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Lunenburg woman accused of ax attack on boyfriend

A Lunenburg woman allegedly attacked her boyfriend with an ax inside their home early Wednesday and damaged a neighbor’s home before she was taken into custody by arriving police officers, officials said.

The Worcester district attorney’s office said Rhonda Ravanis attacked her boyfriend, 53-year-old Robert J. Volpe, with an ax.

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When police arrived at the South Row Road residence they found that Volpe had been injured. They also found that Ravanis had allegedly broken a window and damaged a door at her neighbor’s house, prosecutors said.

Volpe was rushed just after 1 a.m. to UMass Memorial Medical Center, where he is in critical condition, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, Ravanis refused to cooperate in Fitchburg District Court.

Prosecutors said they will seek to have Ravanis, 47, held under the state’s dangerousness law when she is arraigned May 22 on charges of attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, vandalizing property, and resisting arrest.

Judge Andrew Mandell on Wednesday ordered Ravanis to be evaluated for competency and she was moved to the Worcester Recovery Center.

The case remains under investigation by State Police detectives and the Lunenburg police.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
. Follow her on Twitter @jacktemp.
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