$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.