5:17 PM

Rhonda Melvin (mug shot SCSO)

Felony assault charges were dismissed against a Galena woman after the complaining witnesses refused to cooperate with authorities.

Last September, authorities claimed that Rhonda Melvin, 46, was intoxicated when she demanded to use her pregnant daughter's cell phone. When the daughter refused, Melvin allegedly grabbed her by the hair and kneed her in the stomach.

The daughter and her boyfriend, who barricaded themselves in their bedroom to keep Melvin away from them, told authorities that Melvin began to "hack" through the door with a claw hammer to get to them and told them she was going to "burn the house down and "they would not leave alive."

Allisha Polimenti was transported to the hospital with abdominal pain following the attack.

After Melvin posted bond in the first case, authorities were again called to the home in McCord Bend following another instance of domestic assault on September 6th involving Melvin. Stone County Sheriff's Captain Tim Gideon says that when a deputy was arresting Melvin she spat blood on the officer.  She still faces misdemeanor charges of assault of a law enforcement officer connected to that case. 

She is due back in court on February 26th.


T Charles said...

That is the problem when a witness does not cooperate.