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CRIME LOG: Two Face Felony Drug Charges

Editor’s note: The following story was derived from information supplied by Concord District Court. It does not indicate a conviction.

Concord Police cruiser. Credit: Tony Schinella
Concord Police cruiser. Credit: Tony Schinella

Jonathan Michael McCarthy Jr., 30, of Penacook, was arrested at 8:40 p.m. on Nov. 2, on a simple assault (personal weapons) charge. An officer was called to High Street for a disturbance, with someone in the area screaming for the police. The officer parked the cruiser and heard a commotion in the driveway of the apartment building. The officer reported one man hold another in a headlock. The man in the headlock, McCarthy, was covered in blood. The two men separated when requested by the officer, with one running to his apartment. The officer requested EMTs for McCarthy and he was transported to the hospital. The officer then went to talk to the man who went into his apartment who alleged that McCarthy came over to his house, allegedly intoxicated and belligerent. Later, McCarthy demanded that his girlfriend leave with him, allegedly grabbing her by the shoulder. Another woman, the man’s mother, got in between the two and McCarthy allegedly took a swing at her. When asked to stop, McCarthy allegedly went after the man, punching him in the face. The man then punched McCarthy back and pushed him out of the apartment into the driveway and pinned him to the ground, when the officer arrived. The two witnesses also accused McCarthy of being the aggressor in the incident. The officer went to speak to McCarthy, who was in the ER, and he reportedly claimed that he had been attacked. When asked if he grabbed the woman by the shoulder, McCarthy allegedly told the officer, “She’s my girlfriend I can grab her by the shoulder.” He reportedly denied it was an assault and continued to say that he was the victim, according to the officer. McCarthy was arrested and refused bail.

Johnny J. Veleze-Roark Jr., 19, of Concord, received a summons at 11:51 p.m. on Nov. 2, for unlawful possession of alcohol. An officer was called to an apartment on Perley Street for a report of an underage man drinking at the residence. The officer was met by a woman who answered the door and while speaking with her, reportedly saw a man lying face down on a sofa with a small plastic trashcan on the floor next to his head. The officer asked if everyone was 21 and the woman reportedly said “yes,” and the officer requested IDs from everyone at the residence to double-check. Four of the people at the home were all 21, according to the report. The officer spoke to the woman about the man on the couch and she reportedly told the officer he was 19. When asked how much he had to drink, the woman allegedly said “a little bit of beer” and added that he must have had a bad reaction to it. The woman tried to wake up the man but couldn’t at first. Later, as he sat up, the officer alleged there were “clear signs of intoxication” and he could not stand up or walk. “While Veleze-Roark sat up he had to lean back over to the trash can and vomit,” the officer alleged. His mother was later called to the scene to pick him up. Veleze-Roark, it turned out, was heading out to Navy boot camp later in the week and friends had a party for him, although his parents didn’t know they would be drinking. Veleze-Roark was given a summons.

Kyle McCoy, 17, of Concord, was arrested at 6:31 p.m. on Nov. 3, on a second-degree assault charge, a felony. An officer was dispatched to the Child & Family Services Group Home on North Main Street for a report that McCoy had allegedly choked a teenager. Upon arrival, a staff member at the home told the officer that McCoy had allegedly choked a boy after the two had an argument. The staff member allegedly witnessed the choking and when he ordered him to stop, McCoy reportedly refused, and the staff member had to jump into the middle of the situation. The officer then spoke to the boy about the situation and observed redness around his neck. The boy stated that McCoy allegedly picked a fight with him over a seat in a room while waiting for dinner, yelling, "I hope you f---ing die." McCoy was arrested and charged.

Brian David Herra, 50, a homeless man now located in Concord, was arrested at 11:03 a.m. on Nov. 7, on a warrant. 

Alyssa Jean Norton, 22, a homeless woman now located in Concord, was arrested at 11 a.m. on Nov. 7, on a warrant. 

Kevin S. O’Sullivan, 31, a homeless man now located in Concord, was arrested at 10:50 a.m. on Nov. 7, bench warrant and a warrant.

