Regional Briefs – September 2, 2015

August Warmest Month In NYC Record

NEW YORK – August couldn’t have ended sooner for heat haters. New York City had its warmest August in recorded history this year, according to temperatures taken at JFK Airport. With an average temperature of 78.5 degrees, 2015 beat the old record of 2005, which only had 78.4 degrees.

Homeowner Digs Up Live Cannonball in Backyard

CAPE MAY, N.J. – A bomb squad was dispatched to a home Saturday after a man dug up a live cannonball in his backyard, The Associated Press reported. The brass-capped cannonball was stamped “4k, 85mm.” It was detonated in an unpopulated area.

United Water New Jersey Asks Customers to Conserve

HAWORTH, N.J. – United Water New Jersey wants customers to conserve water during the current heatwave since reservoirs that serve 800,000 homes in Bergen and Hudson counties are at less than 50 percent capacity. But the company says it delivered 4 billion gallons of water in August, 400 million more than last year.

Woman Who Escaped Custody in Hospital Caught

NEW YORK – A female prisoner who slipped out of a Manhattan hospital was recaptured Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. Tiffany Neumann, 23, arrested for stealing, had claimed she was about to give birth. The arresting officer was suspended; police said he’d been careless.

Ex-NY Rep. Grimm Asks To Delay Prison for Surgery

NEW YORK – Former Rep. Michael Grimm is asking a judge to delay his eight-month prison sentence for 12 days for a surgery, the Staten Island Advance reported. The Republican, convicted for filing a false tax return, is scheduled to enter jail on Sept. 10. Prosecutors do not oppose the delay.

Select NYC Buses To Get Bike Racks

NEW YORK – Select NYC buses will be equipped with bike racks starting next week, beginning with the S53 and S93 that run between Staten Island and Brooklyn, the New York Post reported. The racks are mounted on the front of the bus. The test program will test whether it will slow traffic.