Regional Briefs – March 19, 2015

New Law Allows Direct Sale of Tesla Cars in N.J.

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure Wednesday allowing the sale of Tesla and other zero-emission cars, The Associated Press reported. This comes a year after the state Motor Vehicle Commission issued regulations requiring cars to be sold through franchises.

Several Students, Staffers Sickened at N.J. School

PAULSBORO, N.J. – Sixteen Paulsboro, N.J., high school students and two staffers were hospitalized Wednesday after they were overcome by fumes, The Associated Press reported. The fumes may have been caused by a nearby refinery that has been dealing with odor issues.

$54 Tinted Windows Ticket Leads to $20K Lawsuit

ROXBURY, N.J. – A New Jersey man’s fight over a $54 ticket for tinted windows has led to judge fining the town $21,502, The Record reported. After his ticket was thrown out, Jesse Wolosky sought the Roxbury town records of it through the Open Public Records Act. He filed a suit after the town said they didn’t have some of the records.

All Thruway Lanes Reopen After Crash Near Monsey

RAMAPO – The Thruway reopened after three lanes were blocked for hours Wednesday by a jackknifed tractor-trailer between Exit 14A and Exit 14B in Ramapo, The Associated Press reported. There were no serious injuries.

New Direct Flights Between New York and Cuba Taking Off

NEW YORK – A direct charter flight between JFK and Cuba is now taking off, The Associated Press reported. Cuba Travel Services started a weekly Tuesday charter for $849, which includes a round-trip, Cuban medical insurance and U.S. departure taxes. Only 12 categories are allowed, including family visits, government work and journalism.

Volunteer Firefighters Battle Blaze at Their Own Station

VICTOR, N.Y. – Members of a volunteer fire department had to be called out to battle a blaze at one of their two fire stations, The Associated Press reported. An automatic alarm at the Victor station alerted them at 3 a.m. Wednesday. The fire was under control in an hour.