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Michigan Handicapped Leah Allyn Norton suing Deputy Heather Stille over broken arm & dislocated shoulder

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    Perp: Deputy Heather Stille

    Victim: Leah Allyn Norton

    Department: Ottawa County Sheriff's Office

    Location: Ottawa County, West Olive, Michigan

    Woman who suffered broken arm in scuffle takes Ottawa County sheriff's deputy to trial

    Leah Allyn Norton filed a federal lawsuit against Deputy Heather Stille after her humerus bone – the bone between the shoulder and elbow – was broken during an encounter in a holding area in Holland District Court in 2010. Norton, who at the time used a four-wheel handicap scooter after foot surgery, contends that Stille used “unnecessary and unreasonable use of the arm bar restraint,” attorney Daniel Manville wrote in a trial brief.

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    Stille began the intake process. Norton handed over jewelry. She dropped a piece, but Stille picked it up. Then, she told Stille she was having a panic attack, and needed a minute. She said she needed to blow her nose, and reached for a piece of toilet paper that Stille took away. She gave her a paper towel to blow her nose.

    Norton then asked for a drink of water. Stille said no, the complaint contends. Norton’s attorney said his client then reached for a three-quarter full bottle of pop on a nearby desk, and picked it up with her left hand. Stille grabbed it back with her right. The bottle dropped when the deputy grabbed Norton’s wrist.

    Stille then used an arm-bar restraint and pushed Norton against a wall. Both sides agree that Norton suffered a broken arm after the initial restraint. Then, both heard a sound during a takedown, Norton’s shoulder dislocating. Norton was unconscious on the ground for several minutes, her attorney said. “When Ms. Norton came to her arm was (visibly) hanging limp at her side and (she) was screaming in agony.”

    Norton contends she heard Stille call her a “psycho ...” and that she was “just faking it," allegations Stille denies. Norton went to the hospital via ambulance. Later, she had a 12-inch brace with 11 screws placed into her arm.

    http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/04/woman_who_suffered_broken_arm.html
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    Woman who suffered broken arm in scuffle takes Ottawa County sheriff's deputy to trial

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A woman who says an Ottawa County sheriff’s deputy used excessive force while breaking her arm and dislocating her shoulder will share her story with a U.S. District Court jury beginning Tuesday, April 15. Leah Allyn Norton filed a ... (Query: Leah Allyn Norton Ottawa County Michigan)

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    http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/04/woman_who_suffered_broken_arm.html
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    Sheriff's deputy cleared in Holland courthouse confrontation that left suspect with broken arm

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A jury sided with an Ottawa County sheriff’s deputy who was sued by a woman whose arm broke during an encounter in a holding area at Holland District Court. Leah Allyn Norton filed a federal lawsuit against Deputy Heather Stille ... (Query: Leah Allyn Norton Ottawa County Michigan)

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    http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/04/sheriffs_deputy_cleared_in_hol.html
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    Federal Jury Finds for Defendant in Holland District Court Civil Lawsuit

    GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WHTC) - A US District Court jury in Grand Rapids yesterday found for the defendant in a civil lawsuit involving an injury during proceedings in Holland District Court. Leah Norton claimed that her arm was broken by an Ottawa County ... (Query: Leah Allyn Norton Ottawa County Michigan)

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    http://whtc.com/news/articles/2014/apr/19/federal-jury-finds-for-defendant-in-holland-district-court-civil-lawsuit/

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