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Manchester man faces witness tampering, threatening counts

MANCHESTER — A city man accused of violating a domestic violence protective order Feb. 6 was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on that charge as well a half dozen newer charges.

Alex Ortiz, 31, of 31 Garland Ave., pleaded innocent to the DVP violation that alleges he parked within 50 yards of a woman’s residence.

The new charges brought by the New Hampshire State Police are: felony witness tampering, alleging he threatened to kill a woman and her two children if she called police; three misdemeanor assault charges, alleging he scratched, punched and pulled the hair of the potential witness and her two children; misdemeanor threatening, alleging he threatened to kill all three people; and a misdemeanor of unauthorized use of a propelled vehicle, alleging he used the woman’s car without permission.

Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier sought $5,000 cash/surety bail on the Manchester DVP violation charge; she noted Ortiz was indicted on a criminal threatening charge with a firearm that involved the same victim.

A state police prosecutor sought $10,000 cash-only on the charges, but Judge William Lyons set bail at $15,000 cash/surety.

A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for March 10. Trial on the misdemeanors was set for March 26.

Accused of threats

Bail was continued at $1,000 personal recognizance Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for Melissa LaRoche, 35, of 38 Derry Ave., Hooksett.

LaRoche pleaded innocent to three misdemeanor charges of criminal threatening that allege she threatened to punch and to kill her ex-husband and another person at an Amherst Street address Monday. Bail conditions bar contact with the alleged victims and bar LaRoche from the Amherst Street address. Trial was set for April 9.

Contempt charge filed

Luke Green, 33, of 73 Manchester St., could enter no plea Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to felony charges of sale of a controlled drug.

Green, who said on his bail information form that he has been a naval reserve recruiter for 13 years, is accused of selling crack cocaine to a Manchester police officer on two occasions: Nov. 28 and Dec. 16, 2013.

Because Green was out on bail on a charge of operating with a suspended registration at the time of the alleged drug sales, police prosecutors filed a contempt of court charge.

Bail is $5,000 cash/surety. A probable cause hearing was set for March 12.

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