Manchester hit-and-run suspect to face charges
MANCHESTER — A man accused of a hit-and-run accident, in which the other driver was injured, could enter no plea Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to felony charges of conduct after an accident and falsifying physical evidence.
David Kurland, 52, of 31 English Village Road, is accused of cutting in front of another driver at Front Street and Dunbarton Road at about 6:45 p.m. April 12, causing an accident and then fleeing.
Court documents report the other driver, a 49-year-old woman, sustained several injuries in the crash. The damage estimate for her vehicle was about $10,000.
The documents show that with the help of witnesses, investigators were able to locate Kurland’s damaged vehicle in the parking lot of his residence before it was towed away for repairs. Investigators reported finding a smear of blue paint, matching the other vehicle, on Kurland’s white car and pieces of white styrofoam from a front bumper cover, which matched styrofoam found at the accident scene.
A witness reported seeing Kurland pull into the parking area at high speed the night of the accident, with fresh damage to his vehicle, and then stumble toward the building entrance.
Kurland is also accused of trying to conceal evidence by arranging for the swift repair of his vehicle. The court documents show investigators learned the vehicle was towed to a repair shop a couple of days after the crash. The service manager said Kurland told him he had dropped a cigarette, which caused him to hit a tree. His damage estimate was just under $1,200. A probable cause hearing on the felonies was set for July 24. Kurland is free on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.
Both parties arrested
Julia Rogowicz, 30, of 72 Rimmon St., pleaded innocent Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to two misdemeanor charges of simple assault that allege she pushed her ex-boyfriend, David Covel, against a wall Saturday and grabbed him with one hand and punched him in the head with the other hand.
Rogowicz, who has a child with Covel, is barred by conditions of her $500 personal recognizance bail from any contact with Covel and is barred from his Dix Street residence.
Covel, 38, of 536 Dix St., was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court in connection with Saturday’s incident. He pleaded innocent to a criminal mischief charge that alleges he punched a hole in the drywall at Rogowicz’ Rimmon Street residence.
He is also free on $500 personal recognizance bail, with conditions that include no contact with Rogowicz and not going to the Rimmon Street address.
Trials for both are set for Sept. 4.
Online pawn record system was key
A police prosecutor Tuesday said the online pawn shop record-keeping system now being used in Manchester assisted in the investigation leading to the arrest of a Weare man on charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property.
John Black, 27, of 198 Bougue Road, pleaded innocent in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to pawning electronics at a Kelley Street pawn shop and a diamond ring at a Gabrielle Street shop. The items, which had been reported stolen, were tracked through the LeadsOnline system, which requires secondhand and pawn shops to upload digital photos and information on pawned items and their pawners.Police prosecutor Richard Brown said Black also has pending cases, including fraudulent use of a credit card, in other jurisdictions.
Black asked Judge William Lyons to change the $1,000 cash/surety bail to personal recognizance, saying: “I got accepted to rehab.” Lyons did not change the bail, but lawyers can petition for a bail change when a defendant to be released directly into a residential treatment program.
Charges stem from car sale argument
Bail conditions on charges of criminal threatening, assault and mischief bar Jared Fellows, 27, from returning to his 174 Laurel St. residence.
Fellows was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, accused of pushing one family member into a glass cabinet, which broke and caused cuts; threatening to kill another family member, making a slicing motion across his throat; and threatening to kill a female relative and her baby.
Fellows is also accused of threatening to smash the woman’s car windows, taking a 20-day paper plate off a vehicle and ripping it in half, and punching the hood of a vehicle, damaging it.
Fellows objected to being barred from the Laurel Street address, saying his mother is ill and he helps her. Judge William Lyons declined to change that condition of Fellows’ bail, which also bars him from contact with the three alleged victims and their residences.
In successfully seeking $5,000 cash/surety bail, a police prosecutor said Fellows’ record includes assault by a prisoner, felon in possession of a dangerous weapon and burglary. Trial was set for July 31.