Police News — Feb. 6

Woman accused of

cruelty to animals

LOCK HAVEN — Mandy Cook, 40, of Lock Haven, has been charged by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals with cruelty to animals and neglect of animals for allegedly neglecting a German shepherd and three cats by depriving them of necessary food and water in the 100 block of Black Forest Lane in Brown Township, Lycoming County, in mid-January.

Cook will be sent a summons to appear before a district judge, authorities said.

1 of 2 charged in DJ

slaying refuses court oath

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — One of two men charged in the 2013 shooting death of a disc jockey and activist outside a northeastern Pennsylvania bar has refused to take part in his own arraignment.

Twenty-eight-year-old Roberto Battle and 37-year-old David Nealy are charged in the October 2013 death of Michael Onley. He performed as DJ Mo and had rallied against gun violence.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader reports that Battle refused to raise his hand when instructed Monday in Luzerne County Court, then declined to swear an oath to tell the truth.

Prosecutors say Battle proclaims himself a “sovereign citizen,” meaning the nation’s laws don’t apply to him. A court-appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea for him. Nealy recited the oath and stood quietly as his attorney said he plans a not guilty plea.

Jury selection begins in

police officer slaying trial

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection has begun for the trial of a man charged in the 2015 shooting death of a western Pennsylvania police officer.

Thirty-three-year-old Ray Shetler Jr. is charged in Westmoreland County in the death of 54-year-old St. Clair Township officer Lloyd Reed Jr.

Reed was killed in an exchange of gunfire after responding to a November 2015 domestic disturbance call. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty if the New Florence resident is convicted of first-degree murder.

District Attorney John Peck says jurors will be taken to the shooting scene to acquaint them with the property and with places where the suspected murder weapon and clothes were found.

Defense attorney Mark Daffner has suggested that Shetler was defending himself and didn’t realize that Reed was a police officer.

COMMENTS