Regional Briefs – March 17, 2015

State Trooper Died From Undetected Heart Ailment

ALBANY – The state trooper who died Friday during a training run had an undiagnosed heart ailment, an autopsy revealed, The Associated Press reported. Donald Fredenburg, 23, had a nearly 100-percent blockage of a major artery.

Cuomo’s Wage Increase Picks Up Business Support

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 won praise from about 40 business leaders on Monday, including the president of Viacom and the CEO of the Greater New York Chamber, The Associated Press reported. Republicans oppose another hike, and most business groups say it would drive up costs.

Drunk Walks Into Trooper’s Car, Gets Arrested

BRUNSWICK, N.Y. – That was easy. A 50-year-old drunk man pulled up next to a trooper’s car which was being filled at a gas station, got out and walked into the cruiser, The Associated Press reported. With a blood-alcohol content twice the legal limit, the man was arrested for DWI.

Talk-and-Driver Mom Charged in Child’s Death

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A mom who was talking on a cellphone when her pickup truck crashed last year was charged with vehicular homicide in the death of her 11-year-old daughter, The Associated Press reported. Kristen Williams, 40, is also charged with child endangerment.

N.J. Jail Official Convicted of Wiretapping Co-Workers

NEWARK – A top New Jersey jail official was convicted Friday for illegal wiretapping a dozen calls of co-workers who were critical of his work, The Associated Press reported. Deputy Director Kirk Eady claimed he wasn’t doing anything illegal since he was on the calls.

Most Valuable Private Coin Collection Up for Auction

NEW YORK – A collection of more than 650 rare American coins, the most valuable in private hands, will be auctioned in a series of seven sales through 2017, The Associated Press reported. Most of the $200 million collection dates from 1792 to the 1830s, including an 1804 silver dollar considered to be the most famous coin in America.