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April 08. 2014 9:59PM

Former Manchester man arraigned on simple assault, outstanding warrants

MANCHESTER — Police had sought Keon Mercer, 40, who prosecutors said now lives in Massachusetts, on warrants from 2010 and 2011. But it was an argument with his sister about those warrants that resulted in his arrest on a simple assault charge Monday.

After his arrest on the assault charge, a warrants check showed 2010 charges of driving without a valid license and conduct after and accident; a Jan. 20, 2011, felony charge of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor of disobeying a police officer, and a Feb. 14, 2011, felony charge of receiving stolen property.

At Mercer’s arraignment on all the charges Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, a police prosecutor sought $10,000 cash/surety bail. The prosecutor said Mercer has a criminal record in Massachusetts that includes a variety of offenses, including breaking and entering, resisting arrest, receiving stolen property and robbery, with his most recent convictions in 2013.

Mercer’s last listed Manchester address is 69 Massabesic St.

A probable cause hearing on the felonies was set for April 22, and trial on the remaining charges was set for May 8.

Man faces stalking charge

A bail revocation hearing is scheduled today in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for John Huard, 50, 272 Front St., who was arraigned Tuesday on a stalking charge.

Huard is accused of violating bail conditions on an assault charge scheduled for trial April 23. At his arraignment March 24 on the assault charge, Huard said the alleged victim lived upstairs in the same building. Bail conditions required him to stay 300 feet away from the woman.

In Circuit Court Tuesday, Huard told Judge Gregory Michael that his arrest was the result of a misunderstanding. “I went back home,” Huard said, but he said he maintained the required distance because the alleged victim is now staying with her daughter on Maple Street. He didn’t say how he knew where she was staying. Bail conditions bar contact with the woman, even third- party contact.

A status hearing on the stalking charge was set for April 23, the same day as the assault trial.

Record bars bail reduction

Rachel Munroe, 32, of 77 Market St., Tuesday asked a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge if he would reduce the $1,500 cash/surety bail on her felony charge of possession of a narcotic.

Police who said they observed what appeared to be drug activity in a vehicle in the area of Walnut and Bridge streets, stopped the car on Market Street.

During their investigation, said police, Munroe was found in possession of two baggies of suspected crack cocaine.

A police prosecutor said Munroe’s record includes a 2006 drug conviction, 2012 prostitution conviction and a 2013 shoplifting conviction. Given Munroe’s record, Judge Gregory Michael declined to reduce the bail. But he said Munroe’s court-appointed lawyer could file a motion seeking a bail reduction.

Arrests made at hotel

Members of the Manchester police, U.S. Marshals and New Hampshire Probation and Parole went to the Super 8 Hotel, 2301 Brown Ave., Monday morning on information that a wanted subject was in one of the rooms.

In the room were two people sought on warrants for probation violations: Andrew Watson, 37, of 179 Loudon Road, Concord, and Victoria Duford, 22, of 307 Catamount Road, Northwood.

Also in the room were Michael Driscoll, 33, and Katie Connolly, 27, both of 28 Pearson Road, Merrimack. Driscoll was taken into custody by probation and placed on a 72-hour hold, and Connolly was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled drug, for allegedly having a small amount of suspected marijuana.


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