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Case against bar employees moved

by on September 05, 2013 11:00 AM

CLYMER — Charges against the owner of the Final Score Sports Saloon and a bartender there have been withdrawn and refiled in Armstrong County.

The criminal complaints against the Dayton-area bar’s owner, Larry Pompelia, 58, and bartender Karly Ann Good, 22, both of Rural Valley, were refiled Aug. 28 at the office of District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm.

The charges had initially been filed July 15 at the Clymer office of Magisterial District Judge George Thachik under an agreement between the Indiana and Armstrong County district attorneys.

State police at Indiana have charged Good with selling or furnishing liquor or brewed beverages to minors, and Pompelia, 58, with unsworn falsification to authorities and tampering with or fabricating evidence. The charges stem from a May 4 incident where underage patrons were served at the bar.

Early on the morning of May 5, three Kittanning-area men who were 19 and 20 years old, died when their truck drove off a South Mahoning Township access road into a pond.

After crashing into the pond, the truck apparently rolled onto its roof then sunk deep into the mud, pinning its doors shut.

Sean Titus, 20; Zane McMillen, 19; and Cody Douglas, 19, were unable to escape from the submerged vehicle. Friends at the scene tried to rescue the men from the truck, but were unable to.

Firefighters used equipment to pull the truck from the pond and retrieve the bodies.

Alcohol was a suspected factor in the accident from the beginning, according to the Indiana County Coroner’s office. Titus, who had been driving the truck, was determined to have had a blood alcohol level of 0.106.

Pompelia and a bartender served the men alcohol earlier, according to police. Witnesses placed the three men at the bar the evening of May 4, police said.

On May 8, Liquor Control Enforcement agents requested surveillance tape and sales receipts from the bar. The recording, police said, shows Titus, McMillen and Douglas in the bar, but there are gaps in the footage. A receipt shows Titus paid for $12 in food and drinks and left a $13 tip for Good.

A preliminary hearing for Good and Pompelia is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 17 at Goldstrohm’s office.

Julie E. Martin is a staff writer for the Indiana Gazette. Among her assignments are coverage of the Apollo-Ridge School and Penns Manor Area school districts and also White Township.
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