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Two Accused of Stealing Elderly Man’s Checkbook Will Face Trial

Two Bridgeville people accused of stealing an elderly Scott Township man’s checkbook and writing blank checks with it are heading to trial on numerous forgery counts. Also read more about other preliminary court decisions.

Two Bridgeville people accused of stealing an elderly Scott Township man’s checkbook and writing blank checks with it are heading to trial on numerous forgery counts.

Scott Township police said Gregory Guzzi, 33, and Amy Guzzi, 34, stole the checks and used them on multiple occasions in September.

Each waived 18 forgery counts and one conspiracy count to trial during their preliminary hearing with District Judge Gary Zyra on Oct. 11. Amy Guzzi also waived to court one count of receiving stolen property.

Four felony counts of access device fraud were withdrawn by investigators.

The two Bridgeville residents allegedly used the checks from Sept. 1 to 17. Scott police did not say how much money the two people allegedly stole from the Grouse Drive resident.

Meanwhile, charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia filed against them by Bridgeville police on Sept. 28 were waived to court. Gregory Guzzi also is going to trial on one count of endangering the welfare of a trial after their Oct. 15 preliminary hearing with District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet.

 

District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet – 10/15

Charges held for court

  • Robbery, conspiracy and reckless endangerment charges against Ramonta M. Yancey, 18, of Pittsburgh, were held for court. South Fayette police charged Yancey on Sept. 10.

 

Charges waived to court

  • Charges of theft, receiving stolen property and burglary against Christian M. Pual, 31, of Ewardsville, PA, were waived to court. South Fayette police charged Paul on Oct. 2.

 

 

District Judge Gary M. Zyra – 10/11

Charges waived to court

  • Drunken driving and careless driving charges against Paul J. Herstek, 27, of Sharpsburg, were waived to court. Scott Township police charged Herstek on Aug. 27.

 

Charges reduced or withdrawn

  • Burglary and theft charges against 32-year-old Roland S. Kramer were withdrawn while a harassment charge was reduced to a non-traffic citation. Scott Township police charged Kramer on Sept. 29.
  • Simple assault and harassment charges against Abdul Malik El Haqq, 54, of Scott, were withdrawn, while a public drunkenness charge was reduced to a non-traffic citation. Scott Township police charged El Haqq on Oct. 2.
  • A charge of false identification to police was withdrawn against Calvin D. Ortiz, 23, of Ingram, while a disorderly conduct charge was reduced to a non-traffic citation. Scott Township police charged Ortiz on July 13.
  • Charges of simple assault, terrorist threats and unlawful restraint against Patrick J. Schantz, 26, of Heidelberg, were withdrawn, while a harassment charged was reduced to a non-traffic citation. Heidelberg police charged Schantz on Aug. 17.
  • A disorderly conduct charge against Amanda Brandenstein, 18, of Pittsburgh, was reduced to a non-traffic citation. Heidelberg police charged Brandenstein on July 18.

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