Police: Argument over girlfriend led to 5 wounded by knife in Charleroi bar
A fight over a girlfriend apparently led to a knifing incident that left five people wounded just before closing time on Wednesday at MD Bar in Charleroi, according to police.
Charleroi Regional Police said they will view videotape from the bar, located at 731 McKean Ave. Charges are pending.
Wounded in the knifing were: Terry Newton, 24, of Tenth Street; Rose M. Brown, 33, of Washington Township; Donald Laughland, 45, of Charleroi; Chris Majors, 45, of Monessen; and Thomas Gentry, 30, of Donora.
Majors and Newton were treated at Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township and released. Gentry was flown by emergency helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland. Police said the other victims may have been taken to Pittsburgh hospitals, but their conditions were not immediately known.
Laughland, a bar patron, told police the argument started when Gentry accused Newton and Majors of “wanting to get with” his girlfriend, Brown.
The argument continued outside the bar when Laughland and the bartender threw them out and locked the doors.
When Laughland attempted to let another patron out, Brown tried to push her way in, and Gentry cut Laughland on the hand.
When police arrived, they found Gentry and Brown fighting in the 800 block of McKean Avenue. Brown was bleeding profusely from a gash in her left arm, and Gentry was “covered in blood,” police said.
The bar owner, Chris Thorpe,told police Gentry had a knife.
“He was so out of control, she (Brown) got cut with his whipping (the knife) around,” Thorpe said.
As they investigated, police were informed that Newton and Majors had arrived at Mon Valley Hospital for treatment. Both were cut on their arms; Majors had a deep cut on his face.
Thorpe said Newton and Brown were not regular patrons at his bar.
“We've had our share of fistfights and arguments, regular bar things, but nothing like this,” Thorpe said. “My regulars in here, they don't cause any problems. If there is a situation, they would help. They tried to protect others.”
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or email@example.com.
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