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Assault charges dismissed against 2 golfers in Fayette County

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Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 12:03 p.m.
 

Assault charges against two Fayette County golfers accused of fighting over rules of the game were dismissed on Wednesday during a preliminary hearing.

Roger Lee Harris, 63, had been charged with aggravated and simple assault for allegedly hitting another golfer, Bryan Louis Bandes, 42, on the head with a club on the seventh hole fairway at Springdale Golf Course.

The argument occurred at about 1 p.m. on Aug. 3.

Trooper George Mrosko said the defendants refused to testify against each other.

District Judge Robert Break-iron dismissed the charges.

“They've come to the realization that if no one testifies, nothing happens,” Mrosko said.

The two men were in a party of five golfers who knew each other as friends or acquaintances, police said.

The argument began on the fifth hole of the South Union golf course over a water rule and led to the alleged assault on the seventh hole.

Police alleged that Harris, a North Union native who lives in Egypt, used a three-wood club to strike Bandes, of North Union, in the head and arm. A scuffle allegedly ensued, and Bandes punched Harris in the face and lower lip.

Both were treated at Uniontown Hospital, police said. Their attorneys said both men are doing fine.

Jeremy Davis represented Harris and said the defendants “decided to put this behind them with the hopes that something like this never happens again.”

Attorney Brian Teslovich said the dismissal of the charges was the “right resolution” for Bandes, his client.

“I think he just wants to put it behind him,” Teslovich said.

Bandes had been facing a simple assault charge. Phone numbers for the two golfers could not be located.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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