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February 25, 2014

Edinburg man facing additional charges

NEW CASTLE — An Edinburg man is facing additional charges in connection with a November incident.

State police filed child endangerment-related charges Friday against Carl Richard Antoniazzi, 31, of 248 Harbor Village Drive in connection with the Nov. 2 incident police said occurred at a Scott Township home.

Antoniazzi, who was in jail on $100,000 bond on previously filed charges from the same incident, was arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie. She set additional bond at $10,000.

Police said that in the course of their investigation, they found two loaded shotguns and three screwdrivers in the immediate area of an alleged assault. They also found a clump of hair, believed to be that of the alleged victim, under a chair and a torn garment.

Officers said they confiscated a plastic bottle from Antoniazzi’s pocket that contained cotton swab pieces he admitted had been used to collect excess heroin, and hypodermic needles were on the floor.

Police photographs of the house show the shotguns in a corner of the living room. A photo of the bathroom shows a nonfunctional bathtub and a five-gallon bucket with a handicapped chair over it, set up as a toilet. The bucket had overflowed onto the floor and used toilet paper with feces on it was strewn on the floor, according to police.

Children, ages 7 and 11, were removed from the house and placed in foster care, police said. Their foster mother told investigators the children are behind in their education and neither can read or write, although they were reportedly “home schooled.” She told police they did no school work at all, and the older child had related that the adults would do the work and turn it in, according to reports.

The principal of the school where the youngsters were enrolled as foster children reported to police that one child had had no schooling whatsoever, and there were no records for home schooling. He said the child has an above-average intelligence quotient. He told police the older child reads at a level three grades behind, and has an average IQ but apparently had received no prior schooling.

Antoniazzi is charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person as a result of the investigation.

At the time of the incident, he was charged with aggravated assault, possession of drug paraphernalia, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, simple assault and other charges for allegedly punching and kicking a woman in her home and taking her clothing, pointing a gun at her and threatening to shoot her if she told police. Antoniazzi also allegedly held a screwdriver to the woman’s throat and threatened to stab her if she tried to escape, according to police reports.

Police said the children witnessed the assault.

Antoniazzi had waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the initial charges and has been in the Lawrence County jail since then awaiting trial.

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