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Manchester man accused of threatening to shoot himself and ex-girlfriend

MANCHESTER — No bail was set Wednesday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division for a city man, accused of threatening to shoot himself and his ex-girlfriend.

Rocco Melodino, 24, of 88 Sullivan St., was ordered held until a preventive detention hearing Thursday, when he will be represented by an attorney.

In addition to the alleged threat, Melodino is accused of pushing the woman, causing her to fall backwards, and of standing behind her vehicle, blocking her ability to leave.

Erin Joyce told police Melodino had pointed a loaded gun at his head and threatened to kill himself if she broke up with him. She also told police that he pointed the gun at her and said: “You’ll never leave me and you’ll never get rid of me.”

Court documents show police unloaded and took a Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol and a box of ammunition for safekeeping after Melodino was arrested Tuesday.

Melodino pleaded innocent in Circuit Court to misdemeanors of simple assault and false imprisonment, but could enter no plea to the felony threatening charge in Circuit Court. Prosecutors filed a preventive detention motion and the hearing was set for Thursday morning.

Melodino, who said he is on unemployment, told Judge Gregory Michael he has no history of any mental health issues. He said his accuser is the person with a problem, saying she had been holding a knife to her throat.

A man in the gallery, who identified himself as Raymond Melodino, came forward and told Michael the allegations about his son aren’t true. “He’s loved by everybody,” said the elder Melodino, who said some of Rocco’s teachers wanted to take him home with them because they liked him so much. “He’s a good boy,” said the elder Melodino, who added that his son has never done anything violent.


A tearful Cheryl Donlon Wednesday told Circuit Court-Manchester District Division Judge Gregory Michael that she didn’t know why she had suffered a relapse, but that her father died two weeks ago.

“I’m disgusted with myself,” she said.

“I was an outstanding citizen,” said Donlon, 53, of 122 Palm St., Nashua. Donlon was in Circuit Court for arraignment on a misdemeanor charge of theft by unauthorized taking.

She’s accused of taking $87 worth of merchandise, including two pair of children’s shoes, from JC Penney in the Mall of New Hampshire.

Trial was set for Jan. 8, 2014, and Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $1,000 personal recognizance. But he was taken aback when police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said Donlon has five previous theft-related convictions.

Michael asked why Donlon was only being charged with a misdemeanor, instead of a felony as is usually done on a third or greater theft. Pelletier said four of Donlon’s five previous convictions were for willful concealment, with only one charged as theft by unauthorized taking.

Bail revocation sought

Police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Taran Brooks’ bail after her arrest on a felony theft charge that alleges she took two water filters, valued at a total of $99.96, from Home Depot, 129 March Ave., Tuesday.

Brooks, 29, of 649 Union St., was out on bail on prostitution charges. A police prosecutor said Brooks has previous convictions for prostitution, theft and burglary. The most recent theft conviction was in September in Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

The bail revocation hearing is set for Thursday morning in Circuit Court.

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