Regional Briefs – July 27, 2015

Enraged at Holland Tunnel Traffic, Man Pulls Sword

NEW YORK – A New Jersey man enraged that cars were merging near the Holland Tunnel’s entrance on Saturday pulled out a 10 1/2-inch samurai sword and waved it at another driver, The Associated Press reported. Richardson Rosius, 32, was arrested when he left the tunnel on the other end.

Ambulance Collides With Car, Killing EMT

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. – An EMT was killed Saturday when a car collided with her ambulance, its emergency lights and sirens activated, The Associated Press reported. Hinal Patel, 22, was on her last shift as EMT before she was supposed to start graduate school in August.

Volcano-like Underground Fire Put Out After a Month

WOODBURY, N.J. – Crews on Thursday finally put out an underground fire that burned for a month, melting the ground as it reached 1,000 degrees, the Courier-Post reported. Woodbury Mayor Bill Volk says it “looked like a volcano.” It began when a power line snapped, sending electricity into the ground and igniting coal and cinder.

Cuomo Signs Law Padding Disability Protections

NEW YORK – Marking the 25th anniversary of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday signed into law an expansion of what’s included as a “place of public accommodation,” where it’s discriminatory to refuse to remove barriers that keep disabled people from accessing it.

Man Charges After Poisoned Meat Kills Three Bald Eagles

BUFFALO – A man who mixed meat with insecticide on his cornfield to kill coyotes was arrested after three young bald eagles ate the poisoned meat and died, The Associated Press reported. Kirk Canfield, 54, faces up to a year in prison.

Unclaimed $7M Lottery Prize Now Goes Back to the Pot

ALBANY – The time expired at 11:59 p.m. Friday for whoever purchased a New York state lottery ticket worth $7 million, The Associated Press reported. The Cash4Life ticket purchased July 24, 2014 at the Milky Way Deli in Brooklyn was rolled over for future prizes