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Manchester Crimewatch: Man accused of grabbing steering wheel of moving car, causing crash

January 01. 2014 7:56PM

MANCHESTER — Gregory Grant, 46, of 35 Log St., Monday asked a Circuit Court-Manchester District Division judge for personal recognizance bail.

A police prosecutor had requested $15,000 cash/surety bail for Grant, who was arraigned on three felony reckless conduct charges and two misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

He’s accused of grabbing the wheel of a car being driven by his female companion and turning it sharply to the right, causing the car to crash into a parked vehicle.

Police said the crash caused extensive damage to both vehicles and caused injury to the driver, her 16-year-old daughter and her 11-year-old niece, who were passengers.

The driver told police she had tossed her daughter’s cell phone, which she said wasn’t working, out of the car window while she was driving on Hanover Street. She said Grant, who was sitting in the passenger seat behind her, told her it was his phone and wanted to know why she had tossed it. She said the two spoke about the matter, but did not argue. She said Grant grabbed the wheel, while she was traveling at about 30 mph, and twisted it to the right, causing the crash.

Grant told Judge William Lyons he has been doing well since getting out of jail and is working two jobs. He said he couldn’t afford $15,000 and asked for $5,000 cash/surety or personal recognizance bail.

But Lyons, citing Grant’s criminal history, which includes drug convictions and falsifying physical evidence in 2009 and 2012, set bail at $10,000 cash/surety. Conditions include no contact with the driver or the two juveniles.

A probable cause hearing on the felonies was set for Jan. 13, 2014, and trial on the misdemeanors was set for Jan. 29, 2014.

Accused of pulling brother’s hair

A Fremont man pleaded innocent Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to charges of simple assault and criminal mischief. Brian Gray, 26, of 25 James Road, is accused of pulling hair out of his brother’s head while his brother was trying to get Gray out of his Ash Street apartment Saturday.

Court documents show Gray’s brother told police Gray was intoxicated and urinated on the kitchen floor. The brother said Gray refused to leave and it was while he was being escorted out of the apartment that Gray grabbed his brother by the hair and pulled some of it out. Gray also allegedly punched the glass in an apartment door, breaking it.

According to court documents, police said Gray had visible lacerations on his right hand when he was located. Gray said he’d punched the door, but didn’t think he had damaged it.

Bail was continued at $1,000 personal recognizance, with conditions that include no contact with his brother and not going to the Ash Street address. Trial was set for Feb. 5, 2014.

Revocation hearing set

A bail revocation hearing was set Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for a Webster man charged with felony charges of attempted theft by unauthorized taking and possession of a narcotic. He is also charged with criminal trespass .

Police said that although Adam Higgins, 25, of 513 Battle St., was barred by bail conditions on an earlier charge from going to Home Depot, 129 March Ave., he went there and attempted to steal items. Higgins is also accused of having cocaine in his possession.

Because Higgins was out on bail when he allegedly committed new crimes, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his bail and have him held until trial. A probable cause hearing on the new felonies was set for Jan. 13, 2014. Trial on the new trespass charge was set for Jan. 29, 2014.

Victim is father’s friend

Styfus Green, 20, of 354 Dubuque St., was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on misdemeanor charges of simple assault and criminal threatening.

Green is accused of telling his father he was going to hurt a woman, described as his father’s roommate, and then going to the woman’s residence and grabbing her around the neck.

A police prosecutor requested $3,000 cash/surety bail for Green, who has previous convictions for breach of bail, drug possession, resisting arrest and assault, and is under the umbrella of a suspended sentence. Bail conditions bar contact with the alleged victim and bar him from her residence.

Green wanted a court appointed lawyer to represent him, but hadn’t filled it out completely. He told Judge William Lyons: “I’ve gotta get my medication.” Lyons said he could complete the application later.

Trial was set for Jan. 29, 2014.

Facing felony escape charge

A man who was granted an emergency furlough when his mother died was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony escape charge.

Judge Gregory Michael had granted the furlough to Warren Picard, 51, who lists the homeless shelter as his address. Picard had previously listed his mother’s residence in Nashua.

The furlough called for Picard to return to jail not later than 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Because he failed to do so, an arrest warrant was issued.

Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier, noting Picard has a 42-page criminal record dating back to 1986, requested $5,000 cash/surety bail. Pelletier said Picard recently waived a probable cause hearing on a theft charge.

A probable cause hearing on the felony escape charge was set for Jan. 9, 2014.

Two stalking charges

David Ferreira, 39, pleaded innocent Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to two stalking charges. Conditions of his bail on a criminal threatening charge, for which he was arraigned Dec. 9, barred him from contact with his girlfriend and barred him from returning to 800 Page St.

But police said Ferreira called the woman Saturday and was with her in the apartment Sunday, in violation of bail conditions. As a result, prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Ferreira’s bail and have him held until trial Jan. 29, 2014. A hearing on the motion was set for Tuesday morning.

Trial on the new charges was set for the same day as the trial on the criminal threatening charge.

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