Thursday, September 16, 2010

A person of interest

A person of interest

Potential suspect surfaces in man’s death

September 16, 2010 - By TOM GIAMBRONI Staff Writer
LISBON - A person of interest has been identified in the case of the Highlandtown-area man found dead in the woods behind his house last month.
County Prosecutor Robert Herron not only identified Charles R. Bogart Jr., 35, as the person of interest in the William S. Young investigation, but he disclosed the 69-year-old Young had been shot to death.
This information came out at Wednesday's hearing in county Common Pleas Court, where Bogart was being arraigned on an unrelated charge of receiving stolen goods having to do with a stolen ATV from St. Clair Township found on his property.
The ATV was found after the county Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant to search Bogart's property on Hazel Run Road, Washington Township, in regard to "another incident" other than the stolen ATV. The warrant was obtained on or about Aug. 11, the same day Young was found dead behind his home on Spring Valley Road in Wayne Township.
Bogart was arrested and his bond was set at $250,000 cash/surety, which he was unable to post and has kept him in the county jail. During yesterday's arraignment hearing, county public defender Fred Naragon asked Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. that Bogart's bond be reduced, noting the charge was a low-felony property crime.
When asked by Bruzzese why the bond should remain at $250,000, Herron explained that Bogart was found driving a pickup truck belonging to Young, who Herron said had been found shot to death behind his house. This is the first time the manner of death has been publicly disclosed. The county coroner's office has yet to issue an official ruling in the case.
Herron also said Young's wallet was found on Bogart, and the search warrant turned up more of Young's property at Bogart's home, including firearms.
"I'm going with the $250,000 cash or surety," Bruzzese said after hearing this.
Young's badly decomposed body was found by sheriff's deputies who went to his property after being called by a local bank that had been trying to contact Young, who lived alone, because of concerns about suspicious activity on his bank account.
In addition to the pickup truck, Young's silver PT Cruiser was also determined to be missing. The PT Cruiser was found Aug. 19 hidden among six-foot high weeds and brush off Hazel Run Road, across the road from Bogart's property.
During the hearing on the receiving stolen property charge, Bogart said he was unemployed and lacked the money to hire an attorney, so the judge appointed the public defender's office to represent him. He was assigned attorney James Hartford.
Bogart pleaded innocent to the receiving stolen property charge, and the case will be scheduled for trial. No charges have been filed in connection with Young's death.

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