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Former Beaver Falls couple files lawsuit, claims false arrest

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Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

A former Beaver Falls couple claim in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that the police arrested them based on false accusations by their neighbors six days after a March 22, 2011, dispute and maliciously prosecuted them without adequately investigating the claims.

Saun and Victoria Cleckley of East Liverpool, Ohio, are suing the city, Officer Robert Appelgarth and their former neighbors, Trent Humphries and Sonya Stratton.

Beaver County Common Pleas Judge Harry Knafelc at a Jan. 26 bench trial found the Cleckleys not guilty of the aggravated assault and other charges police filed against them, according to Beaver County court records.

Steven Johnson, city administrator for Beaver Falls, declined comment. There was no listing for Humphries and Stratton.

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