Regional Briefs – December 21, 2015

Shoppers Sickened At NJ Department Store

SEACAUCUS, N.J. – Shoppers at a Secaucus department store had to be evacuated Sunday night after 14 complaints of nausea and sore throats, NJ.com reported. A hazardous materials crew was called to Kohl’s and two were hospitalized. They found nothing in the air.

Man Arrested for Threatening Newark’s Penn Station

NEWARK – A man was arrested for phoning threats on Saturday that 20 armed people would open fire at Newark’s Penn Station, The Associated Press reported. Lance Allen, 37, was charged with making terroristic threats and false public alarm. Police searched the station and surrounding areas.

Volunteer Firefighter, 19, Dies Battling House Fire

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – A 19-year-old newly-elected Hudson Valley fire captain tragically died Saturday night while battling a house fire, The Associated Press reported. Jack Rose was fighting a chimney fire in Saugerties when he became separated from his team. He collapsed shortly after he was located.

NYPD Officer Wounded in Hatchet Attack Back to Work

NEW YORK – An NYPD officer severely wounded in a brazen daylight hatchet attack in Queens last year is back on active duty, The Associated Press reported. Kenneth Healey, 25, made an incredible recovery after his initially poor prognosis. Commissioner William Bratton called the attack a terrorist act.

NY Crackdown on Dangerous Driving Through Jan. 1

ALBANY – State Police will step up enforcement of dangerous driving laws from now until Jan. 1, The Associated Press reported. There will be increased patrols looking for drunken and distracted driving as well as seatbelt use and talk-and-drive bans.