Manchester Crimewatch: woman who misses court often gets another chance
MANCHESTER — A city woman who has a history of failing to appear in court was in 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester Tuesday on a probation violation.
Tiffanie Ducharme, 22, who was arrested twice this year on prostitution and lewdness charges, was placed on probation in April as part of a negotiated plea.
According to the probation violation complaint, Ducharme never reported to the probation department and moved from her residence at 479 Belmont St. without notifying the probation department.
A police prosecutor requested $5,000 cash/surety bail for Ducharme. She asked for personal recognizance bail, saying: “I’ll do anything I have to.”
Judge Gregory Michael told her that although she now says she will do anything she has to, she failed to report to probation: “To save yourself from a year in jail.”Ducharme then brought up her having children, as she did when she was arraigned on prostitution and lewdness charges March 11. With two young children, Ducharme, though, didn’t say whether they live with her.
At the time of her March 11 arraignment, police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon had requested $3,000 cash/surety bail, saying Ducharme had failed to appear for trial on the same two charges the previous week.
“She is displaying a pattern that is of concern to the state,” said Reardon. Ducharme in March claimed she thought all she had to do regarding the earlier charges was pay a fine. “I was unaware I had to speak to the judge again,” she said.
At that time, Judge John Emery said Ducharme must have a bad memory, because she failed to appear twice on those charges and he set a cash/surety bail.
In court Tuesday, Judge Michael was more forgiving and set bail at $1,000 personal recognizance, with a probation violation hearing set for July 16.
She’s not afraid of him
Tek Dahal, 29, of 244 Lake Ave., was arraigned Tuesday in 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester on a misdemeanor assault charge. But the alleged victim, his wife, told Judge Gregory Mitchell she is not afraid of him.
The woman came forward from the gallery at Dahal’s arraignment and told the judge: “I called the officers to teach him a lesson.” She said she didn’t expect them to arrest him.
Although Dahal, who speaks Nepalese, appeared to have difficulty understanding the judge, who said he was setting bail at $2,000 personal recognizance. “I’m going to let him go home,” said Michael, but with bail conditions that include: “No hitting. No fighting.” When Michael asked if Dahal drank alcohol and his wife responded it was only a little, Michael said bail conditions include: “No alcohol, none, zero.”
Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon, who had sought a cash/surety bail, objected to the conditions allowing contact. He said Manchester police have a difficult enough time in domestic assault cases, which usually result in bail conditions barring contact and going to the residence in order to protect the alleghed victim. But Michael said that even with a cash bail, Dahal could cause trouble, but Dahal has no criminal record and his wife said she is not afraid of him.Trial was set for July 23, when Dahal will have a court-appointed attorney and there will be an interpreter.
Needs new residence
Tyler Scott, 18, of 340 Central St., could enter no plea to a felony criminal threatening charge Tuesday in 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester.
Scott, who is not employed and told Judge Gregory Michael that his mother helps him out, is accused of threatening his mother during an argument. He’s accused of going into her bedroom and raising a baseball bat over his head, putting her in fear.
Bail was set at $2,500 cash/surety, with conditions that bar Scott from contact with his mother and bar him from the Central Street residence.Because no plea can be entered on a felony charge in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for June 26. A judge will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North grand jury for possible indictment.
Will try to salvage job
A city man Tuesday asked a 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester judge to cut in half the $10,000 cash/surety bail sought by a police prosecutor on a felony charge of receiving stolen property and a violation of operating after suspension.
A police prosecutor requested the $10,000 cash/surety bail saying James Gray 23, of 38 Newbury Road, has a history of theft-related convictions that include a 2012 receiving stolen property conviction and three 2011 theft convictions and one 2011 receiving stolen property conviction.
Gray was driving a vehicle stolen from a River Road address when he was stopped and charged with a violation of driving after suspension.
Judge Gregory Michael noted that he had put Gray’s license in default when Gray failed to appear on an October 2013 loitering/prowling charge.
Gray said if the bail was $5,000 cash/surety, he could get out and try to salvage his job. Michael set bail at $5,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the owner of the vehicle and barring him from the River Road address. He set bail on the loitering/prowling charge at $500 personal recognizance.
A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for June 25, when the other charges will be addressed.