Regional Briefs – May 19, 2015

University Removes Mural of N.J. Cop Killer

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University removed a mural of an FBI’s most wanted who was convicted in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey state trooper before escaping to Cuba, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. It was found by an associate professor, who criticized the college for glorifying Assata Shakur, a “black militant cop killer.”

Officials Set Up Traps, Catch Bear in N.J. Cemetery

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – A black bear spotted in a tree in a cemetery Sunday was trapped by authorities, NJ.com reported. They wouldn’t tranquilize it because of how far the bear was up in a tree.

Professor Marks 100th Birthday at Brooklyn School

BROOKLYN – Brooklyn Law School Professor Joseph Crea celebrated his 100th birthday Monday at the school where he has taught for over six decades, The Associated Press reported. He began as a librarian after his 1947 graduation and started teaching tax, tort and commercial law the next year. His career interest dawned when he found a pile of abandoned law books on a roadside in the 1930s.

Accident at Ellenville Flight School: Hang-Glider Killed

WAWARSING, N.Y. – A 44-year-old man died Sunday when the hang glider he was on hit the side of a mountain in Ellenville, The Associated Press reported. Scott Trueblood was a newly licensed pilot.

Monroe Post Office Named For Fallen CIA Officer

MONROE, N.Y. – An Orange County post office on Monday was named in honor of a hometown hero who was killed in 2003 while serving as a CIA officer in Ethiopia. The Monroe post office was named for Gregg David Wenzel, 33, who joined the CIA after the 9/11 attacks.

NY Sees Electricity Prices Staying Flat This Summer

ALBANY – New York’s utility regulators are predicting flat electricity prices this summer after they instituted programs to lower demand, The Associated Press reported. Peak summer loads are about 33,000 megawatts. One megawatt powers 800 to 1,000 homes.