Regional Briefs – June 5, 2017

Students Organize Flip Flop Race to Break World Record

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – High school students want to break a world record by running 1 kilometer in flip flops for charity, the New York Post reported. Tappan Zee High students are hitting the pavement June 11 to break a record of 845 runners currently held by Spain.

Man Climbs Into Central Park Zoo Aviary, Stays for 4 Hours

NEW YORK – An mentally ill man climbed into an aviary at Central Park Zoo on Sunday afternoon and stayed there for four hours before he was removed by police, the Daily News reported. He climbed onto a rock structure 20 feet off the ground and refused to move.

Deer Running Across the Road Causes 4 Cars to Crash

OCEAN, N.J. – A deer darting across the Garden State Parkway on Saturday set off a series of crashes that hospitalized five people, the Asbury Park Press reported. A car struck the deer, causing another car to rear-end the first vehicle. Two other cars swerving to avoid the two cars ran off the road.

Ambulance Catches Fire Outside Long Island ER

EAST PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – An ambulance caught fire Friday morning parked outside Brookhaven Memorial Hospital’s emergency room, Newsday reported. Orange flames and thick black smoke erupted, with some smoke getting into the hospital, but there were no injuries.

Judge OKs Lawsuit Over NYPD’s Use of Sound Cannons

NEW YORK – A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the NYPD’s use of sound cannons may be considered excessive force, allowing a lawsuit to proceed, The Associated Press reported. The device emits a series of sharp beeps to disperse crowds. Six plaintiffs say it caused migraines and hearing damage.