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Manchester Crimewatch: Sex offender accused of selling heroin to undercover police officer

MANCHESTER — A police prosecutor requested $10,000 cash/surety bail Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for Daniel Spence, 52, who is accused of selling heroin to a detective on three occasions in March and April 2013.

Spence, whose address at the time was 441 Pine St., is now homeless. Prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon said Spence, who is a convicted sex offender, has “a very lengthy criminal history.” That history began with a theft conviction in 1981 and includes receiving stolen property, assault, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, criminal trespass and two sexual assault convictions in 2002 in Erie County, Pa.

Reardon asked for a hearing on the source of any funds offered for bail. He also asked that Spence sign a waiver of extradition before being released on bail, saying he is a flight risk.

Spence, who was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair, with an oxygen tank, said: “I’m not going far.” Judge William Lyons set bail at the requested amount and with the requested conditions. A probable cause hearing was set for May 8.

Enrolled in rehab

Justin Jones, 27, of 83 S. Main St., Franklin, Thursday asked a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge for personal recognizance bail on a misdemeanor of operating after suspension and a violation of Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs.

Jones was arrested after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident at South Main and Granite streets. Jones told Judge William Lyons that he had taken a prescription drug and blamed the crash on that. He said he has an apartment and a job and is enrolled in a rehab program and is supposed to enter Friendship House next week.

But he also said he has a court date Friday in Rockingham County, where he has drug and theft cases. Lyons set bail at $1,000 cash/surety and trial was set for May 22.

Child sex abuse images

A Bedford man, arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on 10 child pornography charges, did not object to the police prosecutor’s request for $15,000 cash/surety bail.

Brian Descheneau, 39, of 15 Hazen Road, could enter no plea to the felony charges, so a probable cause hearing was set for May 8.

Burglary tools

Alex Acevedo, 32, who is homeless, pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a misdemeanor of possession of burglary tools and a violation of loitering or prowling.

He is accused of being in the recessed doorway of a closed Hanover Street business shortly before 1:30 a.m. Thursday, with a backpack containing flathead screwdrivers, chisels, a flashlight and folding knife, and, when questioned by police officers, was unable to provide a reasonable explanation for being there with those items.

Acevedo, who is on probation on a 2013 burglary conviction, told Judge William Lyons the tools are for a job.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” he told the judge. Lyons set bail at $500 cash/surety and $500 personal recognizance, with conditions that include a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Trial was set for May 22.

Another charge

Kyle Berlinguette, 23, Thursday told a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge that the amount of bail set on the latest charge against him doesn’t matter. Berlinguette, of 131 Parker St., is being held at the Valley Street Jail on other charges.

“I’m not going anywhere,” said Berlinguette, who also has charges pending in Merrimack and Hillsborough County Superior Courts.

A police prosecutor requested $10,000 cash/surety bail on the latest charge, a burglary from July 20, 2013, saying Berlinguette already has a 12-page criminal record. A probable cause hearing was set for May 8.

Failed to appear

A Goffstown man, who has what a police prosecutor termed “a substantial criminal history,” was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on “new” charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property that allege he sold jewelry, that he falsely represented was his to sell, to Martel Gold, 79 Elm St., Dec. 3, 2013, for $228.

He was also charged with contempt, because he had allegedly committed the 2013 crime while out on bail on a 2012 theft by unauthorized taking charge, for which he failed to appear in court Feb. 4, 2013.

Bail on the warrant for the 2012 charge is $1,000 cash/surety and bail on the 2013 charges is $3,500 cash/surety. Trial on all the charges was set for May 22.

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