Regional Briefs – December 9, 2014

Republican Pataki Mulling A Run for President

NEW YORK – Former Gov George Pataki is mulling the Republican presidential primary, traveling in recent weeks to New Hampshire and South Carolina even as political experts give him virtually no shot, the Daily News reported. The three-term governor has been in contact with donors and even has an ad calling for “less government, more freedom.”

NYC Buildings Department: Prepare for High Winds

NEW YORK – New York City advised builders, contractors and property owners to secure their structures in preparation for winds of up to 35 mph with gusts between 55 and 60 mph through Tuesday afternoon. If not properly secured, violations and stop-work orders could be issued.

Fire Destroys 1890s Victorian Mansion

DOLGEVILLE, N.Y. – A fire on Saturday broke out in a historic 44-room Victorian mansion, destroying the house built in the 1890s by German immigrant-turned-industrialist Alfred Dolge, for whom the village was named. About 150 firefighters battled the blaze for hours.

Potential Dem Convention Home Full of Violations

NEW YORK – Touted by city officials as a potential home for the 2016 Democratic presidential convention, Barclays Center in Brooklyn is in “noncompliance” of several federal EPA standards, the New York Post reported. A $7,500 fine was levied.

Deer Breaks Through Two Doors, Ransacks Bathroom

GALLOWAY, N.J. – A deer smashed two front doors of a home Saturday, darted through the residence and ransacked the bathroom, The Associated Press reported. A woman cooking in the kitchen locked it in the bathroom. Responding officers escorted the deer back into the wild.

Guard Arrested in Death Of Rikers Inmate in Hot Cell

NEW YORK – A jail guard accused of falsifying records was arrested Monday in the death of a mentally ill Rikers inmate in a 101-degree jail cell, The Associated Press reported. Carol Lackner changed logbook entries indicating she toured every half hour to check on Jerome Murdough even though video didn’t show her doing so.