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2012

December 29, 2012

2012: The Valley in Review

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DECEMBER

$1,000-a-month restitution stands

At $100, it would take Wolfe 140 years to repay $173G

Dec. 4. Middleburg. Convicted thief Bryan M. Wolfe’s bid to lower monthly restitution payments to his former employer from $1,000 to $100 was denied Monday by a Snyder County judge.

Representing himself because he was unable to afford an attorney, Wolfe, 41, former president of the Northumberland Borough Council, said he couldn’t meet the court order $1,000 monthly payments to Northway Industries, Middleburg, and Erie Insurance without shirking financial obligations to the Internal Revenue Service, child custody and health insurance.

Prosecutors balked, arguing that if Wolfe’s request was honored, the court would be giving him 140 years to pay back all he stole.

“I’m not skirting my responsibility, (but) if you want me to pay it, other people will suffer,” Wolfe told the court.

His plea to have the monthly restitution reduced by $900 was denied by Senior Judge Louise O. Knight.

Under the gun

Derry Township woman admits killing dog

Dec. 4. Danville. It took Suzanne Thomas a while to admit Monday morning she willfully and maliciously shot and killed a neighbor’s dog.

Thomas, 57, of Derry Township, told Columbia-Montour Counties President Judge Thomas James Jr. she was pleading guilty to shooting and killing Georgia, a yellow Labrador, on Jan. 21.

The judge asked her if she was pleading guilty to tying the dog to a tree and shooting it three times in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.

“I didn’t shoot the dog three times. I did shoot the animal.” Thomas told the judge.

 

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  • 2012: The Valley in Review

    A look at the Valley's top stories each month in 2012. Compiled by Jim Birt and Stacy Hinck of The Daily Item.

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  • Paterno_Joe Paterno family challenges Louis Freeh's conclusions

    STATE COLLEGE — Joe Paterno's family released its response to Penn State's report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal Sunday, attacking Louis Freeh's conclusion that the coach hid sex abuse allegations against his longtime assistant.

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  • The Worst Year in Washington: The Tea Party

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  • Armstrong, Houston Among Notable Deaths of 2012//

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    December 29, 2012

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  • Top music of 2012

     

    Maybe it was all the destruction from superstorm Sandy, the ugliness of the lengthy presidential campaign, or all the senseless killings, like the ones in Newtown, Conn., but so much of the music that people sought out in 2012 was fun and escapist.

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