Regional Briefs – October 28, 2014

De Blasio Signs Law Reducing Speed to 25 Mph

NEW YORK – It’s official: New York City’s default speed limit will be 25 mph starting next Friday. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation Monday on a Manhattan street corner with relatives of accident victims. With the exception of highways and some roads, 90 percent of streets will have this speed limit.

Man Spends 4-Plus Hours in Tree After Chase

HOWARD, N.Y. – Two men who led police on a vehicle and foot chase that ended after one climbed a tree and remained there for four hours were arrested Saturday, The Associated Press reported. The men fled a deputy who was checking on their parked vehicle, speeding away at 80 mph before going over an embankment. The duo then fled into the woods, one of them climbing a tree.

Girl Scalded by Coffee gets $500k Settlement

BUFFALO – A 14-month-old scalded after grabbing a hot cup of coffee on the tip of a table at a restaurant along the Thruway has won at least $500,000 in settlement, the Buffalo News reported. Jose and Sally Adames of Puerto Rico claims the waitress was negligent for placing the cup near their daughter, now 5.

2 Charged in Conspiracy to Set Mayor’s Bus Ablaze

NEWARK – Two men who worked for a rival Newark candidate were charged with setting Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s campaign bus on fire on Feb. 16, The Associated Press reported. Michael Benkowski and Shareef Nash face 10 to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Deer Rescued From Swimming Pool in New Jersey

FAR HILLS, N.J. – Police rescued a deer that nearly drowned in a swimming pool after it fell through the pool’s cover on Saturday, NJ.com reported. The deer was then set free.

Ocean City Students’ Experiment to Go Into Space

OCEAN CITY, N.J. – A rocket will carry an experiment designed by Ocean City students to the International Space Station, The Press of Atlantic City reported. Six students were on hand Monday night to watch the launch. The experiment studies the effect of microgravity on the attachment of E. coli to lettuce leaves.