2010-06-17 / Front Page

Hustontown Man Charged In Fannettsburg Death

Gerald “Choo” Buterbaugh held without bail

Gerald Buterbaugh Gerald Buterbaugh A Hustontown area man accused of fatally wounding a man with his pickup truck is currently held in the Franklin County Prison without bail.

Forty-one-year-old Gerald “Choo” Buterbaugh of 243 North Clear Ridge Road was charged on June 8 by Pennsylvania State Police, Chambersburg, with criminal homicide in connection with the Memorial Day death of former Burnt Cabins resident Dale Steven Henry.

Henry, who most recently resided in East Waterford, Pa., suffered the fatal injuries while standing outside the Hillside Tavern located at 19359 Fannettsburg Road West in Metal Township, Franklin County.

A phone call made to the Franklin County 911 Center and relayed on to investigating officers indicated a man was believed to have been struck by a vehicle at 2:37 a.m. and was lying unconscious in the bar’s parking lot. The caller further stated, police said, the driver and vehicle had since fled the scene.

Henry was immediately transported by helicopter to Altoona Regional Trauma Center where he was pronounced brain dead almost 12 hours later by Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross. Ross has since turned jurisdiction in the case back over to Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner for investigative purposes.

In charging documents filed through the office of Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter, state police Trooper Jason Cachara said he interviewed an eyewitness to the crime. The witness reported seeing Henry, 32, argue with several men who then got into a green 1980s model truck. The affidavit also alleges the truck backed out of the parking lot before pulling forward and striking Henry.

After intentionally striking Henry, the female witness told police, the truck fled the scene heading westbound at a high rate of speed.

A follow-up check of the license plate number revealed the truck was registered to Buterbaugh. The 1986 Ford F-150 has since been seized and is being held for evidence

According to the affidavit, Buterbaugh stopped by the McConnellsburg state police barracks the same day of the incident and told police there had been an altercation outside the bar and one of his friends had been “beaten up.” Buterbaugh also allegedly told police he was attempting to leave the crowded parking lot and drove in the direction of the people who had fought with his friend.

Buterbaugh’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Franklin County Court. He is being represented by defense attorney Chris Sheffield.

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