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July 20, 2013

County settles lawsuit over jailing

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County has settled a lawsuit against adult probation officers, filed by a man claiming he had been jailed erroneously.

County officials signed papers June 3, agreeing to pay Jacob G. Knotts of Darlington, Beaver County, a settlement of $35,000.

Knotts filed the suit in January against James R. Jendrysik, the county’s chief probation officer, and Andrea Anderson, a probation officer, claiming he had been jailed in February 2012, for a probation violation when he was not on probation.

A bench warrant had been issued for him the previous August in connection with the arrest.

He remained in the Lawrence County jail for a month after his arrest.

Knotts contended in the lawsuit that he never had been given a chance to explain his innocence of the charges against him and never was allowed to post bond for his release.

Lawrence County solicitor Thomas W. Leslie explained in a letter this week that the county’s insurance company paid its $1,000 deductible in the case and the settlement was paid by the county’s insurance carrier, as were the additional attorneys representing the county.

Leslie said as county solicitor, he did not receive additional compensation for any work he performed regarding the lawsuit.

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