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Police investigating shooting outside of Monessen bar

Jim Ference | Trib Total Media
A Monessen man was shot outside the S&H Lounge, shown above, at the corner of Schoonmaker Avenue and Parente Boulevard just after 2 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2014.

Monessen man shotoutside city tavern

A Monessen man was shot early Saturday while he was trying to break up a fight at a city bar.

Monessen police were called to the S&H Lounge, located at Schoonmaker Avenue and Parente Boulevard, for a report two women were fighting.

When they got there, police found Percy Majors, 50, of Ninth Street, lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound to the foot.

Police said the fight began inside the bar and that Majors, who works as a bouncer at the bar, was escorting the unidentified women outside. He was apparently shot as he was trying to break up the fight.

Majors was transported by Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll.

The bullet was removed from his foot and turned over to police, Officer Dave Yuhasz said.

Monessen police were assisted at the scene by officers from Charleroi Regional, Rostraver, Donora and North Belle Vernon.

Yuhasz said no arrests have been made and the incident is still under investigation.

Monongahela Valley Hospital spokeswoman Corrine Laboon said Majors was transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment.

New WCCC policyto increase options

Westmoreland County Community College officials hope a new purchasing policy will give the school more choices when they look to buy equipment and supplies.

The eight-page policy, approved by trustees in October, replaces three smaller, separate policies and unwritten guidelines the school used to solicit bids and make purchases.

“We’re trying to make our process as competitive as possible. That’s really what all the changes in the purchasing policy were about,” said Larry Larese, chairman of the board of trustees.

At times, trustees have questioned during meetings why there weren’t more bidders for purchases ranging from specialized equipment to printing of mailers or course catalogs.

Under the new policy, college administrators must provide trustees with a written explanation, including the process taken to find qualified bidders, if they don’t receive at least three proposals.

If a bid proposal is sent to 10 vendors and only one bids, it raises questions as to whether the other nine were valid vendors, Larese said.

“We’re wanting the staff to do an even better job at identifying people who really do supply a product or service,” he said.

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