Manchester Crimewatch: Mass. men face felony drug charges
MANCHESTER - Two Massachusetts men were arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on drug charges resulting from an investigation by the Manchester Police Special Enforcement Division.
Khyree Rashid Thompson, 22, of 12 Park Ave., Revere, and Cledy Pires, 22, of 12 Leroy St., Boston, were arrested outside the Econolodge, 75 W. Hancock St., at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Thompson was arrested on three warrants for sale of a controlled drug that allege he sold crack cocaine. Thompson was also charged with possession of a narcotic with intent to sell after he was found in possession of 4.1 grams of heroin and $1,061 in cash.
Pires was charged with two felony counts of sale of a controlled drug.
Bail for Thompson was set at $75,000 cash/surety, with a hearing to be held on the source of any funds offered for bail. Bail for Pires was set at $50,000 cash/surety, also with a hearing on the source of bail funds. Probable cause hearings were set for March 28.
Assault with objects
Jonathan Leonard, 33, who lists his address as a post office box in Stratham, pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to two charges of simple assault.
Leonard is accused of throwing a drink bottle at his wife, hitting her in the stomach, and throwing a roll of tinfoil at her, hitting her in the head. At the time the alleged assaults were reported last month, the couple was living at 286 Concord St.
Police prosecutors requested $2,000 cash/surety bail for Leonard, who is subject to a 72-hour probation hold in connection with a 2011 criminal threatening conviction.
Leonard asked for a break on bail, saying he and his wife have been together for three years and they have a 16-month-old child. Judge William Lyons set bail at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with his wife and barring Leonard from her residence.
Two apartments burglarized
Jorge Colon, 34, of 172 Youville St., could enter no plea Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony burglary charge that alleges he entered two apartments at 149 Parker St. and took a backpack and two laptops.
Police had responded Tuesday afternoon to a neighbor's report of a suspicious vehicle parked outside the building and a stranger leaving the building with a full backpack.
Based on a description provided by the neighbor, Officer Casey Seigle stopped a vehicle matching the description a short time later on Queen City Avenue, near Sundial Avenue. Colon, who was a passenger in the vehicle, matched the description of the man leaving the Parker Street address with the backpack.
Further investigation by Officer Chris Biron at the Parker Street address determined that both the second and third floor apartments had been entered and items, including a black backpack and two laptops, had been taken.
Based on that information, the vehicle stopped by Seigle was seized and searched by Biron Wednesday, after a search warrant was obtained. The items reported stolen from Parker Street were found in the vehicle.
When Colon was spotted in the area of Hanover and Beech streets at about 1 a.m. Thursday, he taken into custody without incident and charged with burglary.
Police said the investigation is continuing and additional arrests or charges are likely.
In court Thursday, Colon asked for a break on bail, saying he has no money and his girlfriend is pregnant. Police prosecutors had requested $10,000 cash/surety bail, noting Colon's criminal history includes criminal threatening, false report to law enforcement and unsworn falsification.
Lyons set bail at $5,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with either victim. A probable cause hearing was set for March 28.
Pregnancy test kit taken
An Auburn teen pleaded no contest Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a reduced charge of theft by unauthorized taking.
Monique Labrie, 18, of 458 Manchester Road, was accused of taking a pregnancy test kit from a Rite Aid store and then failing to appear for arraignment Dec. 26, 2012.
The plea agreement reduced the charge from an A misdemeanor to a B. Labrie was fined $1,200 with $1,000 of that suspended for two years of good behavior, which includes not going to any Rite Aid store during that period. She was ordered to pay $298, which includes the fine, penalty assessment and $50 failure to appear fee immediately. The prosecutor said the test kit was recovered at the scene.
Claims self defense
A city teen charged with simple assault Thursday told Lyons: "It was self defense. She hit me first."
Amanda Webber, 17, of 1287 Elm St., pleaded innocent to charges of knocking her sister to the floor, punching her in the face several times and pulling her hair while the alleged victim was on the floor.
Webber protested the proposed $1,000 cash/surety bail, telling Lyons: "I have school tomorrow." Lyons set bail at $100 cash/surety and $900 personal recognizance, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim and barring Webber from her sister's residence. Trial was set for April 15.
Alleged victim is his girlfriend
A city man accused of throwing his girlfriend onto a bed, punching holes in the apartment walls, and telling her that if he weren't punching the walls, he'd be punching her was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Aaron Michael White, 46, of 471 Maple St., pleaded innocent to charges of assault, criminal threatening and criminal mischief and trial was set for April 25.
Police prosecutors sought $1,000 cash/surety bail, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim and barring White from her residence.
White wanted personal recognizance bail, but Lyons noted he is out on bail on an unrelated charge of willful concealment. White said he wasn't on bail, although he acknowledged he was arraigned Feb. 26 on the charge. Citing the pending charge, White's failure to appear on a 2012 charge and the nature of the new charges, Lyons set bail at the amount requested by the prosecutors.
He's needed at home
A man charged with receiving stolen property and theft by deception asked for a break on bail, saying he needs to walk his two children to and from school.
Joshua Harrison, 29, of 201 Auburn St., said his family is struggling financially and he needs to get his SSI so his wife and kids can move into new housing through The Way Home program. Harrison declined to apply for a court-appointed lawyer, saying he was going to see about hiring a private attorney.
Harrison is accused of selling an iPhone he knew was stolen to a Kelley Street pawn shop for $40. Police prosecutors had requested $3,000 cash/surety bail, saying Harrison has two prior theft convictions.
Lyons set bail at the amount requested by the prosecutor, with conditions barring Harrison from contact with the alleged theft victim and barring him from the victim's residence and the pawn shop. A probable cause hearing on the felony charges was set for March 28.