MANCHESTER — Jacob Chickering, 27, told Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge William Lyons that he returned to 210 Beech St. after his release on domestic-related charges Wednesday because the family is being evicted, and he was concerned about where his children were going to live.
Chickering was in court Thursday for arraignment on 14 charges: resisting arrest, criminal mischief, obstructing the report of a crime, disorderly conduct, simple assault (4 counts), possession of a controlled drug (marijuana), criminal threatening, false imprisonment (2 counts), stalking and violation of bail conditions.
Court documents show Chickering's wife told police that he assaulted her, putting his hands around her neck, but not cutting off her ability to breathe. She also told police that Chickering wouldn't let her out of the apartment, threatened her, damaged her phone and kept her from calling for help. She called police when he returned to the apartment within about 10 minutes of being released on the first 12 charges.
She said her husband, who goes to a daily methadone clinic, had been accusing her of sneaking men into the apartment and had been acting strangely.
Chickering wanted to plead to all 14 charges, saying: "I'd rather work out something with probation." But the judge told him to apply for a lawyer and a resolution might be possible at the bail revocation hearing set for this morning.
The couple has a history of charges and counter-charges. In January, Jennifer was charged with simple assault for allegedly shoving her husband with both hands and slapping a telephone from his hand; she was also charged with stalking after prosecutors saw her sitting with him in court on the day of her arraignment, in violation of bail conditions.
Jacob wanted the assault charges dropped. The following day, after he said the couple, together since 2005, had a newborn who was dependent on breast milk and Jennifer was needed at home, the defense attorney and domestic violence prosecutor reached an agreement and the assault charges were dropped. The stalking charge was conditionally dropped, with the provision that Jennifer be on good behavior for the next year.
Says court made him do it
A city man accused of violating a domestic violence protective order insisted Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division that Family Court ordered him to contact the woman.
John Bolduc, 26, of 23 Country Club Drive, is accused of mailing a letter to the woman Tuesday, despite having been served with a domestic violence protective order barring contact.
Bolduc told Judge William Lyons that someone at Family Court told him he had to provide certain information to the woman. Bolduc said his grandmother was present when he was told to do so and was prepared to testify.
Police prosecutor Lt. Peter Favreau said Bolduc was convicted of violating a domestic violence protective order in 2010, but it involved a different woman.
Favreau requested $5,000 cash/surety bail, but Lyons set bail at $3,000 cash/surety, with conditions that bar contact with the woman who took out the order and bar Bolduc from a specific College Avenue address.
2 bail violations alleged
Amanda Brown, 22, of 50 English Village Road, was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on assault, stalking and violation of bail conditions.
Brown, who was charged with stalking and violation of bail conditions July 3, was also charged with stalking, simple assault (3 counts), and violation of bail conditions Wednesday, so she was ordered held pending a bail revocation hearing Friday morning.
Judge William Lyons was unmoved by Brown's complaint that if she were held overnight, she would lose her job.
Trial on all charges was set for Aug. 15.
Talk to your lawyer
Following his arraignment Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on charges of false imprisonment and simple assault, Josiah Watts, 34, of 374 Central St., had a question for Judge William Lyons.
Watts' trial on charges he allegedly grabbed a woman by the arms, pushed her backward and allegedly wouldn't let her leave his residence was set for Sept. 19 at 1:15 p.m.
Watts' question to the judge was what to do about the fact that he has court dates at the same time in Manchester and Merrimack. Lyons said judges cannot give legal advice, but suggested Watts talk to his lawyer.
Conditions of Watts' $1,000 personal recognizance bail bar contact with the alleged victim and bar him from a Westminster Lane address.