Regional Briefs – September 16, 2014

School Dress Code Nets 200 Detentions at Staten Island

NEW YORK – A strict dress code adopted by a Staten Island school has resulted in 200 detentions in the last two weeks, the New York Post reported. The “Dress for Success” policy at Tottenville High School was signed off by parents. Ninety percent of the detained students were girls.

Two Characters Arrested For Times Square Fistfight

NEW YORK – Two costumed characters in Times Square and another man have been arrested after getting into a fist fight Saturday night, The Associated Press reported. The dispute started when the man began heckling the costumed men. Councilman Andy King last week proposed legislation requiring the characters to be licensed and to wear photo IDs.

Central New York Jail Reeling From Too Many Inmates

WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. – Drug arrests and mental health cases are sapping the budget of a central New York jail, the Oneida Dispatch reported. An influx of inmates put the Madison County jail at maximum capacity and drained its annual budget for medical and personal care expenses by June. The typical inmate population of about 100 grew to 145 at one point this summer.

NYPD Finds Chokehold Complaints Understated

NEW YORK – The NYPD civilian review panel said it discovered dozens more chokehold complaints against police officers after finding it had misclassified some of them, the Wall Street Journal reported. Since 2009, 1,128 complaints were resolved. But some allegations were mistakenly not categorized as chokehold complaints. A full report will be issued in the coming weeks.

AG Schneiderman Kicks Off Reelection Campaign

NEW YORK – New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Sunday kicked off his reelection campaign at a rally outside City Hall, saying it will focus on what he claimed was a record of fighting corruption, both public and private, The Associated Press reported. He was endorsed by fellow New York City Democrats. He faces Republican John Cahill in November.