Manchester Crimewatch: Teen accused of violating bail conditions twice
MANCHESTER — A city teen, charged twice with violating bail conditions barring contact with his girlfriend, is scheduled for a bail revocation hearing Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Devin Wachenfeld, 18, of 436 Granite St., was arraigned Wednesday in Circuit Court on a stalking charge that alleges he was with the female in his residence earlier in the morning.
Wachenfeld was first in court Oct. 21, when he pleaded innocent to a simple assault charge that alleged he had grabbed his his girlfriend by the neck and shoved her into a wall two days earlier. His $1,000 personal recognizance bail was continued, including conditions barring contact with the alleged victim. He told the judge that day that the alleged victim showed up at his work and had contacted his his mother. Trial was set for Dec. 16.
Wachenfeld was back in court Nov. 4, charged with stalking. He was accused of being with the alleged victim in the parking lot of the city library west branch on North Main Street. Prosecutors filed a bail revocation motion but Wachenfeld was released on bail and trial was set for the same day, Dec. 16.
Wachenfeld pleaded innocent Wednesday to the latest stalking charge and that charge was also set for trial Dec. 16. If a judge decides to revoke Wachenfeld’s bail, he will be held until his trial Dec. 16.
Not being paid?
In his application for a court-appointed lawyer, Austin Scottile, 23, of 472 Granite St., said he isn’t earning any money. Scottile was applying for a lawyer to represent him in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on two misdemeanor charges of theft by unauthorized taking.
Police said a city resident called them to say someone had just stolen an aluminum ladder from a neighbor in the area of Mdaple and Spruce streets.
When Officer John Levasseur arrived, he reported seeing Scottile carrying two aluminum ladders. Based on further examination, Levasseur determined the ladders Scottile was carrying were stolen from residences on Laurel and Merrimack streets.
A police prosecutor requested bail be set at $1,000 cash/surety, noting there is a 72-hour probation hold on Scottile on a September drug conviction.
Scottile complained to Judge William Lyons that the proposed bail was too high. “I do work,” he said, but only earns $100 to $150 a week. Lyon, noting Scottile said on his application for a lawyer that he’s not earning any money, asked if Scottile was “not being truthful” on the sworn document.Scottile recovered quickly, telling Lyons: “I just didn’t read it right.” Lyons set bail at the requested $1,000 cash/surety and trial was set for Dec. 11.
Christopher Michael Audet, 53, of 92 Walnut St., could enter no plea Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a second-degree assault charge that alleges he covered the nose and mouth of his girlfriend, causing her breathing to be impeded.
Audet pleaded innocent to misdemeanor charges of simple assault, criminal threatening and false imprisonment that allege he hit the woman with a closed fist, and told her: “If you leave, I will kill you,” and stood in front of his apartment door, preventing her from leaving.
A police prosecutor sought $15,000 cash/surety bail for Audet, saying he also threatened to hang the woman with a belt. Audet protested the proposed bail, saying his wallet was stolen two days ago and he has no access to his money.
A probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 21 on the felony and trial was set for Dec. 11.
Speeding, drug arrest
Police responding to reports of a vehicle speeding up and down the alley in the area of Union and Central streets Tuesday night were directed to a red SUV parked in the rear of a Laurel Street address.
As Officer Christian Horn was checking out the vehicle, he noticed a man emerge from a narrow passageway between two buildings.
The man was identified as Terrence Goodson, 40, of 96 River Road.
Horn suspected Goodson had been trying to hide from him in the passageway and when Horn checked more closely, he found a pair of gloves on the ground. In one of the gloves was a baggie containing suspected crack cocaine.
Goodson was arraigned Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on felony charges of possession of a narcotic drug and falsifying evidence. accused of trying to hide the cocaine and discarding the gloves as the officer approached.
No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 21. Bail was set at $2,000 cash/surety.
Already on probation
Crystal Gosselin, 25, of 264 Mason St., was arraigned Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony forgery charge. Gosselin is accused of forging a check totaling almost $475 on the business account of Giovanni’s on S. Willow Street Sept. 22, 2012.
Police prosecutors successfully sought $2,000 cash/surety bail for Gosselin, who is on probation for DWI and Habitual Offender convictions and waived a probable cause hearing in Merrimack County on a falsifying physical evidence charge.
Bail was set at $2,000 cash/surety, but will not be effective until a 72-hour probation hold is resolved.