MANCHESTER — Xavier Dorriety, 17, of 162 Cartier St., pleaded innocent Tuesday in Manchester District Court to two simple assault charges that allege he grabbed his girlfriend by the neck with both hands and also pushed her with both hands.
He also pleaded innocent to a charge of obstructing the report of a crime, for allegedly grabbing the phone out of his girlfriend's hands when she sought to call police.
Trial on the new charges was set for Feb. 19.
Because Dorriety was out on bail on a criminal threatening charge when he allegedly committed new crimes, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his bail and a hearing was set for Wednesday.
Dorriety told Judge William Lyons: "All this is a big misunderstanding."
Gesturing to the gallery, where friends were seated, Dorriety said the guilty party was there. "It was not me," he said, adding that he never touched the alleged victim's phone.
Denies knowing card was stolen
A city man Tuesday insisted he didn't know the Wal-Mart gift card he bought at a discount outside Home Depot was stolen.
Daniel McCullough, 54, of 187 Beech Hill Ave., pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property that alleges he used a stolen $150 gift card at Wal-Mart Dec. 26, 2013.
McCullough told Judge William Lyons: "I did use a gift card, but I bought it along with three others." He said he used the card for his son's prescription and didn't know it was stolen.
"I bought 'em from a couple of kids. They had five," he said, outside Home Depot just before Christmas.
Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon said McCullough has no-bail capias from Superior Court for a pending theft by unauthorized taking charge. He requested a $500 cash/surety bail on the Circuit Court charge. Trial was set for Feb. 24.
Asks for personal recognizance bail
An Auburn man Tuesday sought personal recognizance bail on misdemeanor charges of fraudulent use of a credit card and receiving stolen property.
Joseph Roderick, 26, of 29 Chester Road, pleaded innocent in Manchester District Court to charges stemming from the use of a stolen Discover card to buy cigarettes and cigarette papers at the Beechmont store, 609 S. Beech St., July 8, 2012.
Roderick told Circuit Court Judge William Lyons: "This is the only issue I'm aware of in this district."
If he were given personal recognizance bail, Roderick said: "I'm not being released."
That's because there is a capias on a felony charge from Rockingham County Superior Court. There is also $2,000 cash/surety bail on a warrant for his failure to appear in Derry District Court Dec. 31, 2013, on a willful concealment charge.
Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon had requested $5,000 cash/surety bail for Roderick, saying he has convictions in a number of states besides New Hampshire. He did not go into detail, but said: "There is an extensive history."
Lyons set bail on the Manchester charges at $3,000 cash/surety and trial was scheduled for Feb. 24.
Concord man accused of theft at Mall of NH
A Concord man could enter no plea Tuesday in Manchester District Court to a felony charge of theft by unauthorized taking.
Ernest White, 39, of 185 Loudon Road, is accused of taking items from the Sears store in the Mall of New Hampshire. The charge is a felony because White has been convicted of three thefts.
A police prosecutor said White has other convictions, including a 2011 burglary conviction in New Hampshire and also has a criminal record in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Judge William Lyons set bail at $2,000 cash/surety and a probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Feb. 3.
Charged with selling stolen items
Christopher Harrison, 25, of 172 Green St., was arraigned Tuesday in Manchester District Court on three charges of theft by deception and three of receiving stolen property.
Harrison is accused of selling stolen gold jewelry items to Mickey's Buy and Sell and Manchester Pawn on three days in August 2013, receiving a total of $295.
A police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Harrison, who has criminal convictions in Louisiana and Florida, including failures to appear in court and probation violations. Trial was set for Feb. 24.
Protective order violations alleged
A city teen pleaded innocent Tuesday in Manchester District Court to two violations of a protective order and trial was set for Feb. 19.
William Cable, 19, of 229 Spruce St., is accused of telling the 11-year-old sister of the protected person: "go get --- or I will stab her," and of walking within 100 yards of the protected person's Haines Court address.
Judge William Lyons set bail at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions that mirror those of the protective order, including no contact with the protected person, including through a third person, and not going within 100 yards of her address or where she may be.Trial was set for Feb. 19.