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Manchester Crimewatch: City man accused of pulling girlfriend by the hair

January 24. 2014 10:48PM

MANCHESTER — Michael Laduke, 31, of 286 Concord St., Friday asked a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge for personal recognizance bail.

Laduke is accused of assaulting his girlfriend, shoving her against a wall and blocking her from leaving, grabbing her by the hair and pulling her backwards, taking her cell phone when she tried to call police and screaming profanities at a police officer telling him to quiet down.

A police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Laduke on the misdemeanor charges of false imprisonment, simple assault, obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct.

Laduke told Judge William Lyons: “It’s going to cost me my job.” Lyons met Laduke halfway, setting bail at $500 cash/surety. Trial was set for Feb. 6.

Says the car broke down

Jessica Engel, 29, of 37 Nashua St., also asked for personal recognizance bail Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division. Engel was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in Circuit Court-Exeter District Division on a felony charge of possession of a narcotic.

Engel said it wasn’t her fault. “I showed up three times,” said Engel. On the fourth court date, she said, the person who was driving her to the court had car trouble. “The car broke down on the way,” she said.

The Exeter court set $1,500 cash/surety bail on the warrant, but Lyons reduced the bail amount to $1,000 cash/surety. He said he wouldn’t set personal recognizance, given the failure to appear. The probable cause hearing will be Feb. 6 in Exeter District Division.

Bail request denied

A Weare man, who said he is trying to change his life, Friday asked Lyons for personal recognizance bail.

A police prosecutor requested $5,000 cash/surety bail for Samuel King, 24, of 2 Depot Road, who was charged with felony possession of a narcotic (heroin) Thursday after the vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped for suspicious behavior.

The prosecutor said King’s criminal record goes back to 2008. It includes convictions for felony criminal mischief and drug possession with intent to distribute.

The prosecutor said King also waived a probable cause hearing on felony charges last year. King was indicted by the September Hillsborough County North Grand Jury on charges of felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of a controlled drug (oxycodone) with intent to sell, sale of a controlled drug and witness tampering.

Bail was not set after King’s arrest Thursday because he was subject to a 72-hour probation hold. Noting King was arrested on the drug felony while on probation, Lyons set bail at the amount requested by the prosecutor.

He said King’s lawyer could revisit the bail at the probable cause hearing, set for Feb. 6.

Trial set for March 5

Jerry Merritt, 28, of 477 Dubuque St., pleaded innocent Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to misdemeanor charges of simple assault, attempted simple assault and criminal mischief. Trial was set for March 5.

Merritt is accused of grabbing his girlfriend around the neck and pulling her hair, attempting twice to punch her in the face and damaging her vehicle by punching it.

Bail was continued at $2,000 personal recognizance, with conditions that include a ban on contact with the alleged victim and on going to a specific Ministerial Road address in Bedford.

Courts Manchester

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