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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Misdemeanor Assault Charges Withdrawn Against Police Officer

A Franklin Township police lieutenant is no longer facing misdemeanor charges after prosecutors withdrew the charge this week.

Matthew Stephen Straub, 29, of Chippewa Township, was facing charges of misdemeanor simple assault; police alleged he grabbed and shoved a woman during a domestic dispute.

Straub serves as a full-time lieutenant with the Franklin Twp. police department, and as a part-time officer with the South Beaver and Patterson Twp. police departments.

“During this argument, an altercation over a cellphone ensued. (The woman) explained during that altercation Matthew Straub forcefully grabbed (her) by the wrists, and then subsequently shoved her to the floor removing a cellphone from her person,” according to police.

The woman fled the home and called 911 from a neighbor’s cellphone. Officers reported seeing visible marks on her wrist and subsequently took Straub into custody; he was later released on a $100,000 bond.

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John Paul
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John Paul is an award-winning investigative journalist and founder of BeaverCountian.com. He reports full time for the site with a focus on public watchdog journalism.

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