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December 13, 2013

Paraplegic held without bail until dangerousness hearing

Police say illegal handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition recovered from Haverhill apartment


“It just doesn’t seem logical,” Baldassarre said.

Baldassarre argued for Leavitt’s release on personal recognize with stipulations, saying he is not a danger to the victims, that he can’t drive and that he’s “basically stuck in his apartment.”

But, Judge Peter Doyle found probable cause to hold Leavitt without bail, noting he was also being held on a probation violation out of Lawrence District Court, about which he did not elaborate.

Leavitt was ordered held at the Middleton Jail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Dec. 18.

According to police, they were called to Leavitt’s apartment on Tuesday for a report of stolen medication.

Leavitt told police that a woman he knows called him earlier in the day to visit and that after she arrived he went to the bathroom. He said that while he was in the bathroom the woman went into bedroom and stole bottles of medications, including Methadone, Oxycontine, Hydrocodone.

Police said no one had reported gunshots to them until they were contacted by police in Manchester early Wednesday morning.

According to Haverhill police spokesman Detective Lt. Robert Pistone, on Wednesday at approximately 1:30 a.m., police in Manchester contacted Haverhill Police to say a Manchester woman reported that on Tuesday at approximately 8:30 p.m. her minivan was outside of 1 Water St. when it was fired upon by a man described as Keith Leavitt. Police said Leavitt was in his wheelchair in a parking lot next to his apartment building when he allegedly shot at the vehicle.

The rear window of the minivan was shot out and a projectile from the discharged firearm was lodged in the vehicle, police said.

Haverhill detectives went to Manchester to interview the woman.

On Wednesday at about 12:30 p.m., the Haverhill Police Detective Unit with the assistance of the North East Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team went to Leavitt’s apartment with a search warrant and he was arrested.

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