Manchester Crimewatch: Three arrested on drug charges after police search apartment
MANCHESTER — Two of three people arrested Tuesday when members of the Manchester Police Special Enforcement Division executed a drug search warrant at a Lake Avenue apartment were arraigned Wednesday in 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester.
Kenneth Bradford, 37, of 389 Lake Ave., could enter no plea to four felony drug charges, including possession of a narcotic with intent to sell, and one misdemeanor possession of a controlled drug charge.
Police said they seized the following items in the apartment: 6.4 grams of heroin, three grams of crack cocaine, six Suboxone 8 mg strips, two Ecstasy tablets, 9.5 grams of marijuana, $1,200 in currency, one stun gun, scales, packaging and cutting agents.
Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon asked for $20,000 cash/surety bail, saying Bradford has a 19-page criminal history. “You name it, he’s done it,” said Reardon, with felonies including burglary and robbery.
Bradford, who said he is unemployed, objected to the proposed bail amount, saying it is too high. He acknowledged missing a scheduled court date June 27 on a felony habitual offender charge, on which he has since been indicted, but he told Judge Gregory Michael he came to court and paid his $50 failure to appear fee.
Michael, noting bail is not only to ensure a defendant’s appearance in court, but also to protect the public, said to Bradford: “You may pose a risk.” Michael set bail at the requested $20,000 cash/surety.
There will also be a hearing on the source of any funds offered for bail and Bradford will have to sign a waiver of extradition so he could not fight extradition if he were to leave the state.
The second person arraigned Wednesday was Marcella Tate, 39, of 236 Douglas St., who is charged with a felony of sale of a narcotic and a misdemeanor of possession of a controlled drug, for allegedly having 8.3 grams of marijuana in her possession.
The prosecutor asked that the $2,000 cash/surety bail set by a bail commissioner be maintained, saying Tate was convicted of unsworn falsification and welfare fraud in Hillsborough County Superior Court North June 20, 2013.
Tate asked for personal recognizance bail, saying: “I’ve complied with all court orders.” He noted Tate allegedly sold drugs to a police officer, and Michael set bail at $3,000 personal recognizance.
Probable cause hearings for both Bradford and Tate were set for Aug. 6, so a judge can determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send the cases to the Hillsborough County North grand jury for possible indictment. There will be status hearings on the misdemeanors Aug. 6.
The third person arrested at the Lake Avenue apartment was Brandee Shea, 39, of 298 Granite Place. Shea, who was charged with possession of a controlled drug, for allegedly having two Suboxone stripes in her possession, and resisting arrest, was released on $3,000 personal recognizance bail for arraignment at a later date.
Arrests were connected
Brian Hayward, 28, of 30 Ledgewood Hills, Nashua, was arraigned Wednesday in 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester on felony charges of theft by unauthorized taking and falsifying physical evidence. The theft charge is a felony because it is a third theft offense.
Jonathan Rodes, 33, of 1360 Elm St., was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property and driving after suspension for Driving While Intoxicated.
Rodes was allegedly driving a car reported stolen in Nashua, which dropped off Hayward at the Home Depot, 129 March Ave., where Hayward allegedly stole items valued at $350.19. Rodes was arrested at Wendy’s on S. Willow Street, where police said he went in response to a call from Hayward to pick him up there.
Hayward was arrested as he ran out of Wendy’s, where police said he had requested a bag and water and had gone into the restroom, exiting without the bag, which was later found to contain the items stolen from Home Depot, and the brown shirt he was wearing at the store.
Hayward told Judge Gregory Michael that the Nashua address he lists is his grandfather’s house.
Although the police prosecutor sought $3,500 cash/surety bail for Hayward, saying he has a criminal record in both Florida and New Hampshire and there is a 72-hour probation hold on him in connection with a robbery conviction, Hayward asked for personal recognizance bail on the felony charges.
Hayward said he has been accepted into an addiction program at the Farnum Center and the only way he can get there is if he has personal recognizance bail. He said his probation officer is in agreement with his plan. The judge said he wouldn’t set personal recognizance bail, but he would reduce the cash/surety amount to $1,000.
“I’m not going to go any lower,” said Michael.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set Aug. 6 for Hayward, so a judge can determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North grand jury for possible indictment.
The prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Rodes, who said he is on Social Security, and also asked for personal recognizance bail. Rodes, who has said at previous court appearances that he has mental health diagnoses, told the judge that the current charges are only allegations made by a police officer. Michael set bail at $2,000 personal recognizance and scheduled Rodes for a community connections court date Aug. 12.
Personal recognizance bail continued
A city man accused of unarmed robbery and assault, in connection with an early morning June 15 incident at Hydro 101, was arraigned Wednesday in 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester.
Police said Zachary Janas, 31, of 15 College Road, and another man entered Hydro 101, 545 Hooksett Road, and while Janas distracted the clerk, the second man took about $600 in grow lights and placed them in a silver Honda SUV.
The clerk, Fernando Torres, chased the thief and was able to retrieve the five grow lamps, but the man who had taken them escaped in the SUV. Janas is accused of trying to stop Torres, by running toward him and, with great force, knocking him to the ground.
