Lancaster Twp. woman’s legal problems continue

She, mother face hearing

June 23, 2014 Cranberry Local News


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The residence of Ariel Lawther, who was arrested after an incident involving a police officer in Pittsburgh Sunday.
Ariel Lawther

LANCASTER TWP — The woman at the center of an altercation with a Pittsburgh Police officer at the city’s PrideFest celebration last weekend is out of jail, although her legal troubles in Butler County continue.

Ariel Lawther, 19, is allegedly charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest after getting into an altercation Sunday with Pittsburgh Police officer Souroth Chatterji during PrideFest, an annual celebration in the city.

A 16-second video shows the officer repeatedly punching Lawther after she allegedly kicked him in the groin.

The officer is currently suspended pending an investigation, while Lawther is free on $5,000 bail.

However, Lawther also has troubles with the law involving a Butler County case.

She’s awaiting a hearing on unrelated charges that she assaulted her mother at their Lancaster Township home in November. According to reports, police were called to 103 Crest Drive on Nov. 29 to respond to a domestic abuse situation in progress.

According to court papers, Lawther’s mother, 35-year-old Carrie Pitman, exited the house with a “completely swollen black eye with a cut below” and told officers that Lawther was responsible.

Lawther admitted to hitting her mother, telling police she pushed her mother’s head into a wall after being shoved by her. Pitman then fell on a table and then the floor, hitting her head in the process, before Lawther “struck her mom with her fists while wrestling on the ground,” according to the report police filed with the district court.

Pitman was eventually taken to a hospital, while both mother and daughter were charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Police determined Pitman had consumed alcohol before the fight, while both women were charged for their roles in the fight.

A reporter who attempted to contact the women at their home Tuesday was told by a woman identifying herself as Lawther’s mother that no one would be making comments.

Both women are scheduled to appear before District Judge Wayne Seibel in Evans City on those charges on July 22.

In another case resolved earlier this year, Lawther was brought before District Judge Pete Shaffer for failure to pay rent.

According to court documents, the judge ordered Lawther to pay more than $1,000 in past-due rent to L&SH Properties LLC of Lyndora.

That case was settled by the judge on April 1.

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