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Woman charged in city Pride scuffle waives hearing on charges she assaulted her mother

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:44 p.m.

A Harmony woman on Tuesday waived her right to a hearing on charges that she assaulted her mother.

Lancaster police charged Ariel Lawther, 19, with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Police accused her of punching her mother, Carrie Pittman, 35, of Lancaster on Nov. 29 and blackening her eye. Pittman, charged with the same offenses, also waived a hearing Tuesday.

Lawther is awaiting an Aug. 11 hearing on charges that she scuffled with a Pittsburgh police officer during Pride events Downtown June 15. City police charged Lawther with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and related crimes, accusing her of punching and kicking Officer Souroth Chatterji in the groin.

Chatterji was assigned to desk duty after the arrest. Mayor Bill Peduto said the officer will remain off patrol until the Office of Municipal investigations finishes its look at Chatterji's actions during the arrest.

Lawther remains free on bail in both cases. She has a formal arraignment for the Harmony charges on Sept. 2. No trial date is scheduled.

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