WASHINGTON

EPA official calls for probe

The Environmental Protection Agency’s chief ethics official says he is pushing for a series of independent investigations into Scott Pruitt’s actions as administrator of the federal agency. In a letter to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, EPA ethics official Kevin Minoli writes that “potential issues” regarding Pruitt have surfaced through sources within the EPA and media reports since April. Minoli writes that he has referred “a number” of those matters to the EPA’s inspector general. He says all are either under consideration for acceptance or under active investigation. Minoli’s letter, first reported Saturday by the New York Times after the newspaper received a copy of the letter through a Freedom of Information request, doesn’t specify issues referred for investigation.

PRESCOTT, Ariz.

19 firefighters honored

Nineteen firefighters who died five years ago when they were overrun by a wildfire in a canyon in Arizona were honored Saturday at a memorial service. The event in Prescott featured bell tolls and the reading of the names of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died June 30, 2013, in Yarnell, northwest of Phoenix. The service included a moment of silence at the time of their deaths.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.

Cops: Teacher, 70, sought sex

Police say a 70-year-old Long Island math teacher gave two 16-year-old students cash for nude or revealing photos and offered one of them a top-of-the-line iPhone if she’d have sex with him. Jairo Inswasty was charged Thursday with endangering the welfare of a child. He was suspended from his teaching position at Central Islip High School. Suffolk County police said he paid one student $5 for a bikini photo and the other $150 to pose for nude photos. Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart says Inswasty later offered the second student an iPhone X to have sex. She declined. No phone number was listed for Inswasty.

AUSTIN, Texas

112-year-old man’s ID stolen

Someone obtained the personal information of a Texas resident who’s believed to be the oldest man in the U.S. and used it to drain his bank account. The family of Richard Overton says Social Security and banking account numbers for the 112-year-old Austin man were used to make seven withdrawals over the past several months. Cousin Volma Overton declined to say how much was stolen but said it was a “significant amount of money.”

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires