WV KNIFE AND GUN CLUB - WV Woman Murdered By Cross-Bow

MURDER - St. Albans police said they have arrested a man on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a woman shot with a crossbow.

George Call Jr., 44, has been arrested in the case, according to a news release Tuesday from St. Albans Police Chief Joe Crawford.

Crawford identified the woman who died after the incident as Andrea Springstead, 36.

Police responded about 9:40 p.m. Monday to Forrestal Avenue to what was initially reported as a stabbing.

Officers arrived at the scene and found a woman who had been shot in the face with a crossbow. Fire and EMS personnel attempted to help the woman but were unsuccessful and she died from her injuries.

Crawford said investigators worked around the clock, interviewed numerous witnesses and processed the crime scene. They were able to make an arrest after gathering evidence.

The chief said they believe the situation was domestic related. It appears that the woman was shot at close range indoors.

MORGANTOWN SHOOTING - Two men have been charged in connection to a shooting investigation in Morgantown on Monday.

On December 21, deputies with the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a shooting at 89 Brookhaven Rd. in Morgantown, according to a criminal complaint.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they made contact with the victim who “had multiple visible injuries and stated he was shot”; the victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, deputies said.

After attempting to flee on foot, Nicholas Britton, 35, and Jared McLean, 43, both of Morgantown, were detained and given “custodial interviews,” according to the complaint.

During those interviews, Britton and McLean stated that “they went to the victim’s residence with the intent to rob the victim” and that there was a physical altercation that occurred, deputies said.

During the altercation, “there was a struggle” for a firearm, and during that struggle, “the victim was struck in the head with a blunt object multiple times,” according to the complaint.

When the firearm discharged during the struggled, it “caus[ed] the individuals to scatter,” with Britton and McLean leaving through the residence’s door and “the victim jumped from a 2nd[sic] story window in an effort to get to safety,” deputies said.

Britton and McLean are charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and first-degree robbery; additionally, McLean is receiving additional charges for a Capias warrant. They are both being held in North Central Regional Jail.

MORGANTOWN STABBING - A New York man charged in a stabbing incident on Monday claims the victim “bust in” on him while he was in the bathroom, officers said.

On Dec. 21, officers with the Morgantown Police Department were dispatched to the Barlett House in Morgantown in reference to a malicious wounding, according to a criminal complaint.

The call stated that Alonzo Young, 32, of New York, “had just stabbed someone and then fled north on University Avenue.” Officers later spotted a man matching Young’s description “walking at a rapid pace along Beechurst Avenue,” officers said.

When Young saw the officers’ cruiser, he “looked away and started walking faster,” but complied when officers ordered him to stop, according to the complaint, and officers saw him, they observed, “a large amount of blood all over his hands, jacket, pants, and shoes.”

Officers told Young to take his hands out of his pockets, to which he replied ‘just shoot me’; however, after speaking with Young, officers were able to place “him in handcuffs without incident,” officers said.

While speaking with officers, Young claimed that “the individual he allegedly stabbed had attacked him” and that Young was using the bathroom when the victim “was rushing [Young] and bust in” to the bathroom, according to the complaint.

Young claimed that the victim ‘reached into his[the victim’s] pocket, so [Young] reached into [Young’s] pocket and” pulled out his knife, which officers were able to locate in Young’s left pants pocket, officers said.

The victim was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital “and is expected to survive,” according to the complaint.

Young has been charged with malicious wounding. He is being held in North Central Regional Jail on a $50,012 bond.