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Mount Joy man accused of River House shooting granted another continuance in case

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 2/21/18

Tanner Stark, the 22-year-old Mount Joy man charged with the March 2017 shooting at the River House Bar & Grill in Londonderry Township, has been granted another continuance in Dauphin County …

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Mount Joy man accused of River House shooting granted another continuance in case

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Tanner Stark, the 22-year-old Mount Joy man charged with the March 2017 shooting at the River House Bar & Grill in Londonderry Township, has been granted another continuance in Dauphin County Court.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, Judge William Tully approved a request from Stark’s defense lawyer, Lemoyne-based George Matangos, to continue the case until April 9.

Clad in a burgundy Dauphin County Prison jumpsuit, Stark stood before Tully during the brief plea court proceeding flanked by Matangos and by Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Sprow, who is prosecuting the case for Dauphin County.

Stark has been in the county prison since his arrest on March 24, hours after the shooting incident at River House had taken place. Stark is being held on $250,000 bail.

According to police arrest records and testimony during Stark’s June 22 preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy, Stark began shooting outside the River House at about 1:30 a.m., after two bouncers had escorted him out of the bar after seeing Stark carrying a handgun.

One of the bullets fired by Stark hit the leg of a man who was on the patio, according to police.

Police say Stark fired at the two bouncers, and was then confronted in the parking lot by two men, David Seesholtz, a customer in the River House at the time, and River House bartender Andy Cole.

Stark allegedly shot Cole three times, according to Sprow.

Seesholtz testified that as he was on the ground with Cole, Stark started walking toward the two men. Seesholtz with his own weapon then fired at Stark, firing seven or eight rounds, Seesholtz testified.

Stark had been shot several times, his previous defense lawyer Jerry Russo said during Stark’s preliminary hearing before Judy.

Matangos entered the case as Stark’s lawyer on Aug. 17, according to court records.

Stark is charged with three counts criminal attempt-murder of the first degree, six counts of aggravated assault, one count of carrying a firearm without a license, three counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, one weapons possession count, four counts of simple assault, and one count each of recklessly endangering another person, harassment, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness.

On Aug. 4, 2017 Stark formally entered a plea of not guilty to all the charges, according to court records.