LACONIA — A local woman is being held on a fugitive from justice warrant from Massachusetts after being stopped by a N.H State Police Trooper who noticed the vehicle she was driving had a burned-out brake light.
Selina Armes, 31, who gave her address as 2652 Lake Shore Road in Gilford, is wanted for either not appearing in court to face a variety of charges in Harwick, Mass. or for probation violations. The charges include four counts of credit card forgery, check forgery, cashing a check under false premises, three counts of distributing a Class B drug and two counts of possession of a Class B drug.
She is also facing additional Massachusetts charges of driving after her license was suspended, conspiracy to violate drug laws, reckless endangerment of a child, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, assault and battery to intimidate for reasons of race or religion, assault with a dangerous weapon, and witness, juror, or police intimidation.
State Police said four of the warrants were extraditable.
Armes told her attorney all of the charges were probation violations and not new charges.
4th Circuit Court Judge Jim Carroll asked the State Police prosecutor if the Massachusetts authorities were coming to get her. The trooper said someone from Massachusetts would come, but Armes had told her during the arrest that she didn't want to go back to Massachusetts.
Attorney Steve Mirkin said Armes told him they were all probation violations, but said he hadn't yet seen the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) register.
Mirkin also said Armes has a 5-year-old child and would agree to live in Laconia with her parents until the courts sort through the Massachusetts charges. He argued she should be released on high personal recognizance bail.
Carroll ordered her held on $25,000 cash or corporate surety. As of 7 p.m. Monday, she was still being held in the Belknap County House of Corrections.