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Sheriff's sale of Monsour estate in Ligonier Twp. on hold

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The troubles facing Dr. William “Boone” Monsour continued to mount this week as he filed for bankruptcy protection, automatically blocking an attempt to sell his 54-acre Ligonier Township estate in a sheriff's sale on Monday, according to court records.

Westmoreland County was set to take bids on the secluded property at 725 Shawnee Lane because Monsour owes a bank more than $655,000, records indicate. He paid $517,500 for the property in April 2007.

Monsour, 54, filed for bankruptcy protection last week. Neither he nor his attorney, Donald Calaiaro of Pittsburgh, responded to requests for comment on Tuesday. Calls to Pri-Med Care Inc., Monsour's Ligonier medical office, went unanswered.

Monsour's bankruptcy petition is incomplete, the court indicated.

A bankruptcy judge has given him until March 14 to complete the filing or face automatic dismissal, paving the way for the sheriff's sale of his home.

He lists 20 major creditors and debts ranging from $1 million to $10 million, according to the filing. He owes thousands of dollars to bank and credit card companies, including more than $104,000 to National City Bank, records show.

Monsour obtained a $511,500 mortgage from Suntrust Bank, which filed a mortgage foreclosure in 2011 when Monsour stopped making payments. Monsour now owes $665,216.99, according to court records.

The bank obtained a judgment against Monsour in October 2011, court records show. The estate originally was scheduled for sheriff sale on July 2 but was delayed several times.

In a separate matter, county detectives are still investigating the circumstances of the death of a Southwest Greensburg woman in Monsour's bedroom on Sept. 14.

Mia N. Vottero, 25, died from acute combined drug toxicity, according to the coroner's office. The manner of death remains under investigation, detectives said.

Police found a foil packet from a fentanyl patch — a powerful pain medication available only by prescription — in the bedroom. Other prescription medication bottles were found in the home.

Police said Monsour and Voterro arranged a date for Sept. 13 in a Ligonier bar. Monsour told police they left the bar about 1 a.m., went to his home and spent the night together.

When he awoke the next morning, Monsour thought Vottero was asleep and went into another room, he told police. About 20 minutes later, he attempted to wake her and noticed she wasn't breathing, he said.

Earlier in the year, Monsour was in the news when he and his brother, former Monsour Medical Center CEO Michael A. Monsour, became involved in fight during a New Year's Eve gathering, according to court records.

Michael Monsour of Pittsburgh was charged by state police with simple assault and harassment when he bit the nose of his brother during that argument, police said. Michael Monsour is expected to stand trial on those charges later this year.

Richard Gazarik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6292 or at rgazarik@tribweb.com.

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