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The Danville News

July 2, 2014

Patient told resident he needed 'car like Jesus needed a donkey'

DANVILLE — A Danville State Hospital patient asked a man for his car, likening it to Jesus needing a donkey.

“I remember wishing you a happy Easter and telling you I needed a car like Jesus needed a donkey one day,” Leroy Kanagy, 41, told Wes Wertman during Kanagy’s preliminary hearing Tuesday before Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder.

Following the hearing, Shrawder sent to county court charges of criminal trespass, criminal trespass with communication and disorderly conduct against Kanagy from an incident in Wertman’s home at 422 Water St. on April 20.

Kanagy, who declined a public defender, represented himself at the hearing. Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren represented the commonwealth.

Wertman testified he had been working outside and went inside the kitchen to find Kanagy standing there. “He said I need a car I want your car. I told him he can’t have my car and I asked him to leave several times,” Wertman said. Wertman said Kanagy repeated he needed a car and wanted his car.

Wertman said he told him a church program could help if he needed a ride or the police could assist him.

After Kanagy left, Wertman called the police with a description of the man.

Danville Patrolman Jacob Walker testified the defendant “seemed almost waiting for me. He knew he was in trouble.”

Kanagy admitted being in the Wertman house and told the officer he had a grounds card from the state hospital which is about a half-mile from the Wertman home.

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