Regional Briefs – November 25, 2014

Man Freed After Two Decades to Get $3.6M

NEW YORK – A man whose New York City murder conviction was overturned after he spent over 20 years in prison is getting $3.6 million from the state in exchange for dropping a lawsuit against the city, the Daily News reported. Anthony Yarbough was convicted of murder in 1992. A judge threw out the convictions in February, based on DNA evidence.

New York Casino Decision Expected Dec. 17

ALBANY – A decision on where up to four casinos will be located in New York is expected to be announced Dec. 17, when the review board meets for the final time, The Associated Press reported. The board is picking from among 16 applications.

Man Jailed for Defrauding Elderly Cancer Patient

CAMDEN, N.J. – A fraudster who stole $279,000 in stock certificates from an elderly cancer patient and then used forged documents to get power of attorney was sentenced Monday to 37 months in prison, The Associated Press reported. Ralph Cozzino used the ill-gotten gains for a car, Lasik surgery and a new house.

Red Light Camera Foe, Fan Square Off

LINDEN, N.J. – The most ardent critic of New Jersey’s red light cameras on Monday met with its biggest supporter to tour the facility where the red light violations are processed, The Associated Press reported. Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon criticizes the five-year pilot program, which Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka says improved safety.

Bus Driver Who Left Child On Board Resigns

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – A school bus driver who left a student on his bus Thursday resigned, the Canandaigua Daily Messenger reported. The student eventually left the bus after half an hour, and the district’s transportation center notified the mother.

Man Gets 18 Years for Leading Police on Long Pursuit

ELIZABETH, N.J. – A man who led police on a car chase along a major highway last year was sentenced on Friday to 18 years in prison, The Associated Press reported. Dion Cromwell must serve six years before he becomes eligible for parole.