Saturday, October 2, 1993

Pennsylvania: Raymond Manness, 29, accused of killing bird in microwave loses his fight at preliminary hearing; case set for trial

PENNSYLVANIA -- Charges of cruelty to animals were bound over for court Wednesday against a Bartonsville man who allegedly killed a cockatoo by putting the bird in a microwave and turning the oven on.

Raymond Manness, 29, had also been charged with attempting to kill two kittens in the same manner. Someone removed the kittens from the microwave before they were harmed, police had said.

The incidents took place Aug. 9 at the home of John and Genevieve Hindermyer, 18 Spruce St., Tamaqua, police had said.

A short time after the kittens were saved, Manness allegedly went into the living room and took one of two cockatoos from a cage and put it in the microwave in the kitchen, then turned it on, killing the bird.

A preliminary hearing on the charges was held Wednesday before District Justice Andrew Zelonis in Tamaqua.

The charges of cruelty to animals, criminal mischief and criminal attempt to commit cruelty to animals were bound to Schuylkill County Court, court officials said. Manness was released on recognizance bail.

(The Morning Call - October 1, 1993)