Regional Briefs – November 27, 2015

Water Main Break Leaves Dozens Without Service

CRANFORD, N.J. – A water main break early Thursday left 70 Cranford homes without water service, The Associated Press reported. New Jersey American Water says the break in the 16-inch cast iron main left many others with low water pressure. Bottled water has been brought to the affected area.

Cuomo Warns Shoppers About Identity Theft

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning consumers to be on the look-out for charity scams, identity theft and offers that are just too good to be true. More than 3,000 cases of identity theft were reported last year. Shoppers should only buy from merchants and sites they trust and avoid unsolicited deals.

Agency Urges Homeowners To Inspect Heating Oil Tanks

ALBANY – The state environmental agency called on the over 2 million homeowners with oil furnaces to inspect their tanks for leaks that could lead to expensive cleanups, The Associated Press reported. Hundreds of spills are reported each year, contaminating basements, groundwater and soils.

Bus Driver Whose Phone Stopped Bullet to be Honored

SYRACUSE – The driver of a Syracuse city bus whose cellphone stopped a stray ricocheting bullet was honored Thursday morning, the Post-Standard reported. Reynard Hutchinson didn’t realize he had been shot Oct. 30 until he noticed his phone had been cracked when he retrieved it to make a call.

Cop Helps Revive Long Island Boy Who Wasn’t Breathing

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. – A police officer helped revive a 10-year-old boy who was found unresponsive Wednesday at a school playground, The Associated Press reported. A nurse did chest compressions while John McAuley performed CPR. The boy is doing fine.

Western New York Woman Killed After Car Hits Horse

LEON, N.Y. – A 43-year-old woman was killed after her car hit a horse Tuesday night, The Associated Press reported. Lerlene Rumsey hit the animal as it was being walked across a two-lane road and her car caromed into a ditch.