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June 29, 2012

Evening News Brief | Settlement reached in troopers urination case

PITTSBURGH — A southwestern Pennsylvania woman has settled a civil rights lawsuit involving state police she says urinated on her while she was shackled hand and foot.

Derena Marie Madison's civil rights lawsuit against five state troopers was formally dismissed Thursday, more than two months after the end of mediation.

Madison said the troopers from a Fayette County barracks also pepper-sprayed her after a February 2011 arrest on charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

The troopers denied urinating on Madison and said they used pepper spray because she was being verbally abusive. They said they used warm water to wash out her eyes after she calmed down.

Online court records don't show the terms of the settlement. Attorneys for both sides didn't immediately return messages Friday.


2 plead guilty in Pa.-to-NYC gun-trafficking case

NEW YORK — Two men have admitted selling guns from western Pennsylvania in New York City.

Albert Striegel pleaded guilty in New York Friday to a firearms-sale charge. He's expected to get a nine-year prison term at a July 11 sentencing.

Travis Matthews pleaded guilty Thursday to a more serious gun-sale charge and is set to get a 16-year sentence.

Matthews is from Pittsburgh. Striegel is from Ambridge, Pa., about 20 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

The Manhattan district attorney's office says the 23-year-old Matthews and the 20-year-old Striegel brought guns from Pennsylvania to New York City to sell.

Prosecutors say Matthews sold 13 of the weapons to undercover detectives, and Striegel helped out with six of the sales.

The guns included semi-automatic pistols and revolvers.


Pittsburgh man gets prison in home invasion sex assault

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh man will spend 15 to 45 years in state prison for his role in a home invasion robbery in which he also sexually assaulted a woman while her 2-year-old son was present.

Twenty-three-year-old Terry Eugene Shields has been sentenced by an Allegheny County judge on Friday on charges including burglary, aggravated indecent assault and robbery.

Police say Shields and two other men forced their way into the woman's home on November 2008 and beat up the woman's roommate.

Shields assaulted the woman while the other men were ransacking the house for money.

Police didn't arrest Shields until February 2009, after the woman recognized him as her attacker when she saw him walking down the hall of Pittsburgh Municipal Court when she was dropping off a friend for a hearing.


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