The former owner of the restaurant atop the Inclined Plane pleaded guilty to reduced charges Tuesday and was sentenced to probation for his involvement in a dispute last year.
Andy Lasky, 56, of the 1000 block of Woodcrest Drive in Westmont, said he had no argument with the allegations made by the prosecution that he was guilty of defiant trespass.
Lasky’s attorney, Arthur McQuillan, said the June 27 incident at what is now Asiago’s Italian Restaurant was out of character for his client.
“This was an aberration; it is not representative of his conduct,” McQuillan said.
Cambria County Judge David Tulowitzki accepted Lasky’s plea to harassment and sentenced him to 90 days probation. He also ordered him to pay court costs and a $200 fine.
Lasky later agreed that the charges resulted from a disagreement that got out of hand.
West Hills Regional police said a dispute erupted when Lasky’s former City View Bar & Grill was reopening under a new name and owner.
Lasky and his wife, Katie, were in the basement area with the new leaseholder, Rick McQuaide, and two representatives of the Cambria County Transit Authority, which owns the building.
A dispute broke out between Lasky and the others over removal of certain restaurant items, police said.
The CamTran officials asked Lasky to leave the property and he refused.
Lasky was charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. The guilty plea to harassment was reduced from the trespass charge.
The June dispute brought to a head problems that had been brewing for a number of weeks.
In March 2013, CamTran evicted Lasky from the property, citing concerns about late rental payments and related financial issues.
The Laskys said in a statement at the time that they were behind in their rent by $7,000 and were attempting to refinance their debt.
Cambria County Assistant District Attorney Tamara Bernstein prosecuted the criminal case against Lasky.
Kathy Mellott covers the Cambria County Courthouse for
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