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Nov
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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.

Thu
24
Oct
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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.

Tue
22
Oct
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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.

Sat
28
Sep
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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.”

Fri
13
Sep
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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.

Thu
15
Aug
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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.

Fri
19
Jul
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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.

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18
Jul
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Tenth suspect arrested in brutal Pagan assault in Charleroi

CHARLEROI – A 10th suspect has been arrested in a brutal assault by alleged members of the Pagan Motorcycle Club at a Charleroi social club in April.

Online court records indicate the suspect who solicited the assault, Brian A. Keruskin, 57, of Charleroi, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and sent to Washington County jail without bond.

Testimony at a preliminary hearing that morning for six other suspects in the case showed that Keruskin talked on the phone after the assault at the Slovak Club with the man who let the group of Pagans into the bar at 700 McKean Ave.

“I told him it was really bad,” Zachary Yagnich, 26, a club officer testified about his conversation with Keruskin.

“I was scared,” he said.

Prosecutors have not revealed a motive in the April 18 assault of Troy Harris, who had left the Pagans to join a rival group known as Sutars Soldiers.

Tue
16
Jul
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6 motorcycle club members charged with attempted homicide in violent attack at bar

CHARLEROI, Pa. - Six members of the Pagan's Motorcycle Club are charged with attempted homicide after allegedly attacking a former member inside a bar in Charleroi, authorities said.

Surveillance video of the attack, which happened in April inside the Slovak Club, was shown in court Tuesday as the six men faced a judge.

The video shows the victim and his wife sitting at the bar. When the men walked in, the victim can be seen reaching out to shake hands before being punched, kicked and stomped on.

The attack lasted less than a minute, police said.

The victim, a former local chapter president of the Pagans who is now with another motorcycle club, was flown to a hospital. He continues to recover.

Defense attorneys for the suspects argued Tuesday that the video does not capture what is happening on the ground.

The victim’s wife testified she crawled between the suspects’ kicking legs in an attempt to get to her husband.

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Police: Suspected members of the Pagans motorcycle gang threatened to harm Franklin County man

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Four suspected members of the Pagans Outlaw Motorcycle Gang were arrested Sunday after they allegedly threatened to injure a Franklin County man at a convenience store — then later showed up at the man’s house while police were talking to him about the incident, according to State Police.

The unidentified victim told police the suspects threatened him with “bodily harm” during a confrontation at a Rutter’s store on the 4400 block of Lincoln Way West in St. Thomas Township at about 3:28 p.m., according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed by State Police.

The men threatened the victim and his family inside and outside the store, the victim reported to police. Fearing for his safety, the victim told police he left the store and went home to contact authorities about the incident.

The victim told police he knew the men were members of the Pagans, the complaint says.

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