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Charges follow Christmas incident

December 27, 1999

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A Hedgesville man faces several charges after a Christmas Day argument led to a shooting scare for his girlfriend, according to records in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Carrine Smith told police her boyfriend choked her, then had her sit in a chair while he fired nine shots around her, so close she could feel the gun powder, court records state.

Smith also claimed he placed the gun to her head, chest and throat while in the home, which is in the Stonebrook subdivision, court records state.

The shots went into a closet and through her daughter's room, where one bullet was found in the floor about 18 inches from the girl's bed, court records state.

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Charles W. McAllister, 49, was charged with unlawful assault, wanton endangerment with a firearm, domestic battery, giving false information and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to charging documents.

McAllister was convicted of arson in New Jersey on May 21, 1984, court records state.

When asked about the bullet holes in the closet, McAllister allegedly told police they were there when the house was purchased, court records state.

Police alleged a Ruger .45-caliber handgun, loaded and warm to the touch, was found under the couch, court records state.

McAllister was being held late Monday at Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg on $65,267 bond.

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