Manchester CrimeWatch: Candia woman out on bail faces new charges
MANCHESTER — A Candia woman who was out on bail on a prostitution charge when she allegedly committed a new crime will spend the weekend in jail, awaiting a bail revocation hearing Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Amber Blevens, 21, of 6 Blevens Drive, could enter no plea Friday in Circuit Court to a felony charge of possession of a narcotic that alleges she had cocaine in her possession on Hanover Street Thursday. A probable cause hearing was set for Sept. 5.
Blevens pleaded innocent to a resisting arrest charge that alleges she refused a police officer’s verbal commands to get on the ground. Trial on the resisting arrest and prostitution charges was set for Sept. 24.
Probation hold trumps bail
A city man, accused of forging a check for more than $1,400 and cashing it at St. Mary’s Bank last September, Friday asked Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge William Lyons to lower the $5,000 cash/surety bail requested by police prosecutor Lt. Peter Favreau.
Favreau said Brian LeBlanc, 28, of 195 Eastern Ave., has a criminal record that includes burglary, drug possession, falsifying physical evidence and bail jumping. Favreau said a 2011 drug charge may still be pending and said LeBlanc is currently being held on a probation violation.
LeBlanc said most of his extensive criminal record dates back to the early 2000s. He said he couldn’t afford high bail. “I’m not working,” LeBlanc told the judge.
Lyons said he would leave the bail at the $5,000 cash/surety amount for now, but said if the probation hold is lifted, bail can be revisited. Bail conditions bar contact with the account owner and bar LeBlanc from the bank on McGregor Street.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing on the forgery and theft by deception charges was set for Sept. 5.
Wants to keep treatment appointments
A city man charged with felony narcotic possession asked for a bail reduction Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, saying he wants to keep his Farnum Center appointments.
John Brinley, 30, of 100 Brook St., allegedly had heroin in his possession Thursday on Bridge Street.
Brinley asked for a reduction in the $3,000 cash/surety bail requested by police prosecutors, telling Judge William Lyons: “Right now I don’t really have any family in the area.” Brinley said he wants to be able to keep his substance abuse treatment appointments.
Lyons reduced the bail to $2,000 cash/surety. A probable cause hearing was set for Sept. 5.
Questions assault charges
Tyler Bernard, 23, who lists the homeless shelter as his address, complained Friday to Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge William Lyons that there could be a double jeopardy issue with the assault charges against him. “Two of them seem to be the same thing,” said Bernard.
He’s charged with three counts of simple assault in connection with his alleged assault Thursday of a security officer at the Comfort Inn, 298 Queen City Ave. Bernard allegedly assaulted the man after he was asked to leave the hotel, where he was not a guest and was loud and disorderly in a hallway. A resisting arrest charge alleges he fled from police.
Bernard asked if he could have bail set at $10,000 personal recognizance, instead of the $1,000 cash/surety requested by the prosecutor. “I just got a job,” he said.
Lyons set bail at $500 cash/surety, with bail conditions barring Bernard from the Comfort Inn, and trial was set for Sept. 24. Bernard was already scheduled for trial Oct. 24 on a theft charge.