Regional Briefs – January 2, 2015

NJ Lawmaker Gets New Job, Will Leave Assembly

FRANKLIN, N.J. – A longtime New Jersey lawmaker announced Thursday she is planning to leave the Assembly after she was named the new business administrator for Franklin Borough, the New Jersey Herald reported. Alison Littell McHose represented Sussex County since 2003.

105K Sign Up for Obamacare In New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. – 105,000 New Jersey residents signed up for Obamacare insurance in 2015 during the first month of registration, only 43 percent of whom are new to the exchange while the rest were just reenrolling. The deadline is Feb. 15.

NJ Mayor Faces Drunken Driving Charge

PAULSBORO, N.J. – A New Jersey mayor is facing drunken driving charges, the South Jersey Times reported. First-term Paulsboro Mayor W. Jeffery Hamilton was arrested after officers responded to a call reporting an erratic driver.

Man Struck, Killed by NJ Transit Train

HACKENSACK, N.J. – A man was struck and killed by a NJ Transit train but what exactly happened remains a mystery, The Associated Press reported. Jorge Acila, 52, was discovered lying on the tracks around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday after he was struck by a westbound train traveling from Hoboken to Spring Valley, N.Y.

Memorial for Fire Victims Now Covered by Trash

NEWARK, N.J. – Huge mounds of trash were dumped on a memorial for six family members killed in a house fire this summer. Officials are still trying to determine where it came from, News 12 N.J. reported. A neighbor noticed garbage piling up two weeks ago, when the city demolished what was left of the house.

Boy, 5, Hurt in Fall From Chair Lift

EASTON, N.Y. – A 5-year-old boy is hospitalized after he fell 18 feet from a chair lift Tuesday at a ski area. The boy was headed up the mountain when he slipped under the safety bar. A teenage skier riding with the boy held on to him before losing his grip. The toddler was crying and talking before he was taken to the hospital. He’s listed in fair condition.