• Missing woman's boyfriend in court on unrelated charges

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    GREENSBURG, Pa. - The on-again, off-again boyfriend of missing Latrobe woman Cassandra Gross faced a judge Tuesday on unrelated charges. 

    Thomas Stanko was at the Westmoreland County Courthouse for a status conference on charges stemming from an alleged bar fight in 2017.

    Stanko is charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment for the incident in July 2017. 

    Wearing shackles and a jumpsuit, Stanko had nothing to say to Channel 11 as he made his way into court Wednesday morning.

     


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    The hearing was continued, but the district attorney told the judge he is working on a motion to revoke his bond.

    Stanko’s most recent charges were brought up at the hearing, which came as a surprise to his defense attorney Dante Bertani.

    These charges stem from when detectives searched his house, and his mother’s as they investigated the disappearance of Gross.

    Stanko’s attorney said he thinks his client’s hearings are being held up because of unrelated issues insinuating Gross’ disappearance.

    Stanko and his attorney are meeting Tuesday to figure out which lawyer is representing him for which case since there are now several charges.

    TUESDAY, APRIL 10

    Cassandra Edlyn Gross, 51, from Edgewater Village in Latrobe, was reported missing Tuesday, three days after her mother last heard from her.

    State police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman from Westmoreland County. Cassandra Edlyn Gross, 51, from Edgewater Village in Latrobe was last heard from on Saturday 4/7.
    Pennsylvania State Police

    State police said Gross’ Mitsubishi Outlander was found near railroad tracks in Twin Lakes Park on Tuesday evening. 

    A Norfolk Southern Railroad employee called police after seeing the charred vehicle in a wooded area near the train tracks.

    FRIDAY, APRIL 13

    Stanko was arrested Friday on a charge unrelated to the disappearance of Gross.

    Investigators said Stanko received an ATV that was allegedly stolen 20 years ago.

    Thomas Stanko

    He was charged with a third-degree felony for receiving stolen property.

    He was taken to the Westmoreland County jail on a $100,000 bond. 

    MONDAY, APRIL 16 

    On Monday, Stanko was also charged with 28 counts of illegally having a gun.

    “(Police) are alleging that there are stolen firearms at my client’s mother’s property that they are attempting to pin on my client. We’ll deal with it. None of these charges have anything to do with the disappearance of Ms. Gross," said David Shrager, Stanko's attorney.

    State police urge anyone with information about Cassandra Gross to call 911. 


     

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