NEW CASTLE, Pa. Mar 22, 2005 — First, county Treasurer Gary Felasco hadn't paid his property taxes for years. Then, his county cell phone number turned up on a Web site promoting sex parties.
The local newspaper conducted a sting: They called the number at "Jeannie in the Bottle" and got directions from someone named Gary to an Ohio hotel where a swingers' party was advertised. Outside, they snapped a picture of Felasco's van.
A year later, Felasco is still Lawrence County treasurer angering colleagues and befuddling residents. . .
Felasco, a 37-year-old former auto mechanic, was elected in 2003 to his third four-year term as treasurer of this rural county on the Ohio line.
The county's three commissioners and the county prosecutor asked him to resign the $45,000-a-year post. Dozens of courthouse employees also signed a petition asking him to leave.
But he has refused even though the commissioners and others in the courthouse say he often doesn't come to work.
It is amazing how little shame some people can have.