For Immediate Release - March 02, 2011


At his dangerousness hearing today in Lynn District Court, Michael Ranelli, 18, of 45 Piedmont Street, Lynn, agreed that he is a danger to the community. Ranelli allegedly took part in placing and igniting two explosive devices at 6 Bowler Street on February 21, one of which detonated.

He is charged with possession of an incendiary device or any component of one, and throwing or placing an incendiary device.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Lisa Core argued that he should remain held without bail, but Judge Albert Conlon released Ranelli with numerous pre-trial probationary conditions.

Judge Conlon placed Ranelli under house arrest unless he is in school, and ordered him to wear a monitoring bracelet. If Ranelli is enrolled in and attending school he has a curfew beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting until 6 a.m. He is not to use drugs or alcohol, and is subject to random screens.

The judge also ordered Ranelli to report twice a week to probation, continue with mental health counseling, and he must not have any contact with the victims or any of the suspects in this case.

He returns to Lynn District Court on April 5 for a probable cause hearing.

Ranelli is represented by Attorney Rebecca Whitehill from the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS).