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Police, court briefs - June 28

June 27, 2012

Van rolls down street, crashes through garage

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A minivan struck two concrete pedestals, metal handrails, a retaining wall, garage and garden after allegedly being put into neutral and left to roll, Waynesboro police said in a news release.

Police said a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country was parked in a detached garage at a property on Dickinson Avenue, a steep street connecting Mount Airy and Roadside avenues behind Waynesboro Hospital.

Someone backed the vehicle into the roadway by placing the transmission into neutral on Thursday, June 21, police said.

The vehicle started to coast south on Dickinson Avenue, where it caused extensive damage. It crashed through a garage behind 27 Roadside Ave.

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Tow truck operators pulled the vehicle from the embankment where it crashed. They reportedly told police the transmission was in neutral and the ignition was in the “on” position.


Man charged with faking cancer waives hearing

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The case of a Martinsburg man who stands accused of faking having terminal cancer and fraudulently obtaining more than 2,200 prescription pain relief pills was bound over to Berkeley County Circuit Court Wednesday.

Steven Lee Mohn, 38, of 233 Opal Court, waived his right to a scheduled preliminary hearing Wednesday on 14 counts of prescription fraud and one count of false pretense, according to defense attorney B. Craig Manford.

Mohn is accused of fraudulently obtaining prescriptions for 2,270 tablets of oxycodone, a powerful pain relief narcotic, from three physicians since December 2011.

Witnesses separately told police that Mohn claimed earlier this year to only have 12 to 18 months to live after developing cancer in lymph nodes in his pelvis, chest and neck. He also claimed that the disease progressed to stage III and metastasized to his lungs and kidneys, according to court documents.

The benefit to raise money for Mohn, a poker run featuring live music, free food, games, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes, raised $4,260 in contributions, according to court records.


Martinsburg man faces drug distribution charges

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 35-year old Martinsburg man was arrested Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals Service on charges of drug trafficking in the Eastern Panhandle, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II’s office announced.

Michael Pierre Christian is charged with four counts of distribution of crack cocaine in Martinsburg, Ihlenfeld’s office said.

Christian, who was released on bond after an initial appearance in court, faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine on each count, if convicted.

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