Manchester CrimeWatch: Litchfield man charged in assault of woman at club gets bail at $15,000
MANCHESTER — Earrie Fenderson, 32, of 25 Stark Lane, Litchfield, could enter no plea Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a second-degree assault charge, so a probable cause hearing was set for March 4.
Police said that when a woman ran into Fenderson, her child’s father, at a club Friday, she was knocked to the ground and Fenderson stomped on her face, injuring her nose and cheekbones.
Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon requested $25,000 cash/surety bail for Fenderson, noting he pleaded guilty to a second-degree assault charge in 2006 and was sentenced to prison and has other convictions, including a federal drug conviction.
Fenderson asked for a reduction in the bail amount, saying he is on federal probation and is subject to a probation hold.
Judge William Lyons set bail at $15,000 cash/surety.
Man banned from home
A man accused of assaulting his wife and his wife’s sister pleaded innocent to three simple assault charges Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
James Koomson, 46, of 84 Karatzas Ave., is accused of throwing his wife’s sister to the ground and kicking her in the leg and of slapping his wife in the face, causing her to fall to the ground.
Koomson had been released on $5,000 cash/surety bail with conditions barring contact with the alleged victims and barring Koomson from the Karatzas Avenue residence.
But police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon requested an additional $5,000 cash/surety bail, saying Koomson had returned to the residence in violation of his bail conditions, although the victim later recanted the allegation.
Reardon said: “The state has very real concerns this contact is going to continue.”
Koomson told Judge William Lyons: “We are a happy family.” He said he had apologized, adding: “My wife is willing to drop the charges.”
When Lyons asked how he knew that, as he was barred from contact with her, Koomson hesitated for a moment and then said he had spoken with his wife’s parents in Ghana.
The judge said that since the bail violation allegation had been recanted: “I’m going to leave bail where it is.”
Trial was set for March 26.
Cash-only bail sought
A city man who was extradited from Maine after he failed to appear for trial in November on seven charges, including theft, assault, threatening, obstructing the report of a crime, mischief and receiving stolen property, was arraigned on another batch of charges that include felony and misdemeanor threatening, as well as mischief, stalking and contempt of court.
The felony threatening charge alleges that after Shawn Grant, 35, of 132 Massabesic St., used a knife to slash all four tires on a woman’s vehicle and then said to her, while holding the knife: “Come out and see what happens.”
The threatening mischief and multiple stalking charges stem from events that allegedly occurred in October, and Grant was arrested on warrants for those charges.
Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon said: “We feel he went to Maine specifically to avoid these charges.”
Reardon said Grant has been convicted of violation of a protective order, but it was outside the time frame that would have made the stalking charges felonies.
Grant, who objected to the proposed bail, said: “She won’t be showing up in court.” He said the alleged victim is a fugitive and is on the run herself, with warrants out for her.
Grant, who said he has four children to support, suggested $20,000 cash/surety bail. “My felonies are driving,” he said.
Judge William Lyons set bail at a total of $40,000 cash/surety, with $25,000 on the felony, set for a probable cause hearing March 4 and $15,000 on the misdemeanors, which are set for trial March 26.
Using a false ID charged
When she was stopped in connection with an alleged theft of 24 items valued at $165 from Wal-Mart on Friday, the woman identified herself as Jennifer Demers, 32, and even produced a New Hampshire driver’s license with that name.
But it was a bad choice of identity because Demers has numerous theft and burglary-related convictions.
Officer Scott Ardita who suspected the woman was not Demers and pressed her for her real name. After the woman’s fingerprints were submitted to the AFIS fingerprint system, she was identified as Michelle Woodard, 26, of 58 Ash St.
As a result, Woodard was charged not only with felony theft because she was convicted of two previous thefts, but also charged with false report to law enforcement and obstructing government administration.
At her arraignment Tuesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, bail was set at $2,500 cash/surety. A probable cause hearing on the felony theft charge was set for March 4 and trial on the misdemeanors was set for March 25.