Manchester CrimeWatch: Man accused of witness tampering
MANCHESTER — A city man who has been convicted of witness tampering for trying to persuade an assault victim not to testify against him was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a new felony witness tampering charge. He is accused of sending letters to his girlfriend in an effort to compel her to recant her assault accusations.
An attorney for Carl Byron, 59, of 233 Agnes St., said she would seek to have the trial, which was scheduled for Thursday, continued to a later date.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said the woman in the new tampering and assault cases was also the victim in the Byron’s earlier assault and witness tampering cases.
Pelletier requested $10,000 cash/surety bail on the new charge for Byron, whose other convictions include credit card fraud and criminal threatening.
Byron requested personal recognizance bail, telling Judge Gregory Michael that he is a veteran and has mental and physical health issues and is hoping to be admitted to Liberty House or a Nashua facility for treatment. He said his parole officer supports his efforts to enter Liberty House. Byron’s attorney, Dorothy Graham, said Byron will have an interview Monday or Tuesday in his effort to be admitted.
The judge said if Byron is admitted to an inpatient treatment facility, he will revisit bail to ensure a smooth transition, but left bail at $10,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim and barring him from her residence. A probable cause hearing on the felony was set for Sept. 18.
Bail conditions barred alcohol
Lyndsay Mello, 22, of 372 Lake Ave., was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a contempt of court charge. Mello, is accused of violating the excessive alcohol and drug use provisions of her $500 cash/surety bail on earlier charges, including simple assault, that are scheduled for trial next week.
Mello is accused of being literally falling-down drunk at Beech and Lowell streets. Judge Gregory Michael said the arresting officer wrote that when Mello attempted to stand up: “She fell down on the grass.”
Michael set bail at the $1,000 cash/surety requested by the prosecutor, with conditions barring any use of alcohol and requiring Mello to complete the booking process at the police station before her release.
There will be a status hearing on the contempt charge at her Sept. 10 trial on the earlier charges.
Claimed he was from the FBI
A city man is accused of going up to people at the East Side Plaza, telling them: “I’m from the FBI. Show me your license.” Jared Shannon, 26, of 523 Michigan Avenue, allegedly had an open beer can in his hand as he accosted people.
Police said arriving officers heard Shannon shouting profanities and refusing to quiet down when an officer already on the scene sought to discourage Shannon from continuing his behavior. Shannon allegedly threatened to punch the officer.
Shannon pleaded innocent to misdemeanor charges of criminal threatening and disorderly conduct Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division and trial was set for Oct. 9.
A police prosecutor sought bail of $1,000 cash/surety, saying Shannon was convicted earlier this year of theft by unauthorized taking. Shannon, who lost his license for a DWI conviction at age 18, asked for personal recognizance bail, saying he is trying to get into Serenity Place. Judge Gregory Michael said he would reconsider the $1,000 cash/surety bail if Shannon’s attorney can arrange his admission to an inpatient treatment center.