Manchester CrimeWatch: Graffiti charge keeps teen’s bail from changing
MANCHESTER — A city teen, charged with felony criminal mischief, Monday asked a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge to lower a $1,000 cash/surety bail.
Adrian Hardisty, 17, of 40 Ashland St., is accused of spray painting graffiti at the Sununu Youth Center Jan. 11, causing $5,000 damage.
Judge William Lyons would not modify the bail, noting Hardisty is out on bail in two other jurisdictions on charges of robbery and reckless endangerment.
A probable cause hearing on the felony mischief charge was set for March 24.
Near giving birth
Tanysha Johnson, 20, of 272 Lowell St., was hoping for personal recognizance bail at her appearance Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Johnson, who failed to appear Dec. 11, 2013, in Circuit Court for a deferred sentence hearing on a theft by unauthorized taking charge, told Judge William Lyons that she is about to give birth.
Lyons refused to modify bail on the Manchester matter, saying: “You failed to appear four times in Manchester.”
There were also warrants from two other courts for her failure to appear Jan. 6 in Hooksett on charges of disobeying a police officer and willful concealment, and for her failure to appear in Derry Jan. 31, on charges of speeding, operating after suspension and disobeying a police officer.
Lyons said Johnson’s total bail for the three courts is $2,500 cash/surety and the new court dates are March 17 in Hooksett, March 18 in Derry and April 10 in Manchester.
Requests immediate action
Justin Reynolds, 27, of 9 Crosswoods Path, Merrimack, Monday asked Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge William Lyons to revoke his bail on the spot, instead of waiting for a hearing Tuesday on a bail revocation.
Reynolds, who had failed to appear Feb. 26 in Circuit Court on charges of willful concealment and criminal mischief, for allegedly taking wire cutters from Home Depot, 129 March Ave., and cutting a fence, was also arraigned on warrants for felony theft by deception and receiving stolen property for allegedly having a stolen $1,500 bike and selling it to a pawn shop Feb. 12 for $100.
Because he allegedly committed new crimes while out on bail, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Reynolds’ bail and a hearing was set for Tuesday. “Can’t we just revoke it today,” Reynolds asked Lyons.
Reynolds said he wasn’t going to be going anywhere: “I’m on a federal detainer.” He also faces charges stemming from a Goffstown incident Feb. 14, which involves allegedly breaking into a house and shed and having brass knuckles, which, as a felon, he is prohibited from having in his possession.
Lyons said because Reynolds had requested an attorney, he couldn’t revoke the bail without Reynolds having the opportunity to speak with an attorney. But Lyons said he would try to get an attorney over to the Valley Street Jail to speak with Reynolds Monday afternoon.
A bail revocation hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for Darius Weekly, 20, of 219 Notre Dame Ave., who was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.
Police prosecutors filed the bail revocation motion because Weekly allegedly violated his bail on felony charges of riot and second-degree assault, stemming from an incident March 2 on Laurel Street in which police said there were assaults by some in the crowd estimated at 30 people, by resisting arrest.
Witness tampering charge
Jacob Valley, 19, of 4 Bethel Court, protested the $25,000 cash/surety bail proposed by police prosecutors in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of witness tampering, that alleges he tried to persuade a woman not to call police, and a misdemeanor of possession of a controlled drug (marijuana).
Valley told Judge William Lyons that he has just spent 11 months at Valley Street for a crime he didn’t commit. “I’ve lost my job,” he said.
Lyons reduced the bail by $5,000, setting it at $20,000 cash/surety. A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for March 24, with a status hearing on the misdemeanor.
Pleads ignorance of court date
Erin Warren, 27, of 456 Pine St., Monday told Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge William Lyons that she didn’t know she had a court date Feb. 12 for a deferred sentence hearing on a simple assault conviction.
She said she wasn’t notified of the hearing, but Lyons told her: “You signed for it.“ He said she had to sign the hearing notice before leaving court after the conviction. A new hearing date was set for April 10. Lyons reduced the $1,000 cash/surety bail set on the arrest warrant to $500 cash/surety.
Shoe as weapon
Bail was continued at $1,000 personal recognizance Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for Brianna Harris, 23, of 305 East High St.
Harris pleaded innocent to a simple assault charge that accuses her of throwing a shoe at her boyfriend, hitting him in the back, at the East High Street address. Bail conditions bar contact with the alleged victim and bar Harris from a specific Granite Street address.