Withdrawn charges stemming from triple fatal to be refiled
Charges filed against the owner of the Final Score Sports Saloon and a bartender accused of serving three underage men prior to a fatal accident were withdrawn on Tuesday during a preliminary hearing before District Judge George Thachik in Clymer, Indiana County.
Sgt. Shawn Fischer of the Pennsylvania State Police's Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement said authorities withdrew charges against Final Score Sports Saloon owner Larry Pompelia, 58, of Plumcreek and bartender Karly Ann Good, 22, of Rural Valley on Tuesday but plan to refile charges against them in District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm's court in Rural Valley this week.
“It (the alleged incident) happened in Armstrong County but was filed in Indiana County by officers from the police's Indiana barracks,” Fischer said.
Good faces charges of furnishing liquor, malt or brewed beverages to minors and selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated person, while Pompelia faces charges of unsworn falsification and tampering with physical evidence.
Good was accused of serving alcoholic beverages to Sean Johnathan Titus, 20, of Rayburn and Zane Michael McMillen, 19, and Cody Allen Bring-Douglas, 19, both of North Buffalo, around 11:30 p.m. on May 4. The three men later died en route to a party.
They died when 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 have said Pompelia is accused of erasing surveillance tape allegedly showing the underage men drinking alcohol at the bar on May 4.
Pompelia, and another bartender, Kristen Fisher, 19, of Hills Church Road, Cowanshannok, are charged with furnishing liquor, malt or brewed beverages to minors and selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated person for allegedly serving two underage females, who were charged with underage drinking around 7:30 p.m. on May 4.
Fisher's and Pompelia's preliminary hearings in that case will take place on Sept. 24 before Goldstrohm.
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or email@example.com.