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State trooper from Donora arrested in domestic dispute case

| Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A state trooper from Belle Vernon allegedly broke his wife's ankle when he pushed her down a flight of stairs on Wednesday during a domestic dispute, according to court documents.

Paul C. Mauser, 39, of Donora, a veteran state police trooper, was placed on unpaid leave when he was arraigned on multiple criminal charges of pushing the woman down a flight of stairs during a domestic dispute about 9 a.m. in a home along Scott Haven Road in Sewickley Township, just outside Sutersville, state police said.

He is charged with a felony count of aggravated assault, misdemeanor counts of simple assault and terroristic threats, and a summary count of harassment stemming from an argument that escalated into a confrontation, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Cpl. Michael L. McElfresh.

After a verbal argument, “the victim related that (Mauser) threw coffee at her,” McElfresh wrote.

“He then pushed the victim on the floor and kneeled on top of her and made a verbal comment that he would kill her. The victim and defendant continued to argue verbally.”

The victim started up the stairs and was met by the defendant at the top of the stairs, where Mauser allegedly pushed her backward, causing her to fall down the flight of steps and break an ankle, McElfresh reported.

The victim then crawled to another room where Mauser grabbed a pool stick “and stated that since the victim was hurt that something had to happen and one of us has to die,” McElfresh wrote.

The victim told Mauser that if he drove her to the hospital she would tell authorities that she accidentally fell down the stairs, according to her statement to police.

The woman spoke to hospital security officers when she arrived at Excela Health Westmoreland in Greensburg and later was interviewed by police, McElfresh said in the affidavit.

Mauser was arraigned before West Newton District Judge Charles Christner and released after a Donora relative used property to post the $5,000 bond. Mauser faces a preliminary hearing on March 4 before Christner.

Mauser could not be reached for comment. The criminal docket does not yet list an attorney who will represent him.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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