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Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, 1:11 a.m.

A former Ford City official accused of stealing tables and chairs from the Armstrong County Firemen's Association will avoid prosecution if he pays back to the Association the cash equivalent of the missing items.

According to the Armstrong County District Attorney's office, Christopher Zionkowski, 24, of Ford City has until May 5 to pay $1,260 to the Firemen's Association. If he fails to pay the money back by that time, his case will be reactivated and he will face trial on a theft charge.

Zionkowski was arrested in October 2011 for allegedly stealing three tables and 25 chairs from the Association in August 2010. He is a former trustee of the group and a former president of the Ford City Borough Sewage Authority.

He was sentenced to two years probation in January on theft charges for stealing cash from Ford City Hose Co. 1.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or

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