Regional Briefs – January 15, 2015

Cop Arrested for Siccing Dog on Suspect

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – A state police officer who allowed his police dog to bite a woman during an arrest was indicted on numerous counts, The Associated Press reported. Justin Cherry pulled over the woman’s car in January 2014, but she kept driving until stopping at the next village, when the dog attacked her.

Bergen County Executive In Motor Vehicle Accident

ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. – Bergen’s county executive escaped injury in a chain-reaction crash Tuesday night on Route 17, The Record reported. James Tedesco was leaving Trenton after attending Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State address when he struck the rear of another car.

Firefighters From Across Conn., N.Y. Fight Blaze

CORNWALL, Conn. – Firefighters from across Connecticut and New York on Tuesday battled for 12 hours a massive fire that destroyed two buildings, equipment and lumber at a building supply company, the Republican-American reported. Firefighters faced water shortages and below-freezing temperatures.

Queens Creates Immigrant Affairs Office

QUEENS – Immigrants in Queens are getting help navigating the criminal justice system with the creation of an immigrant affairs office, Queens DA Richard Brown announced Tuesday. Brooklyn and Manhattan already have one. Queens has the city’s largest immigrant population.

Cash Rains Down on Long Island Expressway

NEW YORK – It was raining cash on the Long Island Expressway after the rear door of an armored truck flew open and bag of money fell out early Tuesday, WCBS reported. The bag containing $178,000 broke and $100 and $20 bills went flying. Drivers stopped to chase the fluttering cash. Only $40 was recovered.

‘Taste NY’ Vending Machines in Highway Rest Areas

ALBANY – The first two “Taste New York” vending machines are now in operation at rest areas in Broome and Saratoga counties. They feature agricultural items produced and processed in New York state such as string cheese, Adirondack beverages, yogurt and Saratoga water.