- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 27, 2007



Firefighter sentenced for shooting cat

A volunteer firefighter who leads weekly religious services at a homeless shelter received a suspended sentence for shooting the head off a neighbor’s cat.

A judge suspended the two-year sentence Monday for Jonathan Hubert Powell, 39, for firing the shotgun blast last year that decapitated a cat named Garcia.

Powell was convicted of felony animal cruelty. He is a lieutenant with the Whaleyville Volunteer Fire Department and pastor of the Next Level Church and Christian Outreach. One of his seven character witnesses testified that he has led weekly services at the homeless shelter for two years.

According to testimony from his trial in March, Powell told two police officers that he shot the cat because it was scratching his car. But he said Monday that he shot at what he thought was a raccoon or possum outside his house.


Choir director pleads guilty to sex crimes

The former choir director at Charlottesville High School pleaded guilty yesterday to taking indecent sexual liberties with students.

Jonathan Keith Spivey, 47, admitted in Charlottesville Circuit Court to improper contact with one of four male students and acknowledged there is enough evidence to convict him of the charges related to the three other teenagers.

Most of the incidents occurred in Spivey’s office and in a choir robe chamber next to his office, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elizabeth Killeen. One incident took place in Myrtle Beach, S.C., she said.

The convictions carry a combined maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Spivey is scheduled to be sentenced in September.


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