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Woman charged with attempt on man's life

January 11, 1998

Woman charged with attempt on man's life

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

INWOOD, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department charged a woman with attempted murder after a man reported being shot at Saturday night.

Lee Shade, 58, of Inwood, was released on $20,000 bond after being arraigned before Magistrate Sandra Miller.

The sheriff's department report said deputies responded to a 7:55 p.m. call from South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. When they arrived, Vernon Masters of Inwood said he had been shot at.

The report said there was what appeared to be a bullet hole in the driver's side of the windshield and another in the driver's side door of the vehicle Masters drove to the fire hall. A bullet was found lodged in the driver's seat, the report said.

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Masters had a cut on his face that the report said may have been caused by flying glass from the windshield.

He told deputies he and Shade got into an argument over a message on her answering machine. Shade later told them Masters listened to a message on the machine, the report said.

Three deputies went to Shade's home and found the lights out and no one answered when they called for her to come outside.

The report said Masters told them she might harm herself, so they forced their way inside and found her in a bedroom.

Also found in the house was a .38-caliber handgun and five shell casings, the report said.

According to the report, she told deputies that the vehicle Masters was driving belonged to her and "she could shoot it if she wanted to."

A conviction for attempted murder carries a one-to-five-year prison sentence, according to the charging document at Miller's office.

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