MANCHESTER — Linda Morgan, 30, of 110 McDuffie St., pleaded innocent Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to misdemeanor charges of simple assault and criminal threatening.Morgan is accused of grabbing and pulling her boyfriend's hair and beard around midnight Tuesday, and telling him: "You're going to die tonight." Informed of the charges, Morgan said: "I'm not even aware of this.
She also complained to Judge Gregory Michael: "My daughter's statement wasn't taken at the scene."
Morgan was also sought on a warrant for failure to appear on a 2012 Driving While Intoxicated case in Circuit Court-Rochester District Division in which there is a restitution and/or fine issue.
That prompted Michael, who noted the DWI charge was reduced from aggravated DWI, to ask police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier if alcohol was an issue in the Manchester case, but Pelletier was unable to find mention of alcohol impairment in the police report.
Police prosecutors requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Morgan, but Michael set bail at $500 cash/surety on the assault and threatening charges. Trial was set for Feb. 24 in Manchester District Division.There is also a $500 cash/surety bail on the Rochester DWI matter, where Morgan is scheduled to appear Jan. 27.
No personal recognizance bail for city woman
When Djemi Lazarre, 23, appeared in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Dec. 23, 2013, on a felony charge of stealing a retired priest's ring in October 2013, while working as an LNA at the Bishop Peterson home for retired religious, she successfully appealed to Judge Gregory Michael for personal recognizance bail so she could be with her two children for Christmas.
But when Lazarre, of 501 Kimball St., was back in front of Michael Wednesday, this time on felony forgery and theft by deception charges, and a misdemeanor of resisting arrest, Michael ruled out personal recognizance bail.
The felony charges accuse Lazarre of depositing stolen and forged checks totaling $6,000 into her Sovereign Bank account in September 2013 and withdrawing almost $2,800 from that account through several TD Bank Stores and ATMs on Oct. 4, 2013.
Michael set bail for Lazarre at the $1,000 cash/surety requested by police prosecutors, with conditions that include no contact with the stolen/forged check victim and not going to the banks. A probable cause hearing on the felonies was set for Feb. 4, when there will be a status hearing on the misdemeanor charge.
Accused of threatening another man with knife
Bail was continued at $1,500 cash/surety Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for a city man accused of threatening another man with a knife. Bail conditions bar Matthew Beaudoin, 35, of 142 Douglas St., from contact with his alleged victim and a second named person.
The felony criminal threatening charge alleges Beaudoin pulled a knife from his pocket Jan. 1 at another Douglas Street address and began to swing it at a man, placing that person in fear of imminent bodily injury.
No plea can be entered to a felony charge in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Feb. 18.
Pleads no contest to threatening
Thomas Ferguson, 55, of 677 Lake Ave., pleaded nolo or "no contest" to a criminal threatening charge Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
Ferguson was accused of grabbing a large stapler, holding up to the head of his girlfriend and telling her: "Get out of my way."
Ferguson was senenced to six months in the House of Corrections, all suspended for two years of good behavior, and ordered to obtain a domestic violence evaluation within 45 day, follow all recommendations, and provide notification to the state of completion and compliance.
The victim told prosecutors she wants contact with Ferguson.