Pittsburgh suburb settles burglary lawsuit against redevelopment executive for $135,000

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WILKINSBURG, Pennsylvania — A Pittsburgh suburb is paying $135,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former redevelopment official who claimed her 2011 arrest was political retribution.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1z8uDot ) says it obtained the settlement between Kate Luxemburg and Wilkinsburg under a Right-to-Know request.

The borough and its police have denied wrongdoing in the settlement.

Luxemburg was chair of the borough's redevelopment authority when the agency took possession of an abandoned house it planned to refurbish. Luxembourg says a man who heard of the plan asked if he could salvage items from the home, and took them even after she refused.

Luxemburg claims she was charged with the thefts after a district judge candidate told police about the incident, and claims that happened only because she supported another candidate. The charges were later dropped.

Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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