Regional Briefs – March 15, 2017

U.S. Attorney for Upstate NY To Stay On for Few Months

ALBANY – The U.S. Attorney for New York’s northern district said he secured Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s agreement to stay on through June so he can complete 20 years of service, The Associated Press reported. Richard Hartunian was one of 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by ex-president Obama to be fired last week.

Burglar Cuts Through Wall to Steal Cafe Safe

KINNELON, N.J. – A burglar broke into a vacant store next door and then smashed through the wall of a Dunkin’ Donuts early Monday and made off with the café’s safe, The Record reported. It is unknown how much money was in the safe. Police are searching for the robber.

Snow Gift: Major Storm Gives Big Boost to NY Ski Areas

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Tuesday’s storm gave a big boost to upstate’s ski areas after an erratic winter of big snowfalls followed by extended warm spells, The Associated Press reported. Belleayre Ski Resort received 32 inches, Gore Mountain received 2 feet and Whiteface Mountain got 40 inches.

Upstate Bank Branch Goes Up In Flames During Snowstorm

WILTON, N.Y. – Fire officials in Saratoga County are mystified at the blaze which gutted a bank in the middle of Tuesday’s snowstorm, WNYT reported. The Adirondack Trust Co. branch had closed early; the fire began an hour later.

Thief With a Sweet Tooth Robs Same Store Three Times

NEWARK – A thief with a sweet tooth and a knife pleaded guilty Monday to pilfering candy from the same 7-Eleven store three times in four days, The Associated Press reported. Idris Allen was captured after the shift manager saw him stealing and followed him.

Business Group to NY: ‘Buy American’ Rule Will Backfire

ALBANY – A group that advocates for international investment is urging New York lawmakers not to adopt a “buy American” bill they say would hurt the economy, The Associated Press reported. The plan would give local companies preference in all state purchases over $100,000.