Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sheriff's Sergeant Charged

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sheriff's Sergeant Charged

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A sergeant with the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office was arrested Sunday after being involved in a domestic dispute with his wife, authorities said.

Sgt. Curtis Sowder, 28, a seven-year veteran with the department, was arrested by Bridgeville police at his home.

According to a criminal complaint, Amy Lynn Sowder, Sgt. Sowder's wife, was involved in an earlier domestic dispute, although the complaint did not give details about that dispute. At some point, she left the home. Later, the complaint stated, someone told police that she was heading back there.

Bridgeville Police Sgt. Gary James wrote that he sat across the street in a marked police car and saw Ms. Sowder go inside. A short time later, the officer saw Sgt. Sowder "pick the female up in the air and body slam her directly to the floor. …

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