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Manchester man accused of threatening and assaulting girlfriend

MANCHESTER - Bail was set at $25,000 cash/surety Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for a city man charged with felony criminal threatening (2), felon in possession of a weapon, simple assault (2) and criminal mischief.

A police prosecutor said Brian Benham, 29, of 195 Easton Ave., assaulted his girlfriend several times during an argument, accusing her of hiding drugs. Benham is accused of having a loaded shotgun, and threatening the woman.

A probable cause hearing on the felonies was set for Jan. 29, and trial on the misdemeanors was set for Feb. 26. Bail conditions bar contact with the woman and bar him from her residence.

Two men protest charges

Damien Brousseau, 34, of 704 Montgomery St., and Oscar Grande, 36, of 199 Kelley St., were arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on felony robbery charges, but both protested their innocence.

Brousseau, charged with four armed robberies of convenience stores on Bremer, Kelley and Amory streets between Jan. 5 and 9, told Judge Gregory Michael: "I'm hearing false allegations." He insisted the charges will be thrown out at the probable cause hearing, set for Jan. 29.

As for the cash/surety bail requested by the police prosecutors, Brousseau said: "$50,000 is absolutely crazy."

Grande, who was charged with a knifepoint robbery on Bremer Street, told the judge: "I don't know why they're charging me with something I never did."

His bail is $25,000 cash/surety and the probable cause hearing was set for Jan. 29.

Charge is upgraded

Tony Rosas, 33, of 453 Pine St., who was released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail on a misdemeanor charge of criminal threatening, was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.

Police prosecutor Capt. Robert Cunha said Rosas had failed to put down information about prior convictions on the bail information sheet. Cunha said Rosas was convicted of violation of a protective order twice within six years, which elevates the criminal threatening charge to a felony level. Cunha said Rosas also has a drug conviction.

"That was past tense," said Rosas. He also said: "I've got two years left on federal probation."

Cunha requested $10,000 cash/surety bail, but Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $1,000 cash/surety and Rosas was taken into custody until he could arrange for bail to be posted.

A probable cause hearing on the threatening charge was set for Feb. 6.

Memory problems

Steven Flattery, 27, of 81 Bow St., pleaded innocent Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to two simple assault charges involving his girlfriend. Trial was set for March 26.

Police prosecutor Capt. Robert Cunha asked Judge Gregory Michael to increase Flattery's $1,000 cash/surety bail to $10,000 cash/surety bail, saying Flattery did not provide his criminal history to the bail bondsman.

Cunha said Flattery's record includes conduct after an accident, reckless conduct, receiving stolen property, breach of bail and disobeying a police officer.

Flattery's explanation for the criminal record omissions was: "I wasn't in the right state of mind."

Judge Gregory Michael set new bail of $5,000 cash/surety and Flattery was taken into custody pending posting of the additional bail. The bail conditions bar contact with Flattery's girlfriend and bar him from her residence.

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