(06/16/2006)
CHARLESTON POLICEMAN SHOT - Charleston police were investigating a multiple shooting that involved one of their own officers late Thursday night at a Kanawha City motel, according to the Charleston Gazette.

The officer was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center by ambulance, and few details were available.

The shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. in front of Nancy's Lounge on the Days Inn property.

The body of one person lay beneath a blue tarpaulin on the blacktop in front of a rear residential building.

Nancy's Lounge had been the site of a bar fight that sent four people to the hospital. During the melee, which started in Nancy's Lounge and spilled out into the parking lot, one man was stabbed multiple times, another had his ear nearly shorn off, and at least one man lost some teeth.

CIGARETTE PROBLEMS: FIGHT LEADS TO MURDER, SWORD TO SEVERED ARM - Police say a squabble over cigarettes led to the fatal shotgun slayings of a Mercer County mother and daughter.

Fifty-six-year-old Deborah Fuller has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of grand larceny.

She is accused in the May deaths of her adoptive mother and sister - 95-year-old Effie Roberts and 73-year-old Effie Akers.

State Police said Fuller became upset when Akers didn't bring cigarettes back from the store.

Fuller then retrieved a shotgun from the bedroom and shot Akers.

Fuller didn't say why she shot her mother.

Police caught up with Fuller in Virginia, where she was driving Roberts' car, a shotgun found was in the trunk.

In another incident over cirgarettes, a Berkeley County teenager accused of attacking three people with a samurai sword has been convicted of assault and battery charges.

Eighteen-year-old Terry Lee Mason Junior was found guilty this week of the sword attack on Lisa Pittsnogle of Martinsburg, an aunt of former West Virginia University basketball star Kevin Pittsnogle.

Mason became angry because he believed Pittsnogle's son Jimmy had taken his cigarettes.

Pittsogle's elbows was severed in the attack and she had to have reconstructive surgery.

CHARLESTON ATTORNEY HELD ON GUN CHARGES - Federal authorities want to keep Charleston attorney Dante di Trapano in jail until a trial on gun charges related to his drug addiction.

They pointed out his former law firm has hired an off-duty Charleston police officer for protection against him.

Di Trapano was indicted based on eight guns found in an April raid federal agents conducted on his South Hills residence.

He was charged in March with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine in Florida.

The lawyer has apparently lost a high-profile client, Randy Moss of the Oakland Raiders.

MERCER MAN INDICTED IN SHOOTING - A 30-year-old Mercer County man has been indicted in a February shooting death of a Bluewell man.

Prosecuting Attorney Bill Sadler says a grand jury handed a first-degree murder indictment yesterday against Jackie Lee Harrison of Montcalm.

Harrison is charged in the February 29th death of 26-year-old Kevin Shawn Dunn, who was shot multiple times.

A sheriff's detective says the shooting took place in the front yard of Harrison's home following a dispute.


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