Janas, who has past convictions for drug possession and false report to law enforcement, is free on $3,000 personal recognizance bail, with conditions barring contact with Torres and barring Janas from Hydro 101.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 20, when a judge will determine whether the evidence is sufficient to send the case to the Hillsborough County North grand jury for possible indictment.
There will also be a status hearing on the misdemeanor charge on Aug. 20.
Hearing set for man whose ‘test drive’ ended in arrest
A homeless man who took a Volkswagen Touareg out for what was supposed to be a 15-minute test drive shortly before 10 a.m. Monday and still hadn’t returned it to the used car dealer almost five hours later was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of theft by unauthorized taking.
Derek Worsham, 25, who lists a homeless shelter as his address, was spotted by an employee of Sevan Auto Group LLC, 1086 Candia Road, driving the vehicle on South Willow Street about 3 p.m. and notified police.
Officers from the mounted unit, who were heading east on Queen City Avenue, saw the vehicle headed west, with Worsham driving and a friend in the front passenger seat.
After Worsham’s arrest on the theft charge, officers reported finding 19 Lorazepam pills in Worsham’s purse during a search of his belongings at the police station.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony charge in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 6, so a judge can determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North grand jury for possible indictment.
A police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Worsham, saying he has convictions in California and New Hampshire, mostly for theft. Worsham asked Judge Gregory Michael to lower the bail, saying: “I don’t have the money to get out. I’m currently on welfare.” He also told the judge: “I’ve never been a flight risk, ever.”
Michael set bail at $500 cash/surety, with conditions that include a waiver of extradition and not going to the Sevan Auto Group.
Back in court
Adam Lloyd, 30, of 50 Sentinel Court, was back in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on Tuesday, two weeks after he pleaded no contest to a criminal mischief charge for kicking a hole in an ex-girlfriend’s bedroom door.
He was sentenced to a year in jail, with the sentence deferred until July 8, 2015, although there is a review set for Oct. 21. A condition of the sentence was to get a domestic violence evaluation within 45 days and follow any recommendations, with proof provided.
Lloyd now also faces a felony charge of habitual offender, misdemeanor charges of disobeying a police officer and conduct after an accident, and a violation for alleged reckless operation.
According to court documents, Lloyd had borrowed a motorcycle from a co-worker with whom he was having drinks at an Elm Street establishment. After an officer saw Lloyd fail to stop at Pine and Lowell streets and then tried to stop him, the officer reported Lloyd rode south on Pine Street, which is one-way northbound; cut through Victory Park, riding on the walking path; headed west on Concord Street and into Nutfield Lane, “dumping” the motorcycle near Lowell Street. Lloyd then attempted to escape on foot, the officer reported.
The owner of the motorcycle, which was damaged when dumped, told police he thought Lloyd was going for cigarettes and didn’t know Lloyd had no license.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Lloyd, who is subject to a 72-hour probation hold. Lloyd wanted a lower bail.
He had applied for a court-appointed attorney, but the judge said the $3,200 Lloyd reported as a monthly net pay from two jobs was over the limit.
Lloyd, who had asked for personal recognizance bail at his last arraignment, saying he had just started a new job and had to pay child support, wouldn’t give up easily. He said Tuesday that if he doesn’t get out on bail, he won’t be making any money, and therefore, he will qualify for a court-appointed lawyer.
Michael set bail at the $1,000 requested by the prosecutor. A probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 6, so a judge can decide whether there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North grand jury for possible indictment. There will be a trial on the lesser charges Sept. 3.
Contact with minors ban
A man who allegedly took a 6-year-old boy with him in the car when he went to rob a bank is now barred from unsupervised contact with anyone under age 18.
That was one of the bail conditions set Tuesday at the arraignment of Jose Mercado Falero, 31, of 375 Merrimack St., in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Mercado Falero was charged with felony armed robbery. He allegedly robbed the Citizens Bank branch at 2035 Brown Ave. at gunpoint Monday morning, taking an estimated $1,755 in cash, and then drove off with a child in the vehicle.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 6, so a judge can determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North grand jury for possible indictment.
Police credit a witness, who followed the vehicle and provided the license number to police before losing track of it. When police stopped the vehicle, the child was still inside.
Mercado Falero pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child, and a trial was set for Sept. 3. Bail was set at a total of $15,000 cash/surety.
New charge of stalking
Abdul Shabaz, 63, of 475 Second St., was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a misdemeanor charge of stalking a man he is accused of attacking with a machete July 3.
Shabaz was living on West Hancock Street when he allegedly assaulted Kenneth Gill with a machete when Gill passed him a second time on the way home from the Family Dollar store. The assault was captured on the home security camera video of a neighbor.
The felony charge was bound over to the Hillsborough County North grand jury for possible indictment, but Shabaz was still barred from contact with Gill and is accused of at least twice being in Gill’s residence or near him.
Shabaz was out on $10,000 personal recognizance bail at the time of his arrest on the new charge. A police prosecutor requested $10,000 cash/surety bail on the stalking charge, saying Shabaz has multiple convictions in Florida, Ohio, Colorado and Georgia.
Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $5,000 cash/surety, with conditions that bar Shabaz from any contact with Gill, bar him from Gill’s residence and bar him from going within 100 yards of where Gill might be.
The trial on the stalking charge was set for Aug. 20.