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'Everybody in that house lied on me,' suspect tells Manchester judge

December 17. 2012 10:23PM

MANCHESTER - Keith Roberts, 41, of 58 Branch Turnpike, Concord, pleaded innocent Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to three charges of simple assault and two of criminal mischief.

Roberts told Judge Gregory Michael: "I made a huge mistake last night going over there."

Roberts is accused of assaulting his sister, his sister's boyfriend and his sister's daughter, of punching a hole in a door and punching a kitchen window, breaking it.

Roberts said: "Everybody in that house lied on me." He also told the judge: "I've been doing well since I got my kids."

According to court documents, Roberts' sister had been watching his children, and he went to her residence for dinner and to pick up the children. She told police that he became intoxicated and, during an argument, committed the assaults.

Police prosecutors sought $3,000 cash/surety bail, but Roberts asked for a break on bail, saying he has been on disability but is starting a new job under the Ticket to Work program of the Social Security Administration and hopes to get off disability.

Michael set bail at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring Roberts from contact with his sister, her boyfriend and her daughter and barring him from his sister's residence. Trial was set for Feb. 11.

Smoking habit costly

A former Manchester resident pleaded guilty Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a misdemeanor charge of theft by unauthorized taking and was fined $200 plus $48 penalty assessment and sentenced to six months in the House of Corrections, suspended for two years of good behavior.

Matthew Ryan, 23, now of 11 George St., Chelmsford, Mass., pleaded guilty to taking a $4.29 sandwich from Gulf Express, 21 Main St., in September without paying for it.

Ryan, who was living and working in Manchester at the time, did not have enough cash to pay for the sandwich as well as a pack of cigarettes and a drink. So he concealed the sandwich in his clothing and paid only for the drink and cigarettes and left the store. The incident was captured on video surveillance.

Accused of assault

Dante Baker, 31, of 400 Harvard St., pleaded innocent Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to three simple assault charges.

He's accused of taking the phone away from the mother of one of his children and throwing it at her, hitting her in the chest; punching her in the neck, and stomping her on the face two or three times, telling her: "I'm a Crip, bitch, this is what we do."

Court documents show the alleged victim told police Baker had come home from his job at Club Realm on Amherst Street intoxicated and with two friends and woke the baby to show his friends.

She told police that after the friends left they began arguing and she accused him of cheating. She tried to call a relative to come get her because Baker gets violent, but Baker took the phone and threw it at her.

Police prosecutor Carissa Pelletier sought $5,000 cash/surety bail, saying Baker's criminal record includes two previous assaults as well as other convictions, but Baker told the judge: "I have six kids and I work full time."

Michael set bail at $1,500 personal recognizance and $500 cash/surety bail, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim and barring him from her residence. Trial was set for Feb. 11.

Promises to show up

A man sought in two other communities for failures to appear in court was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on two felony narcotic possession charges in Manchester.

A police prosecutor said Brandon Peterson had syringes with heroin in them when his vehicle was stopped. Prosecutor Carissa Pelletier said Peterson, 25, who is homeless, is wanted in Plymouth for failure to pay a fine on a drug charge and in Hooksett for a pending charge of issuing bad checks, both from 2011.

Peterson asked Judge Gregory Michael for a break on bail, saying: "I actually just started a job." He also told Michael he is going to be a father soon.

Michael set bail at $1,500 cash/surety on the Manchester charges, with a probable cause hearing set for Dec. 27. Bail on the Plymouth case was set at $300 personal recognizance, with a court date of Dec. 31, and bail on the Hooksett charges was set at $1,000 cash/surety, with a Dec. 28 court date.

Michael asked Peterson if he can be in those courts on those dates. "I could. I have no choice," said Peterson.

Furniture broken

Daniel Morgan, 28, of 331 Lake Ave., pleaded innocent Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief and trial was set for Feb. 11.

Morgan is accused of breaking kitchen chairs and a kitchen table. Court documents show that police, responding to a neighbor's call about yelling and sounds of things breaking, found Morgan sitting on the floor near a stereo that appeared damaged. According to the documents, the responding officer said Morgan admitted his guilt and described Morgan as "severely intoxicated."

Court documents show Morgan's girlfriend told police she was awakened by the noise and asked what had prompted Morgan's actions, but he initially declined to explain. She later learned that he was upset because her adult son had taken Morgan's young child out of the apartment without Morgan's permission.

Morgan declined to apply for a court-appointed attorney. He asked Judge Gregory Michael: "I couldn't be pr'd?" The judge declined to set personal recognizance bail and set bail at $1,000 cash/surety with conditions including no use of alcohol.

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