Cowanshannock bar accused of serving 3 men before fatal accident hit with new charges
The most recent charges filed against the owner of the Final Score Sports Saloon in Cowanshannock and a bartender stemmed from serving two underage females, not three men who died shortly after being served the same night, state police revealed yesterday.
The 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.
According to State Police Sgt. Shawn Fischer, Fisher served shots of Licor 43 with whipped cream and two six packs of Bud Light Platinum beer to two underage females, who were also charged with underage drinking, around 7:30 p.m. on May 4.
A press release issued this week said the charges stemmed from allegedly serving alcohol to “three known minors.” Fischer said Friday that the third minor was not charged. Neither the names of the minors, nor their ages, were released.
While Fisher served the two minors, Pompelia sat at the bar and watched, according to the complaint.
“Our investigation started in regards to the three males who died in the pond, who came in later on in the day,” Fischer said. “During our investigation, we also discovered three underage females were also at the bar, but only two had been drinking.”
The complaint says that eyewitnesses provided statements to police in connection with the investigation.
Both Fisher and Pompelia face a preliminary hearing on Sept. 24, before District Judge Sam Goldstrohm in Rural Valley.
About four hours later the same night, another bartender served Sean Johnathan Titus, 20, of Rayburn; Zane Michael McMillen, 19, and Cody Allen Bring-Douglas, 19, both of North Buffalo. The three men 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.
Police filed charges against second Final Score bartender, Karly Ann Good, 22, of Rural Valley. She faces charges of furnishing liquor, malt or brewed beverages to minors and selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated person, for serving the three men.
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.
Both cases in relation to the three men were filed in the office of District Judge George Thachik in Clymer, Indiana County. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 3.
Fischer said the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement plans to step up its enforcement of underage drinking at area bars by sending in underage patrons because of the Final Score investigation.
Police may also file administrative charges against Pompelia at a later date, due to the underage drinking incidents, he said.
“Having a liquor license is a privilege, and there are administrative guidelines one has to follow through the Liquor Control Board,” Fischer said. “The investigation is considered ongoing.”
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or firstname.lastname@example.org.