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Woman enters plea for assaulting Westminster officer

Woman enters plea for assaulting Westminster officer
Melinda Laurel Coker was convicted of assault in connection with an altercation with Westminster police. Full story (HANDOUT)

A Westminster woman was convicted of assault Monday in connection with a February altercation with Westminster police.

Melinda Laurel Coker, 30, of the unit block of Shaeffer Avenue, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts to one count of second-degree assault.

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Police were sent to Coker's home on Feb. 16 and found several people yelling, according to court records. An officer told Coker and another person to sit at a table near the front door, but Coker stood up and yelled at the officer, grabbed her uniform and pulled her to the ground, court records say.

Coker resisted arrest and continued to ignore police orders, according to court records.

Coker will be sentenced at a later date, according to public defender Diane Lach, because the new conviction violates Coker's probation in another case. The two matters will be scheduled together.

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