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May 12. 2014 9:43PM

Manchester man tells judge he was sleeping, not intoxicated

MANCHESTER — A city man, charged with possession of a controlled drug and endangering the welfare of a child, Monday told a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge that police had no right to search his pockets, where marijuana was allegedly found.

Brian Strandberg, 37, who listed the homeless shelter as his address, was arrested after contact with police who were investigating an attempted burglary at a Putnam Street address.

A tenant had called police, saying someone was attempting to get into her apartment. Police investigating the early morning incident had contact with Strandberg, who they described as extremely intoxicated and incapable of caring for himself or a one-year-old child in his care. Strandberg, referring to the burglary attempt, told Judge William Lyons: “I was not the person.” He also said: “I was sleeping. . .I was not intoxicated.”

Lyons told Strandberg that the issue of police checking his pockets could be addressed by his lawyer through a suppression motion. Monday’s court session was an arraignment.

Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $5,000 cash/surety bail, with conditions that include no contact with anyone under age 18 and no illegal drugs.

Strandberg said he has a daughter, not the infant in the apartment, and he wants to see the child on her birthday in a couple of days. Pelletier did not object to amending the bail to bar Strandberg from unsupervised contact with anyone under age 18. Lyons reduced the bail to $3,000 cash/surety, with the amendment. Trial was set for June 12.

Allegedly threatened

Michael-Paul Palughi, 32, of 50L English Village Road, pleaded innocent Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a misdemeanor charge of criminal threatening.

Palughi is accused of threatening Manchester police Officer Michelle Orr, who had responded to Palughi’s apartment for a reported domestic incident.

The police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Palughi, but he asked for personal recognizance, saying he’s working and just got a promotion. Judge William Lyons reduced the bail to $500 cash/surety and $500 personal recognizance, but said he couldn’t set personal recognizance only, given Palughi’s conviction for reckless conduct. Trial was set for June 12.

Had CVS master keys

A man on probation for a drug conviction was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property.

David Owens, 54, of 99 Pleasant St., allegedly had in his possession a set of master keys to the CVS store at 271 Mammoth Road that belong to the store manager.

Owens asked for a break on the $2,000 cash/surety bail requested by the police prosecutor.

Judge William Lyons reduced the bail to $1,000, but reminded Owens that it wouldn’t take effect unless the 72-hour probation hold was lifted by Owens’ probation officer. Trial was set for June 12.

Faces three felony charges

A man accused of hitting his son on the forearm with a piece of 2-by-4 wood, of hitting his girlfriend in the upper thigh with the piece of lumber and of threatening his roommate, saying while holding the 2-by-4: “I’ll .... kill you,” was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.

Tomas Bedey, also known as Tomas Maurin, 57, of 420 Belmont St., could enter no plea to the felony charges of second-degree assault and criminal threatening, so a probable cause hearing was set for May 21.

Bedey pleaded innocent to misdemeanors of simple assault that allege he pushed his roommate against the refrigerator, causing him to fall to the floor, and of backhanding his girlfriend in the mouth. Trial was set for June 11.

Judge William Lyons set bail at the amount the police prosecutor sought. “I feel the $15,000 is an appropriate amount,” said Lyons. Bail conditions include no contact with any of the three alleged victims and not going to their residences and/or the Belmont Street address.

Not abusing drug

Kane Hanson, 31, of 207 Wellington Road, could enter no plea Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of possession of a narcotic. Police said he had Suboxone on Saturday.

Hanson told Judge William Lyons: “I didn’t have a prescription, but I wasn’t abusing it.” A probable cause hearing on the felony charge was set for May 22 and bail was set at $1,000 cash/surety.Hanson was also arrested on warrants from Circuit Court-Conway District Division for failure to appear on 2012 charges of driving after suspension and willful concealment.

Hanson told Judge William Lyons: “I had an issue with driving in Berlin.” He said without a license, he has trouble getting to court. Bail was set at $1,000 personal recognizance, with a court date of June 17.


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