Regional Briefs – August 27, 2015

GOP May Back Democratic Challenger to de Blasio

NEW YORK – Faced with the prospects of a second de Blasio term, NYC Republican leaders may back a Democratic challenger, the New York Post reported. Eva Moskowitz, a charter school advocate, said she is mulling a run, which GOP donors say they’ll bankroll.

Southern N.J. Man Indicted For Shooting Down Drone

CAPE MAY, N.J. – A man arrested on Tuesday faces 10 years in prison for shooting down a drone last year, The Associated Press reported. The drone’s owner was taking photos of a friend’s construction  site when Russell Percenti, 33, shot at it and he lost control of the device.

As a Precaution, NYPD Units Posted Outside Media Outlets

NEW YORK – Police say they have no reason to believe NYC’s media companies are at risk after a gunman fatally shot two Virginia reporters but they added patrols to various media outlets, The Associated Press reported. They wouldn’t disclose who got extra security.

Copper Heiress Estate Loses Battle to Recover $4M

NEW YORK – The estate of a copper heiress lost a battle to recover over $4 million in donations she gave Mount Sinai hospital where she lived for 20 years, The New York Times reported. A judge ruled the statute of limitations had expired to argue that the hospital had manipulated Huguette Clark, 104.

Woman on Scooter Fatally Struck by Car in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN – A woman riding a scooter on Tuesday was struck by a car and killed while crossing a street in Sheepshead Bay, The Associated Press reported. Carol Carboni, 52, was crossing Nostrand Avenue when a car hit her as it made a left turn from Avenue Z.