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Bail hearing for Beaver Co. sheriff scheduled

| Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 6:42 p.m.

Beaver County Sheriff George David faces a Nov. 22 hearing on whether his bail will be revoked or modified while he awaits trial on charges that he threatened a reporter, intimidated witnesses and threatened a campaign volunteer.

The state Attorney General's office said in a court filing last week that David “has had contact with witnesses and the victim both directly and through third parties,” a violation of one of his bail conditions. The court filing does not offer specifics about the alleged violations.

State police said David threatened John Paul Vranesevich, the operator of the Beaver Countian news website, with his service revolver during an April 16, 2012, interview.

Police also claim David kept deputies “from truthfully reporting David's wrongdoing” to them and to a state investigating grand jury. He also is accused on Nov. 5, 2011, of threatening to cut off and eat the hands of campaign worker Daniel Fleishman.

This is the second time that the attorney general has sought to have David's $50,000 unsecured bail revoked or modified. After a June 19 hearing, a judge said David can't hold news conferences on county property, but he's permitted to hunt on his property, or elsewhere with permission, while he awaits trial, which is scheduled for February.

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