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Manchester CrimeWatch: City woman arrested in assault

January 13. 2014 8:36PM

MANCHESTER — A Manchester woman who was arrested Friday night on a felony drug possession charge and a misdemeanor of receiving stolen property was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail.

Elena Picco, 29, of 452 Pine St., allegedly had a Samsung tablet belonging to another person at the Hess Gas Station on Queen City Avenue. She also had cocaine in her possession, police said.

But even before she could be arraigned, Picco was arrested again. This time it was for simple assault of her boyfriend on Saturday at the EconoLodge at 75 W. Hancock St. The charge alleges she punched and clawed her boyfriend’s face.

So at her arraignment Monday, on all three charges, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Picco’s bail on the first set and have her held until trial. A hearing was set for today on the motion. A probable cause hearing on the felony charge was set for Jan. 28 and trial on the misdemeanors was set for Feb. 12.

Burglary, threatening charges

Robert Shatney, 48, could enter no plea Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a burglary charge that alleges he tried to climb through the window of a man’s apartment. Shatney was allegedly part of a group of people, one of whom had a handgun. When he was discovered by the alleged victim, he is accused of shouting to the man to come out, while throwing snowballs.

Bail was set at $5,000, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim. A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Jan. 28, when there will be a status hearing on the misdemeanor.

Bail revocation motion

Shelley Hernandez, 37, of 45 ½ Jones St., faces a bail revocation hearing this morning because she was out on bail when she allegedly committed six new charges.

Hernandez is accused of stealing about $36 worth of items at John’s Hallmark, 62 March Ave., which was charged as a felony because she has been previously convicted of at least two theft charges.

A felony charge of falsifying physical evidence alleges she put the items under a vehicle in the parking lot and a felony of possession of a controlled drug alleges she had alprozalam in her possession without a prescription.

Two disorderly conduct misdemeanors allege Hernandez wouldn’t stop yelling, scaring away customers from the store and caused such a disturbance that it drew a crowd.

An attempted simple assault charge alleges she tried to kick a police officer and a resisting arrest charge accused her of throwing herself on the ground and refusing to surrender.

A probable cause hearing on the felonies was set for Jan. 27. Trial on the misdemeanors was set for Feb. 19.

Purse snatched from car

A woman told police she had just left the Rite Aid at 1631 Elm St., at about 6:30 Saturday night and got into the driver’s seat of her parked car.

She said a man opened the passenger door and took her purse of the front seat, running east on Sagamore Street.

The thief is described as about 40 years old, six feet tall, wearing a black leather jacket and a black “beanie” style hat.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at

Graffiti charges

Police charged two teens and are looking for a third after the youths allegedly spray painted graffiti on buildings at the John H. Sununu Youth Service Center.

Center staff alerted police after seeing three teens spray painting building at the detention center at about 12:30 p.m.

An officer found two of the teens, ages 16 and 17, hiding behind a snow bank after tracking their footprints in the snow.

Both teens had markers that matched the fresh graffiti and were charged with criminal mischief.

Police Lt. Maureen Tessier said reports did not indicated what was spray painted or if the teens were previously detained at the center. Police continue to seek the third teen.

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