Regional Briefs – October 12, 2015

Severe Storms Left Thousands Without Power in New Jersey

TRENTON – Power was restored to the more than 10,000 utility customers who lost their service when severe storms roared through every New Jersey county on Friday night, The Associated Press reported. Heavy rains, strong winds and frequent lightning led to trees and power lines being knocked down.

Police Begin Enforcing Rule Barring Feeding of Strays

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A New Jersey man was cited last week for his daily routine of feeding dozens of homeless cats as state police begin enforcing an East Rutherford health code, The Record reported. Cats were introduced decades ago to control rats in stables. The barns are gone, but the cats remain.

Police Shoot Pit Bull After It Attacks Young Girl

BAYONNE, N.J. – Police shot and killed a pit bull after it attacked a young girl who was getting ready to board a school bus Friday, the Jersey Journal reported. The bus assistant, the girl’s guardian and the dog’s owner struggled with the animal before police arrived.

Man Steals Credit Cards, Forgets Them in Rental Car

NEW YORK – A man was arrested on Saturday after he left a bag full of stolen credit cards in his rental car which had to be retrieved from his house when he didn’t turn it in, The Associated Press reported. Police set up a sting when Carl Black, 33, called to claim the bag.

Con Ed Worker Rescues Toddler From Window Ledge

BRONX – A Con Edison worker on Friday rescued a toddler from a window ledge in the Bronx, the Daily News reported. Essa Waggeh, 26, was inspecting a gas line when he heard screams as a 2-year-old girl climbed onto a ledge 25 feet above the sidewalk. Waggeh grabbed a ladder and got the child.

Cowboys Round Up Roving Cow in Upstate New York

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – A group of cowboys riding on horseback Friday rounded up a cow that’s been roving the Mohawk Valley for months, The Associated Press reported. They cornered the brown-and-white bovine in woods near a Home Depot store.