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By Brian Fraga
Standard-Times staff writer
October 28, 2008 6:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD - A judge denied bail Monday for a city teen charged in a West End shooting last week.
Travis Mello, 17, was detained after a dangerousness hearing concluded Monday in New Bedford District Court.
Meanwhile, the defendant's twin brother, Niles Mello, was arraigned Monday in connection with the same shooting. He is being held pending a dangerousness hearing Friday.
Police arrested Travis Mello last Tuesday about an hour after a shooting on State Street. Two vehicles were struck in the area, but there were no reported injuries.
Judge Thomas S. Barrett ruled Travis Mello dangerous after deciding there was strong enough evidence that police and witnesses saw him in the area of 104 and 106 State St. during the shooting.
The defendant argued he was meeting with a probation officer when the shooting occurred. Tina Souza, a probation case specialist, testified Monday she remembered seeing the defendant in the courthouse between 2:50 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
However, Assistant District Attorney Paul Machado said a courthouse security camera shows the defendant entering the courthouse at 3:29 p.m. and leaving at 3:53 p.m.
The shooting occurred at 3:25 p.m. Travis Mello was arrested about 4:15 p.m. at County and Hillman streets.
"It was a simple open and shut case that has now become more complicated," said defense lawyer Jenessa Gerard-Pateakos.
Police allege Travis Mello was seen standing in front of a State Street house when he allegedly called someone on his cell phone to "come down here."
Seconds later, a young black male teen wearing dark clothes, later identified as Niles Mello, was seen running through the park, carrying a silver handgun.
Witnesses saw the gunman shoot multiple rounds at a third individual wearing a red sweatshirt.
A witness later identified both Mello brothers as the two suspects who were seen running through Clasky Common Park before and after the shooting.
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