Man in profane ambush on Pennsylvania TV reporter fined $300

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- An 18-year-old man who grabbed a Pennsylvania television reporter's arm and yelled obscenities during a live broadcast has pleaded guilty to harassment.

Police say former Lackawanna College student Tyrone Parker ran up to WNEP's Stacy Lange during the November news report and yelled a profane phrase that's been used periodically by people ambushing television reporters over the past year.

Unflustered, Lange continued with her report about Scranton's budget.

Parker, of Pottstown, must pay a $300 fine plus $163 in fees after pleading guilty Wednesday. He could have faced jail time under an original charge of lying to police.

Lange says Parker has called her to apologize.

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