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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


The woman said that as they began driving away, Leavitt retrieved a gun from the backpack attached to his wheelchair and began shooting at the vehicle. The woman told police that when she arrived home she was too scared to call police. She said she received a phone call from Leavitt, which she did not answer, then received a call from an unknown number. The woman said the caller was a man who said she was lucky and that “next time the bullets won’t miss.” The woman said the caller also stated that “he will find out where she lives and will get her.”

During the search of Leavitt’s apartment, police arrested Ryan Michael Burrill, 35, of 48 Lowell Ave., and charged him with disorderly conduct, first offense. Police said he became belligerent towards SWAT members .

Burrill was arraigned on the charges on Wednesday in Haverhill District Court, where Judge Patricia Dowling released him on personal recognizance. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Jan. 2.

Following yesterday’s hearing, Leavitt asked court officials to help him find a temporary home for his dog. He also asked if they could obtain his wheelchair, which was being held at the Haverhill Police Department.

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