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April 15. 2014 11:47PM

A Derry man pleads innocent to falsely claiming a master electrician license

MANCHESTER — A Derry man who operates Dr. Home Service Electric pleaded innocent Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a misdemeanor alleging a violation of electrician license regulations.

Henry T. Pratte, 54, of 32 Old Chester Road, is accused of using the number of a licensed electrician on his website without permission.

Court documents show police allege Pratte used a former employee’s master electrician license number on his website “with an apparent purpose to deceive,” representing himself as a licensed electrician. The documents also show Pratte surrendered his own journeyman license as part of a settlement agreement with the state electricians board in 2002.

Bail was continued at $1,000 personal recognizance, with conditions that include no contact with the license holder. Trial was set for May 20.

Trial set for April 29

Derek Gagne, 24, of 541 Bartlett St., who failed to appear in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division April 7 for arraignment on a felony drug charge and misdemeanors of theft by unauthorized taking and resisting arrest, was arraigned Tuesday after being arrested on a bench warrant.

He is accused of having suboxone in his possession when arrested March 12 near Home Depot, 129 March Ave., where he allegedly stole a hammer and a set of hex tools, valued at $60. The resisting arrest charge stems from Gagne walking away from Officer Scott Ardita, who had told him to stop, police said.Gagne had also failed to appear in Circuit Court Nov. 6, 2013, for a deferred sentence hearing on a mischief conviction. A probable cause hearing was set for April 29 on the felony. Trial on the misdemeanors and the deferred sentence hearing were scheduled for May 20.

Bail is $4,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include not returning to Home Depot.

Says he doesn’t have a gun

Shane Duhaime, 43, of 25 Laval St., pleaded innocent Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to misdemeanor charges of simple assault and criminal threatening.

Duhaime is accused of chest bumping his girlfriend and telling her he was going to get a .45 caliber revolver and “blow her away.”

Duhaime told Judge William Lyons that he doesn’t own a gun, and he wasn’t going to get one from a friend.

A police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail, noting Duhaime was convicted of resisting arrest a year ago and has previous convictions for driving while intoxicated and disorderly conduct.

Lyons set bail at $750 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim and barring him from her residence. He must also comply with the police department’s booking process before being released. Trial was set for May 15.

She’s having my child

A man accused of violating a domestic violence protective order by calling his ex-girlfriend Tuesday told a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge: “(She) is actually having my child.”

David Bivens, 34, of 1991 Bodwell Road, pleaded innocent to the misdemeanor charge that alleges he called the woman and spoke with her, despite a protective order that is in effect through March 2015.

Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested a $3,000 cash/surety bail for Bivens, who has convictions for second-offense operating after suspension and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Judge William Lyons reduced the bail amount to $2,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the woman and barring him from her residence. Trial was set for May 15.



Arraigned in felony thefts

Jason Morrissey, who was wanted on outstanding police warrants, was stopped in the area of Hanover Street and Mammoth Road.

Morrissey was also charged with operating after suspension as a habitual offender for driving and disobeying a police officer for giving his brother’s name when stopping.

Morrissey, 28, of 198 Grove St., was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on felony charges of theft by unauthorized taking and receiving stolen property in connection with the pawning of gaming system and video games reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a restaurant on South Willow Street on Feb. 8 and sold at Gamestop in the Mall of New Hampshire. The charges are felonies because they are the third such charge.

There was also a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge in connection with Morrissey being in the mall. He had been trespassed from the mall in 2010 in an agreement that barred him from the mall through 2015.

A police prosecutor requested $3,000 cash/surety bail for Morrissey, noting he has pending cases in Merrimack and Hillsborough county superior courts. A probable cause hearing on the felonies was set for April 29, and trial on the misdemeanors was set for May 15.



Requests to go to rehab

Jeffrey Hall, 26, of 494 Wilson St., could enter no plea to a felony charge of possession of a narcotic. He pleaded innocent to a contempt charge that alleges he committed a new crime while out on bail on a theft charge.

Police Officer Brian Gillotte stopped Hall Monday as Hall was walking in the area of Hanover and Lincoln streets, carrying a flat screen television set concealed in a plastic bag.

During the course of the investigation, Hall was found in possession of a small amount of heroin. He was also charged with contempt because he was out on personal recognizance bail on the theft charge. He had also failed to appear in court in January on an October 2013 criminal trespass charge.

A police prosecutor, noting Hall was convicted of assault last year and criminal threatening in 2011, requested $2,000 cash/surety bail on the new charges.

Hall told Judge William Lyons that he’s ready to get off drugs, saying: “I’ve been on drugs for six or seven years.” Hall said his father overdosed, his girlfriend is in prison because of them, and he’s ready for rehab. If he could be slid right into rehab, he said, he would like personal recognizance bail. Otherwise, said Hall, he had no problem with the $2,000 cash/surety bail. Trial was set for May 15.


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