Manchester man faces 11 felony charges related to thefts
MANCHESTER — Bail was set at $50,000 cash/surety Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for a man charged with multiple charges of receiving stolen property, theft by deception, theft by unauthorized taking and one of burglary.
In all, Michael Dargie, 27, of 241 Laurel St., was arraigned on 11 felonies and four misdemeanors related to burglaries and disposal of stolen goods.
In requesting the high bail, police prosecutor Lt. Peter Favreau said Dargie was involved in several burglaries, including an August Spruce Street burglary cited in the felony burglary charge. Favreau said the charges are not just allegations. “There were admissions made,” Favreau told Judge William Lyons.
Favreau said Dargie’s record dates back to 2009 and he has had several convictions this year, including forgery, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property, with suspended sentences still hanging over him.
Dargie did not contest the proposed $50,000 cash/surety bail. No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Sept. 26. Trial on the misdemeanors was set for Oct. 16.
Two violations alleged
Eric Dorobiala, 30, of 267 Stonebridge Drive, Nashua, pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to two violations of a domestic violence protective order.
Dorobiala is accused of calling the woman who took out the DVP twice in July, speaking to her once and leaving a voice mail the second time.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said Dorobiala has prior convictions for violation of a protective order as well as for stalking and assault. She said he has convictions in both Nashua and Manchester and the Manchester convictions involve the same victim.
Bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety and trial was set for Oct. 15.
Admits anger is a problem
Matthew Miller, 40, of 49 Manchester St., pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to charges of simple assault, criminal threatening, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Miller is accused of bumping a man with whom he had a driving dispute last month and telling him: “I’ll knock your head off.” He’s also accused of refusing to comply with a police officer Wednesday on River Road and using profanities.
Miller, who told Judge William Lyons: “I’ve never been in trouble in New Hampshire,” said he knows he has an anger problem. He also said he’s a student, living in a sober house and doesn’t want to lose that opportunity. “I’ve been sober for 10 months,” said Miller.
Bail was set at $2,500 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim in the August incident. Trial was set for Oct. 17.
Spotted peering into car
Police officers on patrol Wednesday morning noticed a man peering into a parked vehicle in the rear driveway of a Manchester Street address. When they approached, they reported the man appeared startled.
He suddenly turned toward the apartment house and approached a door, knocking on it. When no one answered, the officer stopped and engaged Jeffrey Bernardini in conversation.
While the officers were speaking with Bernardini, the resident of the apartment came outside and told officers he had no idea who Bernardini was or why he would be looking in his car or knocking on his door. The officers noted that there was a camera in plain sight on the seat of the car.
Further investigation revealed there was a warrant for Bernardini for felony theft.
In Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Thursday, Bernardini, 51, of 146 Pearl St., could enter no plea to the felony theft charge that alleges he took $129 in groceries from Stop & Shop on Lincoln Street July 20. The charge is a felony because he has twice been convicted of theft.
A police prosecutor said Bernardini’s criminal record dates back to 1982 and most recently includes convictions for drugs, operating after suspension, felony shoplifting and driving while intoxicated.
Bail was set at $2,000 cash/surety, but will not take effect unless a probation hold is lifted. Because no plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Sept. 26.
Attempted to escape
After Officer Nicholas Georgoulis stopped two people on bicycles in the area of S. Beech Street and Spring Garden Drive about 15 minutes past midnight Wednesday, he learned one of the two, Ronald Lievens, 21, of 229 Spruce St., had a warrant for criminal threatening from Derry.
But after Georgoulis handcuffed Lievens and began to check his pockets, Lievens tried to run away. He only made it a couple of feet before Officer Jeff Fiermonte intercepted him and tackled him to the ground.
Police said Lievens had .1 gram of heroin in a baggy in his possession, so he was charged with felony possession of a narcotic and felony attempted escape.
At his arraignment Thursday morning in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, Lievens told Judge William Lyons: “I’d like to request (personal recognizance) bail so I don’t lose my job.” Lyons said the attempted escape charge justified cash/surety bail. A probable cause hearing was set for Sept. 26.
Keeping track of business
Police seized 9.8 grams of suspected crack cocaine, about $2,100 in cash and an apparent ledger as evidence from a vehicle parked in Piscataquog River Park at 200 Precourt St.
While officer Jake Tyler was patrolling the park about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, he observed a parked vehicle with two people inside and approached the vehicle to speak with the occupants.
Based on further investigation, Tyler seized the drugs, money and ledger and arrested Yvonne Williams, 63, of 246 Main St. Williams was charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.