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Plum couple sue borough over bridge removal

| Thursday, March 7, 2013, 5:03 p.m.

A Plum couple claim in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the borough violated their constitutional rights by removing a bridge from their property without first giving them a chance to fight it in court.

Timothy and Robin Chirdon agreed the borough could remove the bridge as part of a road project in return for building them a new driveway, but they subsequently claimed in a state civil lawsuit that the borough did a substandard job on the driveway.

The federal lawsuit says that a settlement of the state lawsuit didn't give the borough any right to remove the bridge, but police and borough workers did so on Nov. 19 without any court order.

The borough's manager and solicitor couldn't be reached for comment.

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