Regional Briefs – June 9, 2015

Man Shoots at Two NYPD Officers in Queens

QUEENS – Two NYPD officers were released from a Far Rockaway hospital after a man fired a gun at them at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, The Associated Press reported. They were patrolling a public housing complex in Queens when they saw six men standing outside. As the officers walked over, a man in a hoodie fired three times before fleeing. The cops took cover and didn’t return fire.

Former Christie Aide Fined for Sharing Email With Husband

TRENTON – A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie agreed to pay a $500 fine for sharing emails with her husband — a top executive of a company that wanted to build a gas pipeline, The Associated Press reported. Christina Genovese Renna said it was “an otherwise innocent conversation between spouses [that] turns one of them into an inadvertent rule-breaker.”

New York State’s Smoking Rate Hits Record Low

ALBANY – New York state’s smoking rate dropped to its lowest level in recorded history, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday. Rates among high schoolers are 7.3 percent — down from 12.5 percent in 2011— while adults light up at just 14.5 percent, down from 18.1 percent. The national rate for adults is 17.8 percent and 9.2 percent for high-schoolers.

Mom Saves Sleeping Family From Fire

SOUTHEAST, N.Y. – A homeowner who spotted a garage fire as she headed out to the gym at 4:00 a.m. Monday awoke her sleeping family, likely saving the lives of her husband and 1-, 3- and 6-year-old children, the Journal News reported. Her children were sleeping in a bedroom above the garage. There were no smoke detectors.

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash With Deer

FARMINGTON, N.Y. – A motorcyclist in a collision with a deer Saturday night was killed by the impact, The Associated Press reported. Dale Young, 57, was rounding a curve when he hit the deer, veered off the road and was thrown from the bike. It comes less than a month after a 53-year-old biker was killed nearby when he hit a deer.