Three students make bail

Ryan Brown, Managing Editor

Four Pitt-Johnstown students facing charges in two October criminal cases are now free, and at least three await court hearings.

Two freshmen accused in an Oct. 6 beating in Laurel Hall – Tenecious Underwood, of Rose Hill, N.C. and Michael Pavasko, of Munhall Allegheny County – were released on bail within three weeks of the crime.

Pavasko was released from Cambria County Jail after 10 percent of his $75,000 bond was paid. Underwood’s bond was paid Oct. 25, after a judge reduced the sum from $40,000 to $10,000.

Ivan Dunn, a freshman from Lanham, Md., named by police as a member of the assault trio, was apprehended Oct. 13 but apparently was not jailed. Along with Pavasko, he faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 24 at District Magistrate Max Pavlovich’s office.

Underwood’s case status, however, is unclear. Workers at Pavlovich’s office said he waived his right to a preliminary hearing, moving his case to the Cambria County Court.

Employees at the county court administrator’s office, however, confirmed that Underwood’s case is listed as “closed.”

“I don’t know what’s going on with that,” an employee said Friday during a phone call.

A fourth suspect, accused in an Oct. 23 assault on a Campus Police officer, was released two days after his arrest. Sophomore Matthew Sweeney III’s father paid 10 percent of his son’s $100,000 bond.

Sweeney is scheduled for a Dec. 27 arraignment at the Cambria County Court.

Whether the four suspects are still enrolled as students at Pitt-Johnstown – and whether they’re allowed to return to campus – is unclear.

Employees at the Registrar’s office said they weren’t permitted to publicize students’ enrollment status, and Conflict Resolution coordinator Jake Harper did not answer an e-mail questioning their ability to be oncampus.