Court briefs

March 03, 2007

Woman arraigned on assault charge

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County woman was arraigned Friday on a charge of malicious assault stemming from a fight with another female inside a northern Martinsburg convenience store Feb. 23, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Chelsea Pinkett, 18, of Roberts Gardens apartments, was arraigned by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, who set a $10,000 bond for the case.

"(Sunny's One Stop at 1203 N. Queen St.) was in a state of disarray and several items had been left by the two females in the store," Martinsburg Police Department Cpl. C.M. Phelps said in his complaint against Pinkett.

"I collected a pair of shoes, a pair of earrings, a necklace charm and a purse from the scene," Phelps said.


The victim contacted police after the fight, and told them that the accused punched her in the face after initially confronting her, Phelps said.

"Every time (the victim) tried to get away, Pinkett would punch, pull or grab (her) to continue the fight" before finally escaping, Phelps said.

"(The victim) also stated that she will not be able to continue her modeling career due to the large amount of hair that Pinkett pulled out and a laceration under her right eye that occurred during the fight," said Phelps, who concluded his complaint with a reference to a previous investigation of the accused in an attempted murder case.

Martinsburg man arraigned in shooting

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A convicted felon was arraigned Friday for his alleged role in a shooting Feb. 24 in the Martin's Landing subdivision, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Samuel Lee Rose Jr., 26, of 64 Sopwith Lane in Martinsburg, was charged by Martinsburg Police Department Detective S.F. Doyle with wanton endangerment with a firearm and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, according to records.

Rose himself was treated for a gunshot wound to the stomach after confronting several individuals who police were told had taunted him, Doyle said in his complaint.

Upon arriving at the scene of the shooting, investigators found .380- and .45-caliber shell casings and several spent rounds of ammunition in the roadway in front of Building 2500 of the apartment development near City Hospital, Doyle said.

Rose told police he and his cousin were riding in a Dodge Charger in the development when "several individuals approached the vehicle" and began to taunt him, Doyle said.

Rose taunted back, and one individual began firing a handgun at the car, which was returned by the accused, police were told.

Rose then drove to City Hospital to be treated for the gunshot wound, police said. Rose was convicted in March 2001 for aggravated robbery, Doyle said.

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