Frank Coscarelli was receiving completely ready to leave for operate a single day in January when another person knocked at the door of his New Kensington home fascinated in acquiring it.
When Coscarelli told him it was not for sale, the male insisted he experienced discovered it on the on the internet labeled web-site Craigslist.
Turns out, the house was certainly outlined on Craigslist. Coscarelli experienced no knowledge of this.
He would later on master that his neighbor, John Zavadak, with whom he had a dispute, had shown Coscarelli’s property on East Hills Drive for sale.
Zavadak, 59, is the elected controller of the metropolis of New Kensington, and is jogging for re-election this calendar year.
3 distinctive potential consumers arrived to Coscarelli’s residence in response to the ad prior to it was taken down.
“I was shocked. Why would somebody do this?” Coscarelli claimed. “It was so silly for somebody to do anything like that.”
Zavadak pleaded responsible past thirty day period to two summary rates, disorderly carry out and harassment. He was fined $300 for each and every, moreover expenditures.
In accordance to the two citations issued by Westmoreland County detectives, Zavadak, with the intent to harass Coscarelli, established a fraudulent Craigslist advertisement listing Coscarelli’s home for sale without Coscarelli’s authorization. In carrying out so, he also “created a bodily offensive condition,” the handwritten disorderly conduct quotation reads.
Zavadak and Coscarelli’s properties are on the exact aspect of East Hills Drive, divided by a wooded great deal.
Achieved at his dwelling Friday, Zavadak reported he had no remark.
Zavadak, a Democrat, was initially sworn into office as controller in January 2002. He is unopposed for re-election in November. No Republican create-ins been given sufficient votes to get on the ballot, in accordance to the Westmoreland County Elections Bureau.
Mayor Tom Guzzo on Friday explained he did not know much about the issue until a reporter outlined the fundamental specifics.
“It’s a personal scenario, not a town condition,” he mentioned. “It hasn’t achieved us still. I’m confident if it does we’ll explore it.
“If Mr. Zavadak took responsibility, that is a good factor,” Guzzo stated.
Coscarelli, 61, claimed he grew up in his residence, which his dad and mom lived in for 50 to 60 decades. He purchased the property and moved into it in 2017, following the demise of his father in 2014 and mother in 2016.
Coscarelli claimed his complications with Zavadak commenced in 2020 immediately after he had complained about earthwork Zavadak was accomplishing on his house proper to the edge of the house line.
“He discovered out about that,” Coscarelli stated. “He obtained mad.”
With a partial photo of Coscarelli’s property, the Craigslist ad stated it was “for sale by owner” and “as-is” for $130,000. It explained the home as obtaining 3 bedrooms and two loos, sitting down on 10 acres with a paved driveway and barn/garage.
“Looking to provide our house, handy spot, great neighbors, secluded woods for privateness,” the advert states. “Big property! Easy access to downtown New Kensington & Reduce Burrell!”
Just after his son discovered the advertisement, Coscarelli explained he experienced a good friend answer to it. He received a reply inviting him to “stop in at anytime and wander all around the house and acquire pictures.
“We are energized to see a new relatives to be capable to move in our household and get started building recollections, the dwelling is just to (sic) massive for just the 2 of us.
“Thanks for searching you should share,” it explained.
Coscarelli stated he in the beginning described the issue to New Kensington police, and the investigation took months. He was later on informed the scenario had been transferred to county detectives due to the fact of Zavadak’s posture as a metropolis official.
Westmoreland County Det. Ray Dupilka explained the situation was referred to his business a month or two back. He stated New Kensington police managed the complete investigation, and that he only submitted the fees.
Coscarelli said Zavadak has not been bothering him not too long ago, and he was told to get hold of county detectives should really nearly anything else take place.
“They’ve cooled down a good deal considering the fact that he bought fined,” Coscarelli mentioned.