Multiple Police Incidents at Vasta Between April 27-28

Three incidents, two of them related, were reported at the bar between April 27 and 28.

Dormont police responded to multiple incidents at Vasta Lounge on West Liberty Avenue between April 27 and April 28.

Officers on patrol in the area at 2:15 a.m. on April 27 saw a fight in front of the bar. Two men—identified as Shandrew Vaughn, 35, of Pittsburgh and Carlies Womack, 34, also of Pittsburgh—were arrested after police said they refused to leave the scene, and yelled obscenities at officers.

According to the police reports, Vaughn attempted to start fights with bar patrons while in the presence of police. He was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Womack was cited for public drunkenness.

At 2:40 a.m. on the same day, police again responded to the area for a report that three people had been pepper sprayed during another fight, this one in the Krugh parking lot across the street from the bar.

Three people told police they had left Vasta after the earlier fight, but returned to look for a cell phone and other items that had been lost during the fight. While looking for the items, witnesses told police a woman identified as Carmella Parker-Taylor, 39, of McKees Rocks, also returned to the area, pepper sprayed the three people and punched one of them in the face.

According to the police report, Parker-Taylor also had been involved in the earlier fight. She was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

The following day, on April 28, an officer on patrol in the area saw a man, later identified as Brandon Henry, 25, of Kittanning, being escorted out of the bar around 12:35 a.m.

About 10 minutes later, officers from Dormont and Mt. Lebanon responded to the bar for a report that Henry had returned and attempted to punch several patrons. No one was injured.

Henry was taken to the Dormont police station and cited for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

More incidents from the weekend of April 27-28 will be published on Dormont-Brookline Patch this week.


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Ed M May 07, 2013 at 10:52 AM
This place is becoming a nuisance bar. It is obviously not attracting a good crowd.
Bob Dobbs May 07, 2013 at 11:35 AM
shut this den of trash down , dormont boro . nothing but trouble since I can remember .
James Hughes May 07, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Do a search of this page and see how many fights, drunks and such start at the Vasta. Shut it down.
Lindsey W May 07, 2013 at 12:40 PM
What sucks is that this bar has actually upped the security and I know the bartenders. They don't take crap from people. Not sure what they can do to keep the trash out...sucks.
Jason Vey May 07, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Shut down, renovate, change the atmosphere inside. Everything from the decor to the music. Deliberately set it up to attract a different crowd. That's about the only hope the place has.
Jamie Sundin May 07, 2013 at 04:55 PM
"Becoming" a nuisance? It's been a nuisance bar. It's a magnet for trash from McKees Rocks and god knows where else. You see that so many times the idiots involved in these incidents are not even from the area. Is the borough waiting for a murder or a shooting there to take decisive action? That's the only block in Dormont that i would say is unsafe to walk at night on the weekend. Are the local bureaucrats too busy with their usual petty nickel-and-dime nonsense to deal with it?
seanpgh May 07, 2013 at 05:39 PM
In regards to Jamie’s post above; yes, I believe they are waiting for the enviable murder. This is not matter of if, but when.
LatoniaLVR May 08, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Crack kills. Shut it down.
Debby May 08, 2013 at 05:32 AM
Are you forgetting about the murder at toms diner which is where most of the patrons from the vasta go after hours.
Debby May 08, 2013 at 05:36 AM


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