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March 4, 2014

Pelham man arraigned for machete attack

Man allegedly dropped machete, went for butcher knife

SALEM — A Pelham man charged with trying to attack his sister with a machete appeared for an arraignment yesterday in 10th Circuit Court.

Judge Robert Stephen approved the $50,000 cash bail for Dennis Lozeau, 57, requested by police prosecutor Dennis Mannion.

Mannion told the judge Lozeau not only admitted to trying to attack his sister, but threatened to harm himself as well.

“We feel he is a danger to society,” Mannion said.

As of yesterday afternoon, Lozeau remained in the Hillsborough County jail.

Mannion outlined Lozeau’s criminal record, which includes convictions for assault, battery and operating under the influence dating to the 1970s.

Lozeau refused to have the judge detail the two charges against him, first-degree assault with a deadly weapon and attempted first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, or to comment about the bail request.

“No, I’m good with that,” Lozeau told the judge.

He did request an attorney, saying he could not afford his own.

Stephen said no plea to the felony charges could be made and a probable cause hearing will be scheduled later.

“The state’s request is reasonable,” Stephen said in approving the bail.

Should Lozeau make bail, Stephen ordered him to stay away from his sister, Dianne Wilson, and her Pelham home.

He is to refrain from possessing weapons.

The arraignment lasted about 10 minutes.

Two Pelham officers accompanied Lozeau, who was being held at the Hillsborough County jail in Manchester.

Police arrested Lozeau after he went to the police station Friday afternoon and told a dispatcher he had come to turn himself in for attempted murder.

Patrolman Bismark Montano and Sgt. Anne Perriello met with Lozeau.

“While speaking with Dennis, I noticed a distinct smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath,” Montano said in his sworn affidavit filed with the court. “During the patdown, I located a bottle of vodka with half of its content inside one of his pockets.”

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