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Love-triangle stabbing leads to arrest

A dispute over a love triangle turned violent Sunday when a Prospect woman stabbed another woman outside the public library during an argument over their romantic involvement with the same man, authorities said.

Melissa Renea Peck, 21, is accused of stabbing 19-year-old Haylee Nicole Brewer once in the chest with a knife during their 1 p.m. fight in front of several people outside the Prospect library, 150 Mill Creek Drive, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

After the stabbing, Brewer fled to a nearby residence, where she was treated by Prospect medics before she was taken to the Prospect airport for a flight to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, deputies said.

RRMC could provide no information on Brewer, hospital spokeswoman Lauren VanSickle said.

Deputies found Peck hiding near the crime scene and arrested her, police said.

Peck was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. She was returned to the Jackson County Jail and ordered back in court Sept. 4, court records show.

Police also encountered Lehman Louis Adams III, 24, of Prospect, at the library and arrested him on an outstanding warrant and for violating a no-contact order with Peck, police said.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Julie Denney said Adams and Peck had a previous relationship that led to the no-contact order, but Denney did not know whether he was the man who was the focus of the argument.

The library is a regular place for people in Prospect to congregate and take advantage of the branch’s free wi-fi, Denney said. Investigators want to talk with others who were present, Denney said.

Peck was being held Monday on $112,500 bail, while Adams was lodged on $12,500 bail, jail records show.

Melissa Peck