MANCHESTER — Julia Convicer, 34, was adamant Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division about her plea to two charges of criminal trespass. “Absolutely not guilty, your honor,” she said. “Both charges are absolutely bogus.”
Convicer is accused of trespassing at 197 Bridge St. twice.
“I lived there for four months,” she said. “I was never told I could not live there.”
Convicer told Judge William Lyons she lived at the apartment while looking for another place and a job. “I didn’t want anything other than a roommate,” she said, alleging the man in whose apartment she was living was looking for more. She said after the first arrest, he apologized and invited her back.
Convicer said she moved to a shelter and obtained a protective order against the man. She said he kept contacting her and even called her mother, trying to locate her and threatening to put Convicer’s declawed cat out on the street. “I want to go to trial,” said Convicer.
Trial was set for June 17 and bail was continued at $500 personal recognizance.
Drove the car
A city man accused of driving another man to and from a convenience store robbery last December was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of criminal liability to robbery.
Gage Petas, 23, of 486 Dubuque St., is accused of driving Jotnell St. Pierre to the N&K Market, 374 Pearl St., where St. Pierre threatened an employee and the owner with a knife during an attempted robbery, and then drove St. Pierre away from the market.
No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for June 11. Bail was continued at $25,000 personal recognizance.
Two arrests in drug case
Two men were arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on charges stemming from a drug investigation at 656 Chestnut St.
Detectives from the special investigations unit met with resident Jeffrey Anagnos, 39, in front of the apartment at about 3 p.m. Monday. Police said Anagnos was found in possession of a glass pipe with white residue believed to be methamphetamine. He also possessed a small amount of suspected marijuana and was charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled drug.
Detectives returned with a search warrant and reported finding several marijuana plants, along with lighting, scales and packaging materials related to drug activity, as well as several amphetamine capsules. As a result, Anagnos was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled drug as well as felony manufacture of a controlled drug.
He could enter no plea to the felonies Tuesday in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for May 28. Trial on the misdemeanor was set for June 24. A police prosecutor sought to maintain a $20,000 cash/surety bail, but Judge William Lyons reduced it, setting $15,000 cash/surety on the felonies and $1,000 on the misdemeanor.
Police said the second man arrested, Matthew Richardson, 43, also of 656 Chestnut St., showed up just before 8 p.m., while the serach warrant was being executed.
Police said Richardson fled as they attempted to identify him, tossing a cigarette package as he went. He was caught a short distance away and identified.
Police said the discarded package contained heroin, so Richardson was charged with felony possession of a narcotic and felony falsifying physical evidence. He was also charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest for fleeing and struggling with the officer who caught him.
In Circuit Court Tuesday morning, Richardson told the judge: “He didn’t tell me who he was.” Richardson said he had recently been robbed and the officer wasn’t in uniform. “He didn’t tell me until I was halfway down the alley,” said Richardson.
Lyons reduced the requested bail from $4,000 to $3,000 cash/surety. A probable cause hearing was set for May 28 and trial for June 24.
Claims he’s being targeted
David Campbell, 29, of 184 Cedar St., pleaded innocent Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault that alleges he threw a set of keys at his ex-girlfriend, hitting her in the back.
“I feel like I’ve been targeted,” Campbell told Judge William Lyons. But court documents show the victim, who had a small cut on her upper right back, told officers Campbell had called and asked to stay at her Chestnut Street apartment for a few days. She said she agreed. She told police he became upset about his child dirtying her diaper and on Saturday she finally told him to leave and give her back the keys.
She said he refused to hand over the keys, but when she turned to leave, he threw them at her, causing the cut on her back. Court documents show the investigating officer noted the cut. Officer Steven Duquette said when he spoke with Campbell, Campbell denied assaulting the woman, but admitted tossing the keys.
In court, Campbell claimed the woman was upset because he paid too much attention to his daughter.
A police prosecutor requested $5,000 cash/surety bail for Campbell, noting he is subject to a 72-hour probation hold and he has convictions that include assault, possession of drugs with intent to sell, violation of probation and breach of bail. Lyons set bail at $3,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim and barring Campbell from her residence. Trial was set for June 17.