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Donora woman charged with assaulting cop, paramedic at personal care home

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Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Donora woman has been charged with assaulting a police officer and a paramedic during a scuffle at a personal care home earlier this month.

Cynthia Cole, 56, of 789 McKean Ave., was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, and one count of aggravated assault.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Donora police were called 12:47 a.m. March 13 to McKean Manor for an “out of control female.”

Police said Cole that was threatening her roommate and a staff member at McKean Manor.

Staff told police that Cole was “increasingly more violent verbally to other residents” and that they had contacted Mon Valley Emergency Medical Service personnel to transport her to Monongahela Valley Hospital for evaluation, according to the affidavit.

Cole screamed at paramedics, saying she wasn't going to the hospital, the affidavit said.

She threatened paramedics and police, saying “she would do something and she would have to be shot,” according to the affidavit.

Cole kicked a paramedic and police Officer Robert Dorcon. Officer Howard Rider was cut on the forearm during a scuffle with Cole, according to the affidavit.

Rider then used a Taser to subdue Cole, the adocument said.

She was arraigned this week before Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela and remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facility after failing to post bond.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or

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