POLICE 'LIKE' WANTED PA. SUSPECT'S FACEBOOK POST : FREELAND, Pa. (AP) — Police in one northeastern Pennsylvania town really "liked" this Facebook post.
Officers in Freeland arrested 35-year-old Anthony Lescowitch on Monday night, less than two hours after he shared a wanted photo of himself and taunted police for not being able to find him, the (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader reported Tuesday.
Lescowitch shared the wanted bulletin minutes after Freeland police posted it on the department Facebook page Monday night, authorities said. He was being sought on assault-related charges.
An officer pretending to be an attractive woman then messaged Lescowitch, according to police. Lescowitch refused the offer of a drink but eventually agreed to meet for a cigarette, and was arrested at the agreed-upon location.
After the arrest, police posted this message: "CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER."
Lescowitch, of Drifton, remained in the Luzerne County Jail Tuesday. Court records don't list a defense attorney for him, but show he faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 29 on charges including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident July 14.
LA-AREA 'BOOT CAMP' OPERATOR SENTENCED FOR ABUSE: PASADENA (AP) — A man who ran a Southern California "boot camp" for troubled youngsters has been sentenced to nearly 4 1/2 years in prison for child abuse and kidnapping, and for sexually assaulting two 14-year-old girls.
Forty-three-year-old Kelvin McFarland also was ordered last week to register as a sex offender. Los Angeles County prosecutors say he pleaded no contest in July to nine charges, including extortion and false imprisonment.
Authorities say McFarland, who called himself "1st Sgt. Mac," ran a camp in Pasadena and Altadena that supposedly used military-style discipline.
Videos made at the camp showed instructors shouting at a boy wearing a heavy auto tire and several kids vomiting after being repeatedly ordered to drink water. Prosecutors say McFarland also handcuffed a truant girl.
MENDOCINO RADIO STATION DISPUTE COULD GO TO FCC: MENDOCINO (AP) — An internal dispute at a Mendocino County public radio station could soon get federal attention.
A board member at KZYX-FM said Monday that he would file an objection to the station's license renewal with the Federal Communications Commission.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/19KEozI) that John Sakowicz is hoping the FCC will force a management shake-up at KZYX.
His fellow board members say Sakowicz is trying to destroy the station over numerous allegations, which they say are unfounded.
Among many other complaints, Sakowicz accuses the station of withholding financial information and manipulating board elections.
Sakowicz also has taken issue with the hiring of a reporter who once worked for Voice of America, which he says is a CIA property.
Jimmie Walker still cool with 'Dy-no-mite!'
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmie Walker uttered one of the signature catchphrases of the 1970s, but it took some persuading to get him to do it.
As J.J. Evans on the sitcom "Good Times," Walker shouted, "Dy-no-mite!" on every episode from 1974 to 1979.
Director John Rich came up with the phrase, but both Walker and executive producer Norman Lear were skeptical about it.
At a Television Critics Association meeting Tuesday, Walker said he told Rich that without a story line, viewers wouldn't buy him saying the phrase because they weren't that stupid. But Rich told him that they were. Eventually, the phrase caught on and people waited for him to say it.
The 66-year-old Walker continues to tour the country with his standup act. He appears in Season 4 of the "Pioneers of Television" series that debuts April 15 on PBS.
3 CHARGED IN LA-AREA WILDFIRE THAT BURNED 5 HOMES : LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three men were charged in federal court Tuesday with causing a wildfire in the Southern California mountains that destroyed five homes and injured six people.
Clifford Henry Jr., 22, of Glendora, and two homeless men — Steven Aguirre, 21, and Jonathan Jarrell, 24 — were charged with unlawfully setting a campfire, and each could face up to five years in prison if convicted, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office.