Manchester Crimewatch: Homeless man calls robbery case 'laughable'
MANCHESTER — A homeless man, who already had five pending matters in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, was arraigned Thursday on a felony robbery charge. Shawn Powers, 25, complained to Judge Gregory Michael: "This whole case is pretty laughable."
Powers said he was at Hillsborough County Superior Court North Wednesday when he was arrested on the robbery charge that alleges he punched a man in the face and took three chocolate bars from him Dec. 22, 2013, on Hanover Street. The charge was brought as a felony because force was used in the course of a theft.
Because Powers was out on bail at the time, police prosecutors filed a motion to have Powers' bail revoked and have him held until trial.
Powers has a number of pending charges: simple assault (2), for allegedly punching a man in the face and kicking him in the ribs Oct. 19, 2013; theft by unauthorized taking, for allegedly taking items from Home Depot without paying Sept. 20, 2013; criminal trespass violation, for entering and remaining on the property of 445 Union St., lounging on the front lawn, Aug. 24, 2013, and park curfew violation, for being in Victory Park after the park curfew Aug 4, 2013.
A hearing on the motion to revoke Powers' bail was set for Friday morning. If the judge decides not to revoke Powers' bail on the earlier charges, bail will be set on the robbery charge and a probable cause hearing date will be set. Status hearings are scheduled Jan. 22 on the other charges.
Eric Dafopoulas, 31, of 455 Pine St., was charged with criminal threatening of a woman Wednesday and scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division. But police said Dafopoulas violated bail conditions early Thursday by stalking the woman.
He was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court on both charges and police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his bail. A hearing was set for this morning and if the judge decides not to revoke his bail, new bail will be set and a trial date will be set.
Accused of biting
Maria Camacho, 33, of 455 Union St., could enter no plea Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony robbery charge, so a probable cause hearing was set for Jan. 21.
Camacho is accused of using force in the course of a theft, by biting a man on the hand and pushing him down the stairs at her residence Dec. 22, 2013. She is accused of taking a cell phone, watch and approximately $750 in cash from the victim during the incident.
A police prosecutor, noting Camacho has a Jan. 30 prostitution trial scheduled, sought $3,000 cash/surety bail on the robbery charge. Judge Gregory Michael set bail at the requested amount, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim.
Pleads to simple assault
Joel Marceau, 51, who is homeless, pleaded guilty Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and was sentenced to 360 days in jail, with all but 60 days suspended for two years of good behavior. He is also barred from contact with the woman.
Marceau was given credit for the 30 days he has been jailed since his arrest Dec. 10. Marceau jumped on a tent, hitting a woman inside in the face.
Marceau's attorney said both Marceau and his victim are homeless and go to some of the same places for services. In that situation, Judge Gregory Michael said: "He's to walk away. No contact."
Third charge a felony
A Londonderry woman, who has twice before been convicted of theft of property or services, was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on felony charges of theft by unauthorized taking and receiving stolen property.
Kayla McQuarrie, 23, of 14 King Charles Drive, is accused of having in her possession a Stihl chainsaw valued at almost $580 dollars, stolen from Ace Hardware in Goffstown, and of selling it for $210 to Good Still Pawn Shop, 126 Kelley St. Dec. 10.
A police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for McQuarrie, noting she subject to a 12-month deferred sentence on similar convictions. "Could you possibly lower it to $500," McQuarrie asked Judge Gregory Michael. The answer was "no." If she is released on bail, she is not to go to the hardware store or the pawn shop.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony charge in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Jan. 21.
Responded to a text
Melissa Morrissey, 37, of 362 Hanover St., pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a charge of violation of a protective order and trial was set for Feb. 6.
Morrissey is accused of approaching a woman protected by the order at the Alpine Club, but she told Judge Gregory Michael: "I was there first."
Morrissey told Michael that she lives in New York state, but responded to a text.
Judge Gregory Michael asked: "This person texted you in Hartford and you came back?" Morrissey responded: "yes."
While a police prosecutor sought $500 cash/surety bail for Morrissey, Michael set bail at $500 personal recognizance after Morrissey promised to show up for trial.
Bail for Kathryn Shepard, 48, of 235 Agnes St., was set Thursday at $1,313 cash, the amount requested by Circuit Court-Derry District Division. Shepard owes that amount as restitution on a 2009 conviction of issuing a bad check.
If Shepard doesn't bail out, she will be transported to the Derry Court for an appearance Monday morning.