MANCHESTER — A city teen pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to charges of aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, transportation of alcohol by a minor, unlawful possession and allowing an improper person to operate a vehicle.
Police said Sean Morrissey, 18, of 198 Grove St., drove a motor vehicle on Dubuque Street shortly before 2 a.m. Dec. 14 with an alcohol concentration of .02 or more while he had a passenger under the age of 16.
Morrissey is also accused of having beer in his possession, of transporting beer in the back seat without being accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or legal age spouse, and of letting his 14-year-old friend drive the Jeep on Dubuque Street.
Conditions of his summonses were continued and trial was set for Feb. 4.
Says he was celebrating
A Derry man Thursday told a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge that he was out for the first time since sustaining a broken jaw when he was arrested early New Year’s Day.
Adam Couto, 21, of 22 Pond Road, pleaded innocent to charges of simple assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Police said Officer Casey Finn was on patrol early Wednesday morning when he saw a man, later identified as Couto, pick up a cigarette ash container and throw it to the ground in front of Murphy’s Tap Room, 494 Elm St. Finn reported that when he stopped to investigate further, Couto became increasingly belligerent, yelling obscenities and pushing Finn in the shoulder. After a minor struggle, Finn reported, he was able to take Couto into custody.
In court Thursday, police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Couto, saying he had a DWI conviction in August 2012 and has waived a probable cause hearing on a second-degree assault charge in Rockingham County. Trial was set for Feb. 3.
Arrest warrants waiting
When police arrested Rico Lanzillotti, 30, of 461 Beech St., Wednesday for punching his girlfriend in the head, they also arrested him on warrants for assaulting a man in the Central Street alley, at Union Street, Aug. 7. In August, his address was on Central Street.
Lanzillotti pleaded innocent to all three simple assault charges Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Bail was set at $1,500 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with either alleged victim. Trial was set for Feb. 3.
Tracy Dowell’s girlfriend told police that he applied pressure to her throat that caused her to lose consciousness Wednesday night. As a result of the woman’s claims, Dowell, 45, of 231 Wilson St., was charged with second-degree assault.
Dowell was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on the felony charge, as well as three charges of simple assault and one of criminal threatening.
The misdemeanor charges allege he poured a gallon of water on the woman while she was sleeping, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the floor, stomped on her chest with his left foot, and told her: “Look at me. I’m going to kill you.”
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $15,000 cash/surety bail, noting Dowell’s criminal history dates back to 2004 and his most recent convictions included assault. obstructing the report of a crime and violation of a protective order. Dowell is also subject to a 72-hour probation/parole hold.
Dowell sought a lower bail, saying: “I need to work.” Judge William Lyons reduced the bail amount to $10,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim and not going to her residence.
A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Jan. 14; trial was set for Feb. 3.