Manchester Crimewatch: Accused drug seller expects to get out of prison in Februrary
MANCHESTER — Jeffrey Hayes, 34, now being held at the New Hampshire State Prison, was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell. The charge alleges he had heroin in his possession March 7 at his residence of 841 Union St.
Hayes, who was on parole at the time, was initially arrested after a woman called police to claim he had assaulted her. Police who responded noted heavily fortified apartment doors and reported seeing several drug items in plain view.
After obtaining a search warrant, police said they found 119 grams of heroin in street packaging known as “fingers.” Recovered were 11 “fingers” of heroin, four tablets of Clonazepam, two digital scales and additional packaging material, police said. The estimated street value of the heroin recovered was more than $11,000.
A police prosecutor requested $25,000 cash/surety bail for Hayes on the drug charge. But Hayes, who told Judge William Lyons, “I’m at the prison until February,” asked for a lower amount. Lyons set bail at $15,000 cash/surety.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony charge in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for June 26 to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to bind the charge over to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment. Hayes could also waive the probable cause hearing and have the charge sent over to the grand jury.
Store clerk was suspicious
A clerk at Cash for Gold, 8 Gabrielle St., told police she was suspicious when Xavier Louis, 20, of 622 Union St., was willing to accept $220 for the two antique watches, two rings and a pin valued at almost $6,000 that he brought into the store May 17.
Court documents show the woman told police that when an off-duty police officer entered the store, Louis bolted, leaving behind the items and his identification.
When the items Louis brought in turned out to match some of the items reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle overnight May 15-16, a warrant was obtained for Louis.
He was arraigned Thursday morning on a felony charge of receiving stolen property. He could enter no plea to the felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for June 25.
Louis, who has convictions that include reckless conduct, loitering, theft and resisting arrest, asked for a break on bail, saying: “I work.”
Judge William Lyons granted a police prosecutor’s request for $1,000 cash/surety bail. Conditions include no contact with the jewelry owner and not going to Cash for Gold.
Says he had no choice
Before detainees are arraigned in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, the clerk tells them they can talk to the judge about proposed bail amounts during the arraignment, but cautions them not to discuss the alleged crimes.
Enrique Barreto, 28, of 160 S. Beech St., who was arraigned Thursday on misdemeanor charges of operating after suspension and contempt of court, ignored the advice.
Barreto told Judge William Lyons: “I work third shift and I normally get a ride.” But when the person who usually gives him a ride wasn’t going to work, he said he was forced to drive himself.
A police prosecutor said Barreto was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail on the same charge in March, with bail conditions barring driving without a license, so he was also charged with contempt of court.
Barreto also has outstanding violations of operating after suspension and failure to use directional signals from Oct. 6, 2011, for which he failed to appear in court three times. The prosecutor said Barreto has six previous convictions for operating without a valid license or operating after suspension.
There is also a 72-hour probation/parole hold on Barreto, although the prosecutor did not specify the previous conviction.
Judge William Lyons set bail at the $1,500 cash/surety requested by the prosecutor. Trial was set for July 16.
Has a lengthy record
A city man charged with a sex offender duty to report failure was arraigned on the felony charge Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Randy Riendeau, 42, of 255 Bell St., had failed to report at the Manchester Police Department by May 22, as required by the sex offender reporting law.
Riendeau, who was 18 when he pleaded guilty to felonious sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in 1990 and was sentenced to 12 months in jail, has 28 other convictions, including criminal mischief, forgery, violation of a protective order, DWI, sale of a controlled drug, theft, habitual offender and simple assault.
He was convicted in Hillsborough County Superior Court North in 2012 for duty to inform: change of name, alias or address.
A probable cause hearing on the new felony was set for June 25 and bail was set at $2,000 cash/surety.
Says he’s a changed man
Anthony Miele, 34, of 26 Welch Ave., was in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on both city and state police charges dating from 2009 and 2010 for which he had failed to appear.
Miele, whose wife and young son were in the gallery, told Judge William Lyons he’s changed. “I’m sober,” he said.
A 2009 resisting arrest conviction with a deferred sentence and fine, which Miele had appealed, was remanded from Hillsborough County Superior Court North.
Outstanding 2010 local charges involving drugs, Driving While Intoxicated and conduct after an accident were scheduled for trial July 16 and bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety.
Outstanding 2010 New Hampshire State Police charges of transporting drugs and speeding were scheduled for June 23 and bail was set at $3,000 cash/surety.