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Charleroi man flushes his freedom down toilet

| Friday, Sept. 26, 2003

A Charleroi man appears to have flushed his freedom down the toilet.

Shaun McGavitt, 23, of 540 Washington Ave., has been at the Westmoreland County Prison since Tuesday morning, after Monessen police say he had flooded their holding cell area for the second time in two days.

Charleroi police took McGavitt to the Monessen station on Monday evening and requested he be put in one of the cells.

Mon Valley police departments commonly hold suspects in Monessen because the department is the only one nearby with a holding area.

Police put McGavitt in cell No. 1, where they said he began to flush the toilet over and over, causing the cell block and walkway to flood.

At that point, officers took McGavitt out of the cell and into the processing room. He began yelling at them before ripping a telephone off the wall and damaging a computer, police said.

He then was taken to night court and arraigned on charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Hours later, McGavitt was taken back to Monessen and put in another holding cell, where police say he began flushing the toilet again, causing another flood.

After being taken back to night court, McGavitt was arraigned on charges of institutional vandalism, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Then he went to a county holding cell because he was unable to post $5,000 straight bond.

McGavitt was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on both sets of charges today before District Justice Joseph Dalfonso of Monessen.

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