Berkeley County court briefs

October 10, 2012

Martinsburg man charged in attack on woman

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg man is accused of hitting a woman in the face with a kitchen chair multiple times in an Aug. 13 attack that left her with what appeared to be a broken nose, severe facial swelling and a black eye, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents.

Stephan Delano Cole, 52, of 118 W. Moler Ave., was arraigned Saturday by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on one count of unlawful wounding, according to court documents.

The victim told Martinsburg police she was eventually able to repel her attacker by kicking him in the groin, according to court documents.

Martinsburg Patrol Officer E.C. Neely said in his complaint against the defendant that the victim’s nose appeared to be broken and was bleeding “heavily” when he responded to the defendant’s West Moler Avenue residence, according to court documents.

The victim, who also appeared to have a large bump on the left side of her forehead, told police the defendant struck her with the chair five or six times after punching her repeatedly in the face, according to court documents.
Hedgesville woman sentenced for attempted robbery

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A woman was ordered to served not less than five nor more than 18 years in prison Monday for her role in the September 2011 attempted robbery of a woman in the parking lot in front of the Michaels store just outside Martinsburg.

Deborah A. Phipps, of Hedgesville, W.Va., who pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted robbery on July 31, was ordered to serve the maximum sentence by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III, according to Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones.

Phipps, 34, did not receive credit for time already served and will not begin to serve the prison sentence until she serves a separate, unrelated prison sentence for a 2004 conviction, Jones said.

Phipps’ parole for the 2004 case was revoked, Jones said.

Phipps also was indicted on a charge that she conspired with her brother, Michael Kelly Silver, to commit the Sept. 12, 2011, robbery, but that felony was dismissed, Jones said.

Michael Silver, 42, was fatally shot Sept. 26, 2011, by Martinsburg police officers in the ATM lane of a bank drive-through after he carjacked a woman and her daughter at the Martinsburg Mall.

Two Martinsburg men charged after traffic stop

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police seized a total of $1,024 in cash and about 22 grams of marijuana from two men Friday in a traffic stop in Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Shawn Tyrone Womack, 23, and Aaron Lee Womack, 22, both of 61 B Warm Springs Ave., Martinsburg, were arraigned Saturday morning by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on single felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and conspiracy, according to court records.

Shawn Womack also was arraigned on misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and destruction of property in an unrelated case stemming from an alleged incident in August, according to court documents.

The Honda Accord that Aaron Womack was driving was stopped by Martinsburg Patrol Officer S.A. Shelton in the 900 block of West Martin Street after the officer said he noticed a passenger side brake light was not working, according to court documents.

Shelton discovered a warrant had been issued for Shawn Womack’s arrest in the August incident, and then the defendant told the officer he had marijuana in his possession.

Shawn Womack also was found with $811 in cash and Aaron Womack was found to a be in possession of marijuana and $213, according to court documents.

Police found a scale with marijuana residue on it beneath the passenger seat of the car, as well as a box of sandwich baggies, according to court documents.

Baltimore man arraigned on fugitive-from-justice warrant

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police found a 27-year-old man wanted by Baltimore authorities on a drug charge at the Martinsburg Motel on Saturday with a switchblade, $3,452 in cash and a small amount of marijuana, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court documents.

A loaded .40-caliber pistol also was found in a nightstand of the motel room where Brandon Lee McKenrick of 55 Logan Court, Inwood, W.Va., was found by West Virginia State Police troopers, according to court documents.

McKenrick was arraigned by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on a fugitive-from-justice warrant, one felony count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and single misdemeanor counts of possession of a concealed deadly weapon, providing false information to police and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court documents.

Text messages on McKenrick’s mobile phone found in the hotel included several communications that were indicative of drug-dealing activities, according to court documents. Photographs of large amounts of marijuana also were found on the phone, according to a complaint filed against the defendant by West Virginia State Police Trooper W.M. Roden.
 — Matthew Umstead

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