Regional Briefs – March 30, 2015

Englewood Man Killed in Crash Triggered by Wayward Tire

DENVILLE, N.J. – A tire popping off a pickup truck Thursday night triggered a multi-vehicle accident that claimed the life of an Englewood man on I-80, NJ.com reported. Sheldon Lefkowitz, who would have turned 78 on Monday, was declared dead at the scene and his wife was moderately injured.

New Jersey Could Get 3 New State Symbols

TRENTON – A moth, a mineral and an inventor don’t have much in common but they might soon share a designation as New Jersey’s newest state symbols, The Associated Press reported. A bill introduced would declare the Io moth the state moth, Franklinite the state mineral and Thomas Edison the state inventor.

Judge Says School Can Fire Guard Over ‘Black Thugs’ Post

VINELAND, N.J. – A federal judge ruled Thursday that a school district was within its rights to fire a security guard who described two blacks accused of killing a police officer as “black thugs” and suggesting “all white people should start riots,” The Associated Press reported.

Six Flags to Cut 18K Trees to Go Solar

JACKSON, N.J. – Six Flags Great Adventure plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of the largest solar farm in New Jersey, the Asbury Park Press reported. The facility will meet all its energy needs.

NY Comptroller Reports $1B In February Tax Refunds

ALBANY – New York’s comptroller approved 1.2 million personal tax refunds in February worth $1 billion and rejected more than 2,000 tax refunds valued at $4 million, The Associated Press reported. It approved $116.8 million for 19,000 corporate tax refunds and $44 million for 325,000 property tax freeze credits.

Trucker Hauling Wine Arrested for Drunk Driving

KIRKWOOD, N.Y. – The driver of a tractor-trailer carrying 80,000 pounds of wine was arrested
for drunk driving, the Press and Sun Bulletin reported. Jae Ehrgood, who had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit, was swerving when he was stopped.