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Trial date set for Tanner Stark, who is charged in River House shooting

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 6/20/18

A trial date of Sept. 24 has been set in Dauphin County Court for Tanner Stark, the 23-year-old Mount Joy man charged in the 2017 shooting at River House Bar & Grill in Londonderry …

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Trial date set for Tanner Stark, who is charged in River House shooting

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A trial date of Sept. 24 has been set in Dauphin County Court for Tanner Stark, the 23-year-old Mount Joy man charged in the 2017 shooting at River House Bar & Grill in Londonderry Township.

Judge William Tully set the trial date during a plea court appearance for Stark on Monday.

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.

Stark on Aug. 4 pleaded not guilty to all the River House charges.

According to police arrest records and testimony during Stark’s June 22, 2017, preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy, Stark began shooting outside the River House at about 1:30 a.m. March 24, 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, and River House bartender Andy Cole.

Stark allegedly shot Cole three times, according to Dauphin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Sprow.

Seesholtz testified that as he was on the ground with Cole, Stark started walking toward the men.

Seesholtz with his own weapon then fired seven or eight rounds at Stark, Seesholtz testified.

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

Stark is now represented by George Matangos, a private defense attorney.

Stark remains in Dauphin County Prison on $250,000 bail.

Stark also faces separate charges in Lancaster County Court involving him allegedly breaking into a residence in Elizabethtown on Oct. 25, 2016.

According to police, among the items reported missing by the victim was a firearm. However, Elizabethtown police have said they do not believe that the firearm allegedly stolen during the October 2016 break-in was involved in the March 2017 shooting incident at River House.

Stark is charged in the Elizabethtown incident with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, and criminal mischief.

His next scheduled appearance in Lancaster County Court is July 19.