Regional Briefs – March 7, 2017

Couple Wins $10M on Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – A couple has won $10 million on a scratch-off ticket, the single largest cash prize for scratch-off games in the state lottery’s history, The Associated Press reported. It was part of the special 50th anniversary instant game, “$10,000,000 Cash,” with tickets costing $30 each.

Longtime Official Honored By Christie at Memorial

HAMILTON, N.J. – A longtime New Jersey official who served governors of both parties was memorialized at his funeral Monday by Gov. Chris Christie, The Associated Press reported. Jamie Fox, 62, was a lobbyist for United Airlines who died ahead of his trial on corruption charges.

Parking Agency Workers Admit Taking Cash for Spots

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Four Parking Authority workers pleaded guilty Tuesday of plotting to accept bribes from customers to illegally park their cars, The Associated Press reported. They will receive probation terms, fined $200 each and be barred from holding public employment.

Driver Owes Nearly $51,000 In Unpaid Tolls, Fees

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. – A driver was arrested Tuesday morning at the Lincoln Tunnel when police said he owes $10,850 in tolls and $40,100 in fees, The Associated Press reported. Tai Denunzio, 50, had 802 EZPass violations.

CSX Freight Train Carrying Hazardous Materials Derails

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – A CSX freight train carrying hazardous materials derailed Tuesday afternoon in the Hudson Valley, with the lead locomotive straddling both lanes of a two-lane road, The Associated Press reported. There are no reports of leaks or spills.

U.S. Attorney Gets Personal With New Twitter Account

NEW YORK – Manhattan’s federal prosecutor opened his own Twitter account, sparking rumors of a political run, The Associated Press reported. Preet Bharara’s first tweet ended in “stay tuned,” a phrase he popularized after high-profile arrests he made.