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North Haverhill man indicted on criminal threatening, other counts

Special to the Union Leader

March 03. 2014 10:05PM


HAVERHILL — A 19-year-old North Haverhill man was indicted on five charges stemming from an armed standoff with police at his home in November.

During that incident, according to Haverhill police, Nicholas Amature threatened to use the loaded 12-gauge shotgun he was carrying to kill approaching officers.

A Grafton County Superior Court grand jury in December handed up five indictments against Amature, two for criminal threatening, and for witness tampering, simple assault and false imprisonment of his girlfriend, all on Nov. 22 at 97 Countryland Drive in North Haverhill, according to the recently unsealed indictments.

Documents on file at the court say that the day after he was taken into custody, Amature said he wished he had shot police. He was initially able to post bail on Dec. 16.

Grafton County prosecutors requested that a judge keep the December indictments secret, fearing that Amature, no longer in custody at the time, could act on his threats against police once he discovered he had been indicted on the three Class B felonies and two Class A misdemeanors, all with enhanced penalties.

He was already out on bail on a charge of driving after his license had been suspended when he committed the new round of alleged offenses.

Amature was re-arrested in early January after he was indicted, according to the records, and is now being held at the Grafton County jail in North Haverhill on $50,000 bail.

A written prosecutor's account of events says that shortly before 5 p.m. on Nov. 22, Amature's girlfriend, Kristi Couture, called Haverhill police to report Amature was preventing her from leaving the Countryland Drive home, and had thrown her car keys into the woods and pushed her.

While police were responding to the scene, a Grafton County dispatcher called the home and spoke with Amature, who said the dispatcher "better not send police and he better tell them to turn around."

Amature's mother, Sherry Amature, warned police not to go behind the home because her son had a gun.

When Sgt. Wallace Trott and Officer Brian Alling arrived, Amature refused their commands that he surrender, according to Assistant Grafton County Attorney Melissa Fales' report.

Amature, a short time later, left the home and complied with officers' command that he surrender, and police took him into custody, according to the report.

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