MANCHESTER — Bail was set at $2,000 cash/surety Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for a city teen charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell early Saturday morning.
Keith Rodriguez, who turned 17 just over two weeks ago, could enter no plea to the felony charge in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for March 18, when a judge will hear evidence and decide whether to send the case to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment.
Police prosecutor Lt. Stephen Reardon said Rodriguez, of 149 Brent St., is on supervised release in connection with juvenile matters.
Police said an officer on patrol in the area of Pine and High streets at about 12:40 a.m. Saturday observed a vehicle stop briefly on the High Street side of the 452 Pine St. building. The officer said a male, later identified as Rodriguez, approached the driver and made hand-to-hand contact on two separate occasions before entering the front passenger seat.
The vehicle then pulled away and was stopped for several motor vehicle infractions at Maple and Bridge streets, where the driver agreed to a search. A K-9 unit, specializing in drug dectection, was summoned and the four-legged team member, Bauer, quickly signaled a “hit.”
During a subsequent search, almost eight grams of marijuana and two digital scales were located. Rodriguez was charged with the felony drug charge. The driver was issued a motor vehicle summons for operating without a valid license and the vehicle was towed.
Caught in the act
Police Saturday afternoon sought Michael McKellar, 55, after responding to New Horizons, 199 Manchester St., in connection with an assault investigation there.
McKellar was gone, but police were directed to Santoro’s restaurant, at Union and Manchester streets, where McKellar was inside the bathroom. Police said he unlocked the door while uncapping a syringe that officers noted contained a brown liquid. McKellar allegedly stuffed the syringe into his sweatshirt pocket and initially refused to show officers his hands.
After several requests, police said, McKellar did so and was charged with felony possession of a narcotic (heroin) and misdemeanor resisting arrest.
McKellar was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division. He could enter no plea to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for March 18, when a judge will hear evidence and decide whether to send the case to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment. There will be a status hearing on the misdemeanor that day.
Police prosecutor Lt. Stephen Reardon requested $1,000 cash/surety bail, saying McKellar has a record in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire that started in 1976 and includes first-degree assault, burglary and robbery.
McKellar asked Judge John Emery for personal recognizance bail, saying: “I don’t have any money.” Emery said $1,000 cash/surety is appropriate, given McKellar’s history.
Accused bank robber
Shane Mitchell, 32, of 20 Orange St., could enter no plea Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of robbery that alleges he handed a bag and a note to a teller at the TD Bank Branch at 300 Franklin St., Saturday morning. The note said, in part: “No yelling or screaming.”
Mitchell was handed about $600, but police said he didn’t get to enjoy his ill-gotten gains. Thanks to a description and direction of travel provided by bank employees, Mitchell was quickly located in the area of Orange and Elm streets.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $10,000 cash/surety bail, saying Mitchell’s criminal history includes sexual assault, prohibited child care, violation of probation, failure to report as a sex offender and a May 2014 conviction for criminal threatening, which included a six-month suspended sentence.
Mitchell protested that he wasn’t convicted of threatening, that the charge was dropped. But after Pelletier showed Judge John Emery Mitchell’s file, Emery told Mitchell that somebody identifying themself as Mitchell showed up, entered a no contest plea to the charge, was found guilty and was given a suspended sentence.
Because Mitchell could enter no plea to the felony robbery charge in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for March 19, when a judge will hear evidence and decide whether to send the case to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment. Among Mitchell’s bail conditions is a bar on going to any TD Bank branch.
Garang Teng, 37, of 5 Clifford Ave., was scheduled for arraignment Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of liquor or drugs and conduct after an accident.
Because the court did not know in advance that an Arabic interpreter would be needed, an attempt was made to utilize the Language Line telephone interpretation service. But because the arraignments of detainees are now done by video from the Valley Street Jail, there were microphone and telephone problems that made the use of the phone interpreter service impossible.
A woman in the gallery, who said she sometimes does interpreting for the Language Line, volunteered to assist and Teng was arraigned on the charges that allege he was driving in the parking lot at his residence and damaged another man’s vehicle, but did not provide the required name, address and other information to the man or to police. He was also allegedly under the influence at the time.
Trial was set for April 9 and bail was set at $1,000 personal recognizance, with conditions that include no direct contact with the owner of the damaged vehicle, who lives in the same building.
Contempt of court
A police prosecutor Monday told a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge that Nicole Campbell, 22, who is listed as homeless, was out on bail on a January charge of receiving stolen property when she was arrested on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking.
Campbell was arraigned Monday on a theft charge that alleges she entered the Rite Aid at 270 Mammoth Road, gathered $818.84 worth of GNC products and left the store without paying for them.
The prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail on the new charge, with conditions that include not returning to the Rite Aid store. Campbell’s record includes a 2011 assault conviction and 2013 convictions for willful concealment and theft. Trial was set for April 8.
Vehicle wasn’t theirs
Melissa Clancy, 23, of 253 Lake Ave., and Brian Peterson, 23, of 80 Dover St., were arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.
They are accused of using a 2007 Highland vehicle belonging to a Salem resident, without permission, and of fleeing from police after a stop at Cilley Road and S. Willow Street earlier Monday.
A police prosecutor said Clancy has convictions for operating after suspension and robbery and Peterson was convicted last April of criminal mischief. There is also a warrant for him from Nashua District Division on a theft charge for which he failed to appear March 2. Bail on that charge is $500 cash/surety and his next court date is March 25.
Bail was set at $3,000 cash/surety for both Clancy and Peterson on the Manchester charges and trial were set for April 8.
Camera equipment sold
Cody Vachon, 21, of 561 Dubuque St., was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of receiving or possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor of receiving or possession of stolen property and a misdemeanor of theft by deception.
Vachon was arrested on warrants alleging he had in his possession Jan. 4 stolen digital camera equipment valued at $1,200 that he sold to Mickey’s Buy and Sell. 194 Lake Ave., for $50. He’s also accused of having a stolen Nadeau’s Sub Shop gift card that he used to buy more than $35 in food at the Canal Street store. The theft by deception charge refers to the $50 he received for selling property that wasn’t his to sell.
Vachon is also wanted in Goffstown for failure to pay a fine on a loitering or prowling conviction. Bail on that is $360 or cash to settle, with a court date there March 31.
Bail on the Manchester charges is $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the owners of the stolen items and not going to a Mystic Street address, Nadeau’s Sub Shop or Mickey’s Buy and Sell.