Regional Briefs – June 15, 2017

Man and Toddler Daughter Killed in Crash on GW Bridge

NEW YORK – A man and his 5-year-old daughter were killed Wednesday night when their SUV crashed into the back of a box truck on the George Washington Bridge, The Associated Press reported. Hector Pedercini, 50, and his daughter, Marianna, died; his wife, mother-in-law and 1-year-old were injured.

Reporter Cuffed for Taking Photos in Court Hallway

SYRACUSE – Officers handcuffed a Post-Standard reporter Wednesday for taking cellphone photos of a man being arrested, the newspaper reported. Douglass Dowty had his phone taken away and he was detained for a few minutes. The state is investigating.

Man Videotaped Hanging Out Window of Speeding Car

EAR HARBOR, N.J. – A man was videotaped Tuesday hanging out the window of a Lexus speeding down the Atlantic City Expressway, WPVI reported. His legs were over the door and arm was gripping the luggage rack. A passenger was cheering. Police are looking for him.

Tenement Museum Selects Obama Official as President

LOWER EAST SIDE – The Tenement Museum named Wednesday an education official in the Obama administration as their next president, The New York Times reported. Kevin Jennings takes over just as the museum completes a new $20 million permanent exhibition.

Group Sues NYPD Over ‘Neither Confirm Nor Deny’

NEW YORK – Frustrated with the NYPD’s frequent use of the “neither confirm nor deny” response about surveillance programs, the New York Civil Liberties Union is suing, The New York Times reported. Also known as the Glomar response, the NYPD says it’s both legal and limited.