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Jury returns mixed verdict in Charleroi beating trial

A Washington County jury delivered a mixed verdict Friday, finding two members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club not guilty of attempting and conspiring to commit homicide but convicting them of lesser charges in the April 18 beating that nearly killed a former officer of the biker club.

Matthew Vasquez, 31, of Monessen, and Joseph Olinsky III, 46, of McKeesport, were charged by Charleroi Regional police in July. The victim was Troy Harris, 54, of Fallowfield Township, who was attacked at roughly 10:20 p.m. at the Charleroi Slovak Club. Surveillance footage from the bar was shown repeatedly to jurors throughout the trial.

Testimony began Tuesday and closed Thursday. Jurors deliberated for about three hours following closing arguments Friday.

“We respect the verdict of the jury,” said Deputy District Attorney Jason Walsh.

The jurors found each defendant guilty of aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and simple assault.

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Jury selection in Pagans' trial begins

Jury selection began Monday morning in Washington County Court in the trial of two members of the Pagans motorcycle club who are accused of attempted homicide in the beating of a former club member last year in Charleroi.

Additional summonses were mailed to ensure a large pool of potential jurors.

Judge John DiSalle is presiding at the trial of Joseph Olinsky III, 46, of McKeesport, and Matthew Vasquez, 31, of Monessen.

Troy Harris, 54, was injured the night of April 18 inside the Slovak Club, 700 McKean Ave.

Harris was formerly a Pagan, but left at some point and joined the offshoot Sutars Soldiers Motorcycle Club.

The victim was unconscious when he was hospitalized at Allegheny General, Pittsburgh. He spent several months as a patient and in various other care facilities, using a cane and undergoing speech therapy because of the extent of his injuries.

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Kauffman widow sues Hudson County jail over husband's death

The widow of James Kauffman, a local endocrinologist charged in his wife’s 2012 murder, is suing the Hudson County jail where he died by suicide two years ago.

Kauffman’s wife, Carole Weintraub, of Philadelphia, alleges the Hudson County Department of Corrections knew her husband was suicidal and failed to protect him while he was detained there awaiting trial. Weintraub is seeking damages for two counts of negligence and one count of wrongful death.

The lawsuit, first reported by sjntv.com, was filed by attorney Louis Barbone in Hudson County Civil Court on Jan. 24. Barbone, the colleague of Kauffman's attorney, Edwin Jacobs, was not available for comment Wednesday.

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Trial next month in Charleroi motorcycle club beating

A Washington County judge agreed to exclude evidence that a Fallowfield Township man apparently had at least one gun on his person during a beating from the trial of two Pagans Motorcycle Club members accused of participating in the attack.

Common Pleas Judge John DiSalle made the ruling on Thursday in response to a motion by prosecutors in the case who argued that information was irrelevant. The decision was one of several he made from the bench to resolve outstanding issues ahead of selecting a jury to hear the case against Joseph Olinsky III, 46, of McKeesport, and co-defendant Matthew J. Vasquez, 31, of Monessen. The co-defendants face charges including attempted homicide in the April 18 beating of Troy Harris, 54, inside the Slovak Club in Charleroi.

Both defendants are denied bail as they await trial.

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Judge sets Feb. 3 jury trial for two alleged Pagans accused of assault, homicide attempt

Jury selection in the case of two members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club who are charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault is scheduled for Feb. 3 in Washington County Court.

Judge John DiSalle informed defendant Matthew Vasquez, 31, of Monessen, of the date via video conference Monday morning. Vasquez participated from Washington County jail while his new attorney, Stephen Colafella, and Deputy District Attorney Jason Walsh were present in the courtroom.

Walsh said Vasquez is to stand trial with Joseph Olinsky III, 46, of McKeesport.

Both men are charged with an April 18 brutal assault on Troy Harris at the bar of the Slovak Club, 700 McKean Ave., Charleroi.

Prosecutors have not revealed a motive in the assault, but Harris left the Pagans to join a rival group known as Sutars Soldiers.

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20th Anniversary of Gettysburg Bike Week

PA (December 26, 2019) – This July, Gettysburg Bike Week will celebrate two decades of being one of the premiere motorcycle rallies in the country. This anniversary rally goes down at the Allstar Events Complex in Gettysburg, PA, and festivities kick off Thursday, July 9, 2020, and run through Sunday, July 12. To help GBW commemorate this auspicious occasion, event organizers have brought in some heavy-hitting musical acts.

“We’re really excited about our musical guests for this milestone,” says GBW event coordinator Kelly Shue. “Hard to believe it’s been 20 years—this year’s rally will be the biggest and best one yet, and I feel like we’re just getting started.”

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Pagan pleads guilty in Charleroi assault

Another member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in the severe beating this year of a former member in Charleroi.

Washington County Judge John F. DiSalle last week allowed John Albert Sadvary Jr. to plead guilty to a lessor charge in exchange for a sentence of 4 to 8 years in state prison, court records show. Sadvary pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Sadvary, 40, of Penn Hills, was among seven Pagans who were charged with attempted homicide in the April 18 beating of Troy Harris in the Charleroi Slovak Club.

In all a dozen people have been charged in the case, including Michael Thomas “Montana” Barringer, 50, of Morris Township, Washington County, who has pleaded guilty to ordering the assault.

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Guilty plea in brutal assault in Washington County

Corey Volk, 24, entered his plea on Thursday

CHARLEROI, Pa. —

A motorcycle gang member has pleaded guilty to a brutal assault in Charelroi.

According to Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone, Corey Volk, 24, of West Newton, entered his plea on Thursday.

 

Vittone said that on April 18, Volk, a member of the Pagans motorcycle club, along with others, assaulted a man at the Slovak Club in Charleroi.

After entering his plea, Volk was sentenced to seven to 14 years behind bars.

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Ex-trooper accused of hush money offer in biker club assault

CHARLEROI, Pa. (AP) — Investigators claim a retired state police sergeant admitted to taking $2,500 from the Pagan's Motorcycle Club's national sergeant at arms to offer hush money to the victim of an assault and the man's wife.

The Washington Observer-Reporter said 57-year-old James "Bear" Baranowki is accused of offering Troy and Michele Harris financial support and protection from harm for life.

Baranowski left the state police in 2003 after 17 years.

He's accused of witness intimidation, obstruction and offering a witness or victim a bribe. His lawyer declined comment.

The paper says Troy Harris' brutal beating in April at the Charleroi Slovak Club left him with cognitive problems. It was captured on video.

Eleven people face charges in Troy Harris' attack.

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Motorcycle club member accused of orchestrating violent attack at bar

HARLEROI, Pa. - A high-ranking member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club has been arrested and charged in a bar beating.

Michael Barringer is accused of ordering the beating of a former club member that prosecutors said nearly killed the man.

Channel 11 has extensively covered the attempted homicide case that seven suspects have been arrested in. 

In April, Charleroi police were called to the Slovak Club for man who was unconscious and bleeding.

Surveillance video showed a group of men filed into the bar before the beating. It was over in minutes, but prosecutors said the victim spent seven weeks in the hospital and nearly died.

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