Manchester Crimewatch: City man accused of menacing woman, assaulting teen
MANCHESTER — Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon Wednesday sought $25,000 cash-only bail for a man being arraigned in Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester on a felony criminal threatening charge and two misdemeanor charges of simple assault.
Jonathan Moschetti, 27, of 33 Schuyler St., is accused of holding a knife against the chest of Beth Mason and of putting both hands around the neck of a 15-year-old, holding him against a wall, and of grabbing the teen in a headlock.
Reardon told Judge Gregory Michael that he was seeking the high cash-only bail because Moschetti admitted he owned a gun, but initially refused to say where it was, which “elevated the threat level.”
Reardon said that although Moschetti eventually told police the gun is in Portland, Maine, Manchester Police have been unable to verify that and seize it, pending resolution of the domestic-related charges.
Moschetti challenged the charges, saying he did not make contact with Mason and told the judge: “I have a witness here in the courtroom.”
Michael asked about Moschetti’s criminal record, which a prosecutor said consists of 2006 convictions for possession of a weapon in Maine. Michael set bail at $25,000 cash/surety, with conditions that bar contact with Mason and the 15-year-old and bar Moschetti from unsupervised contact with anyone under age 18.
Because Moschetti could enter no plea to the felony charge in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 14, so a judge can determine if there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North grand jury for possible indictment. A trial on the misdemeanors was set for Sept. 4.
Not a great excuse
Tristan Roukey, 25, whose address is listed as a city homeless shelter, Wednesday told Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester Judge Gregory Michael that he has an excuse for missing his scheduled arraignment on a resisting arrest charge July 9.
“I was incarcerated in Rockingham County,” said Roukey.
Michael wasn’t impressed that Roukey missed court in one county, because he was in jail in another. But he was willing to restore Roukey’s original $1,000 personal recognizance bail. The trial was set for Sept. 4.
Argued with girlfriend
Terahja Williams, 18, of 50R English Village Road, could enter no plea Wednesday in Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester to a felony charge of second-degree assault, so a probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 14, when a judge can determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send the case to a Hillsborough County North grand jury for possible indictment.
A police prosecutor said that during an argument, Williams allegedly attempted to strangle her girlfriend.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $5,000 cash/surety bail for Williams, who was convicted of arson in April and is under the umbrella of a 12-month sentence, which was suspended for three years of good behavior.
Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $2,500 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim.
Just back from Caribbean
Kyrsten Buckley-Brawner, 35, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester to a misdemeanor charge of theft by unauthorized taking.
Buckley-Brawner, formerly of Granby, Mass., told Judge Gregory Michael that she is staying with a friend at 610 Second St. She said she is unemployed and just returned from the Caribbean, where she earned a Ph.D, although she did not say in what subject.
Buckley-Brawner is accused of taking items valued at $6 from Market Basket.
Michael set bail at the requested $1,000 personal recognizance, with conditions that include Buckley-Brawner not returning to Market Basket, which he noted recently a lot of people are not doing. The trial was set for Sept. 4.