Regional Briefs – December 2, 2014

Month-long Repairs Could Slow NJ Transit Trains

METUCHEN, N.J. – Repairs beginning Tuesday through Dec. 22 could slow the commute for NJ Transit riders heading to Newark and Manhattan by 15 minutes, The Associated Press reported. Amtrak will replace concrete ties near Metuchen Station.

Police Probe 5th Home Invasion Targeting Indians

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Authorities are perplexed as the fifth home invasion in recent weeks targeting Middlesex residents of Asian Indian descent occurred on Saturday, The Associated Press reported. Several men entered a home, tied up residents, and stole cash and jewelry.

Burglars Caught After Bumping Into Police Cruiser

SYRACUSE – Two burglars trying to flee police Monday after breaking into a convenience store were caught after they bumped into a police cruiser, The Associated Press reported. After the getaway car was boxed in, one suspect tried to ram his way out of the road block and struck a deputy, who fired one shot at the car.

NYPD Officer Arrested on Drunken Driving Charge

NEW YORK – An off-duty NYPD officer was arrested Friday on a drunken driving charge after a hit and run in Queens. Aaron Sanchez was followed by the driver who called police. He was arrested when an officer noticed Sanchez had bloodshot eyes and he smelled of alcohol.

NJ Senate Votes to Expand Early Voting

TRENTON – New Jersey’s Senate on Monday approved expanding early voting, even though Gov. Chris Christie previously vetoed a similar measure and the Assembly has not taken it up, The Associated Press reported. Each county would need several polling places open 15 days before elections.

Man With 49 License Suspensions Still on the Road

BELLPORT, N.Y. – A Long Island man stopped on Thursday for speeding and not wearing a seatbelt was found to have still been driving with a license suspended an astounding 49 times and had gotten 34 tickets in 16 days. The car was impounded.