Manchester Crimewatch: City man faces motor vehicle and drug charges
MANCHESTER - Zachary Mattson, 18, of 99 Gilhaven Road, was scheduled to enter a plea Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to Feb. 25 charges of following too closely with an accident resulting and driving after suspension.
But Judge Gregory Michael told Mattson: "I'm not going to allow any pleas today."
That was because Mattson was also in court for arraignment on a felony charge of possession of a controlled drug (marijuana) with intent to sell and unlawful possession, for having alcohol with him March 1 at the Northside Plaza, 1100 Bicentennial Dr.
Mattson, who had failed to appear on the motor vehicle charges March 12, had worked out an agreement with prosecutors March 20 to enter pleas to the motor vehicle charges Wednesday.
A probable cause hearing on the felony drug charge was set for May 22, when there will be a status hearing on the remaining charges. Mattson is free on $2,000 personal recognizance bail.
A lawyer for Robert Gonyer, 44, of 350 Front St., Wednesday told Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge Gregory Michael that there are no grounds for alleging Gonyer violated bail conditions on a second-degree assault charge by entering the Front Street apartment of the alleged victim.
The attorney also entered an innocent plea to a resisting arrest charge that alleges when a police officer was seeking to fingerprint Gonyer March 2, he got up and started to walk out of the room. He is accused of also ignoring directions from a second officer to stop. When the second officer grabbed Gonyer's arm and confined him against a wall, Gonyer stopped struggling, the officer said. But as soon as the officer released pressure, he wrote, Gonyer again tried to pull away and had to be taken to the ground, where the two officers handcuffed him as he tried to pull away. The officer wrote that Gonyer then agreed to cooperate.
The police prosecutors had filed the motion to revoke bail on the assault charge because Gonyer, the second-floor resident and landlord, allegedly violated bail conditions.
Court documents show that Gonyer admitted he entered the first floor apartment, but said it was to check the heat. According to the documents, Gonyer refused to say when he entered the apartment or anything about the condition of the tenant's property,
But in court Wednesday, attorney Marc Pinard said Gonyer was in the apartment March 1, but wasn't given bail conditions barring him from the apartment or being within 10 yards of the tenant until March 2.
"He shouldn't be held. It's just not fair," said Pinard, who said he was filling in for Gonyer's regular attorney who was at a hearing in Concord.
Court documents show the 25-year-old tenant told police that he had packed up his belongings in anticipation of moving and had put them neatly by the door, but couldn't gain access to the apartment March 1 because the dead bolt was on, which he said had to be done from inside the apartment.
The tenant said when he tried to access the apartment again on March 4, he found his belongings damaged or destroyed and strewn all over the apartment.
After discussions between Gonyer's attorney and the police prosecutors, the prosecutors requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Gonyer on the resisting arrest charge and a status hearing was set for May 8, the day of the probable cause hearing on the felony assault charge.