Regional Briefs – June 17, 2015

Flatbush Event to Etch NYPD Numbers on Bikes Wednesday

FLATBUSH – Police will etch serial numbers onto bikes at an event in Flatbush Wednesday, Councilman Chaim Deutsch announced. The number allows for quick identification if the bike gets lost or stolen. The event, co-hosted by Shomrim, will be held outside P.S. 193 on Bedford and Avenue L between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

School Investigates Teacher’s ‘Fat Shaming’ Lesson

CENTEREACH, N.Y. – A Long Island high school is investigating a teacher who used a class lesson to make fun of heavy girls, Newsday reported. The fashion and sewing teacher handed out materials titled “How to Not Look Fat.” The superintendent called it “inappropriate.”

Officer Accused of Illegally Running License Plate Number

PLAINFIELD, N.J. – A police officer illegally ran a license plate number through a law enforcement database as a favor to a friend, The Associated Press reported. Jerald Lee, 46, was arrested on a computer theft charge. The 15-year veteran was suspended without pay.

Father and Son Die After Car Crashes Into Cemetery

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – A father and his young son died on Saturday after the father lost control of his car and crashed into a cemetery on Long Island, The Associated Press reported. Ravi Maharaj, 44, and Lochan Maharaj, 11, were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

New TSA Nameplates Aid Foreign Travelers

NEWARK – TSA agents at Newark Airport on Tuesday started wearing new nameplates that identify what language they speak to help travelers who do not speak English, The Associated Press reported.

NYPD Seeks Suspect In Manhattan Bias Assaults

NEW YORK – A man who targeted four Asian women on the streets of Manhattan this past week is leaving the Asian community on edge, The Associated Press reported. All four victims were struck in the face with a bag containing a hard object. Police have video of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.