Regional Briefs – April 9, 2018

Aide to de Blasio Arrested for Carrying Loaded Gun

QUEENS – An aide in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Criminal Justice was arrested Saturday night being caught with a loaded handgun, The Associated Press reported. Officers responding to a ShotSpotter report of gunfire identified a car and arrested Reagan Stevens, 42, and two others. She was suspended without pay.

Cadets From Other Countries To Compete at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. – More than 500 military cadets from around the world will be competing against each other at West Point this weekend, The Associated Press reported. The annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition consists of 11 military-skill events from marksmanship to grenade throwing.

NY to Spend $30M on Computer Training Teachers

ALBANY – New York state will spend $6 million a year for the next five years training teachers in computer use. The money, which is limited to public schools, was included in a state budget deal.

Fired Officer Convicted of Pretending to Still be Cop

NEWARK – A police officer fired a decade ago for assault was convicted Thursday for continuing to wear his uniform in public to receive favors and would file false police reports, The Associated Press reported. Eddie Gonzalez, 39, faces up to 18 months in prison.

NY State Library Marks 200 Years With Forums, Exhibits

ALBANY – The New York State Library, the third oldest in the nation, turns 200 this year, and a series of events will mark the bicentennial. The State Library was created in 1818 at the urging of Gov. DeWitt Clinton as a reference for legislators, judges and state employees.

Police Now Required to Video All Interrogations

ALBANY – Law enforcement agencies across New York are now required to videotape all interrogations of people accused of serious crimes, whether they occur in police stations, jails, prosecutor’s offices or holding areas, The Associated Press reported. Failure to do so may result in a court tossing a confession.