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• Boy, 17, impersonates FBI agent, test drives car, crashes it: YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 17-year-old southeastern Michigan boy pretended to be an FBI agent and got a car dealer to let him test drive a Dodge Charger, then crashed the muscle car in northwestern Ohio, authorities say.

The Ann Arbor teen called the Cueter Chrysler dealership in Ypsilanti Township on Wednesday and asked to test drive the 2015 model.

The boy told dealership employees he was an FBI agent and was carrying what appeared to be a firearm on his hip, sheriff’s spokesman Derrick Jackson said. He said it turned out to be an Airsoft air gun.

The teen then drove the car to the Toledo, Ohio, area, where he crashed and heavily damaged the crashed the car, Jackson said. The boy was uninjured and again presented himself to authorities in Ohio as an FBI agent, the sheriff’s spokesman said.

Charges haven’t been announced. Authorities in Michigan are expected to charge him as an adult because 17 is the age of criminal responsibility in the state. Ohio authorities are expected to charge him as a juvenile.

 

• MALL SANTA ARRESTED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES IN NORTH CAROLINA: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in Raleigh say a man who was arrested over the weekend on child pornography charges worked as a shopping mall Santa Claus.

Local media outlets report that 63-year-old Leander Dewey Jones of Raleigh is charged with three counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Triangle Santa Buddies founder Al Capehart says Jones is a member of the organization. Its website said he joined last year.

Capehart says Triangle Santa Buddies doesn’t perform background checks on its members. Capehart also notes that Jones had no prior criminal records, so a background check would have found nothing on him.

 

• RHODE ISLAND COUPLE CHARGED IN DEATH OF MAN UNDER CONCRETE: PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island couple was ordered held without bail Monday in the killing of a Massachusetts man whose body was found under newly poured concrete at the couple’s home nearly a month after he went missing.

Steven Pietrowicz, 39, and Michelle Morin, 40, were arraigned on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and obstruction of a police officer. A bail hearing was scheduled for June 15.

Morin was arrested late Saturday in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she and Pietrowicz previously lived. She waived extradition Monday and agreed to be returned to Rhode Island to face charges.

Pietrowicz was already in custody on charges of domestic assault.

The body of 60-year-old Domingo Ortiz, of Worcester, was found Friday beneath a newly constructed deck adjacent to the home Pietrowicz and Morin were renting. The body was located in a four-to-five-foot hole covered by large rocks and a layer of concrete, police said.

Ortiz had been beaten with an object and his legs may have been tied up, police said. An autopsy had not been completed Monday.

Ortiz had been missing since May 5 and was last seen getting into the couple’s car that day in Worcester, police said.

Pietrowicz and Morin told police they’d had an argument with Ortiz that evening but said that he’d left the home the morning of May 6.

An initial search of the couple’s home turned up broken furniture and evidence of cleaning with a strong bleach product, police said.

 

• GAY TEEN GIVES COMING-OUT SPEECH THAT WAS BLOCKED BY SCHOOL: BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A high school valedictorian who was barred from giving a graduation speech that revealed he is gay received another chance to deliver his message.

Evan Young delivered the speech Sunday at an awards ceremony held by the gay rights group Out Boulder in Colorado city. The crowd cheered during the speech, which ended with the 18-year-old asking people to hug someone different from themselves.

Congressman Jared Polis was among those who commended Young at the event.

The teen says he agreed to make some changes to the speech requested by the principal of Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School but refused to remove the revelation of his sexuality.

He says he submitted a revised version but the school in Longmont contends he didn’t.

 

• MAN CHARGED IN BOUNCE HOUSE CRASH THAT HURT 2 TODDLERS: NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A man who ran an inflatable bounce house on a New Hampshire farm has been charged with three misdemeanors after it lifted off the ground last year and flew 40 feet before crashing, injuring two toddlers inside.

Authorities said the two boys had climbed into the bounce house at Sullivan Farm in Nashua last October before it went airborne, flew over a fence and crashed.

Farm co-owner Gary Bergeron said the bounce house was inflated so it could dry and wasn’t open at the time. But the father of one of the boys said a farm volunteer led visitors to believe it was open.

The 61-year-old Bergeron was charged with failure to register the bounce house, obtain an amusement ride decal and have an inspection.  

 

• BIDS FOR PRIVATE LUNCH WITH WARREN BUFFETT TOP $1 MILLION: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The price of a private lunch with Warren Buffett is already over $1 million, and the online auction continues all week.

The top bid Monday afternoon was $1,000,100, so the California charity that will receive the proceeds is guaranteed another significant donation.

Buffett is chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, and many people want the 84-year-old’s advice on investing, philanthropy and life in general.

Through the annual auctions, Buffett has raised $17.9 million for the Glide Foundation, which provides social services to the poor and homeless in San Francisco.

Bidding continues until 12:30a.m. Saturday. Last year’s auction winner paid $2,166,766, but the 2012 auction set a record with its $3,456,789 winning bid.