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Woman accused of duplex arson waives preliminary hearing

Falon Sue Mauck faces charges of first-degree arson, burglary, destruction of property and petit larceny

June 30, 2010|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --A 25-year-old woman accused in the April 24 arson of a vacant duplex in Martinsburg waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, according to court records.

Falon Sue Mauck, who remains incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail, faces charges of first-degree arson, burglary, destruction of property and petit larceny that stem from the fire at 910 Central Ave., according to jail and court records.

The state's case against Mauck now is bound over to circuit court where evidence can be presented to a grand jury for indictment. The sequestered jury is not scheduled to convene until the beginning of the next term of court in October.

Charges against co-defendant Joshua Daniel Stevens, 31, who also remains incarcerated at the jail, still are pending in magistrate court, according to jail records.

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Mauck and Stevens are accused of setting a fire in a clothes dryer with items stolen from a Martinsburg Police Department cruiser near Moler Avenue, according to court records.

The fire went out by itself, but not before causing about $10,000 in smoke damage and destroying the dryer, the Martinsburg Fire Department's chief fire investigator has said.

Police found a metal clipboard, traffic citations and other police forms in the dryer that came from a cruiser assigned to Sgt. Brian Yost, according to court records.

Mauck said Stevens allegedly used a lighter to ignite in the dryer the items that he took from the police cruiser, according to court records.

Personal property removed from the cruiser included a duffle bag, paperwork and a clipboard, according to court records.

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