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Fulton County man charged with criminal homicide

Gerald Buterbaugh is accused of running over Dale Steven Henry

June 08, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

FANNETTSBURG, Pa. -- A Fulton County, Pa., man was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide in the death of a man struck by a pickup truck May 31 outside the Hillside Tavern, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Gerald Buterbaugh, 41, of Hustontown, was being held in the Franklin County (Pa.) Jail Tuesday without bail, police and jail officials said.

The victim, Dale Steven Henry, 32, of Burnt Cabins, Pa., was flown by helicopter to Altoona (Pa.) Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced brain dead later that day, police said in the affidavit of probable cause filed with the charge.

The Franklin County 911 Center received a call at about 2:37 a.m. Memorial Day saying a man was belived to have been struck by a vehicle outside the Metal Township, Pa., bar, police said in the affidavit.

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A witness reported seeing Henry involved in an argument with a man who got into a green truck thought to be an 1980s model. The witness said the truck backed out of the parking lot, pulled forward and ran over Henry, police said in the affidavit.

The truck continued west on Fannettsburg Road toward Fulton County after hitting Henry, the affidavit said.

"An observer" followed the truck and obtained the license plate number, police wrote in the affidavit.

The tag was registered to Buterbaugh and a 1986 Ford truck, according to the affidavit.

Buterbaugh went to the state police barrack in McConnellsburg, Pa., later that day and said he understood police wanted to speak to him, police said in the affidavit.

Buterbaugh said one of his friends had been beaten during a fight outside the bar and he was angry about it, police said in the affidavit.

While leaving the area, Buterbaugh drove toward the crowd of people who had injured his friend, struck the victim and fled the scene, police alleged in the affidavit.

"Buterbaugh explained he was trying to push the victim off the road and scare him with his truck," police wrote in the affidavit.

Buterbaugh's preliminary hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. June 15 in Franklin County Court.

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