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Suncrest Drive tenant draws complaints, faces eviction hearing

| Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Patrick Varine | Penn Hills Progress
Above, boats are parked along Suncrest Drive. Neighbors say the resident at 270 Suncrest Drive, who has been cited for numerous code violations, sometimes has so many vehicles that the street is blocked.
Patrick Varine | Penn Hills Progress
Code officials say they are concerned that the tenant is operating an unlicensed business. This van, parked on Suncrest, advertises a phone number for buying used cars, trucks and boats. Calls to the number were not returned.

Penn Hills officials pledged to step up their efforts in dealing with a Suncrest Drive tenant that has drawn complaints from neighbors and has been in and out of district court over the past three years.

Council on July 15 heard from residents James R. Snyder, the tenant at 270 Suncrest Drive. Several residents, among more than a dozen in attendance, complained that Snyder leaves cars, trucks, and even boats parked all over Suncrest Drive, making it difficult and at times impossible to navigate the street. Snyder did not return calls seeking comment

Neighbors also said he is parking cars at vacant properties along Suncrest, creating noise at all hours of the night and blocking driveways.

Code enforcement director John McCafferty said his office has been dealing with complaints about Snyder since 2010.

“We've taken him to court and he clears things up, but then he brings more junk back,” McCafferty said. “He seems to do what he wants, until we take him to court. Then he cleans up, but one or two months later, it's back.”

Snyder has been cited by McCafferty four times since October of 2011. Two citations, for having an abandoned vehicle on his property and for a sanitation violation, are active in District Justice Leonard HRomyak's court.

McCafferty said the property owner, Casey Montgomery, is in the process of evicting the resident. Montgomery could not be reached for comment.

Montgomery requested a recovery of real property hearing on July 30, and it took place Aug. 7, after the deadline for this issue. McCafferty said there is also concern that Snyder is operating an unlicensed business out of the rental property. A van parked on Suncrest Drive has writing on the side indicating “We buy any auto-truck-bike, good-bad-ugly, cash paid!! boats” and also includes a phone number which is listed as Idun Enterprises on the Better Business Bureau website and on Angie's List, a website that compiles reviews for various services. Idun is listed as a towing service, and the contact is listed as James Snyder.

Calls to the number were not returned.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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