Regional Briefs – February 5, 2015

PSE&G Will Keep Providing Credits for Gas Bills

NEWARK – New Jersey’s largest utility will extend credits another two months for its residential gas heating customers due to the continued availability of low-cost shale gas, PSE&G announced Wednesday, cutting the average bill by 31 percent. The credits began in November.

Man Admits Robbing Five Banks in N.J., Pennsylvania

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing five banks over a four-month period in 2013, The Associated Press reported. Nathaniel Stroud, 34, gave tellers a note that demanded money and said he had a gun. He faces 40 years in jail at his sentencing May 14.

Garden State Parkway Toll Booth Robbed at Gunpoint

EAST ORANGE, N.J. – A masked motorist on Tuesday night robbed a toll collector at gunpoint on the Garden State Parkway, NJ.com reported. He drove up to the toll plaza in a white car and ordered the toll collector to place cash in a pillow case.

Cat Survives Being Shot With BBs

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. – A person shot a cat with nearly two dozen BBs, but the cat survived, although bloodied and with a broken foot, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported. Police are seeking the shooter, and the Animal Alliance is offering a $500 reward.

Teacher Collected Disability But Taught Elsewhere

TRENTON – A former schoolteacher admitted Tuesday to taking $249,000 in disability while teaching elsewhere, The Associated Press reported. John Brishcar taught science in New Jersey before retiring in 2003, claiming he couldn’t teach because of “prolonged stress and chronic back pain.” But he then became a substitute teacher in West Virginia and later a full-time teacher in Virginia.

Lawyer in Anti-Cop Video Resigns NYC-Funded Agency

NEW YORK – A lawyer at a city-funded nonprofit who appears in an music video that called for killing cops resigned from the Bronx Defenders legal agency, The Associated Press reported. Kumar Rao said he should have better vetted the video. The agency receives $20 million in city funding.