Regional Briefs – January 20, 2015

Driver Sentenced for Forgetting Students on Bus

NEWTON, N.J. – A school-bus driver who left two special-needs children alone in a vehicle for 45 minutes during a hot summer day was sentenced to three years of probation, the New Jersey Herald reported. Kimberly Moumblow, 47, must also undergo a mental-health evaluation.

Woman Charged in Parking Rage Incident

ROME, N.Y. – A woman on Monday was charged as a felon for vandalized a car that pulled into the parking spot she wanted at a Walmart store, The AP reported. Rebecca Gilbert, 38, is accused of causing $1,411.50 in damage to a 2010 Volkswagen.

NY Settles With Bank For Excluding Black Areas

ALBANY – New York’s attorney general on Sunday settled with Five Star Bank requiring it stop excluding black neighborhoods in Rochester. A probe showed the state-chartered bank deemed loans there “undesirable” and excluded borrowers from mortgages less than $75,000.

NYC Settles NYPD Chokehold Lawsuit for $75,000

NEW YORK – New York City on Monday agreed to pay a black Brooklyn man $75,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming he was choked during a 2013 arrest, the Daily News reported. Kevin Dennis-Palmer said he was “another example of a black man choked and beaten down into the ground.” The suit was filed a month before the Eric Garner incident.

Judge Dismisses ‘Framed’ Gun Charges Against Brooklyn Man

NEW YORK – A judge dismissed charges against a Brooklyn man who claimed police fabricated gun-possession charges against him. Police said they got a tip from an informer that Jeffrey Herring had a gun but no proof was given at hearings. Both the Brooklyn DA and the NYPD are investigating similar instances involving the 67th Precinct.