Regional Briefs – June 15, 2015

Mayor Says Town Full, Closes to Outsiders

BELMAR, N.J. – Belmar’s mayor on Sunday declared the town off limits to non-residents since the Monmouth County community of 6,000 has “reached its capacity,” The Associated Press reported. Matt Doherty says residents can enter by showing a driver’s license.

Man Cutting Grass Dies When Tractor Rolls Over

MORAVIA, N.Y. – A 67-year-old man cutting grass died Saturday when the lawn tractor rolled over on an incline and pinned him beneath it, The Associated Press reported. Robert Breed’s tractor was a John Deere 430, a larger and heavier tractor than regular store models.

Bear Wandering Into Yard Sale Killed by Police

PLAINFIELD, N.J. – A black bear that wandered Sunday morning into the backyard where a yard sale was being staged was killed by police, The Associated Press reported. The bear did not injure anyone but created a panic in the area. Police had sent out an alert telling city residents to remain in their homes.

Manhattan Home Vacancies At Less Than 2 Percent

NEW YORK – It’s basically impossible to find a rental in Manhattan, the New York Post reported. Almost 99 percent of all rentals are occupied, and there’s a vacancy rate of just 1.07 percent, the lowest it has been in three years.

Young Girl Accidentally Left at Amusement Park Overnight

CLEMENTON, N.J. – A 3-year-old girl wandered overnight Saturday in an amusement park after being accidentally left there, The Associated Press reported. Her parents called 911 the next morning, saying they thought she was at her grandmother’s home. But the grandmother thought the girl had left the park with the others. No criminal charges will be filed.

Oldest Banded Bald Eagle Found Dead

HENRIETTA, N.Y. – A bald eagle believed to be the oldest banded bird of its species was found dead along a road near Rochester after being hit by a car. The leg band shows it was 38 years old. Federal records indicate it to be the oldest banded bald eagle in the nation.