Regional Briefs – December 29, 2014

Clumsy Burglar Falls Off Roof

LYNDHURST, N.J. – A clumsy burglar fell off the roof of a building he broke into, The Associated Press reported. Andy Paredes was arrested when a woman heard noises outside her apartment early Thursday and saw a man opening a window of the unit below hers. When a light came on, Paredes ran across the roof and fell, landing on a shrub.

Bottles Left on Roads Land Man in Hot Water

VENTNOR, N.J. – A elderly man was arrested early Friday morning as he was putting weighted 2-liter soda bottles on a New Jersey roadway so drivers would have to swerve to avoid them, The Press of Atlantic City reported. Robert Grenier, 76, is suspected of doing the same thing several times since September, but a motive has not been determined.

Pedestrian Hit by Suffolk County Police Car Dies

NEW YORK – A Suffolk police car responding to an emergency call Saturday struck a pedestrian who later died, The Associated Press reported. Craig Schiffer was 54.

Law Wants to Darken NY Skies From Outdoor Lighting

ALBANY – A new state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo preserves dark night skies by setting shielding requirements for outdoor lighting installed by state agencies. “Light pollution” obscures views of the stars, intrudes on privacy, and interferes with normal patterns of behavior of plants and animals.

NY Honor Guard Performed At 11,300 Funerals in ‘14

ALBANY – The N.Y. National Guard conducted 11,300 military honor guards at funerals in 2014, about 300 fewer than last year due to the decline in WWII and Korean veterans, The Associated Press reported. Any American serviceman not dishonorably discharged is eligible.

Teen Arrested for Threatening Police With Sword

COLONIE, N.Y. – A teenager who threw debris at police during a chase Friday through multiple towns raised a sword at a trooper, who shot him, The Associated Press reported. Michael Messina, 19, was pursued by Colonie police to I-890, where troopers stopped it with tire spikes. He’s in the hospital in stable condition.