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ATTLEBORO, Mass. — A jury has acquitted a North Attleborough High School student of threatening to shoot up his school.
Patrick Skrabec, who spent six days in jail over the Christmas holiday after his arrest in 2012 when he was 17, was found not guilty Thursday of threatening to commit a crime and disturbing a school assembly after a two-day trial and 45 minutes of jury deliberations.
Prosecutors say he made his comments in a math class in December 2012. He said it was a private joke between friends.
His lawyers say he had no access to guns, no history of discipline problems, and no criminal record.
The Sun Chronicle reports that his father, Neil Skrabec, said police and prosecutors should be “embarrassed and ashamed” for what they put the family through.
Dartmouth Police Chief Timothy Lee said the 36-year-old man surrendered Tuesday evening after police told him they were going to cut off power to the house.
The university said it received the email from a former law school student Tuesday morning. Police said it included threats to “shoot up” RWU campuses in Bristol and Providence, R.I.
Police said the man was being evaluated at a hospital but is expected to face charges.
Some relatives told reporters he had been depressed and they didn’t think he was armed.
Police said the man’s father, who left the home after officers arrived, said he had weapons.
MARSHFIELD, Mass. —Three members of a Marshfield family who allegedly used an air horn to scare away ducks and made threats toward hunters in a no-hunting area could face criminal charges, the town’s police chief said.
The Patriot Ledger reported that Chief Phil Tavares said police are seeking a clerk magistrate hearing to determine whether there is probable cause to charge the family members with three counts of hunter interference and two counts of threatening to commit a crime.
Tavares said the incident illustrates an ongoing, seasonal dispute between hunters trying to exercise their right to hunt off Careswell Street and neighbors who feel their privacy and safety are being violated during water fowl hunting season.
The issue of hunting boundaries came up this month in Quincy, where residents near the state-owned Squantum Point Park and city-owned Merrymount Park have complained about the sight and sounds of shotgun-toting hunters.
In Marshfield, three hunters who set up at a pond off Careswell Street to hunt water fowl were confronted by three family members who live nearby, Tavares said. Hunting is not allowed in the area, but the restriction was not posted.
Tavares did not name the family members because they have not been charged.
He said the family threatened the hunters with physical harm if they didn’t leave.
“Members of the family began to use air horns to possibly attempt to scare away the water fowl, which is interference with a hunter,” Tavares said.
The chief said police departments rarely deal with the interference charge.
The land is owned by the Wildlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts, which allows public recreation, but not permitted hunting, on the property, Tavares said.
“But they did not post it properly for no hunting, so there was no way to enforce it,” he said. “The trust has since given authority for the land to be posted, so it is now illegal and enforceable.”
Coming from a family of hunters, Tavares, who has a hunting license, said it’s a balancing act between upholding rights and maintaining public safety.
“When I was a kid, we managed to hunt without bothering anyone, but if you’re in a park or playground, even if you’re 500 feet away, it could be a public safety issue,” said Tavares, adding that he has been hit with birdshot. “Things that are lawful can still be troublesome and disturbing.”
Tavares said the town’s hunting advisory committee will likely take up the safety issues and determine whether to recommend the adoption of any new bylaws regarding hunting.
Quincy police and city officials say that as long as hunters follow state laws — staying more than 500 feet from dwellings and 150 feet from public roadways — they are not doing anything illegal.
At least 40 cities and towns in the state have bylaws that prohibit the discharge of firearms, according to information compiled in 2003 by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Quincy has such an ordinance, but it exempts hunters, and Marshfield only prohibits people younger than 18 from using a firearm anywhere other than in a range.
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