Court briefs

February 06, 2007

Woman charged in police chase

A woman who allegedly crashed the truck she was driving into two police vehicles has been charged with fleeing from police and other crimes, Washington County District Court records show.

Melissa Ann Wagaman, 29, was taken to Washington County Hospital after the Dodge Dakota she was driving skidded off Interstate 70 and rolled several times Jan. 29, a charging document says.

Wagaman, who allegedly fled from her home at 17804 Stone Valley Circle in Hagerstown when deputies arrived to serve an emergency petition, is accused of driving between two cars on Halfway Boulevard near Md. 632 and passing a police cruiser on the median of I-70. The alleged chase started at 2:41 p.m., and it ended at mile marker 31, the charging document states.

Wagaman was at Washington County Detention Center Monday evening, a deputy said. Court documents showed her bail was revised from $50,000 to $20,000 during a hearing Friday.


Wagaman is charged with multiple counts, including resisting arrest and two counts each of first-degree assault and second-degree assault and numerous traffic violations.

A petition for emergency evaluation is a court process that can be used to compel a person to get a psychiatric evaluation.

Registered sex offender sentenced

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 50-year-old Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man who is a registered sex offender was sentenced to more than three years in prison for possessing child pornography, the Office of the U.S. Attorney said.

Paul Michael Hargrove pleaded guilty Nov. 30, 2006, to one count of an indictment charging him with possession of child pornography on his computer. The office of the U.S. Attorney Northern District of West Virginia said in a press release that the images were found by police executing a fugitive warrant from New York.

Hargrove was sentenced Jan. 31 to 43 months in prison consecutive to a state sentence for failing to register as a sex offender. He will serve three years supervised release after his prison sentence, the press release says.

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