• Texas man accused of stabbing patron, bartender in Connellsville bar fight


    None - CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. -- A Texas man is being held in the Fayette County Prison after a bar fight in which he is accused of stabbing a patron and bartender early Saturday morning.

    According to police, Marcus Moreau, 40, turned himself in on charges of attempted criminal homicide after a bar fight at Riser’s Pub in Connellsville on East Crawford Avenue.

    Moreau is accused of stabbing Frank Hart, 28, of Connellsville several times in the chest and back, and slicing the hand of bartender Tanya Calhoun during the fight, police said.

    Lori Firestone, the pub’s manager, said the fight started over a game of darts.

    “A guy dropped a dart and went to pick it up and somehow that offended him,” Firestone said. “It escalated from there.”

    Firestone said the pub’s security broke up the fight and escorted Moreau out of the bar.

    According to police, Hart was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. At one point he was listed in serious condition, but has since been upgraded and released.

    Calhoun was treated at Highland’s Hospital in Connellsville and received 20 stitches in her hand.

    “She went over and the guy lunged at her and she went down,” Firestone said. “When she stood up, she realized she was cut on her hand.”

    Firestone said Moreau is in town working for the Marcellus Shale industry.

    “They have no ties to this community so they have no reason to behave,” Firestone said. “They don’t have to come back here if they don’t want to.”

    Firestone said the incident was the first time anything like it happened in the 30 years the bar has been open.

    “It’s horrible. It’s shocking. It’s something that shouldn’t happen in a small town like this,” Firestone said.

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