Regional Briefs – December 8, 2014

Latest Scam: Appearing to Require Roadside Assistance

RUTHERFORD, N.J. –A college student driving in Rutherford Friday saw what appeared to be a fight between two people, The Record reported. He approached to help, when one of them pulled a knife and demanded his wallet and a gold necklace. When the student hesitated, the man stabbed him. Both “fighters” then fled.

N.J. Coast to Be Hit by Nor’easter Tuesday

TRENTON – High winds are heading to New Jersey’s coastline Monday night with a nor’easter dumping heavy rain, the National Weather Service reported. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph before the system leaves the area by Tuesday night.

Automaker Seeks $118M Tax Break for 4-Mile Move

TRENTON – Japanese carmaker Subaru said Friday they are seeking $118 million in tax breaks to move its U.S. headquarters from Cherry Hill to Camden, the Associated Press reported. The move continues a bonanza of state tax breaks to aid the impoverished city. The state will consider the tax credits on Tuesday.

Death Doesn’t Stop Some From Collecting Welfare

TRENTON – Being dead didn’t keep some from collecting welfare. New Jersey’s auditor found that 37 people who had died were receiving food stamps or welfare. Also, 66 lottery  winners were benefiting, including a winner of a $1,000 weekly for life.

Cuomo: 2 People to Undergo Ebola Quarantine

ALBANY – Two people returning from West Africa where they were exposed to people diagnosed with Ebola have agreed to a 21-day home quarantine “out of an abundance of caution,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. The seventh and eighth people in New York to undergo a voluntary at-home quarantine are expected to arrive in coming days.

Scammer Told Elderly Grandkids Need Aid Arrested

NEW YORK – A Brooklyn man who swindled 17 grandparents nationwide by worrying them that their grandkids had been arrested and needed bail was arrested Friday. Allah Justice McQueen got $6,000 for bail meant for an alleged grandson from one 79-year-old victim.