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Windber magistrate reports: Nov. 29

November 30, 2018

The following preliminary hearings are scheduled before District Judge Bill Seger in Windber:

Criminal mischief

An 18-year-old Central City resident is facing charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Shade Township police said Connor Birmingham, of Lambert Street, was among three individuals who placed a man’s ceramic lion statue in the middle of the road at approximately 9:20 p.m. Oct. 22. The statue — valued at $100 — was then struck by a woman driving her vehicle, causing about $732 in damage to the vehicle.

According to police, a photo on Facebook showed Birmingham posing with two others in front of the statue. Birmingham admitted that they put the statue in the middle of the street and fled when they heard a car coming.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:15 a.m. Jan. 9.

Institutional vandalism

A 24-year-old Windber man has been charged in relation to an incident in which he allegedly punched a patrol car.

Windber Borough police said Matthew Brian Reed, of Graham Avenue, was being transported to his mother’s home at approximately 3:53 a.m. Sunday after being arrested for driving under the influence. Upon his release, he began screaming.

After police told him to be quiet because it was so early in the morning, Reed walked back to them and punched the patrol car. Police said they arrested him again and he began striking his head against the back window of the vehicle. Back at the police station, he demanded that the officers take off their badges and fight him. He continued to hit his head off the wall and kick desks and chairs, and was eventually taken to Somerset County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Jan. 9.

Marijuana possession

A 25-year-old Windber man has been charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Windber Borough police said they responded to a report of marijuana odor at the apartment of Travis Daniel Moschgat, of Graham Avenue, at approximately 9:24 p.m. Nov. 13. When questioned, Moschgat handed over a glass jar with two buds of suspected marijuana along with several smoking devices. He also showed them more smoking devices in the bathroom.

Moschgat’s preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 26.

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