Regional Briefs – December 28, 2015

Bar Association: More Legal Help for Poor NYers

ALBANY – Legal assistance for poor New Yorkers, requirements that more police interrogations be videotaped and a push to encourage voting are among the state’s Bar Association’s priorities for 2016, The Associated Press reported. The legal association announced several legislative proposals on Monday.

Car Crashes After Teen Grabs Steering Wheel as Joke

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – A car carrying four teenagers crashed Saturday night when a passenger grabbed the steering wheel while he was joking around with the driver, The Associate Press reported. The car slid on the grass and hit two snow plow blades. All four passengers refused medical treatment at the scene.

11K Military Funerals for NY Honor Guard Teams in ’15

ALBANY – The honor guards of the New York National Guard have conducted nearly 11,000 funerals for military veterans in 2015, The Associated Press reported. That’s fewer than last year’s 11,365 funerals. The Army’s eight teams conduct the bulk of the funerals; the Air Force has six teams.

 

Cop Accidentally Shoots Fellow Officer During Arrest

TRENTON – A police officer accidentally shot a fellow officer in the foot early Monday when a man ran out of a Trenton apartment and assaulted them, The Associated Press reported. Michael Tradigo and Luis Cruz had gone to the home to investigate a burglary in progress.

Whole Foods to Pay $500K On Overcharging Allegations

NEW YORK – Whole Foods has agreed to pay NYC $500,000 to settle claims it overcharged for prepackaged food and conduct quarterly audits to ensure products are accurately weighed and labeled. The city tested 80 types of food; all had mislabeled weights.