Regional Briefs – March 22, 2017

Mechanical Problem Leads To Belly Landing at Airport

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. – A mechanical issue Tuesday night caused a small plane to land hard on its belly at MacArthur Airport, Newsday reported. The pilot had been practicing landings and takeoffs when the landing gear collapsed and the plane slid onto the intersection of two runways.

New York Offers $2K Rebates to Spark Electric Car Sales

ALBANY – They haven’t worked until now but Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again trying to get people to purchase electric cars by providing rebates of up to $2,000, The Associated Press reported. The cost to taxpayers is $55 million for the rebates, plus an additional $15 million on “consumer education.”

Pit Bull Attack Leaves Boy, 3 Adults Seriously Injured

NEPTUNE, N.J. – A pit bull attacked and seriously injured a 10-year-old boy and three adults on Tuesday before it was corralled, The Associated Press reported. The boy’s uncle had just taken in a friend’s dog the day before after it attacked the friend’s wife.

Firefighters Help Stranded Dolphin Back to Ocean

NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. – Firefighters who found several dolphins struggling to get off a sandbar Monday afternoon carried one of them using a flexible stretcher into deeper water, WPVI reported. Two other dolphins were able to free themselves when the tide came in.

3 Injured, 100-Plus Displaced By Fire at Apartment Building

COLONIE, N.Y. – Three people were injured and more than 100 displaced Tuesday night after a fire broke out inside a five-story building, The Associated Press reported. The blaze began when a man left a frying pan on a stove too long. He was among the injured.