(08/31/2007)
STUDENTS BRANDISH KNIFE - Two Sissonville Middle School students are charged with battery and brandishing a weapon after a student was cut four times Tuesday.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies say the students constructed a homemade knife/shank and then each cut another student with it twice. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Deputies say the boys were "horse playing.

A NIGHT OF TERROR - Five Marshall University students gathered at a rental house on 7th Street last Saturday night before heading out to a club.

It's a tradition for hordes of students to indulge in weekend merrymaking at hotspots along 4th Avenue.

Sarah Serena, 20, Brandon Spyker, 20, Robert Adkins, 20, Scott Simmons, age unknown, and an unidentified 21-year-old female were in the house.

Serena, Spyker, Adkins, and Simmons were downstairs. The other woman was upstairs in a bedroom getting ready.

The doors of the home, where three of the students lived, were not locked, because other friends were expected to join them.

Suddenly, just before 11 p.m., two armed men stormed into the home, kicked and hit the male students in the face and head, and ordered everyone to the floor.

One of the intruders then went up the stairs, discovered the lone woman, blindfolded her, forced her to strip, and fondled her, according to a Huntington Police Department report.

Before leaving, the men took the students' cell phones, laptop computers, palm pilots and cash, according to the report.

All of the victims are "spooked, because it was a pretty traumatic ordeal," said a relative of one who asked not to be identified.

"If it was a completely random act, then it really could have happened to anyone," Moberley said. "It sounds like they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Huntington detectives are handling the investigation. The two suspects were described as African-American males with short hair, both around 180 pounds and under six feet tall.

SENTENCED ON GUN CHARGE - A Cabell County man was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison in federal court Wednesday for two gun charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Jonathan Hall, 25, of Barboursville, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm in a crime of violence in June, the release states. At that time, Hall admitted he broke into a house in Sod, armed with a 9 mm pistol, on July 4, 2006.

After the home's owners interrupted the robbery, Hall held them at gunpoint and made them give him their truck. When police arrested Hall several miles away after he wrecked the truck on U.S. 119, he had a gun, jewelry and cash that he had taken from the couple.

Hall was previously convicted of felony aggravated assault in Ohio, according to the news release.

Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin sentenced Hall to 162 months in prison, the maximum time allowed under federal sentencing guidelines.

WV TECH FOOTBALL PLAYER SHOT - A man shot in Huntington was listed in serious condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

A nursing supervisor said Adrian Barber was in serious condition at the hospital.

Officials were trying to confirm if the wounded man was the same Adrian Barber who is a freshman offensive lineman at WVU Tech. The school's athletic director, Lou Talerico, said he had heard that a WVU Tech player had been shot in Huntington.

Police responded to a "fight with shots fired" call at about 2:54 a.m. Sunday outside the Midnight Rodeo bar in Huntington, according to Huntington police Sgt. E. Corder.

Reading from a police report, Corder said police found the man lying on the ground outside a vehicle.


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