A Pennsylvania man who spent some good cheddar on a burger faces charges after allegedly throwing a tantrum because his order included cheese.
Police in York County say 35-year-old Sean Varone knocked over a trash can, threw a high chair and assaulted an employee at a Springettsbury Township McDonald's last week.
The York Dispatch reports that Varone, of Dover Township, is also accused of grabbing an employee's cellphone as she tried to call 911 and chucking it across the parking lot before fleeing.
A criminal complaint was filed against Varone on Tuesday. Court records don't list an attorney for him and a phone listing couldn't immediately be located Wednesday.
Mom found strangled after failing to pick up kids
HAZLETON — Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman reported missing after she didn't pick her kids up from school has been found strangled in her apartment.
Hazleton police say the body of 32-year-old Maria Brea was found Tuesday morning in the home she had shared with her boyfriend. Investigators say they want to speak with that man, who they identified as Oscar Lozano Garcia.
Police say Brea had recently ended her relationship with Garcia but are not calling him a suspect.
Brea was reported missing on Saturday by family members. Brea was expected to pick her children up from school Friday afternoon but never showed.
Luzerne County detectives and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.
Musical teacher guilty of sex with girl, 15
CHARLEROI — A western Pennsylvania teacher has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met after he was hired to direct a high school musical in a nearby district.
Twenty-four-year-old Jeffrey Hahn, of Allison Park, faces four to eight years in prison after Tuesday's plea, but the Observer-Reporter of Washington, Pa. reports that can't be imposed until a state board decides whether to classify him as a sexually violent predator. That will take about 90 days.
Hahn was a seventh grade teacher at the Bethlehem-Center School District but allegedly committed the crimes in May at the Charleroi Area Junior-Senior High School auditorium, where he was directing the musical.
Hahn had passed all background checks before he was hired.
He met the girl in March and texted her repeatedly before they finally had sex May 4.
Man, 81, waives hearing on day care fondling
BEAVER — An 81-year-old western Pennsylvania man has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges that he fondled or inappropriately touched three children who stayed at a since-closed day care run out of his basement.
Clarence Bryan, of Chippewa Township, declined comment after Tuesday's hearing and his attorney, James Ross, said only that he hopes to resolve the charges shortly. By waiving the hearing, Bryan acknowledges there's enough evidence for him to stand trial on charges of indecent assault, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor.
Beaver County prosecutors say Bryan fondled an 8-year-old boy, kissed a 5-year-old girl for long periods of time while she stayed at his home.
The third case involves a girl, now 15, who claims Bryan kissed her on the neck and mouth in 2002 and 2003.
Texas twins get state prison for pot ring
MEADVILLE — Twins from Texas have been sentenced to state prison on charges they headed an operation that shipped as much as 20 pounds of marijuana each month to northwestern Pennsylvania over the last two years.
Marcelino Rodriguez, of Eddy, Texas, will spend three to five years in prison and his brother, Miguel, from Corpus Christi, Texas, has been sentenced to four to eight years.
State prosecutors say Marcelino Rodriguez was arrested on unrelated drug charges in Crawford County in August 2010, and continued to direct the operation using phone calls from the county prison. Those calls were recorded by law enforcement, which helped lead to the charges.
The brothers are 29 years old.
Their sister, 30-year-old Laura Rodriguez, of Chilton, Texas, was sentenced to six to 24 months in jail for conspiracy for her lesser role.
Man gets 5 to 15 years for $36 robbery
MEADVILLE — Crime may sometimes pay, but a northwestern Pennsylvania man has found out it doesn't pay much.
At best, 32-year-old Billy Joe Rash will have earned $7.20 for each year he must spend in prison — and that's only if he's paroled after serving the minimum of his five- to 15-year prison sentence for a $36 robbery on Sept. 4.
That's when the Conneaut (KAW'-nee-awt) Lake man robbed a woman in a restaurant parking lot.
If Rash serves the maximum sentence, he'll have netted just $2.40 for each year he spends in prison.
Adding insult to injury, the Meadville Tribune reports Rash will spend an additional one to five years in prison for an unrelated drunken driving conviction. That puts his total sentence at six to 20 years.
Pa., W.Va. fracking-test workers getting back pay
CRANBERRY — Sixty-nine Pennsylvania and West Virginia workers for a company that tests water samples at natural gas and oil drilling sites are getting more than $187,000 in back pay after wrongly being denied overtime.
The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the action by Groundwater and Environmental Services Inc. of Exton, Pa. The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The department says the issue was discovered as part of an enforcement effort that focuses on the growing number of vendors who perform services related to the hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — process used on Marcellus Shale wells.
The department says GES workers based in Cranberry, Pa., and Fairmont, W. Va., were wrongly denied overtime when the company claimed they were exempt because of their specialized training.
DA: Pa. student who sent out class ranks punished
NORRISTOWN — A suburban Philadelphia teen must perform community service for gaining access to his high school's class rankings and emailing them to the student body.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says the 17-year-old must also make restitution for the cost of the investigation into the security breach at Hatboro Horsham High School.
Ferman says the student didn't apparently have malicious intent but had played a juvenile prank when he distributed the grade-point averages and class ranks of some 1,600 students earlier this year.
The unidentified student is under the supervision of the juvenile court system.