EAST LIVERPOOL - The man identified as a person of interest in the shooting death of 69-year-old William S. Young has been charged with trying to cash one of the deceased's checks.
Charles R. Bogart Jr., 35, was charged by the Columbiana County Sheriff's Office with receiving stolen property in connection with the alleged attempt to cash a check from Young's account at the Calcutta branch of Huntington National Bank on Aug. 3. Bogart is accused of trying to pass himself off as Young in an attempt to cash a check in the amount of $3,500.
Bogart, who has not been charged in connection with Young's death, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in East Liverpool Municipal Court, and his case was bound over to the county grand jury for possible indictment on the receiving stolen property charge.
Young was found shot to death in the woods behind his home on Spring Valley Road in Wayne Township on Aug. 11 by deputies who went there after receiving a call from bank officials trying to contact Young, who lived alone, about "suspicious activity" on his bank account.
A friend of Young from Pennsylvania said she last saw him about two weeks before, and she had become concerned after being unable to contact him. Investigators said Young had been dead for some time given the advanced decomposition of his body.
The check is not the first item belonging to Young reportedly found in Bogart's possession. Bogart was found driving Young's pickup truck when stopped by deputies, and he also had Young's wallet on him. A search warrant turned up more of Young's property, including firearms, at Bogart's home, and Young's PT Cruiser was found hidden among high weeds and brush across the road from Bogart's property on Hazel Run Road in Washington Township.
Prior to this latest charge, Bogart was being held in the county jail on $250,000 bond on another receiving stolen property charge. This has to do with an ATV stolen out of St. Clair Township that was found on Bogart's property by sheriff's deputies armed with a search warrant obtained on Aug. 11.
Bogart's bond on the newest receiving stolen property charge was set at $250,000 by Judge Melissa Byers-Emmerling after Assistant County Prosecutor Tim McNicol told her Bogart was a person of interest in Young's shooting death.
The county coroner's office is awaiting various test results before issuing an official ruling in the case.