H/B student in court over assault
NASHUA - A Hollis teen appeared in court Wednesday to face a felony charge that he seriously injured a fellow Hollis/Brookline High School student's head by slamming him against a wall. Jake Yacco, 17, waived his arraignment at district court and will now have an October probable cause hearing on the class B felony second-degree assault charge. This marked the second felony-level arrest at Hollis/Brookline High School since the school district and police department placed a student resource officer there two years ago, according to police statistics. On Sept. 8, Yacco is accused of grabbing the victim by the neck and slammed his head and shoulder into a concrete wall, according to a court affidavit. The prosecutor, police Sgt. Richard Mello, said Yacco slammed the 16-year-old male student's head against a wall or a cabinet in a school hallway. The victim was knocked unconscious and suffered a deep head laceration that required staples at St. Joseph Hospital, the affidavit said. The victim also had several cuts on his left shoulder, the affidavit said. There "was some sort of dialogue ongoing" between Yacco and the victim leading up to the assault, Mello said. District court Judge Paul Moore ordered Yacco to avoid any intentional contact with the victim at school or anywhere else. Moore made the same request of the victim, who was not at the court hearing. Yacco, of Flint Pond Road, is free on $2,000 personal recognizance bail. The only other felony arrest at the school came last school year, when a student faced a felony and two misdemeanor charges for allegedly possessing a controlled drug, violating a protective custody order and being on school property after hours, according to Hollis police. Overall, Yacco's arrest would make the 15th known arrest since September 2006. In the 2006-07 school year, there were seven arrests, and the following school year also saw seven arrests. The misdemeanor charges ranged from drug possession, unlawful possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct and assault, and criminal threatening.