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Police say Trafford woman assaulted family members, officers, EMTs

Paul Peirce
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A Trafford woman faces accusations of striking and spitting on police and paramedics who were summoned to treat her at the police station after her arrest for allegedly fighting with family members.

Crystal J. Steinman, 36, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of assault by a prisoner, resisting arrest, simple assault and reckless endangerment in connection with the incident that began about 7:25 p.m. Tuesday on the 400 block of Homewood Avenue.

District Judge Helen Kistler of Harrison City ordered Steinman held in the Westmoreland County Prison after she failed to post $50,000 bond.

Patrolman Jonathan Kitterman said in court records that Steinman also could be cited separately for becoming combative and spitting at hospital staff, a state trooper and four Monroeville Police at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, where she was transported after the incident at the Trafford station.

Kitterman reported that police were initially called to the Homewood Avenue home Tuesday after reports of a domestic dispute between Steinman and family members.

Steinman is accused of assault for allegedly striking her father with a glass bowl or plate, according to court documents.

Steinman was handcuffed and transported to the police station, where Kitterman alleges she continued to be combative and complain that she was suffering a panic attack.

Paramedics from Penn Township Ambulance were summoned and Kitterman reported that Steinman was placed in restraints as she was examined and subsequently transported to the hospital. Two paramedics alleged that Steinman spit on them during the transport.

“Due to Steinman’s spitting, all hospital staff and (six) officers wore spit gowns and face shields at the hospital,” Kitterman wrote.

Steinman’s preliminary hearing is scheduled July 3 before Kistler.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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