[Hpn] Homeless arrest at Manchester,N.H city hall

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Thu, 11 Aug 2005 02:34:01 -0400


From: Cindy Carlson xcarlsonx@juno.com
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Homeless arrest at city hall


 The NH Union Leader
 Page B2 Wed. Aug 10, 2005

 A homeless and wheelchair bound man was arrested and charged with
disorderly conduct and crimminal trespass in the City Clerks office.

 Richard Fillds, 40, who police said was homeless, pleaded innocent to
misdemeanor offences. Bail was set at $1,000 cash or surety with a trial
date set for Oct 4th.

 According to court records Monday at 10:20 am  Fillds was asked to leave
the City Clerks Office after he became disruptive and disorderly.

 He went to City Hall seeking a bus ticket to Portland Maine according to
records. When the ticket was arranged, Fillds changed his mind and become
disruptive and disorderly, according to sworn affidavit of Officer Eric
Smith.


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 What the newspaper doesn't say is the Mr. Fillds has been denied access to
New Horizon's shelter stating that it is not accessable to him. They want
him to leave his chair downstairs and crawl up the steps in order to sleep
there. Word on the street has it that he became increasingly disenchanted
with sleeping at the downtown bus stations and went to City Hall to get a
bus ticket. When they agreed to give him one, it pissed him off that they
would do such a thing rather than assist him locally.