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Three hurt in W.Va. fight involving sword, box cutter

March 16, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Three people were hurt, including one woman who had severe injuries, during a fight early Tuesday that involved a sword and a box cutter, the Martinsburg Police Department said.

Three adults and a 17-year-old boy were involved, police said.

Assistant Berkeley County Prosecutor Kim Crockett said an investigation was ongoing and that no charges had been filed.

According to police, the fight happened at 502 W. King St. at 2:13 a.m. When officers with the Martinsburg Police Department and West Virginia State Police arrived, they found Olin Hess, 61, lying on the sidewalk outside of the house, police said.

Police said the 17-year-old was standing in the doorway, holding a sword. He had several cuts on his throat, police said.

Inside the house, officers found Lisa Pittsnogle, 44, who had "severe" cuts on her hand and arm, police said. Her son, Jimmy Pittsnogle, 21, had cuts on his hands and bruises on his face, police said.

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The fight began after the 17-year-old met Jimmy Pittsnogle. They were drinking Hurricane malt liquor and Mad Dog wine and got into an argument that turned violent, police allege.

All four people were taken to hospitals, but their conditions could not be obtained.

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