• Police: Drunken IRS worker knocks woman out with steel divider at Steelers game

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    PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh police say an Internal Revenue Service worker tried to bribe officers when they arrested him for being drunk and throwing steel crowd dividers at Heinz Field Sunday night.

    Police said 29-year-old Stephen Sapp was screaming and cursing after he was asked to leave Sunday night's Steelers-Ravens game and that he threw the crowd dividers in "a dangerous, disorderly manner” outside Gate C.

    Police said one of the steel dividers hit a woman in her head, knocking her unconscious.  Melissa Yansec, of Washington County, was taken to an area hospital with cuts, bruises and a concussion.

    Investigators said Sapp claimed to work for the IRS and offered money for his release.

    According to police, Sapp told officers: "Listen, I know how this works. How much money will it take to make this go away and to let me go home today?"

    A local IRS spokeswoman confirmed that Sapp is a furloughed employee of the agency and says the criminal charges could eventually affect his employment status.

    Sapp is facing several charges including aggravated assault, resisting arrest, bribery and public drunkenness. He is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 12. 




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