MANCHESTER — Nicole Covey tried Friday to persuade Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge William Lyons to set personal recognizance bail on misdemeanor and contempt of court charges.
Covey, 26, of 92 Walnut St., had failed to appear for trial Oct. 28 on a September resisting arrest charge, but she claimed yesterday that she was in the hospital at the time.
The new charges allege she struggled with one officer trying to handcuff her and ran from another, causing a foot pursuit, when they sought to arrest her on a bench warrant for her failure to appear for trial on the September charge. The contempt charge stems from her allegedly committing new crimes while out on bail.
Police prosecutor Lt. Peter Favreau requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Covey, noting there is an outstanding warrant for Covey from Stratham on a theft by deception charge.
When Covey pressed the judge about setting personal recognizance bail, Lyons said the last time Covey appeared before him, the prosecution sought a $3,000 cash/surety bail, but Covey persuaded him to set bail at $1,000. "You didn't show up," said Lyons. He set bail Friday at $1,000 cash/surety and trial on all four charges was set for Dec. 19.
Felony robbery is 'shoplifting gone bad'
Heidi Taylor, 21, who is homeless, could enter no plea Friday to a felony charge of robbery, so a probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 4.
Police prosecutor Favreau said Taylor left the JC Penney store at the Mall of New Hampshire after shoplifting items and when a loss prevention officer grabbed bag, Taylor struggled with the woman.Favreau said it was a case of "shoplifting gone bad." The use of force turned the misdemeanor shoplifting charge into a felony robbery charge.
Bail was set at $2,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the loss prevention officer and not going to JC Penney.Taylor asked for personal recognizance bail, but Judge Lyons noted she had been in court on a theft by unauthorized taking charge last month and said a cash/surety bail was appropriate.
Says he thinks he served the time
Andrew Greeley, 43, who lists the homeless shelter as his address, was in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Friday on a warrant from Dover for failing to appear on an operating after suspension charge from 2003.
Greeley told Judge Lyons that charge predates an habitual offender prison sentence. "I did three years," said Greeley. With respect to the 2003 driving charge, Greeley said: "I think I already did the time for it."
Lyons said the issue may be payment of fines. He set bail at $1,000 personal recognizance and Greeley was given a Dover court date of Dec. 17.
Repaid kindness by allegedly stealing
Eric Michaud, 23, pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a misdemeanor charge of theft by unauthorized taking.
A police prosecutor said Michaud stole from a man who took in Michaud, his girlfriend and child. Michaud allegedly repaid the kindness by stealing a laptop.
The prosecutor said Michaud's record includes assault, shoplifting and habitual offender convictions. Bail on the misdemeanor was set at $3,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the victim and not going to the victim's Union Street address.
Trial was set for Dec. 18, but Michaud is also being held on a probation violation. He is also scheduled to appear Nov. 25 in Derry District Division, where he failed to appear on a theft by deception charge. Bail on that charge is $1,000 cash/surety.
Says he doesn't know the victim
Regino Cabrera, 55, of 426 Somerville St., could enter no plea Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of second-degree assault.
Cabrera insisted he doesn't know the alleged victim, who sustained rib and torso injuries as well as fractures to his facial bones and a fractured wrist when he was kicked and punched.
A police prosecutor successfully sought $15,000 cash/surety bail, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim or going to his residence. The prosecutor said Cabrera has a criminal record going back almost 30 years that includes robbery, burglary, assault, assault by a prisoner, loitering/prowling and receiving stolen property. A probable cause hearing on the felony charge was set for Dec. 5.
Prior convictions elevate charge
A man charged with felony receiving stolen property and theft by deception could enter no plea to the felony charges Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, so a probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 5.
George Owen, 40, of 75 Hancock St., is accused of having a stolen cell phone in his possession and selling it. A police prosecutor requested $5,000 cash/surety bail for Owen, noting his criminal record includes theft, forgery and receiving stolen property, with his most recent conviction for receiving stolen property in September 2012.