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Manchester Crimewatch: Assault suspect argues for lower bail

April 17. 2013 10:39PM

MANCHESTER - A city man accused of grabbing his wife by the arm and shoving her asked a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge for personal recognizance bail, saying he needs to go to work.

A police prosecutor had requested a $1,000 cash/surety bail for Robert Tessier, 32, of 314 Merrimack St., at Tessier's arraignment Wednesday on a simple assault charge.

Judge William Lyons said that because Tessier is under the umbrella of a suspended sentence on an earlier conviction for assault, personal recognizance wasn't possible. But he was willing to set $500 cash/surety and $500 personal recognizance.

Tessier then asked the judge to set bail at the original figure, because a bail commissioner would likely not be willing to post a bond for less than a $1,000 bail amount.

Lyons agreed to the bail change. Trial was set for May 22.

On probation for assault

Hannah Webber, 22, of 30 Scottwind Road, Peterborough, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to two simple assault charges and trial was set for May 30.

Webber is accused of striking a man as he sought to leave a room at the Comfort Inn and of striking a police officer in the arm with a closed fist.

Bail was set at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the man who sought to leave the room and barring Webber from the Comfort Inn. But the bail will not take effect until a 72-hour probation hold is resolved. Webber is on probation on a 2012 conviction for assault in Cheshire County, which carries a 12-month sentence suspended for three years,

Says he needs treatment

A city teen, already being held on forgery and other charges, was arraigned Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on two felony forgery charges and two misdemeanors of theft by deception.

Tyler Murray, 18, of 393 Merrimack St., is accused of forging the account owner's signature on stolen checks and cashing two of them, receiving a total of $1,100 on March 13 and 14 at the Citizens Bank branch on McGregor Street.

Police prosecutor Lt. Peter Favreau sought $5,000 cash/surety bail for Murray on the new charges. Murray, who is being held on other charges, asked for personal recognizance bail, saying he needs to enter a treatment program.

"I have a problem that's not going to be fixed at Valley Street (Jail)," Murray told Judge William Lyons.

Murray said his family is trying to arrange for his release on his earlier $20,000 cash/surety bail. Lyons told Murray he wasn't going to release him on personal recognizance bail, but would reduce the cash/surety amount to $3,000. As for a treatment program, Lyons told Murray to speak to his lawyer, who knows how to work with the court for a direct entry into a residential program.

'I was loud in public'

Christopher Mulvey, 43, who lists the homeless shelter as his address, asked Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge William Lyons for personal recognizance bail on disorderly conduct and criminal trespass charges, saying: "I can't afford money now."

Mulvey, who said he won't have any money until he gets his next check, said: "I was loud in public. I don't want to spend the whole summer (in jail)."

Police prosecutor Lt. Peter Favreau, in asking for $200 cash/surety bail, with conditions barring Mulvey from the Dunkin Donuts at 921 Beech St., and the Engine 5 fire station at 44 Webster St., said Mulvey doesn't seem to understand why his behavior is a problem.

While Mulvey admits being loud in public, Favreau said Mulvey doesn't seem to understand why his refusal to move from in front of a garage bay at the fire station, blocking firefighters from backing in a vehicle, is a problem.

Lyons set bail at the amount and with the conditions requested by Favreau. Trial was set for May 30.

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