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Manchester Crimewatch: Man pleads innocent to charges of stealing formula

MANCHESTER — Luis Gonzales, 32, of 471 Maple St., pleaded Thursday for personal recognizance bail at his arraignment in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.

Gonzales pleaded innocent to a charge of theft by unauthorized taking that alleges he took five cans of baby formula, valued at almost $110, from the Hannaford store at 859 Hanover St. Wednesday.

A police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Gonzales. Lt. Peter Favreau said Gonzales was convicted in April of receiving stolen property and has prior convictions, going back to 1997, that include second-degree assault, simple assault and driving while intoxicated. Gonzales’ probation officer has placed a 72-hour hold on him in connection with an April conviction.

Gonzales told Judge William Lyons: “I didn’t do what they’re saying I did.” Gonzales asked for personal recognizance bail, saying he and his probation officer are working on getting him into a 28-day drug treatment program, to be followed by another program to help him turn his life around.

Lyons set bail at $500 cash/surety and $500 personal recognizance. Trial was set for Dec. 2.

Three drug charges

Robert Yell, 24, of 522 Granite St., could enter no plea Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to three felony charges of possession of a narcotic drug, so a probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 13. Bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety.

Yell was arrested Wednesday afternoon after officers from the Street Crime Unit observed what appeared to be drug activity by a couple in a vehicle parked in the Rite Aid lot at 1631 Elm St.

When the car left the lot, the officers followed it to a parking lot at 21 Front St. When officers approached the parked vehicle on foot, they reported seeing the male passenger leaning over his lap, where they saw two spoons and two syringes on a license plate. Both spoons contained a substance believed to be heroin.

The officers detained the couple, identified as Yell and Jacqueline Cunniffe, 22, also of 522 Granite St. Yell was charged with three narcotic charges, for allegedly also having an additional amount of heroin and a Suboxone sublingual film strip — used to treat individuals suffering from opioid dependence — in his possession. He was also charged with a probation violation, triggering a 72-hour hold.

Trespass charge

A Goffstown woman was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of theft by deception that alleges she took a container of maple syrup valued at almost $16 from the Hannaford store at 859 Hanover St. and “returned” it for cash.

Katelyn Poisson, 21, of 21 Paige Hill Road, was charged with a felony because it is her third theft charge.

She was also arraigned on a criminal trespass charge for which she had been scheduled for arraignment Nov. 7. The misdemeanor charge alleges she was sleeping at an abandoned house Oct. 7.

Judge William Lyons set bail at $1,000 cash/surety.

A probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 12. Trial on the misdemeanor was set for Dec. 3.

A warrant, too

When Xavier Louis, 20, of 288 Hanover St., was arrested Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicated by a controlled drug and conduct after an accident, officers discovered there was an outstanding warrant.

Louis was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on both warrant and new charges. The simple assault warrant alleges he fired an airsoft pistol April 4 at Notre Dame Avenue and Kelley Street, causing injury to a person. He was also arraigned on the Wednesday charges that allege he caused damage to another vehicle, while driving under the influence of a drug, and failed to stop and provide the required information.

Louis asked Judge William Lyons for personal recognizance bail, saying he has a job and takes care of family members. Lyons reduced the $1,500 cash/surety bail requested by the prosecutor to $1,000 cash/surety, with bail conditions that include no contact with the alleged victims. Trial was set for Dec. 2.

Faces DWI count

John Mclean, 52, of 168 Merrimack St., pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to misdemeanor charges of second offense driving while intoxicated and conduct after an accident.

Mclean, who was wearing a Red Sox shirt under his jacket, is accused of driving on Elm Street early Thursday while under the influence of alcohol and striking a utility pole. He’s accused of leaving the scene without providing information to police or the utility.

A police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Mclean, who was convicted of DWI in Manchester in 2007. “I don’t have a thousand dollars,” said Mclean, who appeared to have missed that the bail was cash or surety.

Trial on the charges was set for Dec. 2.

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