PITTSBURGH - Two police officers and a businessman were cited for disorderly conduct Friday for a fight at a prominent defense attorney's home, but authorities won't say , and legal papers don't spell out , exactly what happened.
Police officers, attorneys and prosecutors from Blair and Cambria counties were among about 100 people at defense attorney Thomas Dickey's party July 16 after his annual golf outing, authorities said.
The disorderly conduct citations say only that the three men engaged "in fighting, or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior" at Dickey's home near Hollidaysburg.
State police Cpl. Brian Hoover filed the citations against Logan Township police officer Matthew Lindsey; Hollidaysburg police officer Jeffrey Allen Friday, 26; and Jamel Allen Mallad, 40, of Hollidaysburg, who has been described by authorities only as a businessman.
Nobody was arrested or cited the night of the party. State police at the Hollidaysburg barracks felt there was a conflict of interest because the troopers sometimes work with Lindsey and Friday, Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio said. That's why the state police asked Hoover, of the Bedford barracks, to investigate.
Dickey, the party's host, has not returned repeated calls from The Associated Press.
The citations carry a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $300 fine. No hearings will be scheduled unless one or more of those cited plead not guilty and request one.
Logan Township police Chief Ron Heller said Lindsey, 32, of Altoona, was hit in the head with a beer bottle and required stitches. Heller, however, wouldn't say who hit Lindsey or why, and said it's unclear whether Lindsey will face disciplinary action.
"Township attorneys don't want me really saying anything right now," Heller said. "We will have an internal investigation, not because he was at the party, but because of the occurrence at the party."
Hoover refused to say what happened, including who hit Lindsey with the beer bottle. He said citations are often filed after-the-fact and that his decisions had "nothing to do with" police officers or attorneys being at the party.
Consiglio said some prosecutors from his office were at the party, but none witnessed the fight. He would have referred the case to the state attorney general's office if it were serious enough, but that turned out not to be the case.
Consiglio said there was "no impropriety" in any of his staff being there.
The Associated Press could not locate home telephone numbers for those cited.
Friday's boss, Hollidaysburg police Chief Jeff Ketner, didn't return calls for comment. Ketner previously told reporters that Friday remains on duty pending an internal investigation.
Heller, the Logan Township chief, said Lindsey took sick leave to recover from his wound before taking a previously scheduled vacation earlier this week.
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