SOUTHINGTON — A local business owner charged with assault following an incident at Anthony Jack’s in February was granted accelerated rehabilitation in court on Tuesday.
Cheryl Moran, 50, owner of Anthony Jack’s Wood Fired Grill, turned herself in to police on July 13. Moran is charged with first-degree unlawful restraint, third-degree assault, making a false statement and two counts of second-degree breach of peace.
Moran appeared in Meriden Superior Court with her attorney, Kristen Mostowy. Moran previously applied for accelerated rehabilitation, a diversionary program for first-time offenders. Notice was sent to the complainants, but there was no response in the courtroom from them on Tuesday. The state attorney’s office did not object to granting the program, but asked that anger management counseling be added as a condition.
Mostowy told the judge Moran disputes the facts of the case, but believes accelerated rehabilitation is an appropriate resolution.
A message was left with Mostowy on Tuesday seeking further comment.
The judge granted the program and told Moran to speak with the probation department about anger management counseling. The case was continued to July 13, 2020. If Moran successfully completes the program, the charges would be dismissed on that date.
Officers responded around 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 16 after both parties called 911. Based on security video and witness statements, police say Moran followed a customer out of Anthony Jack’s, 30 Center St., after Moran heard the man complain to employees about the service. Police say Moran began pushing the man as he walked away.
When the man’s wife intervened, police say Moran grabbed the woman by the hair and pulled her to the ground. The woman’s husband and an Anthony Jack’s manager separated the two women, according to Moran’s arrest warrant.