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Former Sigma Nu brothers face charges linked to 2013 party

Thursday, May 7, 2015

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (courtesy NCNEWSONLINE.COM)-- Six former members of the Sigma Nu fraternity are facing charges from a "Cinco de Drinko" party two years ago.

Sig Nu Closed

The off-campus brotherhood affiliated with Westminster College, informally known as the "Snake House," no longer exists in New Wilmington after the Sigma Nu national headquarters in Lexington, Va., pulled its local charter. The Sigma Nu property was sold and the house at 735 S. Market St. recently was torn down.

Sigma Nu House Demolition

But the college and the town of New Wilmington are still feeling reverberations from the party that allegedly caused problems with underage drinking, the furnishing of alcohol to minors and the alleged sexual assault of a woman who attended the party.

Events of that day are what ultimately brought about the fraternity's demise, according to New Wilmington Borough police.

Police chief Carmen Piccirillo on Friday filed charges against six former fraternity members in the court of District Judge Scott McGrath. All of the charges are related to providing alcohol to minors.

The accused are: Paul Robert Woods Jr., 24, of Cranberry Township; Joshua David Mackin, 21, of McKeesport; Tyler A. Rathvon, 24, of Darlington; Andrew Norman Fierst, 23, of Pittsburgh; Matthew John Lawless, 24, of Avalon, Pa.; and Joseph Warren Shimmel, 24, of Toronto, Ohio.

Their preliminary hearings all are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 11 in Central Court.

MORE OF THIS STORY @ NCNEWSONLINE.COM (by NC News staffer Debbie Wachter)

Six men involved in a "Cinco De Drinko" party two years ago at Sigma Nu Fraternity face the following charges:

•Tyler A. Rathvon, 24, of Darlington - Five counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Rathvon is accused of buying kegs of beer and keeping them in his room for people attending the party to go in and have beer.

•Paul Robert Woods Jr., 24, of Cranberry Township - Five counts of selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor. He allegedly bought various hard liquors at the state liquor store for the party and provided them to five 19-year-olds there.

•Joseph Warren Shimmel, 24, of Toronto, Ohio - One count of selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor. Shimmel is accused of holding a 19-year-old woman's legs while she drank from a keg nozzle at the party.

•Matthew John Lawless, 24, of Avalon, Pa. - One count of selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor. He is accused of helping the same woman do a kegstand while she drank from the keg nozzle.

•Andrew Norman Fierst, 23, of Pittsburgh - One count of selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor. He also is accused of helping the woman do a kegstand.

•Joshua David Mackin, 21, of McKeesport - One count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He also is accused of holding the woman's legs during a kegstand.


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