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Lawsuit claims improper Poland Village arrest and Mahoning jail search



Published: Fri, September 11, 2009 @ 1:25 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A Howland woman has filed a false arrest lawsuit claiming a Poland village police officer improperly apprehended her in a traffic stop, and that a Mahoning County jailer unreasonably searched her.

Natalie R. Fisher, of Celestial Drive, filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court against Poland village Patrolman Michael Koenig, an unknown female county jailer, Sheriff Randall Wellington and the county commissioners.

Koenig stopped Fisher without legal justification on July 27 off Mathews Road in Poland Township and ran a warrant check on her, which showed a bench warrant for her arrest for failing to pay a speeding ticket in Youngstown Municipal Court, the suit says.

The officer unlawfully arrested Fisher, despite her having fully paid that ticket on March 20, and took her to the jail, where the jailer unreasonably searched her in violation of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the suit says.

After being ordered to strip naked and shower in the jailer’s presence, Fisher was ordered to don jail attire with holes in its crotch and detained with male inmates in a holding cell for processing, the suit says.

Fisher “suffered outrage, anger, shame, embarrassment, humiliation and other emotional distress” according to the suit, which seeks more than $25,000 in damages.

The case is assigned to Judge James C. Evans.


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