Man hospitalized with stab wounds

September 24, 2004

A man was sent to the hospital with stab wounds this morning after a fight over a cab in an apartment complex parking lot turned violent, police said.

Washington County Sheriff's Department Investigator Ryan Shifflet said David Arthur Pinkney was stabbed at about 12:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Oak Ridge Apartments on Downsville Pike, south of Hagerstown. He said no charges have been filed in the incident.

Pinkney, 50, and Anita Marie McBride, 35, both of the Midtown Motel in Hagerstown, were alone fighting over the late arrival of a cab when the stabbing occurred, Shifflet said.

McBride was transported to Washington County Hospital for treatment of lacerations to her face and was released, said Sheriff's Department Cpl. Roy Harsh.


Shifflet said Pinkney, who was also transported to the hospital, did not have life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is continuing, he said.

City police respond to calls

The Hagerstown Police Department responded to the following calls overnight, according to Sgt. Curt Wood:


· At 12:26 a.m., a man was charged with trespass-peeping Tom in the 100 block of Manor Drive.

Aaron William Strayer, 28, of 354 Jerome Ave. in Williamsport, was charged with trespass-peeping Tom.

Wood said a woman allegedly saw a man outside her window and called another woman, who lived at another building to tell her. He said that the women watched the man while speaking to police and were able to direct police to him.


· At 6:07 p.m., a girls' 26-inch Roadmaster bicycle was reported found in the 900 block of Corbett Street.

· At 1:24 p.m., Maryland registration plate 816350G was reported stolen from the 300 block of East Antietam Street.

· At 1:26 p.m., domestic violence was reported in the 900 block of Security Road.

Woman charged in embezzlement

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town woman was charged Thursday with embezzling $7,040 from a deli at Charles Town Races & Slots, said court records.

Carly Marie Dean, 25, of 160 Sawmill Court, was charged with embezzlement and conspiracy, Jefferson County Magistrate Court records say.

Dean was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

West Virginia State Police Trooper James Long said he met with an investigator at the track who told him about a group of employees at the Long Shots Deli who had been embezzling money for several months, court records say.

Track investigator John Jeffries said a cashier would ring up an item, then erase the sale. Money would be taken out of the cash register and placed in a tip basket, Jeffries said.

If a customer paid for an item and no change was returned, the sale would not be rung up and the money would be put in the basket, Jeffries said.

Conviction on an embezzlement charge carries a possible sentence of one to 10 years in jail and conviction on a conspiracy charge carries a possible sentence of one to five years in jail or a fine of up to $10,000.

Man indicted in girlfriend's death

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Martinsburg, W.Va., man was indicted Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend earlier this year, court records said.

A Jefferson County grand jury sitting in Charles Town handed up the charge against Vernon Henderson Dunlap Sr.

Dunlap's girlfriend, Jennifer Leigh Dodson, was found dead in her apartment at the Willow Spring Farm apartment complex off Prospect Avenue on Feb. 19.

Sgt. Sam Harmon of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department testified during a preliminary hearing in March that Dodson suffered an 8-inch cut to her throat.

Dodson, who bled to death, was found lying on a living room floor, her body partially covered by a bed comforter, investigators testified during the hearing.

The same day Dodson's body was discovered, Dunlap was found slumped over the wheel of his pickup truck, which was locked and parked at the Princess Street boat ramp in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Dunlap contracted pneumonia and was treated at City Hospital before he was charged in Dodson's death.

Dunlap was being held without bond in the Eastern Regional Jail.

The case against Dunlap has been an emotional one. On the first day of Dunlap's preliminary hearing, Dunlap's daughter cried on the stand when she recounted going to see her father at City Hospital after Dodson was found dead.

Tabitha Sanders said she told her father he could spend his life in prison.

Sanders said her father responded by saying, "I know."

"He said, 'I can't believe I did it,'" Sanders said.

After the hearing, Magistrate William Senseney ruled there was probable cause to send Dunlap's case to a grand jury.

Dunlap is expected to be arraigned on the first-degree murder charge on Oct. 4, court officials said.

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