Regional Briefs – July 22, 2015

Troopers Escape Serious Injury When Lightning Hits Cruisers

MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Two state troopers escaped serious injury Tuesday when their cruisers were struck by lightning on the Garden State Parkway, The Associated Press reported. The troopers were in separate vehicles.

Newark AirTrain Suspended For Upgrades

NEWARK – Newark’s AirTrain service was shut down Tuesday while the system is upgraded. Buses will shuttle passengers until service is restored on Thursday.

Explosion Injures Ex-Jail Guard Making Homemade Bomb

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. – A former jail guard hurt himself in an explosion while making a bomb in his garage at 3:30 a.m. Monday, The Associated Press reported. A woman living at the home called 911. Police arrived to find a 44-year-old man with a “catastrophic” injury to his foot.

NYC OKs $50,001 Payment to Pepper-Sprayed Occupyer

NEW YORK – NYC agreed Tuesday to pay $50,001 to an Occupy Wall Street protester who was pepper sprayed, The Associated Press reported. Kelly Schomburg’s payout brings the total the anti-capitalists got to $332,500.

Funeral Delayed After Pallbearer Steals Hearse

BUFFALO – A funeral in Buffalo was delayed a half hour last Wednesday after a pallbearer stole the hearse, The Associated Press reported. The vehicle was found nearby two hours later and a Niagara Falls man was charged.