Aug 28, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
Manchester firefighter held until entering VA program
By mutual agreement Witty Phelps, 46, of 59 Drew Ave., will be held without bail until he is accepted into a VA residential program, at which time bail will be set at $50,000 personal recognizance.
At his arraignment Tuesday, police prosecutors filed a motion for preventative detention and the agreement followed discussions between prosecutors and Phelps' attorney, Arthur Gatzoulis.
If Phelps should check himself out of the facility or fail to complete the program, bail will revert to a no-bail hold. A hearing will be held upon completion of the VA program to determine an amount of bail, pending resolution of the charges.
Phelps' girlfriend told police he is a veteran who sustained a head injury while fighting in Iraq and has been diagnosed with PTSD. She said his problems with anger and aggression began around Thanksgiving 2012 and she urged him to go to the Veterans Administration for help. She said the initial efforts by the VA to help resolve the issues had negative effects and the anger and anxiety got worse, resulting in several occasions when Phelps put the gun to his own head before the March 9 incident that resulted in his arrest.
Fire Chief James Burkush said Phelps, who joined the department in 2002, has earned leave that can be used for the VA residential program.
Burkush said Phelps will still have to face the felony charges, but he said: "One step at a time."
READER COMMENTS: 2
- NH killer in 1991 Smart trial seeks time with wife - 6
- Newport shooting victim in stable but critical condition - 0
- Nashua arrests 9 on drug warrants - 0
- Police: Nashua man in car targeted by gunfire was felon with gun - 1
- Man shot at in Nashua drive-by charged with unrelated possession of stolen gun - 0
- NH Supreme Court rules 4 teen killers entitled to sentencing hearings - 6
- Hampton woman who fatally struck pedestrian wants blood test thrown out of court - 1
- Man seeks to upend conviction in Deerfield home invasion case - 0
- Police say North Hampton man distributed child sex abuse images - 0
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Nashua South edges Manchester Memorial in girls soccer action - 0
- Goffstown's Bourque impresses; Memorial, Bishop Guertin, Pinkerton win in Queen City Jamboree - 0
- Hanover boys soccer edges defense-minded BG - 0
- NH Fisher Cats, Pierre stun Rock Cats in 4-3 win - 0
- Helping hands for new St. Anselm students in Manchester on move in day - 0
- To market, to market: Market Basket shoppers flock on in - 9
- Nashua Market Basket employee: 'Worth every day of work lost' - 10
- NH teen killers to get sentence reviews after state Supreme Court decision - 5
- Lakes Region Casino for sale last two months; asking price $3.5 million, manager says - 2
Where is Shaheen? Hiding from you
Enter to win tickets to see Paula Poundstone
Win tickets to see Steven Wright
Hooksett highs: A good multiple choice test
- Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has found upskirt photos taken on a subway aren't illegal. Should such voyeurism be a crime?
- Total Votes: 917