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Man jailed after reported hatchet attack

A Medford man is in jail on more than $1 million bail after entering another man's home and attacking him with a hatchet Wednesday night in an apparent altercation over a woman, police said.

Harvey Alfred Wangerin, 33, of the 400 block of South Columbus Avenue, was arrested at his home Wednesday night on charges of second-degree assault and first-degree burglary.

A disturbance was reported at about 9:50 p.m. in the 1000 block of Mt. Pitt Street. When officers responded they found a 47-year-old man with a small, bloody cut on his head and an injury on his hand, Medford police Sgt. Kevin Walruff said. He didn't need medical treatment.

The man told police that Wangerin had come into his house through an unlocked door and assaulted him with a hatchet while he lay in bed. The two struggled, then the victim escaped and ran to a neighbor's house to call police. Wangerin left the area, and officers later found him at home and arrested him.

Walruff said investigators suspect that the attack was over a woman the two men both know.

Wangerin is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on the two charges, with bail set at $1,020,000.

— Anita Burke