Officers were patrolling on a special enforcement assignment to address trespassing and panhandling violations, behind Market Basket on Storrs Street, and found six individuals allegedly loitering near the electrical box by the railroad tracks. One of the individuals, Norton, allegedly gave a false name to police. Dispatchers were unable to locate her information. However, another officer that arrived at the scene recognized her as Norton. Norton had a warrant out of Merrimack County Sheriff’s Department for a probation violation. Herra had a warrant out of Concord District Court for nonappearance in court on a criminal trespass charge. O’Sullivan had a warrant out of Franklin District Court on a simple assault charge for nonpayment of fine, $385 cash to settle, from July 10. Another warrant was a probation parole warrant on an operating a vehicle after being deemed habitual on Nov. 5. Three other people were released without charges. 

Richard John Hopkins, 64, of Contoocook, was arrested at 9:23 p.m. on Nov. 7, and charged with driving while intoxicated and transportation of alcohol/open container. An officer on Sheep Davis Road reportedly saw a pickup truck make a wide right turn onto Regional Drive while veering into the center lane and crossing the fog lines. The truck quickly sped away, reaching 40 to 45 mph in a 30 zone, according to the officer. At Terrill Park, the pickup was pulled over. While talking to the officer, Hopkins allegedly admitted to having two beers with dinner at Applebee’s. Hopkins was asked to perform a field sobriety test and allegedly was unsteady on his feet getting out of the truck. He also agreed to a portable breath test and was later arrested. Another officer took an inventory of the truck and allegedly found a plastic cup with a mixed drink in it. He was released on $3,500 personal recognizance bail and was arraigned in court on Nov. 25.

Kamaley Darjee, 44, of Concord, was arrested at 8:46 p.m. on Nov. 10, on two counts of driving while intoxicated and conduct after an accident. Officers were called to Bouton Street for a report of a hit and run accident. A witness reported that a Volvo struck a street sign and a piece of the vehicle hit the witness’ car. The Volvo, it was found out later, had stopped near the Concord Fire headquarters. The officer went to the Volvo and reported seeing damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle and two flat tires. While speaking with the driver, Darjee, who was taking items out of his trunk to fix a tire, the officer alleged that his eyes were red and glassy and he smelled of alcohol. Darjee agreed to field sobriety tests and was later arrested. He was released on $4,000 personal recognizance bail and had a court date on Nov. 25.

Kristina Thorley, 32, of Pembroke, was arrested at 2:26 p.m. on Nov. 14, on a theft by unauthorized taking or transfer charge. An officer was called to Hannaford on Fort Eddy Road for a shoplifter in custody. According to an employee at the store, Thorley allegedly selected items from store shelves and put them in her purse. She then allegedly went to the bathroom and after leaving, an employee checked to see if the items were left there, which they weren’t. Thorley then left the building, was confronted by the employee, and allegedly handed over the items which included five chocolate bars, two inhalers, and a Fabreeze plug in, all valued at around $33. Thorley allegedly told the officer she didn’t know why she did it and was arrested. Thorley was later released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and is due in court on Dec. 16.

Caitlin M. Hyland, 22, of Concord, was arrested at 4:24 p.m. on Nov. 14, on a felony possession of prescription drugs without a prescription. The charge stemmed from an alleged incident on Graham Road on Oct. 28, involving buprenorphine hydrochloride. Hyland turned herself in to police and was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is due in court on Dec. 16.

Christopher Michael Ryan, 26, of Concord, was arrested at 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, on a felony possession of a controlled drugs charge. The charge stemmed from an alleged incident on Graham Road on Oct. 28, involving heroin. Officers served Ryan with an arrest warrant at his home on Graham Road. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail. He’s due in court on Dec. 16.

Asjylyn Levy, 17, of Concord, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. on Nov. 15, and charged with simple assault (personal weapons) and possession of tobacco products by a minor. Officers were called to the Child & Family Services Group Home on North Main Street for a report of two juveniles attempting to run away. Earlier in the evening, the reporting officer noted, he had been at the address to deal with Levy, who had received a summons for unlawful possession of alcohol. Dispatch later advised that Levy and the other person were now on Franklin Street near Friendly’s Restaurant with staffers from the group home. One of the staffers stated that while trying to stop her from running, Levy allegedly bit him. The officer observed a bruise on the man’s forearm from the bite. After speaking to another witness, Levy was arrested. “Under her bra strap,” the officer noted, “I found a box of Marlboro cigarettes with 2.5 cigarettes inside of it,” and another charge was added. She was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail and is due in court on Dec. 16.

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