Regional Briefs – December 15, 2014

Small Earthquake Rattles Some Near Lakewood

TRENTON – A tiny earthquake near Lakewood on Saturday caused no damage or injuries, and for most residents the 1.9-magnitude quake went completely unnoticed. Experts say earthquakes in New Jersey are rare, but small when they do occur.

Obama Heading to N.J. Monday to Greet Troops

FORT DIX, N.J. – President Obama is coming to Fort Dix, N.J., Monday, to thank troops and their families for their service. The military base is home to 38,000 residents.

N.J. Wants to Regulate Military Item Acquisitions

TRENTON – Local police departments seeking surplus military equipment from the Pentagon would have to get approval under a bill moving through the New Jersey legislature. Police received $50 million worth of military equipment such as M16s.

NY Health Exchange Extends Registration Deadline

ALBANY – New York’s health exchange is extending its registration deadline by five days until Dec. 20 because of last month’s snowstorms, The Associated Press reported. Since enrollment began Nov. 15, 154,562 people joined.

Judge Orders Release of Garner Panel Records

NEW YORK – An appeals court on Friday ordered that a Dec. 19 hearing on whether to unseal grand jury records in the Eric Garner case be open to the public, nixing a judge’s ruling, the New York Post reported. The Staten Island DA said state law constricts what he can release.

Suffolk County Getting Second Area Code

YAPHANK, N.Y. – Suffolk County on Thursday was approved for a second area code, Newsday reported. The new code, whose number has not yet been determined, will join the existing 631 code, which is running out of assignable telephone numbers.

Driver of Car That Jumped Curb Is Arrested

NEW YORK – The driver who jumped a curb Wednesday near the Empire State Building injuring six pedestrians was arrested for DWI, The Associated Press reported. Stella Mednik herself remains hospitalized.