A Cheshire County grand jury recently indicted several people for alleged felony crimes, including a man accused of choking a family member.
Joshua C. Cole, 24, of Winchester, is charged with second degree assault-domestic violence and witness tampering.
Prosecutors claim Cole choked a woman in Winchester in March. Two days later, Cole allegedly called his father from the county jail and asked him to tell the woman to say “they were drunk and it was all a mistake,” as the prosecutor put it in the indictment.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt, but a means of charging someone with a crime.
Those indicted for other alleged crimes include:
Jacob N. Kinson, 26, of Marlow is charged with robbery. Authorities allege he pushed a loss-prevention employee, Taylor Lafinea, while committing a theft from the Walmart in Keene on Feb. 21.
Heather D. Wentworth, 40, of Hinsdale and Amanda D. Moore, 37, of Hinsdale are charged in connection with an alleged burglary in February. Prosecutors allege Wentworth and Moore entered an apartment on Hancock Street in Hinsdale with the intent to commit theft. Wentworth is charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. Moore is charged with accomplice or principal to burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.
Levy Pierce, 32, of Connecticut is charged with misdemeanor simple assault for allegedly striking a boy under the age of 13 in Winchester between 2010 and 2013. The misdemeanor charge is subject to a potentially longer-than-usual sentence due to the boy’s age at the time.
Daniel Oldenquist, 35, of Greenfield faces two charges of issuing bad checks. Prosecutors allege he issued a $2,284 check to Marcel Marchesini and two checks totaling more than $1,000 to Benjamin Stewart from a closed bank account. Oldenquist allegedly issued the checks in October in Cheshire County, according to the indictments.
Joseph Nikiforakis, 23, of Swanzey is charged with theft by unauthorized taking. The indictment alleges he took four iPhones belonging to U.S. Cellular “and/or” Verizon Wireless worth more than $1,500 in total. The alleged thefts happened in Keene between late July and early September, according to the indictment.
John Robert Jr., 27, of Pocasset, Mass., is charged with driving after being certified as a habitual offender of motor vehicle laws. Prosecutors allege Robert drove on Route 9 in Keene in February despite being prohibited from driving in the state.
Ronald St. Francis Jr., 45, of Winchester is charged with four counts of sale of a controlled drug, one count of conspiracy to sell a controlled drug and one count of possession of a controlled drug. Prosecutors allege St. Francis made four sales of at least 1 gram of fentanyl between late October and early January. Each alleged sale happened in Winchester and involved a buyer cooperating with police, according to the indictments. Prosecutors also allege St. Francis possessed fentanyl in Winchester on Feb. 20.
Seamus Spendley, 25, of Keene faces three charges of sale of a controlled drug, one charge of possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell and two charges of possession of a controlled drug. Prosecutors allege Spendley made one cocaine sale and two fentanyl sales in Keene in January and February. They further allege Spendley possessed 5 or more grams of fentanyl, along with the controlled drugs clonazepam and buprenorphine, on Feb. 15 in the city.
Jessica Burns, 34, of Keene is charged with sale of fentanyl and two counts of possession of crack cocaine. Prosecutors allege Burns sold fentanyl Jan. 14 and possessed crack cocaine Jan. 17, both in Keene.
Christopher Lacroix, 26, of Keene is charged with sale of fentanyl and possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute. Prosecutors allege Lacroix sold the drug Jan. 10 in Keene and possessed 5 grams or more of it on Jan. 17, also in Keene.
Kaitlyn Johnson, 28, of Winchester is charged with sale of fentanyl for allegedly selling the drug in Winchester Dec. 12.
Elijah J. Bartlett, 18, of Jaffrey, is accused of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. Prosecutors allege Bartlett possessed one ounce or more of marijuana in Jaffrey in February.