NY Briefs – September 23, 2014

N.J. Looks at Raising Judges’ Retirement Age

TRENTON – New Jersey judges would be allowed to work five years longer under a measure advanced by lawmakers, The Associated Press reported. The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Monday advanced a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to increase the retirement age to 75.

Father, Son Killed as SUV Plunges Into River

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A father and his young son were killed around 3 a.m. Sunday when their SUV struck a guardrail and plunged into the Delaware and Raritan Canal, NJ.com reported. Jorge Luis Florez-Martinez, 29, and his 7-year-old son, Jorge Jr., died while Yaritza Ruiz, the driver’s wife, escaped the vehicle and swam to safety.

Bear Suspected of Killing Hiker in New Jersey

WEST MILFORD, N.J. – A black bear on Sunday probably attacked and killed a hiker in a northern New Jersey nature preserve, The Associated Press reported. When five hikers from Edison encountered a bear, frightened, they ran off in different directions. When they regrouped they noticed Darsh Patel, 22, was missing. A search team located his body with evidence he had been attacked by a bear.

U.S. Tennis Denies Title to Shabbos-Observing Team

LONG ISLAND – Assemblyman Dov Hikind on Sunday wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the U.S. Tennis Association for denying a title shot to a team that refused to play on Shabbos. The Long Beach tennis team, of whom nine out of the 12 players are Orthodox, filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court.

Gov. Christie Spells Out Weight Loss

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie said Friday he lost 85 pounds since his lapband surgery in 2013, The New York Times reported. He said that his doctor once told him he has to have the right relationship with food.

Appeals Court Reinstates NatWest-Hamas Lawsuit

NEW YORK – A federal appeals court on Monday reinstated a lawsuit in which roughly 200 U.S. victims of terrorist attacks in Israel accuse the National Westminster Bank of supporting Hamas, The Associated Press reported. The lawsuit said the bank maintained accounts for the Palestine Relief & Development Fund, a front for Hamas.

Man Exonerated of Murder Dies From Asthma Attack

NEW YORK – A New York City man freed last year after serving 23 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit died Saturday from an asthma attack, The Associated Press reported. William Lopez’s death came days before his $124 million federal civil lawsuit against the city for false imprisonment was set to begin. His wife Alice will probably continue with the case.