Regional Briefs – September 22, 2014

Newark Airport Runway Repairs Nearing End

NEWARK – Repairs to a major runway at Newark Airport could be more of an annoyance to residents of two New Jersey cities than to air travelers. One runway closed Saturday for 10 days to complete grooving and the installation of pavement lights. The other runways will be available to handle flights but that means more planes will be buzzing residents of Jersey City and Bayonne.

Va. Woman, 93, Gets N.Y. High School Diploma

BURKE, Va. – A 93-year-old Virginia woman received an honorary diploma from her high school in New York, 75 years after her graduation date, WRC reported. As a birthday present, Jane Pickett’s family contacted Rye County Day School and asked its administrators to send an honorary diploma. She had completed high school in 1939, but got married on the same day as the graduation.

$25M Suit Filed for Harlem Gas Explosion

NEW YORK – A Harlem woman injured during a gas explosion in March that leveled two buildings and killed eight people filed a $25 million lawsuit, the New York Post reported. Kadeisha Joseph, 20, said the blast threw her 20 feet, smacking her into a wall. She now has constant neck and back pain and had to give up her job working with disabled children.

3 Hurt by Falling Glass at Mall

PARAMUS, N.J. – Two boys and a man escaped serious injury Saturday when glass from a balcony barrier at a Bergen, N.J., mall fell about 30 feet and shattered on the floor below, The Record reported. The glass pane that fell supports a metal banister that provides a safety rail for a balcony inside the mall. A metal stanchion was found near the balcony railing, and authorities say it’s possible someone knocked it over and caused the glass to break.

2 NYPD Officers Convicted Of Attempted Assault

NEW YORK – Two NYPD officers were convicted of misdemeanor attempted assault in connection with a February 2011 incident in a Bronx alley. Surveillance videos showed Jose Ocasio and Joseph Murphy punching and kicking a teenager and then walking away.