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Cheswick woman settles federal lawsuit claiming police violated her civil rights

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Thursday, May 2, 2013, 1:18 p.m.
 

A Cheswick woman has settled her federal lawsuit claiming that Plum police conspired with her ex-husband to violate her civil rights, according to an order issued by U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti on Wednesday.

Mary Jo Ronco claimed in a lawsuit filed in May 2011 that Sgt. James Miller and officers Joseph Little and William Snyder used excessive force while arresting her on May 6, 2009, for violating what she claimed was a nonexistent order banning her from her former residence.

The borough's answer denied that Miller was present when police arrested Ronco and he was dismissed from the case in July. The borough's court filings also include an April 13, 2009, order giving Joseph Ronco exclusive possession of the residence.

Mary Jo Ronco settled her claims against her ex-husband in January, according to court documents. Conti's order doesn't provide any details on the agreement between Mary Jo Ronco, the borough and the other two officers.

Lawyers for all sides and the borough's solicitor couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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