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Shepherd Hill teen charged in crossbow attack


November 30, 2010
DUDLEY — After a very brief Dudley District Court hearing Monday in which he pled not guilty, Charlton resident Paul Edwards, 18, was held pending a dangerousness hearing Wednesday, Dec. 1.

"I don't think it was unusual" for someone facing charges of the seriousness Edwards faces to be held for such a hearing, said his lawyer, Peter Ettenberg. "I could see it would be a possibility. There's a good chance he'll be released Wednesday."

Ettenberg declined to "comment on the evidence," noting, "There's a lot more information we need to gather."

Last Friday, Edwards was arrested after allegedly shooting a crossbow bolt through the window of a car in which two men with whom he had a feud were riding. He was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with a weapon, carrying a weapon and vandalism.

Edwards is a senior at Shepherd Hill Regional High School, but school officials could not say much beyond that because of legal confidentiality requirements. Principal Mary Pierangeli said she hasn't "dealt with him on any discipline issues" and he's involved in "various extracurricular activities," but wouldn't specify.

According to the police report by Charlton officer Keith Cloutier, police were called to the Ramshorn/Haggerty Road neighborhood a little before 2:30 p.m. by a man claiming "Someone had just shot out their [passenger-side] window with a crossbow arrow." The man said it missed, but he'd been slightly injured by flying glass.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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