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December 17, 2012

Garron facing weapon charge

Hearings set for next week

GLOUCESTER — Following his detention hearing on Friday, Cleveland Garron, the 48-year-old Beauport Avenue resident involved in the lengthy standoff ending Thursday morning, is to be evaluated for competency to stand trial.

After pleading not guilty to a charge of carrying a firearm without a license and other charges during his arraignment Thursday, Garron will be tested for competency by a court clinician on Monday, Dec. 17, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, director of communication for the Essex County District Attorney’s office. He will remain in custody at least until the Monday hearing.

Garron also has a dangerousness hearing, also known as a 58a hearing, set for Dec. 21.

The purpose of this proceeding will be to set conditions of Garron’s release, if he is released, Kimball Monahan said.

Some conditions under state law are imposing a curfew, restricting drug and alcohol use and having someone undergo medical, psychological or psychiatric treatment, in addition to other restrictions.

Garron was also charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, threatening to commit a crime, possession of ammunition without a license and possession of a dangerous weapon during the standoff with police, which lasted about six hours.

His former wife, who has asked not be named, said before Friday’s court proceedings that she called the police after Garron started making threats about harming her, himself and their son over the phone.

“... he demanded to see his son and gave specific time frames of harming himself,” said Aimee Conway of the District Attorney’s office.

Conway said Garron, at first, refused to cooperate with police, who had to use teargas to force him out of his house and onto his porch during the confrontation.

Garron’s attorney, Hal Rush-Lloyd, said his client denied any claims he tried to harm anyone but himself.

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