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May 09. 2014 1:36PM

Manchester woman accused of assault and violating bail conditions

MANCHESTER — Police said a woman accused of assaulting her boyfriend went right back to the residence after being released on bail.

Loretta Scott, 41, of 300 Village Circle Way, was arrested on two simple assault charges early Friday, charged with squirting dish soap on her boyfriend's leg and of grabbing his shirt and scratching his neck.

After being released on bail, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim and barring her from the Village Circle Way, police said Scott went right back to the apartment.

She was arrested again, charged with stalking, and police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier filed a motion to have Scott's bail revoked.

Scott pleaded innocent to all three charges later Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division and trial was set for June 10. She will be held over the weekend for a bail revocation hearing Monday. If a judge does not decide to revoke her bail on the assault charges, new bail will be set.

Burned own artwork

A city man was arraigned Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony arson charge. Julian Valdez, 23, of 285 Harrison St., is accused of burning his own artwork Thursday in the basement of the building in which he lives, an occupied structure.

No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was scheduled for May 22. Bail was set at $1,000 cash/surety.

Felony metal thefts

Joseph Richard, 33, of 202 Candia Road, was arraigned Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony theft by deception charge that alleges he bought copper supplies on an account he was not authorized to use and then sold the property to Schnitzer's on S. Willow Street.

He could enter no plea to the felony charge, which alleges he carried out the theft of more than $6,600 of material betwden Aug. 26, 2013, and April 4, 2014. A probable cause hearing was set for June 4.

Richard is free on $2,000 cash/surety bail, with conditions that include not going to The Portland Group, 225 Perimeter Road.

Rite Aid stores targeted

A Goffstown teen was arraigned Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony theft charge that alleges she stole almost $3,000 worth of GNC products from Rite Aid Stores in Manchester.

Christina Deane, 19, of 44 Tanager Road, is accused of stealing the products from five Manchester Rite Aid stores on Oct. 18 and 19, 2013. No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for June 4. Deane is free on $1,000 cash/surety bail.



Lajuenesse (Courtesy)

Changes his mind

A 51-year-old man is accused of stealing $95 from a customer's purse at Domino's Pizza and, when confronted by the woman, giving her back only $20, keeping the remaining $75 for himself.

The incident happened about noon Thursday at the pizza parlor at 91 Maple St. The 35-year-old woman was inside the restaurant waiting for her order, when the clerk told her he had just seen Dennis Lajuenesse, 51, of 118 Union St., take some money out of her purse, according to police.

Both the clerk and the woman followed Lajeunesse when he left the store and confronted him about the alleged theft. Police said Lajeunesse returned $20 to the woman, who thought that was all the money he had taken. 

Back inside the restaurant, however, she realized another $75 still was missing. She quickly left the store and followed Lajeunesse at a distance while calling police on her cell phone.

Officers, after gathering additional information corroborating the woman's account, arrested Lajeunesse near Clay and Beech Street, charging him with theft. 

Police returned the $75, allegedly recovered from Lajeunesse, to the woman.

Lajeunesse was arraigned Friday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a theft by unauthorized taking charge. At one point, Lajeunesse said he would plead guilty, and police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said she would recommend a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years of good behavior.

But Lajeunesse was also told he has a number of outstanding violations, including alcohol in public, conduct in public and littering, some dating back to 2005, for which he had failed to appear in court. He changed his mind about a guilty plea to the theft charge, so Pelletier requested $1,000 personal recognizance bail.

Trial was set for June 10 and Judge William Lyons told Lajeunesse he will have to deal with the violations and the fees for failing to appear in court.

Police seek information

A 28-year-old man suffered a minor stab wound to the left side of his neck in an incident Thursday night on Clay Street, near Beech Street.

Police learned of the assault after receiving a call from the Elliot Hospital where Adam Macallister, address unavailable, sought medical treatment.

Macallister told police he and his girlfriend were seated in a vehicle, parked outside a Clay Street residence about 8 p.m. Thursday, when several acquaintances showed up. An argument broke out over money and a man pulled out a knife, reached through the window and cut him as he drove away. 

The incident remains under investigation.

Baseball bat was weapon

Just after midnight Thursday, police were called to Hanover and Beech streets for a report that a 41-year-old man had been struck in the back of his head with a baseball bat.

Jonathan Newton, 41, who listed his address as the New Horizons shelter at 199 Manchester St., told police he was in Kalivas Park talking to a woman when her male companion became jealous and hit him with the bat.

The assault remains under investigation.

Two men sought in robbery

A 27-year-old man told police two other men robbed him about 9:20 p.m. Thursday near Amory and Dubuque streets and one of them punched him in the face when he asked for his money back.

Eric Grondin, 27, of 140 Central St. explained to police that two men approached him and asked for a cigarette. He gave a cigarette to one of them, but the two men hovered over him as he counted some money. Suddenly, one of the men grabbed the cash from his hand and punched him in the face when he asked for it back.

Both men ran from the scene.

One of the men, who was shorter than the other, is described as white, in his late 20s with scruffy brown hair. He was wearing a dark shirt and jeans. 

The second robber was a tall white man in his late 20s with short blond hair wearing a white T-shirt.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards may be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at manchestercrimeline.org


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