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Massachusetts woman charged after unusual use of weapons

A Massachusetts woman is facing charges in an unusual case involving a jackhammer, a police officer and a glass bottle. This case is proof that use of weapons can involve more than guns or knives. According to reports, a construction crew was working near the woman's home and began using a jackhammer around 8:25 a.m., which began the drama.

An officer at the construction site reported hearing the woman yell for the crew to "shut up." Then, he reports, a plastic bottle landed near where he was standing. The officer attempted to persuade the woman to close her windows, but allege that she then attempted to hit him with a glass bottle. The officer reported that he had to jump out of the line of fire of the glass bottle.

The 37-year-old woman who allegedly threw the bottle was arrested following the incident and has subsequently been charged with disorderly conduct and assault with a dangerous weapon. The woman states that she was bothered by the jackhammer's noise. According to reports, in the town of Beverly where the incident happened, crews can begin to jackhammer at 7 a.m.

The alleged use of weapons in any crime or incident can have serious consequences in Massachusetts. For the woman who is accused of assaulting a police officer, the best strategy now may be preparing to defend herself against the allegations. Part of this defense may include a thorough examination of all the facts surrounding the alleged assault, the actions of police and her arrest. Having a strong defense in place can help the individual accused of a crime achieve the most favorable outcome possible.

Source: wggb.com, "Police: Jackhammering Leads to Beer Bottle Assault," Jan. 8, 2013

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