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Manchester Crimewatch: Silver Street gun charges lead to $50,000 bail

Staff Report
December 23. 2014 12:16AM




MANCHESTER — Police prosecutors requested $100,000 cash-only bail for William Leavitt, 26, of 623 Silver St., who was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on six felony charges that allege he held a man at gunpoint at the Silver Street address Sunday. Leavitt pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor assault charge that alleges he pushed his fiancee into a television set.

The felony charges, two each of criminal threatening, criminal restraint and reckless conduct, allege Leavitt pointed a loaded Glock 22 handgun at the man for approximately 20 minutes and again for approximately 15 minutes, pointing the gun at the man’s head and within 10 inches of his face. Police said Leavitt accused the man of stealing $900 Leavitt was planning to use to purchase drugs.

In Circuit Court Monday, police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said Leavitt has a pending charge of drug possession with intent to distribute in Massachusetts.

Judge Gregory Michael cut the bail amount in half, setting it at $50,000 cash. Because no plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for Jan. 7, 2015, when a judge will hear the evidence and determine if the case should be sent to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment.

Bail conditions require Leavitt to sign an extradition waiver and bar him from contact with both the alleged threatening victim and Leavitt’s fiancee.

Shoplifter pushed his luck

Manchester police charged Julio Pula, 23, of 174 Central St., with a felony charge of robbery, after they said he struggled violently with two officers in an attempted to escape as they escorted him to the security office at the Macy’s store at the Mall of New Hampshire Friday afternoon. The officers had sought to stop Pula from leaving the store without paying for $438 worth of merchandise he had concealed on his person.

After the officers arrested Pula Friday, a loss prevention officer said there was video of Pula taking $169 worth of merchandise from the store without paying for it on Dec. 9. Pula was charged with misdemeanor theft by unauthorized taking for the Dec. 9 incident.

A police prosecutor requested $7,500 cash/surety bail for Pula, saying he has “numerous” things pending and there is a capias from Hillsborough County Superior Court North, which makes him a flight risk.

Judge Gregory Michael set bail at the requested amount, which Pula did not contest.

A probable cause hearing was set Jan. 7, 2015, on the felony charge, when a judge will hear evidence and determine if the case should be sent to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment. A status hearing on the misdemeanor was set for the same day.

Here to buy sneakers

Kevin Scullark, 23, who lives in the Bronx, said he came to Manchester from New York to buy sneakers.

But when police were conducting a wanted check at the Econo Lodge, 75 W. Hancock St., Friday morning, they found Scullark in a room where there was a strong odor of burnt marijuana. After police obtained permission for a search, a small amount of marijuana was found on the inside ring of the toilet bowl and a small bag containing .51 grams of heroin was found in the room.

Scullark was charged with misdemeanor controlled drug possession and a felony of falsifying physical evidence. He was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division, where he could enter no plea to the felony charge.

A probable cause hearing was set for Jan. 7, 2015, when a judge will hear evidence and determine if there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment. A status hearing on the misdemeanor will be held the same day.

A police prosecutor requested $10,000 cash/surety bail for Scullark, with conditions barring him from the Econo Lodge and requiring him to sign a waiver of extradition.

A defense attorney asked for a $1,000 cash-only bail. Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $2,000 cash only, with the conditions requested by the prosecutor.

Family disturbance

Kaitlyn Reed, 25, of 747 Beech St., pleaded innocent Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to misdemeanor charges of criminal threatening and criminal mischief.

Reed allegedly was prying up floor boards at her mother’s residence and, while holding a pry bar, said to her mother: “Are you scared now, mom?”

A police prosecutor requested $1,000 cash/surety bail for Reed, with conditions barring contact with her mother and barring her from her mother’s residence.

A defense attorney told Judge Gregory Michael that Reed has mental health issues and needs treatment. He also said the only place she has to stay in Manchester is with her mother. He said she has nowhere else to go. Reed then started crying, telling the judge: “She has all my money. All my identification.”

The judge set bail at the amount requested by the prosecutor and asked the defense attorney to get in touch with Reed’s mother and to report back at a further hearing he set for Tuesday.

Charged with drug possession

When police responded to a panic alarm at TN Gas, 90 Bridge St., shortly before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, the clerk pointed out a man in the store and said he resembled the man who robbed him at gunpoint Nov. 13.

The officers spoke with the man, identified as Antonio Grullon, 42, of 141 Beech St. During a patdown, officers reported finding .5 grams of cocaine and 1.5 grams of heroin, but no weapon. He was charged with two felony counts of possession of a narcotic and was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.

Grullon could enter no plea to the felony charges in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Jan. 6, 2015, when a judge will hear evidence and determine if there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment.

Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon requested $20,000 cash/surety bail for Grullon, saying there is a 72-hour probation/parole hold on him in connection with 2003 convictions for burglary, felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, two witness tampering counts, and first-degree assault. Reardon said Grullon’s criminal history dates back to 1993.

When Judge Gregory Michael said Grullon hasn’t any recent criminal history, Reardon said: “It was only interrupted by prison time.” He said Grullon was out in 2013, because he was arrested for operating after suspension on Dec. 24, but failed to appear on Jan. 8, 2014. Reardon said Grullon poses a high risk of re-offending.

Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $2,000 cash/surety.

Fled from officers

A police prosecutor Monday sought $3,500 cash/surety bail for Ryan Call, 28, of 79 William St., who was arraigned in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on felony charges of habitual offender and possession of a narcotic and a misdemeanor of resisting arrest and detention.

Police said an officer who spotted Call driving without headlight at about 6 p.m. Saturday on High Street, attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of Bridge and Chestnut streets.

But the driver, later identified as Call, fled the area on foot. When he was caught behind 452 Pine St., police said Call had in his possession a digital scale and a white powdery substance, which tested positive for heroin.

The prosecutor said Call has 2005 convictions for armed robbery and drug possession and a 2007 DWI conviction.

No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Jan. 6, 2015, when a judge will hear evidence and determine of there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County Grand Jury for possible indictment.

There will be a status hearing that day on the misdemeanor charge.

Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $1,000 cash/surety, but the bail will not take effect unless a 72-hour probation/parole hold is lifted.

Fork used as weapon

Michael Cloutier, 50, of 28 Dutton St., could enter no plea Monday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division to a felony charge of second-degree assault that alleges he stabbed a man in the face with a fork.

Court documents show that the alleged victim told police that Cloutier stabbed him in the face with a fork and threw a coffee table at him.

According to the documents, the responding officer noted a mark on the victim’s face where he was stabbed. The officer said Cloutier admitted throwing the table, but denied stabbing the victim.

After Cloutier gave police permission to look around his room, a fork was found under Cloutier’s bed.

No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Jan. 6, when a judge will determine if there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough Count North Grand Jury for possible indictment.

A police prosecutor requested $15,000 cash/surety bail, saying Cloutier’s criminal history dates back to 1983 and he was convicted almost exactly five years ago of second-degree assault, on Dec. 15, 2009, in Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $5,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with the alleged victim and barring Cloutier from the man’s residence or from being within 300 feet of him.


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