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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


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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Several facing trial together for attempted homicide in Charleroi

Several men charged with attempted homicide were formally arraigned Friday afternoon in Washington County Court before Judge John DiSalle in connection with a brutal assault by alleged members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club last April in Charleroi.

The judge set Monday, Dec. 9, as the date for jury selection, and Deputy District Attorneys Leslie Ridge and Jason Walsh notified the defendants they are to be tried together, known as “joinder.”

Attorney Ryan Tutera, who represents Joseph Olinsky, 46, of McKeesport, expects to be defending another client in a homicide case Dec. 9 in Allegheny County Court.

He called the Washington County trial date of Olinsky and co-defendants “a paper date,” noting that the prosecution must diligently pursue trial for those who are incarcerated within 180 days of their arrests.

“It’s realistic from the Commonwealth’s perspective,” Walsh said. “We’re ready to go.”

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Pittsburgh detective involved in Kopy's brawl sues bar, Pagans

The Pittsburgh police detective caught on video last year punching a defenseless member of the Pagans motorcycle club 19 times in the face during a melee at Kopy’s Bar has sued the South Side tavern in federal court as well as the man he repeatedly struck.

Filed Sept. 5 by Detective David Lincoln and his wife, Deborah Siwik, the countersuit offers the most extensive details to date about what led up to the battle royal. Information until now has been vague about what exactly the detectives were doing in the bar on South 12th Street and their perspective on why the wild brawl with four Pagans erupted.

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DA restricts future testimony from four Pittsburgh cops involved in bar brawl

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office will not accept testimony from the four Pittsburgh police detectives who last year brawled while undercover with members of the Pagans motorcycle club without corroboration from other officers.

The district attorney’s office learned July 31 that Detectives David Honick, Brian Burgunder, David Lincoln and Brian Martin — who had been on paid leave — were reinstated and reassigned from narcotics to the violent crime unit, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Judge’s ruling could toss out key evidence in biker gang case

(pics) --- PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – In what could be a major blow to a criminal case that targeted two motorcycle gangs, a judge ruled a mass of wiretapped phone conversations should be tossed from trial, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

The decision came after defense attorneys successfully argued the wrong judge signed off on an extension of the order to authorize wiretaps in the case.

On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel ruled in favor of the defense, saying the wiretap extension was improperly signed off on and the evidence at the center of the case for many of the defendants could not be used at trial.