Beaver County sheriff’s trial to begin Monday

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After three days of questioning, a jury is in place for the trial of Beaver County Sheriff George David, accused of threatening to shoot one man and chop off the hands of another.

Lawyers selected the jurors Thursday, and testimony is set to begin Monday.

Sheriff David, 67, is charged with misdemeanor counts related to threats a state grand jury said he made against an online reporter and a campaign worker in separate incidents.

A grand jury presentment said the sheriff waved his gun around while threatening to shoot John Paul Vranesevich, operator of the Beaver Countian website. The presentment said he also threatened to cut off and eat the hands of campaign volunteer Daniel Fleischman, a county jail guard who had worked on the sheriff’s campaign.

State troopers said the motive in the Vranesevich incident was anger at the reporter for questions regarding a uniform contract for the sheriff’s department. In the Fleischman incident, the sheriff was angry because he thought Mr. Fleischman was talking negatively about him behind his back, according to police.

Sheriff David has been under house arrest since April, when he was accused of violating his bond.

Opening arguments are set for 9 a.m. Monday, and the trial is expected to last a week.

Torsten Ove: or 412-263-1510. First Published July 3, 2014 12:00 AM


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