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Martinsburg man sought in arson arrested

May 12, 2010|By DAN DEARTH
  • Joshua Daniel Stevens
Martinsburg (W.Va.) Police Department,

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Martinsburg man whom police were looking for in connection with a fire in a vacant duplex last month was arrested Tuesday night, according to a press release from the Martinsburg Police Department.

Joshua Daniel Stevens, 30, of 76 Ritter Drive, is charged with first-degree arson, burglary, grand larceny, destruction of property, malicious wounding, armed robbery, breaking and entering, breaking and entering of an auto, two counts of petit larceny and two counts of domestic battery, the release said.

A spokeswoman at Eastern Regional Jail said Wednesday afternoon that Stevens was being held on a $115,000 bond.

Authorities allege Stevens set a fire at 910 Central Ave. in Martinsburg, and destroyed property and stole items from a Martinsburg Police vehicle April 23-24.

Police said they believe several people are involved in a series of fires that were intentionally set this year in downtown Martinsburg. They said last week they had no further information to release regarding 12 other fires intentionally set in the city.

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Lt. George B. Swartwood said police were exploring the possibility that more than one person set the fires.

"There's more than one suspect," Swartwood said.

Swartwood, Patrolman Eric Neely and Sgt. Kevin Miller of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force received a tip that Stevens would be hiding in a pickup truck on its way to a convenience store on North Queen Street, the release said. The officers staked out the area and arrested Stevens at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to the release.

Stevens is accused of setting fire in a clothes dryer at the duplex to items taken from the police car, court records show. Lt. Greg Hoover, chief fire investigator for the Martinsburg Fire Department, said the fire caused about $10,000 in smoke damage and destroyed the dryer.

Also charged in the fire at the duplex was Falon Sue Mauck, according to court records.

Mauck, 25, whose address is unknown, is charged with first-degree arson, burglary, destruction of property and petit larceny, records show.

Mauck's arrest came a little more than a month after she and Stevens were charged with multiple felony counts of unauthorized use of a credit card, according to court records.

Stevens also was accused of stabbing a man near Marlowe, W.Va., on March 27, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

The Herald-Mail has reported that the stabbing victim, who needed substantial treatment for his injuries, identified Stevens from a photo.

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