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FARRELL — Two people are facing charges in connection with a fight that broke out in a Farrell club over a week ago.

Julie Kay Gates, 34, and Deon Marvel Brodie, 34, both of 112 Henderson St., Penn Hills, Allegheny County, are charged with rioting and disorderly conduct. Gates faces additional charges of failure to disperse and obstructing the administration of the law.

The charges stem from an incident at 1:39 a.m. Dec. 29, in Twin City Elks, 301 Staunton St., Farrell. According to a criminal complaint, Farrell police officers were dispatched to the club in response to a fight that night at involving about 12 people.

Police arrived, about 15 to 20 people were outside Twin City Elks near the front door, and about 40 people were inside, and the two groups were yelling and pushing each other. Broken glass and bottles were scattered on the floor, and most of the tables and chairs were overturned.

Officers neared a group of four or five people fighting, when police said the officers saw an unidentified black male in a white T-shirt pushing and trying to hit Brodie. An officer separated the two men.

At that time, police said Gates tried to approach Brodie, so the police officer told her to leave. She left after being told to multiple times.

As two officers helped Brodie to his feet and tried to handcuff Brodie, Gates put her hands on one of the Farrell officers. After that, an officer told Gates to leave or she would be arrested.

Police said Gates tried to interfere with police as they took Brodie into custody, according to the criminal complaint. Police then took Gates into custody.

According to the criminal complaint, a video of the fight, posted to Facebook, showed Brodie pushing and shoving multiple unidentified people.

Gates and Brodie are awaiting preliminary hearings.