Woman arrested at PNC Park found guilty of several offenses
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A woman who was arrested after police said she yelled at officers who were subduing a Pittsburgh Pirates fan at PNC Park was found guilty Tuesday of several summary offenses, though a district judge dismissed more serious charges, including a count of felony aggravated assault.
Amanda Harle, 30, of Mt. Lebanon, was arrested during the April 9 game against the Colorado Rockies after police said she resisted an officer's attempts to remove her from the park, screaming obscenities and telling them that she worked for KDKA-TV, apparently in protest of the arrest of another fan, 40-year-old Scott Ashley of Friendship.
Their cases caused a minor sensation after Mr. Ashley's arrest was captured in a YouTube video that shows a pair of city police officers stunning him with a Taser and hitting him with nightsticks before taking him to the ground and handcuffing him.
District Judge James J. Hanley Jr. dismissed a charges of aggravated assault, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and resisting arrest during a preliminary hearing Tuesday, but found Ms. Harle guilty of summary defiant trespassing, harassment and disorderly conduct.
Her attorney, Robert Del Greco, said the judge's ruling was "within the acceptable range for me and my client, given the circumstances."
A preliminary hearing for Mr. Ashley, who was charged with harassment, public drunkenness, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, is scheduled for May 25.
Mr. Del Greco said Ms. Harle was suspended from her job at KDKA pending the outcome of Tuesday's hearing.
News director Anne Linaberger said, "We don't publicly discuss personnel matters."
First Published April 20, 2011 12:00 am