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UPDATE: Becks Run Firemen Charges

Novak and Bonetti will have a pretrial conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Feb. 15.

UPDATE: The result of Novak and Bonetti's formal arraignment is a pretrial conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse scheduled for Feb. 15.

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District Judge Robert Wyda waived for court on Friday all 24 combined charges against Becks Run firefighters Leonard "Len" Novak and Stephen Bonetti, pushing their case onto a formal arraignment at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Jan. 8.

Wyda, the magistrate for Upper St. Clair Township and Bethel Park, oversaw Novak and Bonetti's preliminary hearing because District Judge John N. Bova of Baldwin Borough has recused himself from their case.

A judge may recuse him or herself from a case should he or she feel a conflict of interest with any of the participating parties, or have some other legitimate reason.

Novak and Bonetti, chief and deputy chief, respectively, of the Becks Run Volunteer Fire Department, were charged in August with misusing approximately $25,000 from the Pennsylvania firemen's relief fund over an approximately five-year period.

According to an affidavit, investigators believe that Novak and Bonetti misappropriated the money by using it instead for personal expenses, including the cashing of checks at C.J. Chugs bar on Custer Avenue and Dean's Beer Distributors on Joseph Street.

Novak is charged with three counts of theft by deception; one count of receiving stolen property; two counts of unlawful use of a computer; one count of criminal conspiracy; two counts of forgery; three counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence; two counts of theft by failure to make a required disposition of funds received; and three counts of tampering with records or identification.

Bonetti is charged with two counts of theft by deception; one count of criminal conspiracy; one count of misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions; two counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence; and one count of obstructing administration of law or other government function.

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cc November 17, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Why I am so glad I don't live in Baldwin Borough and why Whitehall is so much better.
henry November 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM
it is true what everyone is saying ! you are an ass!
Watcher November 17, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Doesnt matter what they say about him, its true, this is the third time this has happened in Baldwin, Firefighters in 3 of the four dept.'s embezzeling taxpayers money.
Robert Edward Healy, III November 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Watcher, not sure which departments that you're talking about.
bd November 17, 2012 at 03:18 PM
cc - Whitehall just keeps it quiet. Whitehall has it's share of citizens who have misappropriated funds, set an apartment complex on fire, etc. You folks are not sqeaky clean or better than anyone else. In fact, Whitehall helped elect one of them to the State Legislature.
Watcher November 17, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Baldwin 105 on churchview, about 10 years or so ago, treasurer took over a 100,000, caught and arrested, about 2 years ago, Option vfd on streets run road, treasurer caught stealing several thousand, all on record. and now Becks Run.
Robert Edward Healy, III November 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I didn't know about those ones, but I've only been covering this area since late December 2010. Do you have any past news articles to share?
Watcher November 17, 2012 at 07:50 PM
They were both covered by the local media, I am sure they can supply you with all the info. as well as the court system.
Robert Edward Healy, III November 17, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Cool beans.
NB resident November 19, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Beck run Fire Dept is basically useless anyway. Baldwin #1 answers their calls anyway, Becks Run FD should be closed and the equipment sold, this is a chance to save 40,000 in the borough budget
Robert Edward Healy, III November 19, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Though nothing final has been determined, right now, Baldwin No. 1 is answering Becks Run's calls.
cc November 19, 2012 at 02:16 PM
no henry it is ne12ukid who is the ass. bd it was the stupid dumocrats that put marty into office. the same stupid people that put obummer back into office
cc November 19, 2012 at 02:17 PM
don't forget about one of their members that got caught stealing from a business up in Bridgeville.
Robert Edward Healy, III January 08, 2013 at 09:36 PM
UPDATE: The result of Novak and Bonetti's formal arraignment is a pretrial conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse scheduled for Feb. 15.
FF19 January 09, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Watcher is spot on. The one involved in the Option case got their hands smacked and only had to pay back a portion that they actually stole.

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