Regional Briefs – July 28, 2015

Cop Suing Port Authority Says He Was Pulled Off Flight

NEWARK – A former high-ranking Port Authority official who has filed a whistleblower suit was pulled off a flight at JFK over a too-large-to-carry piece of luggage, The Associated Press reported. Jerry Speziale, currently Paterson’s police director, wants the federal judge to add civil rights violations to the complaint.

Man Whose Keys Fell Into River Lied About Boy Jumping

JERSEY CITY – A man who called 911 on Sunday that his 10-year-old nephew fell into the Hudson River told responding officers that he had actually dropped his keys in the river and wanted police to retrieve them, the Jersey Journal reported. Tereek DaSilva, 19, is charged with false public alarm.

Swerving to Avoid Bear, Driver Kills Motorcyclist

WINDSOR, N.Y. – A car that swerved Friday to avoid a black bear carcass instead crashed into a motorcycle, killing the rider, The Associated Press reported. Thomas Poole, 56, was ejected on I-86 outside Binghamton. The bear was struck and killed by a Jeep moments before the collision that killed Poole.

De Blasio: 400,000 People Got Municipal ID Cards

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that about 400,000 people have obtained municipal ID cards since the program began six months ago. The card is useful for illegal immigrants and those without photo IDs. It also offers free access to cultural institutions.

Hiker Climbs Tree to Escape Coyotes, Stuck for Five Hours

MANCHESTER, N.J. – A hiker trying to escape from coyotes early Monday shimmied up a tree and was stuck there for five hours, the Asbury Park Press reported. April Lewis remained stuck 15 feet off the ground since she didn’t have her cellphone to call for help. A man finally heard her cries and called police.

Queens Street to be Named For NYPD Officer Killed

QUEENS – A Queens street will be named for an NYPD officer gunned down on patrol in May, the New York Post reported. The intersection of 222nd Street and 92nd Road will be co-named “Detective 1st Grade Brian Moore Way.”