WILKES-BARRE — A Pittston man who was accused of assaulting a resident that asked him and his friends not to yell and swear in the street has pleaded guilty in Luzerne County Court.
Josh Stein, 30, entered the plea before county Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr.
According to police, Patrick Toole was shoveling snow in the 400 block of North Main Street on Feb. 22 when he heard a group of men yelling profanities. When Toole asked them to stop, two of the men approached him.
One of those men, Stein, “chest bumped” Toole and the two began to argue, police said. Toole told police that Stein punched him in the face and hit him with some sort of club. Toole told police he picked up a shovel and struck Stein in self defense. A witness who was also outside shoveling corroborated Toole’s story, police said.
Officers located Stein and the other men a short time later, noting that “all stated they had been drinking and showed signs of intoxication.”
Stein admitted to one count of simple assault on Wednesday, and was remanded pending sentencing on Aug. 11.
He must pay $500 to Toole and is forbidden from contacting the victim.
Sklarosky also ordered Stein to undergo an anger-management evaluation.