Regional Briefs – October 30, 2014

Students Watched Experiment Blow Up With Rocket

OCEAN CITY, N.J. – Ocean City High School students on hand Tuesday night to see their experiment fly off to the International Space Station watched as a space-supply rocket exploded moments after liftoff in Virginia, The Press of Atlantic City reported. The students were devastated at the loss of their research, which was to determine whether E. coli bacteria attach to lettuce leaves at a lesser rate in space.

Developer Secures Funds To Build 3 WTC

NEW YORK – Developer Larry Silverstein secured the $1.6 billion needed to build his long-planned 3 World Trade Center in tax-exempt bonds, paving the way for construction by 2018. The 1,170-foot tower would be the third to be constructed on the 16-acre site. Only one tenant signed up so far.

150 Cats Found in Home Of Known Feline Hoarder

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. – Bertha Ryan and her sister Regina Millard were stopped four years ago by police who discovered 77 cats in their car. On Tuesday, police found 150 cats in Ryan’s home, the Albany Times-Union reported. Officials removed 80 cats Tuesday and the remaining 70 were picked up Wednesday.

New York Court Rejects Queens Suspects’ Interviews

ALBANY – A police warning that suspects have one chance before arraignment to provide information to help their cases undercut their subsequent Miranda rights, New York’s top court ruled, throwing out the evidence used to convict two Queens men of murder, The Associated Press reported. New trials have been ordered for Jermaine Dunbar and Collin Lloyd-Douglas, with their statements excluded.

NYPD Officer Convicted In Ticket-Fixing Scheme

NEW YORK – A Bronx police officer was convicted Monday in a case that led to the NYPD’s ticket-fixing investigation, an informal practice of police squashing tickets for friends and relatives. Jose Ramos, 46, is accused of turning his two Bronx barbershops into a front for illegal substances and stolen goods.