Manchester Crimewatch: Defense attorney seeks home confinement for drug addict
MANCHESTER — Defense attorney Kyle Robidas on Thursday asked a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge to set personal recognizance bail, with ankle bracelet monitoring, so his client can get treatment for her drug addiction.
But police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon, who had filed a motion to revoke Chantele Wallace’s bail on a felony of heroin possession and a misdemeanor of disobeying a police officer, asked that the bail revocation hearing be postponed until Friday, so an attorney from the city solicitor’s office can present witnesses in support of the motion.
Wallace, 23, of 71 Circuit St., who was out on $1,000 cash/surety bail on the earlier charges, which stemmed from an incident involving her ex-girlfriend in May, is accused of assaulting the woman, stalking her on three occasions, and entering her residence despite bail conditions barring contact earlier this month. Wallace is accused of going to the woman’s place of work as well as to her residence, and of chasing her, grabbing her hair and punching her in the face. Wallace also allegedly made 32 calls to the woman on one day.
Wallace had been scheduled for arraignment Thursday on the earlier charges and when Robidas learned of the new charges, he said he informed Wallace and she turned herself in.
Robidas said Wallace’s family had come to court and would support her. “She’s going through withdrawal right now,” said Robidas, who said home was a better setting for her than the jail. But Judge Gregory Michael said if she were home, her family might give her medication to ease the symptoms. “Being home is not a therapeutic environment,” he said. He said he was concerned about protection of the alleged victim.
The judge said the bail revocation hearing would take place Friday, but he did set court dates for both sets of charges.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 7, so a judge can determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment.
Trial on the misdemeanors was set for Aug. 27.
Name, identity confusion
Trystynn Sayter, 20, of 47 Reed St., pleaded innocent Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to misdemeanors of simple assault, resisting arrest (4), and unsworn falsification. Trial was set for Aug. 25.
Police who responded to the rear alley at Reed Street Wednesday night found Canaan Hawkins, 23, bleeding profusely from a cut above his right eyebrow. Hawkins said he and his fiancee had been having a “stupid” argument and she punched him in the face, with her engagement ring cutting him. On Hawkins’ Facebook page, he says he is married to Sayter.
Meanwhile, officers who went to the front door said a woman went inside quickly and closed the door. When another woman came out of the door, she volunteered the first woman was Trystynn, later identified by a Georgia state license as Trystynn Sayter, 23.
But the license said she was a male, which police said was later confirmed by a birth certificate card showing her name as Wesley Julian Anders Brand. She had applied a year ago in a Georgia court to legally change her name to Trystynn Sayter. The person later identified as Sayter first identified herself to police as Heidi Brand and said Trystynn wasn’t there, police said. Sayter walked away from police, jumped out a window and ran awaySayter was finally caught, but continued to struggle, according to court documents.
At the police department, Sayter gave a false name of Trystynn Hawkins to the booking officer. Police said they learned there is a warrant out of Georgia for Sayter, under the name “Brand.” It was issued June 24, with an underlying charge of aggravated assault with a weapon.
In court, police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said the department would proceed with the local charges before filing a fugitive from justice warrant.
Pelletier requested bail of $2,500 cash/surety. Judge Gregory Michael set bail at the amount requested by the prosecutor, with conditions that include no contact with Hawkins.
Habitual offender, DWI charges
Police said Gerald Andersen picked the wrong place to drive after drinking. Police said Officer Kevin O’Meara was standing on Massabesic Street Wednesday night, turning traffic away from the area of a house fire on Jewett Street, wearing a full length fluorescent yellow Manchester police jacket, next to a Manchester fire truck with all its emergency lights on and his marked patrol car blocking access to Massabesic Street, with its emergency lights activated.
But police said Andersen, who was driving east on Massabesic, apparently didn’t notice any of that. So O’Meara turned on his flashlight and waved for Andersen to stop, but Andersen kept on coming toward O’Meara, running over one of the orange cones and forcing O’Meara to run for safety, police said. O’Meara yelled for Andersen to stop and he finally did.
But when he opened his car window and began to apologize, O’Meara could smell a strong odor of alcohol, police said. Andersen said his license was suspended and offered a non-driver ID. Dispatch alerted O’Meara that Andersen is a habitual offender, as of Oct. 16, 2009.
Because of the flashing lights, heavy rain, thunder and lightning, O’Meara did not conduct field sobriety tests at the scene, but conducted them at the police station and based on his scores, actions at the fire scene and admission he’d been drinking, Andersen was charged with DWI and Habitual Offender.
At his arraignment Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $1,000 cash/surety bail. She said Andersen was convicted as a habitual offender in Hillsborough County Superior Court North in 2011.
Andersen asked Judge Gregory Michael for personal recognizance bail, but Michael said bail is not only to ensure a defendant shows up for trial, but also to protect the public. “You present a danger to the public,” Michael told Andersen.
A probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 7 on the felony charge, so a judge can determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment. Trial on the DWI charge was set for Aug. 25.