Ex-council leader gets jail sentence
Feb. 7. Sunbury. Former Northumberland Borough Council President Bryan M. Wolfe pleaded no contest Monday to felony theft and was sentenced to jail just prior to jury selection in the case against him.
Wolfe had been arrested in June 2010 and charged with stealing in excess of $10,000 from the borough. The plea bargain required that full restitution be made to the borough. That restitution was paid by a third party before entry of the plea before Judge William H. Weist.
Weist sentenced Wolfe to four to 18 months in jail, which will run concurrent to the 9- to 23-month sentence he received in Snyder County. That sentence was for thefts from his former employer, Northway Industries.
Commissioners give disabled Sunburian a chance
Feb. 8. Sunbury. A 22-year-old disabled man asked the Northumberland County commissioners a life-changing question last week. “Can I have a job?”
Giuseppe Bua, of Sunbury, was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a genetic disorder in which bones break easily. Sometimes the bones break for no known reason. The disorder also can cause weak muscles, brittle teeth, a curved spine and hearing loss.
Bua is 3 feet tall and uses a motorized wheelchair. He has never had a job outside of helping at his family’s Market Street restaurant, Original Italian Pizza.
Bua, a 2007 graduate of Shikellamy High School, has not entered the real world, his father, Vito Bua, said. Giuseppe Bua was sitting in the pizzeria when county Commissioner Vinny Clausi entered, and the pair began talking about county government.
Clausi said there was a position open in the board of elections office, and with another employee in the office going on maternity leave, the office would be short-handed for the 2012 elections.
“I spoke with the other commissioners, and they agreed to give him a trial week and see if he was capable,” Clausi said.