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Lunenburg Woman Charged In Ax Attack On Boyfriend

By Katie Brace, WBZ-TV
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LUNENBURG (CBS) – A Lunenburg woman is accused of attacking her boyfriend with an ax and also going after the couple across the street.

Officers were called to the 100 block of South Row Road at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Donna and Rusty Scott called 911 saying their neighbor was trying to get into their home with an ax.

Officers arrived and arrested 47-year-old Rhonda Ravanis.

They found her live-in boyfriend Robert Volpe, 53, with ax-wounds. Volpe is in critical condition in the hospital. The Scotts said Volpe had wounds to the neck and had undergone two surgeries on Wednesday.

The Scotts said Ravanis took the ax to their front door. She broke the lock and couldn’t get in and that’s when the couple said she started breaking the large picture window.

“We worried all the time especially this last past week,” said Donna Scott. The Scotts said Ravanis has had issues in the past; she is known to Lunenburg police. According to the Scotts, Ravanis was acting erratically over the past week and had even emptied her belongings into the yard.

“She doesn’t take her medication she’s off the wall you never know what she’s going to do,” said Donna Scott.

Officers said Ravanis was spitting in court during what was supposed to be her arraignment. The judge postponed the arraignment until she agrees to the court proceeding and ordered her held without bail until then.

The judge ordered Ravanis undergo a competency evaluation with her arraignment now set for May 22.

Ravanis faces several charges including: attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, vandalizing property and resisting arrest.

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