Regional Briefs – January 5, 2015

Teen’s Disability Suit Against 6 Flags to Proceed

TRENTON – A disabled teenager’s lawsuit against Six Flags Great Adventure over access will go forward after a judge declined to dismiss the action, The Associated Press reported. Joseph Masci, 14, in 2012 was told he wasn’t permitted on all but two rides because he needs at least one fully formed foot.

Both Hepatitis A Patients Went to Same Diner

HAMILTON, N.J. – Two middle-aged women were diagnosed with Hepatitis A after they ate at a restaurant where a food handler first contracted the virus. The two ate at Rosa’s Restaurant and Catering. Both are recovering.

Correction Officer Earned $1.2 Million on Disability

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – A Westchester correction officer earned $1.2 million during his 17 years on disability for an injured wrist when an inmate threw lettuce at him, the Journal News reported. As Jesus Encarnacion, 55, retires, the county is removing him since doctors say he was not permanently disabled.

NY Establishes Website For Seeking Clemency

ALBANY – New York state established a clemency website for those seeking pardons, reprieves or commuted sentences to get background information and file requests. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pardoned two men last week, his 4th and 5th since taking office. Not surprisingly, applications dropped from 1,269 in 2010 to 171 last year.

$80K Worth of Diamond Earrings Stolen in NYC

NEW YORK – About $80,000 worth of diamond earrings was stolen Friday from a store in Manhattan’s diamond district. Surveillance video shows the robber wearing a white-brimmed hat with the word “FAME” emblazoned entering Diamonds by Siag, distracting workers and taking an entire tray of jewelry.

Not Clean: Drunk Street-Sweeper Arrested

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – A street-sweeper driving erratically was arrested Thursday for drunken-driving. Jerry Mitchell of Brooklyn first led the arresting officer on a 35 mph chase along the Southern State Parkway.