Laconia man being held on $20,000 cash bail

CIRCUIT COURT — A Fair Street man is being held on $20,000 cash bail for three separate incidents, including a charge that he hit a woman in the nose with a closed fist after he had been ordered by the court to stay away from her.

Police said Thomas Manley, 50, of 96 Fair St, is charged with one count of simple assault, one count of criminal mischief, and four counts of breach of bail.

According to three separate affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, on July 31 police responded to Fair Street around 5 p.m. for a disturbance. When the officer arrived he saw Manley riding away from the home on his bicycle.

He said he had gone to the Fair Street house to drop off some milk and that he and the woman inside had not been fighting. When the officer spoke to the woman she also said they hadn't been fighting. Both told him that the bail conditions preventing the two from seeing each other were old and "no longer in effect."

The next day, the officer checked with the court and learned Manley's no contact bail provisions were in place and requested an arrest warrant for breach of bail.

Earlier in the day, police responded to an area of the downtown Riverwalk known as "the cobblestones" for a report of a man, later identified as Manley, allegedly trying to rip a city-owned sign off of the railing.

The responding officer said the people reporting the vandalism noted that two people walking by Manley joined him in trying to remove the sign.

The officer learned Manley was on bail and requested a warrant be issued for him for breach of bail and criminal mischief.

On Monday, police went to the same Fair Street home at 9:30 p.m. for a report of a fight involving five or six people. When the officer arrived, he found Manley who he described as "very upset."

Manley told him that a woman had yelled at him and left in a car. The officer learned from dispatch that Manley had a number of warrants outstanding and detained him.

The officer spoke to the woman who was the original subject of the no-contact order and she told him Manley allegedly hit her in the face with a closed fist.

Manley was charged with one count of simple assault and two counts of breach of bail for Monday's allegedly assault — one for the alleged assault and one for allegedly violating the no contact order.

Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon ordered Manley be held on $20,000 cash-only bail, that should he post bail he provide a source of funds, and that he stay away from the woman and not leave New Hampshire.