Regional Briefs – December 3, 2015

Bridge Discount Between New Jersey, Pa. Go Into Effect

CAMDEN, N.J. – Commuters who use four bridges between New Jersey and Pennsylvania can now receive discounts, The Associated Press reported. Users who drive at least 18 times a month over the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry bridges will see their toll drop from $5 to $4.

2 ROTC Leaders Removed After Strenuous Training Injures 12

BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The two top Army ROTC leaders at a New York state college have been removed from their positions after a strenuous physical training session sent 12 students to hospitals, The Associated Press reported. Lt. Col. Christopher Bringer and Master Sgt. Mark Breyak are no longer running the program at The College at Brockport.

Queens Prisoner Who Escaped Months Ago Recaptured

QUEENS – Police in Queens on Tuesday recaptured a man who escaped custody in October while he was handcuffed, in an incident that the police commissioner termed “an embarrassment.” Gerald Brooks, 39, pushed a detective and took off. Since June, four other prisoners escaped from NYPD custody.

Settlement Allows Radio Shack Gift Card Holders to File Claims

ALBANY – New York holders of gift cards bought from the former retailer RadioShack can now file claims seeking to recover the unused balance on their cards under a bankruptcy settlement, The Associated Press reported. Consumers can go to to obtain a claim form to submit by Dec. 2, 2016.

Some NJ Transit Employees Able to Ride System for Free Again

TRENTON – Non-union NJ Transit employees can ride to work for free again after passes that were cut in 2013 were restored, reported. The transit system decided it was worth it to get a larger network of employees who have received training to detect terrorism following the attacks in Paris.