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November 14. 2013 11:02PM

Manchester Crimewatch: Man accused of assaulting his wife repeatedly

MANCHESTER — A city man was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of second-degree assault, six misdemeanor simple assault charges, as well as criminal threatening, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

In requesting $10,000 cash/surety bail for Adam Chapman, 38, of 216 Somerville St., police prosecutor Lt. Peter Favreau said: “The allegations are disturbing at the very least.“

Chapman is accused of assaulting his wife throughout the day Wednesday, including approaching her from behind and putting his arm around her neck, putting pressure on her throat until she blacked out.

Court documents show when Officer Derek Cataldo responded to the apartment where Chapman and his wife live, he noted Chapman was “severely intoxicated and holding a beer.” That was a little after 7 p.m. and the alleged victim told the officer Chapman had begun drinking when he woke up at 9 a.m. and continued throughout the day, assaulting her repeatedly.

Cataldo wrote that he observed bruises all the way up to the shoulder of the woman’s right arm, more bruises on her left arm, redness on both sides of her neck, a bruise on her left ear and she was supporting herself with a crutch to keep weight off her left ankle. He also said she was shaking and described the look on her face as “terrified.”

Cataldo wrote that the alleged victim said: “I’m going to tell you this time I’ll tell you what happened.” He said she reported Chapman began drinking beer when he woke up and said: “When he drinks he gets evil.”

In addition to allegedly assaulting his wife, Chapman is accused of kicking open a bedroom door, breaking the frame, and picking up a radio and smashing it on the floor. Cataldo also wrote that Chapman resisted being handcuffed and was so intoxicated and agitated that he couldn’t be booked and was taken straight to the Valley Street Jail.

Judge Gregory Michael noted Chapman does not have a criminal record, but told Chapman that there are two elements of bail. “It’s not just showing up,” said Michael, adding that the second element is public safety. “In an effort to balance (the two elements),” he said, he was setting bail at $2,500 cash/surety,

No plea can be entered to a felony charge in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Nov. 25. Trial on the misdemeanors was set for Dec. 12.

Revocation hearing set

Before Jason Fournier could be arraigned on Wednesday on charges of assaulting his mother and girlfriend, criminal mischief and possession of marijuana, police said Fournier stalked the two women and was arrested again early Thursday.

Police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke the bail set on the initial charges and Fournier, 33, of 29 Sullivan St., was arraigned on all the charges Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.

The assault charges allege Fournier poked his mother hard on the shoulder and upper chest and pushed his girlfriend onto a bed and pulled her by the arms. He is also accused of ripping down the middle a tapestry belonging to his girlfriend, who resides with him and his parents.

Court documents show the family called police when Fournier, who had been released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail with conditions barring contact with the two women and from returning to Sullivan Street, returned. The documents showed he allegedly continued to bang on the apartment door, asking to be let in and saying no one loved him any more.

Judge Gregory Michael told Fournier that a decision will be made at Friday’s hearing about whether he should be held until a trial date, which has not yet been set, or whether new bail should be set, enabling him to be released if he can post it.

Failing on email address

A convicted sex offender could enter no plea Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of failure to report.

Juan Rosales, 59, of 363 Lake Ave., is accused of failing to report his email address to police.

Judge Gregory Michael asked police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier, who was seeking $1,000 cash/surety bail for Rosales, if it is true email addresses have to be reported and if a Facebook page would need to be reported.

Like street and mail addresses, including mailboxes, and phone numbers, both landline and cell phone, any kind of internet address needs to be reported by a registered sex offender such as Rosales.

He was convicted in 2007 of aggravated felonious sexual assault of a child under age 13, and has one other conviction, also in 2007, for shoplifting.

Michael asked Rosales if he has an email account and after Rosales said: “No,” the judge set bail at $1,000 personal recognizance. But the bail is not immediately effective because Rosales’ parole officer placed a 72-hour hold on him.

Manufacturing marijuana

James Wilson, 40, of 554 Chestnut St., could enter no plea Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of manufacture of marijuana. Police said they found he was growing marijuana when he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. He pleaded innocent to assault and to resisting arrest and trial was set for Dec. 12.

A probable cause hearing on the felony charge was set for Nov. 25.

Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Wilson, saying he has a previous controlled drug conviction and is under the umbrella of a suspended sentence on a September breach of bail conviction. Conditions of his bail include no contact with his girlfriend and not going to her residence.


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