Regional Briefs – November 16, 2015

NJ Firefighter Dies Two Months After Fighting Fire

KEASBEY, N.J. – A New Jersey firefighter died Wednesday as a result of injuries suffered while responding to an emergency two months ago, The Associated Press reported. Deputy Chief Thomas Kolarick was a 41-year veteran firefighter and served numerous roles including fire chief and president.

Hours-Long Delays At JFK, Newark Airports

NEW YORK – Some flights at JFK and Newark airports Saturday evening experienced 2 1/2 hour delays over what the FAA called “an external communications problem” that affected air traffic control facilities, The Associated Press reported.

Child Attacked by Rabid Raccoon in Somerset County

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A girl leaving nursery school Nov. 6 was attacked and scratched by a rabid raccoon in Somerset County, the Courier News reported. The animal later tested positive for rabies and the girl is being treated.

Man Illegally Kills Bear in New Jersey, Fakes NY Kill Site

NEWARK – A man illegally killed a bear in New Jersey, then lied and told a weigh station in New York he killed it there, bringing the carcass back to a New Jersey forest to set up a fake kill site, The Associated Press reported. Martin Kazycki faces a year in prison and more than $100,000 in fines, and must forfeit the skull and hide of the bear.

Antiques Dealer Sentenced For Rhino-Horn Smuggling

NEW YORK – An antiques dealer who smuggled $1 million worth of cups made of rhinoceros horns from the U.S. to China was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison, The Associated Press reported. Linxun Liao, 35, a Chinese citizen who lives in Canada, was arrested in February.

NYC to Install Deer-Crossing Signs on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND – The de Blasio administration on Friday acknowledged the growing deer population on Staten Island by installing deer-crossing signs at 21 locations around the borough, The Associated Press reported. An aerial survey found 763 deer there last year, compared with 24 in 2008.