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Cowanshannock bar owner, bartender accused of selling to minors killed in crash

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 1:16 a.m.
 

Police filed charges against the owner of the Final Score Sports Saloon in Cowanshannock and a bartender, who allegedly supplied alcohol to three minors in May, shortly before they died when their truck overturned in an Indiana County pond.

The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement charged bar owner Larry Pompelia, 58, of Mutton Hollow Road, Plumcreek, and Kristen Fisher, 19, of Hills Church Road, Cowanshannock, with furnishing liquor, malt or brewed beverages to minors and selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated person.

Police filed charges against Pompelia and Fisher at District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm's office on Aug. 8.

Sean Johnathan Titus, 20, of Rayburn; Zane Michael McMillen, 19, and Cody Allen Bring-Douglas, 19, both of North Buffalo, died on May 4 heading to a party after stopping at the Final Score Sports Saloon.

They died after Titus' 1997 Mazda pickup truck overturned in a muddy pond on a private lane in the 2100 block of McMillan Road in South Mahoning Township, Indiana County.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Liquor Enforcement Officer Ron Beeler, Fisher served shots of Licor 43 with whipped cream and two six packs of Bud Light Platinum beer to two of the three underage men on May 4, at approximately 7:30 p.m. The complaint did not specify which of the three underage men allegedly drank at the bar.

While Fisher served the three minors, Pompelia sat at the bar and watched, according to the complaint.

Titus had a blood-alcohol level of .106 percent, Douglas' blood-alcohol content level was .063 percent, and McMillen had a reading of .099 percent, police said. Under state law, drivers younger than 21 are considered intoxicated at .02 percent.

The charge is a misdemeanor and comes with a fine of at least $1,000 for the first violation, followed by fines of $2,500 for each subsequent violation.

Both Fisher and Pompelia face a preliminary hearing on Sept. 24, in Goldstrohm's Rural Valley courtroom.

In addition to the case filed at Goldstrohm's office, Pompelia faces unsworn falsification and tampering with physical evidence. He is accused of erasing surveillance tape allegedly showing the underage men drinking alcohol at the bar.

A second Final Score bartender, Karly Ann Good, 22, of Rural Valley faces charges of furnishing liquor, malt or brewed beverages to minors and selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated person.

Both cases were filed in District Judge George Thachik's Clymer courtroom. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 3.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Paul Pierce contributed to this story.

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