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Manchester man needs to complete booking process before he can be released on bail

October 28. 2013 8:43PM

MANCHESTER — A police prosecutor asked a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge Monday to include a bail condition requiring Adam Christopher to complete the Manchester Police booking procedure before he is released on bail.

Christopher, 29, of 725 Lake Ave., is accused of driving away from a police officer who sought to stop him. Christopher was charged with second offense Driving While Intoxicated and disobeying a police officer Sunday.

Because he was out on personal recognizance bail on charges of receiving stolen property and criminal trespass when he allegedly committed new offenses, police prosecutors filed a contempt of court charge.

Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $2,000 cash/surety, with conditions including completing the booking process. Trial was set for Dec. 2.

2012 charges

David Melanson, 20, of 92 Walnut St., told Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge Gregory Michael he couldn’t remember why he failed to show up in court April 10 on charges of criminal trespass, theft by unauthorized taking and false report to law enforcement.

Police prosecutors sought $2,000 cash/surety bail for Melanson, who was convicted in July 2011 of receiving stolen property.

Melanson, who is unemployed, said: “I’ve been looking for a job.” He also told Michael: “I’ve got my son at home. I take care of him.”

Michael set bail at $2,000 personal recognizance, but told Melanson: “Heaven help you if you don’t come (to trial Dec. 2.)”

Claims victim contacts him

Joshua Vasquez, 22, of 16 Jane St., pleaded innocent Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a criminal threatening charge that alleges he threatened to shoot his child’s mother.

Vasquez, who was free on charges of simple assault and criminal threatening of the same alleged victim, told Judge Gregory Michael that the new charge predates the charges on which he was arraigned Oct. 23 in Circuit Court.

He also said: “She’s been texting me and calling me every day.” To which Michael responded: “You ignore this.” Michael told Vasquez he is to have no contact with the alleged victim. “It’s time for you to stay out of trouble,” said Michael.

Although the police prosecutors had requested $10,000 cash/surety bail, Michael set bail at $1,000 cash/surety for Vasquez, who is unemployed and on Social Security. Trial on all charges is set for Dec. 16.

Same incident

A man who was arraigned Oct. 15 on two charges of simple assault and one of false imprisonment, for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and refusing to let her out of her vehicle in the Catholic Medical Center parking garage for four to five hours Oct. 14, was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on additional charges stemming from the incident.

Eric Grondin, 26, who is homeless, was arraigned on a felony charge of second-degree assault and a misdemeanor of criminal threatening.

Police said the woman went to the police station two days after the incident and said she remembered more of what had happened. She told police that at one point, Grondin grabbed her throat and pushed her head against the headrest until she had difficulty breathing. She said he also raised his fist and told her if she left the vehicle, he would put her head through the window. She also told police Grondin said he would burn down her house, threatened to rip her nails off, said he would kill her slowly, and he would torture her family.

Grondin could enter no plea to the felony charge in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 12, the date already set for trial on the misdemeanor charges. There was no change to the $1,000 cash/surety bail set at his arraignment Oct. 15.

Beer theft is a felony

A probable cause hearing on a felony theft charge was set Nov. 7 in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for Tracy Burgoine, 44, who lists the homeless shelter as her addresss.

The charge is a felony because it is Burgoine’s third theft charge. Burgoine was released on personal recognizance bail Oct. 16, following her arraignment on a misdemeanor theft charge, for allegedly stealing a beer from the Shell Station on Fort Eddy Road, and a simple asasult charge, for allegedly spitting on a police officer, Those charges were set for trial Nov. 13.

The new charge alleges she stole a beer from the Market Basket store on Elm Street. Because she was out on bail, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke her bail on the earlier charge and a hearing was set for Tuesday.

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