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Manchester Crimewatch: Assaulting woman charged

February 03. 2014 8:52PM

MANCHESTER — Joshua Moore, 40, of 21 Parker St., wanted to plead guilty Monday in Manchester District Court to a simple assault charge that alleges he grabbed his girlfriend by her face, around her mouth, and put his fingers in her mouth, resulting in a cut beneath her tongue.

At his arraignment, Moore said: "I'm guilty." But court documents show that when police responded to the Parker Street address about 10:20 p.m. Sunday, Moore said he didn't touch the woman. The officer noted Moore appeared to be intoxicated.

The alleged victim told police she had been talking to Moore about his drinking and he became upset. The woman said they have been together for about seven years and have a child.

Circuit Court Judge Thomas Barry said he would not accept the guilty plea, entering an innocent plea to the assault charge, which is scheduled for trial March 5. Barry said he was appointing a lawyer to represent Moore, who responded: "I'm not gonna talk to a lawyer."

Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon, who said he would recommend a six-month jail sentence on the assault, said Moore has a criminal record that includes four prior assault and four prior stalking convictions.

Barry set bail at $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim and not going to her residence.

Barred from home

Bail conditions for Michael Burghardt, 30, include not returning to the 358 Auburn St. residence where he was living with his sister and other family members and not having any contact with his sister.

Burghardt was arraigned Monday in Manchester District Court on two felony second-degree assault charges and two misdemeanor assault charges. Court documents show the alleged victim told police that during a daylong argument Friday, Burghardt demanded money for drugs, and she refused.

At various times, she said, Burghardt grabbed her by the throat, pinning her against the refrigerator until she had difficulty breathing, shoved her against a wall, knocking her into her 11-year-old daughter, punched her in the side and back of her head, and climbed through a window after being locked out and again grabbed her by the throat.

She told police she grabbed a kitchen knife for protection. After warning him to stay away, she swung the knife, cutting him on the arm, when he approached her.

A police prosecutor requested $10,000 cash/surety bail, noting Burghardt's most recent convictions include robbery, drug possession with intent and stalking.

Judge Thomas Barry increased the bail to $14,000 cash/surety. A probable cause hearing was set for Feb. 12, when there will be a status hearing on the misdemeanors.

Forging stolen check count

Joseph Emiro, 29, of 52 Fisherville Road, Concord, could enter no plea Monday in Manchester District Court to felony charges of theft by unauthorized taking and forgery, so a probable cause hearing was set for Feb. 12.

Emiro is accused of forging a stolen check for $4,300 and cashing it at Centrix Bank. A police prosecutor said Emiro waived a probable cause hearing last year on a forgery charge.

Conditions of his $2,000 cash/surety bail bar contact with a specific named person and bar him from Smith Pump and from any Centrix Bank.

Bail request denied

A city man charged with two felony second-degree assault charges, a misdemeanor of simple assault and a misdemeanor of false imprisonment asked a Manchester District Court judge for $15,000 personal recognizance bail.

A police prosecutor had requested $15,000 cash/surety bail for Joseph Matthews, 36, of 105 Glendale Ave., who is accused of attempting to strangle his girlfriend, putting a pillow over her face to impede her breathing, striking her in the neck and locking her in a bedroom.

Matthews asked for personal recognizance bail so he could make arrangements for his two children.

"I don't know what she's going to do with my two children," Matthews told Judge Thomas Barry, stressing they are his biological children, but not hers.

A police prosecutor said Matthews waived a probable cause hearing on a habitual offender charge last August and has convictions for habitual offender, criminal mischief and stalking.

The judge set bail at $15,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the alleged victim and not going to her residence. A probable cause hearing on the felonies was set for Feb. 12, when there will be a status hearing on the misdemeanors.

Man pleads ignorance

Martin Roche, 27, of 819 Elm St., pleaded innocent Monday in Manchester District Court to stalking and contempt of court charges, stemming from a Nov. 13 incident.

Martin was out on personal recognizance bail, scheduled for trial March 6, with bail conditions barring contact with a specific person and barring excessive use of alcohol, when he was found intoxicated and sleeping face down on the floor outside the woman's apartment at 1480 Elm St.

Court documents show Roche told an officer that as he was heading to a friend's residence, when he noticed an ex-girlfriend's vehicle parked outside 1480 Elm St.

He told the officer that he decided to go inside and thank the ex-girlfriend for something, although he didn't say how he would know where to find her, but passed out on the hallway floor.

The woman he said he was looking for was the woman Roche is barred from contacting or being within 100 yards of under his Sept. 27 bail conditions.

According to the court documents, as the female visitor was preparing to leave the apartment, she and the resident saw Roche on the hallway floor, outside the prohibited woman's apartment.

In Circuit Court on Monday, Roche said: "I didn't know it was her house."

Trial on the new charges was set for March 6, and new bail is $1,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the woman and barring him from being within 100 yards of her.

Roche was also sought by the Circuit Court-Concord District Division for failure to pay fines on a state police arrest on Interstate 89 in Concord Oct. 14, 2012, for driving under the influence of liquor or drugs. Bail is $500 personal recognizance, with a court date of Feb. 7.

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