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No charges filed in stabbings

March 24, 2003

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Three people were stabbed Friday night during a fight involving three brothers and another man, but criminal charges are not going to be filed because the injured men refused to cooperate with police, said Sgt. D.D. Forman of the West Virginia State Police.

Forman said two of the victims suffered wounds to the arms while the third had to be taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for surgery after he was stabbed in the stomach.

The injured men were identified by police as Charles "Billy" Long, 46, and his brother, Dennis Long, and Jeffery Shaft, whose ages and addresses were not available. Another brother, Scott Long, whose age and address were not available, was also allegedly involved in the incident, police said.

The incident occurred just after 9 p.m. in Pipertown, an unincorporated area off Chestnut Hill Road, Forman said.

When police first arrived they were told an unknown man had stabbed the men, according to police. Later, a witness alleged someone known to the victims had done the stabbing and the story about the unknown man was a lie, according to police records.

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Police spoke to all three victims, but none wanted to pursue criminal charges, Forman said.

Forman said he was not sure whether the knife was seized. He could not say what may have caused the fight.

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