MANCHESTER — A city man Tuesday assured a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge that he was just a passenger in a van stopped in the Rite Aid lot on Elm Street earlier and the Alprazolem pills that were found belonged to someone else.
Wayne Webber, 41, of 105 W. River Drive, could enter no plea to a felony charge of possession of a controlled drug, so a probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 17.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $1,000 cash/surety bail, noting Webber’s criminal record goes back almost 20 years and he was convicted recently in Hillsborough County Superior Court North of second-degree assault and resisting arrest.
Webber told Judge William Lyons he couldn’t access his money from jail. “If I can get out, I can post bail,” he said. Lyons set a lower bail at $500 cash/surety, but Webber wouldn’t be released until after the bail was posted.
Police said the vehicle was stopped because of information that the driver was wanted on warrants out of Merrimack. Sherry Vincent, 39, of Londonderry, was arrested on a warrant for criminal liability to burglary.
It was during the stop that Officer Ben Foster said he noticed Webber trying to conceal something under his foot. Further investigation turned up 20 Alprazolam pills, a syringe and a suspected crack pipe.
Stolen items alleged
A police officer en route to a reported bank robbery Monday afternoon saw a man walking on Webster Street discard a blue baggy near Union Street, When Officer Jake Tyler investigated, he found the baggy contained an Alprazolam pill and the man who discarded it was wanted on warrants for receiving stolen property and theft by deception.
Travis Prescott, 25, of 21 Carrington Farms, Hooksett, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to four misdemeanor charges of theft by deception and three of receiving stolen property.
Prescott is accused of selling jewelry that was not his to sell at Manchester Pawn, 49 Hollis St., and Coin and Stamp, 300 Granite St., in early October.
Trial was set for Jan. 7, 2014, and bail was set at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions that bar contact with two couples who are theft victims and bar him from the two pawn shops.
Must complete evaluation
Bail was set at $1,000 personal recognizance Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for Natasha Provencal, 28, who pleaded innocent to a disorderly conduct charge that alleges she would not quiet down and was shouting at a nurse and licensed nursing assistant while being treated in the emergency room at the Elliot Hospital.
Among the bail conditions for Provencal, whose residence is listed as the homeless shelter, is completing the evaluation for which she was at the hospital. She was scheduled to appear in court next on Jan. 14, 2014.
Almost caused a collision
Police said Officer Tyler Shaw shopped a vehicle in the area of Bridge and Chestnut streets for failing to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic at about 12:30 Monday afternoon. Shaw reported that after further investigation, he found a baggy of heroin, as well as syringes and other drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.
In Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Tuesday morning, a police prosecutor said John Mozeika, 32, of 49 Garden Dr., almost caused a collision by his action.
Mozeika was arraigned on a felony charge of possession of a narcotic drug and a violation of driving after suspension. Because no plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 17, when there will be a status hearing on the violation.
A police prosecutor said Mozeika has convictions for assault, criminal threatening, reckless conduct, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and bail jumping. He also has a case pending in another court.
Mozeika asked for personal recognizance bail, but Judge William Lyons said Mozeika had failed to appear in Circuit Court twice in the past six months. He set bail at $1,000 cash/surety.
Tried to hide evidence
Police charged Cedric Lufungula, 25, of 64 Huntington Ave., with felony falsifying physical evidence. While in the booking area of the Manchester Police Department, Lufungula is accused of stepping on a baggy containing marijuana in an attempt to hide it.
He could enter no plea to the felony Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, but he did plea innocent to misdemeanors of possession of a controlled drug (marijuana) and suspended registration and a violation of operating after suspension.
A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Dec. 23 and trial on the misdemeanors and violation was set for Jan. 22, 2014. Bail was continued at $1,000 personal recognizance.