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Judge rules in favor of former Monroeville police chief and officer in civil rights lawsuit

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Monday, July 29, 2013, 1:57 p.m.

A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of former Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole and Officer Edward Lewkowicz in a civil rights lawsuit brought by a former police officer.

Lawrence Storch, 45, of Monroeville claimed that Cole and Lewkowicz violated his civil rights by arresting and prosecuting him and, in Cole's case, by subsequently firing him for getting into a fight with his ex-wife.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan ruled that Storch couldn't prevail on his claims against the municipality and the two officers because he pleaded no contest in November 2010 to a summary harassment charge. By law, the conviction shows Cole and Lewkowicz had probable cause for his arrest and prosecution, the judge ruled.

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