CARNEGIE — Police near Pittsburgh say a man pretended to be a county police officer when he demanded free food from a McDonald's that offers the perk to real on-duty officers.
Fifty-five-year-old Charles Lester Jones, of Carnegie, told WPXI-TV that's he's a private security officer and does wear a badge — but denies pretending to be an Allegheny County officer or demanding food at the Scott Township restaurant.
But township police Sgt. Jeff Skees says Jones wanted restaurant employees "to believe he was a police officer and on duty so that he could get free food. Kind of ridiculous."
Jones confronted outside his home Tuesday asked a reporter, "Do I look like I can't afford to buy my own hamburger?"
The Associated Press could not immediately locate a phone number for Jones.
Ex-school bus driver pleads to molestation
UNIONTOWN — A former school bus driver has pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault for molesting a mentally disabled 16-year-old girl who later told a classmate she was "dating" the man.
Thirty-year-old Jason Freeland, of North Union Township, was charged in February after the classmate told Uniontown Area Senior High School officials about the victim's statement.
Freeland has since been fired by Rittenhouse Bus Lines.
Police say the incident happened after he picked up the girl at the school on Jan. 27 then took her to a van where he drove with the girl to an undisclosed location and touched her inappropriately.
The Herald-Standard of Uniontown reports Freeland pleaded guilty Tuesday. It was not clear when he'll be sentenced though his wife, Christina, asked a Fayette County judge to impose the "maximum" because he's victimized her and their three children.
High school choral director faces sex charges
WARMINSTER — Police say a suburban Philadelphia high school choir director inappropriately touched students and made sexually suggestive remarks, including asking once female student to perform a "sexy" dance for him to improve her grade.
William Tennent High School Choral Director Tyrone Dinkins was arraigned Tuesday on 16 charges, including two felonies for alleged misconduct involving eight female students. He's being held on $800,000 bail.
Investigators say the students contacted to police in June with various complaints about Dinkins, including that he'd groped them, sent them sexual messages via text and discussed sexual dreams with them.
Dinkins was placed on leave and not permitted to go with a student music group performing at the Olympics in London.
Dinkins and his attorney declined to speak with reporters after his arraignment.
2 'missing' kayakers safely out of Lake Erie
NORTH EAST — Two kayakers who were reported missing off the Pennsylvania coast of Lake Erie have made it out of the water safely on their own.
Erie County dispatchers tell the Erie Times-News on Wednesday that the kayakers apparently made it out of the water safely just as emergency crews — including helicopters — began searching for them about 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The U.S. Coast Guard and other groups started searching after a woman in North East reported seeing the kayakers struggling in heavy waves before she lost sight of them.
A Coast Guard vessel and helicopter, and a medical emergency helicopter joined in the search before it was determined the kayakers were safe.
Police: Man drunk in crash that killed brother
NORTH BEAVER — State police have charged a 19-year-old western Pennsylvania man with drunken driving and vehicular homicide in the June pickup truck crash that killed his 22-year-old brother.
Troopers from the New Castle barracks filed the charges Friday against Ryan O'Hara, of South Beaver Township, who is recovering from critical injuries he suffered in the June 24 crash.
Police say O'Hara lost control of his truck and hit a pole along Route 168 in North Beaver, Lawrence County, about 10:20 a.m.
Neither brother was wearing a seatbelt when the driver's brother, 22-year-old Sean O'Hara, was ejected from the 1994 Ford Ranger and killed.
Police say Ryan O'Hara's blood-alcohol content was more than three times the state's legal limit.
Online court records don't list an attorney for O'Hara.
Petitions want Berenstain Bears out of Chick-fil-A
PHILADELPHIA — The publisher of the Berenstain Bears children's books is being urged to cut ties with Chick-fil-A because of its president's statements opposing gay marriage.
Three organizations said Wednesday they delivered petitions with 80,000 signatures to HarperCollins. The petitions demand the New York-based publishing house end the Berenstain Bears' affiliation with the national fast-food chain and say the beloved bears teach the importance of standing against bigotry.
The petitions urge HarperCollins to follow the lead of the Jim Henson Co., which pulled its Muppet toys from Chick-fil-A kids' meals. A similar campaign with Berenstain Bears is slated for this month.
The creators of the Berenstain Bears, who are based in southeastern Pennsylvania, say they don't have control over whether the promotion proceeds. They have asked people with concerns to contact HarperCollins.
2nd man pleads guilty in Philadelphia mob case
PHILADELPHIA — A second Philadelphia mobster has pleaded guilty in a federal racketeering case that also names alleged boss Joseph Ligambi.
Martin Angelina pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to operating illegal poker machines and attempting to collect loans through extortion. He faces a December 3 sentencing.
Angelina is the second alleged mobster to plead guilty in a racketeering and illegal gambling case that names a dozen other reputed mobsters. Gaeton Lucibello pleaded guilty last week.
Prosecutors say Ligambi headed Philadelphia's La Cosa Nostra family and attempted to make illegal gambling earnings appear legitimate.
Trial is set in October for nine of the defendants, including Ligambi and alleged underboss Joseph Massimino. Trials have yet to be scheduled for three others.