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Glassport man pleads no contest to kidnapping, other charges

| Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Glassport man, who planned a home invasion to scare his ex-fiancee out of the Smithton home they shared, pleaded no contest Wednesday to kidnapping and other charges.

The plea means that Michael J. Traynor, 34, will avoid a trial scheduled for next week in Westmoreland County Court where his wife was expected to testify against him.

Traynor allegedly plotted the 2010 burglary of the Smithton home he shared with his former fiancee in order to move his new girlfriend, Heather Young, 28, into the home, police said.

Traynor allegedly planned the crime with fellow employees at Silky's Gentlemen's Club in Stowe, Allegheny County. Traynor worked as a bartender-bouncer at Silky's, where Young was an exotic dancer, according to police.

Traynor and Young were married in March 2011, according to Westmoreland County records. Young pleaded no contest in her case last week and agreed to testify against her co-defendants.

The two others charged, Brian Buchman, 38, of McCandless, and Michael T. Villella, 37, of Ambridge, worked as bouncers at Silky's and are former part-time Stowe police officers.

Police allege Traynor paid Buchman $200 to help Young commit the home invasion. Villella allegedly referred Traynor to Buchman, police said.

Buchman and Young allegedly broke into the Fort Street home after the victim fell asleep. They tied her arms and legs with duct tape, placed a pillowcase over her head, carried her to the basement, tied her to a metal pole and shocked her with a Taser, authorities allege.

The suspects are accused of stealing jewelry, a computer, computer games, cash and credit cards.

Traynor pretended to discover the victim, still tied in the basement, the next morning, police said.

Traynor pleaded no contest before Judge Debra A. Pezze to charges of kidnapping, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, theft, reckless endangerment, simple assault, use of an incapacitating device, possession of an instrument of crime and criminal conspiracy.

Prosecutors dismissed a charge of unlawful restraint.

By pleading no contest, Young did not admit to guilt. Her plea is treated as a guilty plea for purposes of sentencing, which will be done after an investigation.

Traynor did not strike a deal with prosecutors.

The cases against Buchman and Villella are pending.

Jennifer Reeger is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or

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