• Ex-East Washington chief pleads guilty in extortion case


    EAST WASHINGTON, Pa. - A former southwestern Pennsylvania police chief has pleaded guilty to three counts of extortion.

    Donald Solomon, the ex-chief of East Washington Borough, entered the plea Friday before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

    Solomon was fired in November 2011. That was a month after a grand jury charged him with accepting money from an FBI agent posing as a drug dealer and illegally selling the agent stun guns.

    Solomon was also charged with extorting money by providing protection for fake drug transactions. In addition, authorities allege he threatened a politician and a former girlfriend, the latter resulting in a drive-by shooting that damaged a car.

    Solomon faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced May 3.

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