Bismark St., cannot go there under conditions of his bail set on two charges each of criminal threatening and criminal mischief, and a charge of violation of a protective order.
Bard was arraigned on the five charges Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, accused of threatening his parents and breaking some figurines. He is also accused of violating an active protective order, issued in September, that barred contact with his parents. Bail was set at $1,000 cash/surety, and trial was set for Jan. 13.
Raymond man charged
Brett Hoover, 22, of 2 Highview Circle, Raymond, was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of receiving stolen property, two misdemeanors of receiving stolen property and three misdemeanors of theft by deception.
Hoover is accused of possessing stolen jewelry and selling those items to Cash for Gold, 8 Gabrielle St., in October.
According to court documents, at the time of his arrest, Hoover was also facing charges of theft and burglary in Raymond.
Hoover is free on $5,000 cash/surety bond. All charges will be addressed at a court hearing Jan. 15.
Wander found wandering
When police responded to reports of an accident at South Willow and Kaye streets about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday night, they found an unoccupied BMW sedan that had crashed into a light pole on the median.
Officer Chris Cunningham began checking the area for the driver and spotted a man walking away from the accident scene in the Staple's parking lot.
Cunningham identified Frederick Wander, 49, of 31 Southwoods Road, Chester, as the registered owner of the BMW.
Cunningham also determined that Wander had been operating the vehicle and observed that he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
Wander was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of liquor and conduct after an accident.