Manchester Crimewatch: City man gets hearing for skipping court appearance
MANCHESTER — A city man who was convicted of criminal mischief, for causing almost $8,000 in damage to a vehicle by driving into it at 21 W. River Drive in 2011, appeared in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Thursday and was ordered to return March 12 for a hearing on a court order violation.
Ching Feng Lin, 32, of 93 S. Jewett St., had been ordered to pay restitution as part of a sentence on the mischief charge. He was fined $200 plus penalty assessment and sentenced to six months in the House of Corrections, suspended for two years of good behavior and payment of restitution. But restitution has not been paid.
The amount of restitution, plus a 17 percent administrative fee, totals $9,277.68. Because he failed to appear for a hearing on the restitution issue, a warrant was issued. Bail is $5,000 cash/surety.
Gun safe, ring stolen
Travis Francis, 25, of 91 Ruth Ave., could enter no plea Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to felony charges of receiving stolen property and falsifying physical evidence for having a stolen gun safe valued at $1,400 in his possession and of removing it from his residence when he believed an investigation was about to begin.
He pleaded innocent to misdemeanor charges of receiving stolen property and theft by deception for having a woman’s wedding ring in his possession, knowing that it was stolen, and selling it for $250 to the U.S. Gold and Diamond Exchange.
Bail was continued at $5,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the property owners and barring him from U.S. Gold and Diamond Exchange. A probable cause hearing on the felonies was set for March 5. Trial on the misdemeanors was set for April 2.
Milk doesn't do a body good
Jeremy Stockton, 32, of 246 Main St., pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a simple assault charge that alleges he hit a neighbor in the chest with a gallon of milk at a drugstore.
A police prosecutor sought a $1,000 cash/surety bail for Stockton, who is subject to a 72-hour probation hold because he was given a 12-month deferred sentence March 11, 2013, on guilty pleas to simple assault and resisting arrest. In that case, in Salem, he kicked a door shut on a Rockingham County deputy sheriff trying to serve eviction papers, resulting in injury to the deputy’s right hand.
Stockton asked Judge William Lyons for a break on bail, saying: “I’ve got three small children at home.” Stockton also said he is unemployed.
Lyons set bail at $500 cash/surety and trial was set for March 11.
False name given
Bail was set at $1,000 cash/surety Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for Ekie Stewart, 26, of 136 Myrtle St. Stewart was arrested on warrants charging her with being a felony habitual offender and misdemeanor disobeying a police officer for giving a false name when stopped.
A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Feb. 19, when there will be a status hearing on the misdemeanor.