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Case continued for woman accused in break-in, assault

Mental evaluation of Melissa Ann Wagaman being completed

July 14, 2010|By DON AINES

A woman charged with breaking into a couple's home while wearing part of a wedding gown had her case continued this week in Washington County Circuit Court while a mental evaluation report is completed.

Melissa Ann Wagaman, 32, of 17804 Stone Valley Circle in Hagerstown, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property in the Feb. 9 incident near her home, according to the statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Wagaman was in court Tuesday, where Assistant Public Defender Loren Villa asked for the continuance, a request granted by Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr.

Villa entered a plea of not criminally responsible on Wagaman's behalf in April, according to court records.

The incident resulted in injuries to a man in the house into which Wagaman allegedly tried to enter, the application for statement of charges said. The man sustained cuts that severed one artery in his arm and partially severed another, records show.

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The man lost three pints of blood, and required surgery and a blood transfusion, the application said.

On the night of the incident, a woman was watching television in her Stone Valley Circle home when she heard a knock on the door, records show. She looked outside and saw a woman dressed only in the skirt and veil from a wedding gown, the application said.

The resident opened the door slightly to see if the woman needed assistance, according to records. "My mom is in your basement," the partially dressed woman said, records show.

The resident closed the door and went to wake her husband, the application said. The woman outside, later identified as Wagaman, grabbed an ice scraper and was beating on the door, asking to be let in, records show.

The wife called 911 while the husband got a snow shovel from behind the house and made sure the back sliding glass door was locked, according to records. Wagaman came to the back of the house and banged on the door, then walked to a dining room window and smashed it with her head, records show.

Wagaman tried to climb through the window and the husband attempted to hold her off with the snow shovel, the application said. However, he was injured in the struggle and the couple ran to a neighbor's house, records show.

Wagaman showed up at the neighbor's house, but was unable to get inside, the application said. A deputy found Wagaman lying on the ground, records show.

Wagaman was taken to Washington County Hospital for an emergency evaluation for possible drug-induced psychosis, the application said. She was released from the hospital the next day, records show.

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