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Charleroi man waives hearing

| Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008

MONESSEN - A Charleroi man who allegedly terrorized a bartender and assaulted city police officers appeared in court Friday.

John D. Rutherford, 41, of 1217 McKean Ave., waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso.

Rutherford is accused of ransacking the inside of the Steel City Grille, 275 Schoonmaker Ave., on Aug. 7. He also allegedly threatened to kill the bartender and chased her around the bar.

When police arrived, they allegedly found Rutherford screaming and making threats outside after he had broken a side mirror on a truck parked along the street with his fist.

Police had to use pepper spray on Rutherford after he fought with and punched the officers. He was also tasered twice, according to the affidavit.

He is charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief, simple assault, terroristic threats and resisting arrest.

Rutherford was taken back to the Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $5,000 straight cash bond.

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