Cop impersonator demanded free food
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.
Authorities in Florida say a man flashed a fake gun and badge and demanded free fast-food at a McDonald’s drive-thru.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say Joseph Pineda told employees Friday that he deserved free food, had just come from a sting and didn’t have his wallet.
Workers called the police. Pineda initially ignored commands to show his hands but eventually surrendered at gunpoint.
Authorities said they found two fake police badges and a handgun in the center console of his car.
The 33-year-old was charged with impersonating a police officer and improper exhibition of a firearm.
He was being held in the Pinellas County Jail. Online jail records did not indicate whether he had an attorney.
Oregon man wins pumpkin contest
HALF MOON BAY, Calif.
A grower from Oregon is the winner of this year’s Half Moon Bay giant pumpkin contest with a gourd weighing in at 1,775 pounds.
Forty-five-year-old Thad Starr from Pleasant Hill, Ore., set a contest record with his pumpkin Monday, beating last year’s winner by 71 pounds.
Starr, who has won the contest twice before, said he plans to use the $10,650 in prize money to take his family to Disneyland.
His pumpkin will be on display this weekend at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival.
The runner-up came in at 1,521 pounds. That pumpkin is also expected to be on display this weekend.
Students disciplined for pic of DJ with bras
A western Pennsylvania school district has disciplined some students after a disc jockey posted a Facebook picture showing bras some students threw at him during a recent homecoming dance.
Norwin School District officials tell The Associated Press that an unspecified number of students have been disciplined. The school also will no longer allow the disc jockey, Eric Wenning, to work school dances.
School officials say it doesn’t appear that Wenning encouraged the girls to throw bras at him during the Sept. 29 dance, but say he showed poor judgment by posting the Facebook picture of himself posing with the bras.
Wenning has told WPXI-TV that he was appalled when the female students started throwing their bras at him.
School officials began investigating when a parent saw the Facebook photo and complained.