Two students charged in post-basketball brawl face hearing

MICHAEL SADOWSKI
Milan Meyers of Gilbert leaves District Judge Debby York's office in Chestnuthill Township on Tuesday.  To purchase a print of this photo, go to www.PoconoRecord.com/photostore.

Two of the students charged in the February fight after a high school basketball game now face preliminary hearings in about two weeks.

Ryan Gallagher, 18, of Delaware Water Gap, and Milan Nigel Meyers, 19, of Gilbert, both are scheduled to be back in front of Magisterial District Judge Debby York in Brodheadsville on March 27 for their preliminary hearings.

The two are charged with a number of offenses stemming from a Feb. 6 fight outside Pleasant Valley High School after a Stroudsburg-Pleasant Valley basketball game.

Both were released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Gallagher was a member of the Stroudsburg team. Meyers was attending the game.

The names of four juveniles charged in the fight have not been released.

According to police, Meyers showed up at the Pleasant Valley-Stroudsburg boys basketball game at Pleasant Valley High School in Brodheadsville just before the end of the game with two unnamed juvenile co-defendants.

As the Stroudsburg team headed to its school bus after the game, a group of Pleasant Valley supporters were near the bus. A shouting match started between the Stroudsburg and Pleasant Valley sides, which included "racial slurs and sexual comments," according to the police affidavit.

Two juveniles from each side started throwing punches — the first punch was thrown by the Pleasant Valley side, according to police.

Two of those punches hit a Pleasant Valley-employed security guard, Chris Douglas Pfancook. The guard suffered a broken knee in the melee.

Meyers, according to police, joined in the fight and tried to beat the Stroudsburg juvenile initially involved in the fight.

Later, Meyers, one of the Pleasant Valley juveniles and a still-unknown man threw that original Stroudsburg juvenile up against the school bus to assault him.

Another Pleasant Valley security guard, Joy Anne Labadie, tried to break up the fight and help Pfancook off the ground. But, the affidavit states, she was knocked to the ground by the Stroudsburg team that jumped off the bus. She hit her head on the pavement and suffered a mild concussion, police said.

Gallagher then joined in the fight, according to police, hitting several students until he got back on the bus.

Pleasant Valley security officials then were able to break up the fight.

Meyers faces more charges than Gallagher, as he is looking at one count each of aggravated assault, riot — both felonies — simple assault and disorderly conduct. He is also charged with three counts of harassment.

Gallagher is charged with one count each of riot, disorderly conduct and harassment.