Regional Briefs – July 29, 2015

Beachfront Homeowners Win Suit Against State, Town

LONG BEACH ISLAND, N.J. – A judge ruled that the state and Long Beach Township must pay seven oceanfront homeowners for illegally taking their properties for six months to build dunes, NJ.com reported. The decision is another domino to fall after the state attempted to obtain property easements from about 50 residents.

Cops’ Two-State Chase That Began Over Stolen T-shirt

PHILADELPHIA – A man who led officers on a wild two-hour chase spanning two states on July 9 had stolen $21 worth of T-shirts from a store, The Associated Press reported. Robert Ritter, 54, drove in and out of Pennsylvania and N.J. before he was caught in Philadelphia.

ATM Workers Forget Cash, Man Drives Off With $150K

MAHWAH, N.J. – When two workers who were replenishing ATMs on Monday mistakenly left a bag containing $150,000 on a lawn, a man grabbed it, The Associated Press reported. Video shows a white van taking off with the cash.

Teen Set Freight Car In Motion, Causing Crash

UTICA, N.Y. – A 13-year-old boy playing on a freight car caused it to break loose last week, injuring a motorist and damaging an antique locomotive and a rail station in Utica, Time Warner Cable News reported. The rail car rolled for more than a mile before hitting the old steam engine. The boy could face charges.

NY to Give $7 Million to Help Disabled Get Federal Benefits

ALBANY – State officials will give $7 million to help provide legal assistance to people who have been denied federal disability benefits. Services will be provided by not-for-profit groups.

Two New Sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park to Open

NEW YORK – Two new sections of Brooklyn Bridge Park along the East River are poised to open next month, just in time for Chol Hamoed, The New York Times reported. One end offers lawns and flowering gardens for passive use. The other end has riverfront paths with views of the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges.