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April 17. 2014 10:29PM

Manchester Crimewatch: Man accused of writing company checks to himself

MANCHESTER — A city man, accused of writing four company checks to himself while his boss was out of the country, could enter no plea Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to four felony forgery charges.

Charles Gates, 29, of 602 Front St., is accused of writing four checks on the Semper Fi Power Supply company account.

Court documents show Gates cashed two of the checks at Wal-Mart on Keller Street and cashed one at Joseph Brothers Market, 196 Lake Ave. But when he tried to cash a second check at Joseph Brothers, which had been notified the first check was a forgery, he left the store, leaving behind both the check and his ID.

Bail was continued at $2,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with Pitts and not going to Semper Fi Power Supply, 21 W. Auburn St. A probable cause hearing on the felony charges was set for May 12.

Criminal liability to robbery

A city teen, accused of taking part in the planning or execution of the robbery of a student at Memorial High School, was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.

Matthew Reyes, 18, of 42 Glendale Ave., could enter no plea to the felony charge of criminal liability to robbery, so a probable cause hearing was set for May 12.

The criminal complaint alleges Reyes assaulted one youth while his companion robbed another Feb. 1 at One Crusader Way.

Bail was continued at $2,000 personal recognizance, with conditions that bar contact with the others involved in the incident.

Says she’s not his ex

Benjamin Harding, 31, of 6 Craig Dr., Merrimack, pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault that alleges he told an ex-girlfriend, while he was at a Karatzas Avenue address, that he was going to get a gun and put it to her head.

Harding said it’s not true. “She’s not my ex-girlfriend. She lives down the hall.” He said he doesn’t really know the woman. “I met her for about 10 seconds,” he told Judge William Lyons.

Bail was set at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim. But a police prosecutor said there is a warrant from Hillsborough County Superior Court for Harding, because he owes more than $600 in fines.

Gave a false name

Megan Latanowich, 25, of 12 Knight St., pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to charges of disobeying a police officer and contempt of court. Latanowich is accused of giving a false name to an officer when he stopped the vehicle she was driving on Union Street earlier Thursday.

The contempt charge alleges she committed a new crime while out on bail on a theft by unauthorized taking charge for which she failed to appear in court in February.

A police prosecutor said Latanowich waived a probable cause hearing March 12 on a robbery charge, which was bound over to the Rockingham County North grand jury.

Judge William Lyons set bail at $1,000 cash/surety and trial was set for May 21.

ID fraud alleged

A woman accused of using a stolen driver’s license and Social Security card to lease/purchase almost $3,000 worth of furniture from a Mammoth Road store Wednesday, was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on felony charges of ID fraud and attempted theft by deception and a misdemeanor of receiving stolen property. The license and card had been reported stolen to Portsmouth Police.

Shauna Iudice, 27, of 331 Lake Ave., could enter no plea to the felony charges in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for April 29.

She pleaded innocent to the misdemanor charge of receiving stolen property and trial was set for May 21. Bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety on the Manchester charges, with conditions barring her from the furniture store and from contact with the owner of the stolen identification.

Bail on a warrant from Nashua, for Iudice’s failure to appear in Nashua District Division on a criminal trespass charge, is $1,000 cash/surety. She is scheduled to appear in that court April 30.


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