Regional Briefs – August 12, 2015

Judge Denies Release Of Christie Security Expenses

NEWARK – A state judge on Friday denied a request to compel the state to release new details about Gov. Chris Christie’s expenses while traveling out-of-state, saying it would pose a threat to the his safety, The Associated Press reported. New Jersey Watchdog had sued for access to troopers’ spending on food and hotels.

Long Island Mother-Daughter Split $7M Lottery

SELDEN, N.Y. – A Long Island mother and daughter are splitting $7 million in lottery winnings, The Associated Press reported. Marilyn Looney, 82, and Carol Prevete, 50, on Tuesday were announced as winners. Looney plans to buy a home that she’ll share with her daughter’s and son-in-law’s family of six, including teenage triplets.

Deer in Road Causes Mower Crash

WALLKILL, N.Y. – A town employee was injured Monday when he lost control of a mower when a deer ran in front of him, the Times Herald-Record reported. As the worker drove down a hill, a deer bolted into the roadway. The worker reflexively jerked the steering wheel, causing the tractor to lurch sideways and plunge into a ditch.

Study: 92% of NYers Buckle Up

ALBANY – Ninety-two percent of New York riders regularly buckle up, according to a study out Monday. The finding makes this the sixth consecutive year the usage rate has topped 90 percent. The national usage rate is 87 percent.

Boy Digging Hole Injured When Sand Collapses on Him

SURF CITY, N.J. – A 12-year-old boy digging in the sand Monday was injured when the sand suddenly caved in on him, The Associated Press reported. Surf City requires holes be kept to one-foot deep after dozens were killed or injured in sand collapses across the country.

NY Agency Issues New Regulations on Deer Hunting

ALBANY – New York issued new hunting rules to better manage the state’s deer population, The Associated Press reported. Hunting of antlerless deer will be allowed in counties including Suffolk, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan.