New York Briefs – September 1, 2014

Dog Turns on Stove, Which Then Sets Laptop Ablaze         

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A family’s dog turned on the stove while the owners were away, setting a laptop ablaze and sending smoke through the roof on Friday, the Asbury Park Press reported. The dog emerged unscathed and firefighters put out the flames.

Report Faults New York’s Anti-Smoking Plan

ALBANY – New York state needs to do more than the existing screenings, tobacco taxes, smoking bans and restrictions on tanning booths to prevent smoking, says a new report from the American Cancer Society. They estimate 107,000 New Yorkers will be diagnosed this year and 35,000 will die.

Assailants Pelt Cops From Manhattan Rooftop

NEW YORK – Three police officers were hurt Saturday night when unknown assailants pelted them with objects from a Manhattan rooftop. None was life threatening.

Man Arrested in Anti-White Pellet Attacks

NEW YORK – A black suspect was arrested Saturday for a gang assault on whites with a pellet gun in Central Park, The Associated Press reported. Edward Fall, 20, was one of five people who struck two whites in the head with a pellet on Aug. 18 while yelling anti-white slurs. The other at-large suspects are described as black teens.

Teen in Lamborghini Test Drive Dies in Crash

MOUNT SINAI, N.Y. – A Long Island teen taking a test drive of a family friend’s Lamborghini died Friday after crashing the high-powered sports car into a guardrail, Newsday reported. Samuel Shepard, 18, lost control while speeding.

Community Service Eyed For Brooklyn Bridge Stunt

NEW YORK – A judge on Friday suggested a Russian tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge be sentenced to community service — like cleaning a bridge, the Daily News reported. Prosecutors want Yaroslav Kolchin to serve a 90-day jail sentence but the judge said his action wasn’t malicious.

Chelsea Clinton Quits As NBC News Reporter

NEW YORK – Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job with NBC, where the presidential daughter had been working on feature stories for $600,000 a year. Her exit removes a potential awkwardness if her mother runs for president in 2016.