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Ex-police chief waives hearing in theft case

| Friday, Sept. 22, 2006

Former West Mifflin police Chief Frank Diener has waived a preliminary hearing on 19 counts including theft by unlawful taking and obstruction.

Diener, 57, of West Mifflin, had been scheduled to appear Thursday for a preliminary hearing before Brookline District Judge Charles McLaughlin. A secretary in McLaughlin's office said Diener came in Wednesday morning and waived his hearing. His formal arraignment is Dec. 11.

Diener is accused of taking numerous items from the borough police department including a $21,000 skid loader, a video gambling machine and $10,000 worth of tools.

Diener is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 13 in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to federal drug and obstruction of justice charges.

Diener resigned as police chief last October.

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