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December 19, 2012

Midday Briefing | Police: Man throws fit over cheese on burger


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.

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