Manchester man arraigned on underage DUI, 2 new charges
MANCHESTER - Zachariah Head, 18, who had been scheduled for arraignment March 19 on an underage driving while intoxicated charge, was arraigned Wednesday in Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, on that charge and on two new charges of simple assault and criminal threatening.
Head, who gave an address of 158 Beech Hill Ave., is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his child, and of threatening her.
Police prosecutor Carissa Pelletier requested $2,000 cash/surety bail, noting Head is under the umbrella of a sentence on convictions for underage alcohol possession, possession of a controlled drug, receiving stolen property and breach of bail from two October 2012 arrests by Exeter police.
Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions that bar contact with the alleged victim and bar him from her residence. Trial for all the misdemeanors was set for April 15.
No contact by any means
Judge Michael wanted to make it very clear to William Squires that he is to have no contact with his wife until a judge tells him it is OK.
Squires, 32, of 326 Calef Road, was in court for arraignment on two misdemeanor stalking charges and a felony charge of witness tampering.
Squires and his wife, who is seeking a divorce, have four children. His attorney, David Horan, said Squires' wife received a restraining order in October, but then used Squires to baby-sit.
Horan said Squires was arrested for violating the order in December, but Squires claimed his wife told him she had dropped it.
The new charges allege he texted and called his wife Feb. 1 and that he offered her $2,000 if she did not appear in court for his scheduled trial for violating the protective order March 12. Court documents show Squires told police his wife initiated some of the contacts and said she solicited the $2,000.
Horan said Squires, who pleaded guilty to the protective order violation Tuesday in Circuit Court should get credit for showing up in court Tuesday, knowing there were warrants for his arrest on the new charges.
A police prosecutor requested $5,000 cash/surety bail on the new charges, saying Squires has a previous conviction involving the same woman.
Michael set bail at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with Squires' wife and barring him from her residence. He asked Squires if he understood that he has bail orders that are in effect that mean no contact, which means not in person and not by phone, text, Facebook or any other means, including if his wife initiates it.
A probable cause hearing on the felony charge was set for March 27 and a status hearing is set for April 15 on the misdemeanors.
"Body" very much alive
Danae Strassel, 23, of 158 Warner St., pleaded guilty in Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, to a criminal trespass charge.
Manchester police responded to a Beech Street address Tuesday afternoon after the resident, who had returned home after doing errands, reported a "body" on the floor behind a couch in the living room.
Police found Strassel sleeping under a blanket on the floor behind the couch. Police said Strassel had previously stayed at the residence as a guest of the resident's grandson, but had not been welcome there for several weeks. He had a key and had let himself in while no one was there, taking a position on the floor so as not to disturb his friend's grandmother.
The key was returned to the resident, and Strassel was arrested on a criminal trespass charge.
The prosecutor's recommendation on the negotiated plea was a fine of $1,200 with $1,000 of that suspended for two years of good behavior.
Judge Michael said he would give Strassel until April 30 to pay the $200, but if it is not paid, Strassel will be liable for the entire $1,200 fine.
Strassel then surprised Michael by asking if he could pay the entire $1,200 and then not have to worry about good behavior.
Michael said that was a first for him.