Man admits shooting cat with crossbow
A New Philadelphia man was one of seven who withdrew a not guilty plea when arraigned and entered a plea of guilty to criminal charges when their cases were called for trial before a jury at the Schuylkill County courthouse.
Patrick Sylvester Canfield, 39, of 112 Kimber St., New Philadelphia, entered a guilty plea to a charge of cruelty to animals. Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin accepted the plea but deferred sentencing until a later date and ordered a presentence investigate (PSI) report prepared by the adult probation department.
Canfield was charged by Trooper Alyssa Becker with shooting a cat in the head with a crossbow at 1763 Running Deer Drive, South Manheim Township.
President Judge William E. Baldwin accepted the guilty pleas of six defendants who chose not to go on trial on criminal charges and also deferred sentencing to a later date.
Keith Lamont King, 38, Pottsville, pleaded guilty to four counts each of delivery of a controlled substance (CS), possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility, six counts of possession of a CS and one count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jennifer Lee Doyle, 30, Saint Clair, pleaded guilty to theft by deception, tampering with records/identification to deceive and misapplication of entrusted property. Charges were filed by Pottsville Capt. Richard Wojciechowsky, that as an employee at the Hidden River Credit Union embezzled $58,295.64.
Danielle Marie Somma, 36, Girardville, pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in Ashland and endangering another person.
Eugene Edward Sattler, 29, Williamstown, pleaded guilty to being involved in an accident causing damage to an attended vehicle on Porter Road in Porter Township, and being involved in an accident causing personal injuries to Scott Ferris and Jodi Ferris, who was eight months pregnant at the time of the accident.
Wendell Alomza Armstrong, 38, Mahanoy City, pleaded guilty to a charge of DUI when stopped in the borough.
Luis B. Ramirez, 53, Shenandoah, pleaded guilty to DUI in Mahanoy Township.
Fernando Real, 31, who is an inmate in the state correctional institution in Coal Township, entered a guilty plea to a charge of recklessly endangering a correctional officer at the state correctional institution in Mahanoy Township and was sentenced by Judge Baldwin to serve 18 to 36 months with the sentence to run concurrent with the sentence now serving.
Brad Elliot Scheeler, 33, Shenandoah, formerly of Barnesville and Mahanoy City, was found guilty by a jury on charges of incapable of safe driving and driving while his blood alcohol reading was .16 percent. A reading of .08 percent or higher is considered driving under the influence of alcohol.
Judge John Domalakes deferred sentencing to a later date. This was Scheeler's third DUI conviction and he faces a state prison sentence. He was cited by Mahanoy City Patrolman Christopher Zubris. He had previously pleaded guilty and withdrew his plea when he learned he would receive a prison sentence.