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February 1, 2014

Men accused in store robberies held without bail

Judge refuses request for house arrest, electronic bracelets

HAVERHILL — Two of three people charged in a series of store robberies were ordered held without bail, despite their lawyers’ pleas for release under house arrest and electronic monitoring.

The third suspect, a woman, was unable to attend yesterday’s hearing in Haverhill District Court because she had some kind of an emergency at MCI Framingham, where she continues to be held, officials said.

Judge Stephen Abany ordered Matthew Clougherty, 19, and Shaine Valido, 30, held without bail pending probable cause hearings scheduled for March 7.

Assistant District Attorney Tom Sholds referred to the actions of Clougherty and Valido as a “textbook case” for considering them a danger to society and justifying them being held without bail.

“These two were terrorizing the city of Haverhill for a period of about a month,” Sholds said.

Clougherty was arraigned Monday in Haverhill District Court on two counts of armed robbery. He was ordered held without bail pending yesterday’s hearing.

Valido, of 49 Varnum St. and Cristina Gatzimas, 32, of 93 Evergreen Drive, were arraigned Wednesday in Haverhill District Court on charges of armed robbery and were also ordered held without bail pending yesterday’s hearing.

After Gatzimas’ emergency at the women’s prison yesterday, her dangerousness hearing is expected to be rescheduled. A dangerousness hearing determines whether suspects will continue to be held as potential dangers to society or will be released on bail.

During yesterday’s hearings, Clougherty’s lawyer, John Morris, said Clougherty has no adult court record and asked that he be released on conditions that would ensure the safety of the public, such as electronic monitoring and random drug screens. He also asked that Clougherty be involved in a job search.

“He tells me he never really worked and maybe that’s part of the problem,” Morris said.

Sholds responded by saying Clougherty has an adult record in New Hampshire, which he said includes “thefts and crimes of that nature.”

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