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Man blinded, woman charged after party gets out of hand

A Grants Pass man was blinded in a fight at a party over the weekend, Medford police said, and a Medford woman is in jail on $1 million bail for her suspected role in the attack.

Megan Terese Whitehead, 23, of the first block of Mace Road, Medford, faces a first-degree assault charge for allegedly breaking a beer bottle over a 21-year-old man's head, then stabbing him in the face with the broken bottle, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said. The glass cut his forehead and punctured his left eye, police said.

The fight broke out early Sunday with initial reports at about 3:50 a.m. claiming that between 10 and 30 people from a party were fighting in the street at Oregon Terrace and Lenora Drive, Doney said.

When officers arrived, onlookers directed them to a home in the 500 block of Oregon Terrace.

Police determined that three people had moved into the home Saturday and were hosting a party that mixed adults, minors and alcohol. A disagreement erupted between one of the hosts and an uninvited man, and a fight ensued, Doney said. The victim intervened to help the host and another guest, Hunter Chase Albright, 23, of the first block of Mace Road, Medford, joined the fight. They were separated, but Albright's girlfriend, Whitehead, attacked the victim.

Friends drove him to Providence Medford Medical Center and he was treated there and at Ashland Community Hospital before being sent home, Doney said.

Police arrested Albright and Whitehead later Sunday at their Mace Road home. Albright was charged with parole violation and possession of ecstasy, which officers found when he was taken into custody.

Both were lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where Whitehead is held on $1 million bail and Albright is held without bail.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible, Doney said.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail aburke@mailtribune.com.

Man blinded, woman charged after party gets out of hand