Regional Briefs – March 16, 2017

Hacked McDonald’s Twitter Account Mocks Trump

NEW YORK – McDonald’s said Thursday that its Twitter account was hacked after it posted a message calling President Trump “a disgusting excuse of a President” and it would love to have Barack Obama back, The Associated Press reported. The tweet, which was temporarily pinned, was deleted.

Businessman Pleads Not Guilty in JFK Hate Crime

NEW YORK – A businessman pleaded not guilty to hate crime charges Thursday after prosecutors said he attacked a Muslim worker wearing a hijab at a JFK Airport lounge, The Associated Press reported. Robin Rhodes, 57, was indicted and released on bail.

Judge Who Banned Media Vows to Not Run Again

ALBANY – A town judge promised Wednesday to never run again as part of a deal after he prohibited media from covering the high-profile arraignment of a state police major’s daughter charged with murder, The Associated Press reported. Walter Purtell had served in York Town since 1998.

Upstate Mayors Urge: Allow Uber, Lyft to Expand

ALBANY – The mayors of Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester and six other upstate cities are urging state leaders to allow Uber and Lyft to expand throughout the state, The Associated Press reported. The two ride-hailing services are now prohibited from operating outside of the New York City area.

12 Nabbed in Multimillion Dollar Retail Theft Ring

NEW YORK – Twelve people were indicted Wednesday in a multimillion dollar retail theft ring operated out of an upper Manhattan apartment, The Associated Press reported. The suspects would travel around the country stealing electronics and printers and sell them online.

Teacher Charged for Kicking Chair From Under Students

LINWOOD, N.J. – A teacher was arrested and suspended with pay for pulling the chair out from under a student, who fell and hit his head, The Press of Atlantic City reported. Kimberley Peschi, 40, was charged with cruelty and neglect of children and simple assault.