Regional Briefs – October 24, 2014

NYPD Investigating Anti-Police Graffiti in Queens

NEW YORK – The words “Become a hero, shoot a cop” were found scrawled on a public phone booth in Queens overnight Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. Police are reviewing surveillance video.

Cuomo Memoir Sales Off to Slow Start in 1st Week

ALBANY – Days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo tempered expectations about how well his new memoir is selling, the first results are in: only 948 copies were sold in the first week. Cuomo says he’s been too busy running for re-election and running the state and is planning a full-fledged promotional tour later.

NYC Council Limits Deportation Efforts

NEW YORK – The New York City Council on Wednesday voted to stop honoring federal detainment orders to hand over illegals to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency without a warrant, The Associated Press reported. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will sign it.

Rockaway Cop Arraigned for Fixing Cousin’s Ticket

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – A Rockaway police officer accused of trying to fix a cousin’s drunken driving ticket pleaded not guilty to an official misconduct charge. Clifton Gauthier, who was suspended, is also accused of witness tampering. Prosecutors are offering a plea deal of five years in prison.

Two Brothers Become Fathers Within Minutes

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Two brothers became fathers for the first time within six minutes of each other, the Daily Record of Parsippany reported. The relatives of Marty and Michael Murren split up between two hospitals last Friday as Olivia Murren was born at 10:23 p.m. and Thomas Murren was born at 10:29 p.m.

Christie Makes First Return in a Year to National Media

BORDENTOWN, N.J. – Gov. Chris Christie is making his first Sunday show appearance in almost a year, sitting down for an interview with Fox News to discuss his predictions for the upcoming midterm elections and the 2016 presidential race. His last Sunday show appearance was in November 2013, before the GWB scandal erupted in the press.