Police briefs

April 22, 2010

Martinsburg man charged with malicious wounding

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man was arraigned Wednesday on one count of malicious wounding after a witness told police that they saw a female being dragged in the middle of a street in Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Chad Franklin Stephens, 29, of 137 Energy Drive, Martinsburg, was charged after he was found Wednesday morning in the 200 block of Rolling Meadows Drive with the alleged victim, Amber Rockwell, who was his girlfriend, according to court records.

Rockwell's face was "extremely swollen and bleeding," according to a complaint filed with the court by Martinsburg Police Department Patrolman C.R. Williamson.

Police initially received a report at 6:30 a.m. from a witness who saw a male wearing a gray hoodie beating another person in the 700 block of North Queen Street, according to court records.


After police were unable to find anyone upon investigating the report, Williamson said in his complaint that another witness reported a female being dragged at 6:57 a.m. in the area of East Moler Avenue and Lemir Drive, according to court records.

Stephens was found to be wearing a bloodied, gray hoodie and blue jeans, and his girlfriend was "extremely intoxicated" and refused to provide a statement to police, according to court records.

Man charged with malicious wounding in March fight

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A 20-year-old man is accused of wounding a man in a violent altercation on March 13 in the 200 block of Winchester Avenue in Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

David Lee Gladden Jr., of 308 S. Raleigh St., Martinsburg was arraigned on Wednesday on one count of malicious wounding by Magistrate W. Randy Smith, according to court records.

The victim in the fight had to have his jaw wired shut and he told police that he was diagnosed with a fractured nose, fractured jaw, a strained neck, blackened left eye and received cuts above his left eye and the back of his head, according to court records.

-- Matthew Umstead

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