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Haverhill

February 23, 2013

Man charged with Haverhill burglaries back in jail

Police: Ex-Bible college student tried to flee officers in Andover

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A friend of Prothro’s, Ashley Collins, who had been following Prothro in her car, was arrested in a nearby parking lot on a warrant, police said.

Prothro vomited in the cruiser and at the state police barracks in Andover, where he was held until his arraignment, police said. He told police he was hung over from alcohol he had consumed.

In 2010, Prothro was arrested and charged with trying to sell jewelry stolen from Haverhill homes. He is still on parole from that offense, police said.

Prothro, originally from Kentucky, was enrolled at Zion Bible College in the Bradford section of Haverhill for a short time, then dropped out and lived at 20 Cumberland Ave., Haverhill, with his wife. In September 2010, he was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property — $6,000 worth of jewelry taken from homes near the Haverhill college.

The school is now known as Northpoint Bible College.

After his arraignment yesterday, Prothro, handcuffed and shackled, was taken from the courtroom and transported to Middleton jail. The judge ordered him to return to court March 22 for a pretrial hearing. Gillespie, asking that Prothro be held without bail, said he poses “obvious safety concerns.”

Noting his failure to appear as ordered in Wareham District Court, the prosecutor said Prothro has shown “obvious disregard for orders of the court.”

Attorney Victoria Ranieri, who represented Prothro during his arraignment, asked that his bail be set at $500. His behavior yesterday morning “is not typical of Mr. Prothro,” she said, adding he is employed as a demolition worker and went into another court on his own to “clear up a matter” in January.

Prothro and his wife are expecting their first child, she said.

“He was scared. ... He was afraid of going back to jail,” Ranieri said of his attempt to flee from police.

Salem Superior Court Judge John Lu, who increased Prothro’s bail from $10,000 to $50,000 shortly after his September 2010 stolen property arrest, noted in court that he had been involved in an “aggravated burglary” case in Kentucky.

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