Regional Briefs – May 15, 2015

Obama to Visit Camden To Talk Police Initiatives

CAMDEN, N.J. – President Obama is coming to Camden on Monday to discuss how police are working to build trust with the black community, The Associated Press reported. Camden is one of the nation’s poorest and most violent cities.

3 N.J. Mayors Join Protest Of Proposed Transit Hikes

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Three mayors on Thursday joined transit workers to protest planned fare increases by NJ Transit. Jersey City’s Steven Fulop, Hoboken’s Dawn Zimmer and Paterson’s Jose Torres want to scrap the 9 percent hike on rail lines and increases on bus lines, including the Lakewood bus to NYC.

Six Flags Park Previews Its Newest Roller Coaster

JACKSON, N.J. – Six Flags Great Adventure previewed on Thursday its new roller coaster, the Jersey Devil, The Associated Press reported. In the red, looping coaster, riders are rocketed forward and backward until it is suspended upside down seven stories in the air.

Teacher Loses Appeal for Making Fun of Student’s Name

WAYNE, N.J. – State education officials upheld the suspension of a teacher’s license for a year for mocking a student’s name online, The Associated Press. Yvette Nicholas agreed her note was immature but challenged the suspension.

DA to Appeal Ruling to Release Man in Cop Killing

BROOKLYN – Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson is appealing a judge’s decision to release a man who was convicted in 1991 of killing an off-duty correction officer, one of many involving retired detective Louis Scarcella that have come under scrutiny, The New York Times reported. The judge said that Rosean Hargrave didn’t get a fair trial.

Man Removes 3 Tigers, 2 Leopards From His Home

MAYFIELD, N.Y. – A man agreed to get rid of his three tigers and two leopards as part of a plea deal prior to a trial for operating an illegal business exhibiting the large cats at his home, The Associated Press reported. Steve Salton could spend six months in jail if he violates the agreement. The case began in 2011 with a complaint from neighbors.