Regional Briefs – November 30, 2015

2 Dead, 5 Injured in Brooklyn Fire Blamed on Power Strip

BROOKLYN – A faulty power strip sparked a fire that raced through an East Flatbush home early Saturday, killing two people as more than 100 firefighters and neighbors tried to save them, The Associated Press reported. The victims were Lord, 76, and Octavia, 71, Kinard.

2 People Die, 5 Survive After Pontoon Boat Capsizes

MANASQUAN, N.J. – Two people died and five survived after a pontoon boat capsized off New Jersey’s coast Friday afternoon, The Associated Press reported. Alex Osadchy, 66, and Grigory Klokishner, 74, were from Philadelphia.

Thief’s Selfie With Victim’s Phone Hands Police a Mugshot

BROOKLYN – A thief who swiped a phone from a texting subway rider and ran off when the doors opened added image to injury: He used the phone to snap a selfie, The Associated Press reported. The image automatically backed up to his Gmail account and is now in police hands.

Old Catskills Hotel Could Become a Sports Complex

ELLENVILLE, N.Y. – An old Catskills hotel could be developed into a sports complex, the Daily Freeman reported. Owners of the former Nevele hotel is negotiating for $150 million in financing that would turn Ellenville into a sports hub for the region. The project would include hotels and sports fields.

Ex-Inmate, Beaten by Jail Guards, Shot After Payout

Brooklyn – Two months after receiving a $450,000 payout for a beating by Rikers guards in 2012, Robert Hinton, 28, was fatally shot in Brooklyn Thursday night, the Daily News reported. His lawyer says he had hoped to use the settlement to “give himself and his family a fresh start and better life.”