• Ex-East Washington chief scheduled to plead guilty Jan. 4

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    WASHINGTON, Pa. - A former southwestern Pennsylvania police chief facing has been scheduled to plead guilty to federal extortion and other charges on Jan. 4.

    East Washington Borough Chief Donald Solomon was fired in November 2011, a month after a federal grand jury charged him with accepting money from an FBI agent posing as a drug dealer and illegally selling the agent stun guns.

    Solomon is also charged with extorting money by providing protection for fake drug transactions and with making threats against a politician and a former girlfriend, the latter resulting in a drive-by shooting that damaged a car.

    Federal public defender Marketa Sims says Solomon will plead guilty to three counts of Hobbs Act extortion. The charges carry up to 20 years in prison.

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