Regional Briefs – January 6, 2016


Fire Damages Atlantic City Mosque

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A mosque and barbershop were damaged by a blaze that ripped through early Wednesday morning, though no one was injured, The Press of Atlantic City reported. The air conditioner unit on the roof collapsed, narrowly missing some firefighters.

NJ College Bans Hoverboards

UNION TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Kean University has banned hoverboards, a latest transit fad, for fear they can cause fires or injure students, reported. The school said they will confiscate any hoverboard. Last month, a hoverboard caught fire and damaged a home in Lacey Township.

4 People, 2 Cops Hospitalized Due to Carbon Monoxide

UNION CITY, N.J. – Four residents and two officers were hospitalized Tuesday night due to carbon monoxide exposure, The Associated Press reported. The victims, all between 40 and 80 years old, were feeling dizzy. They are expected to survive. The building had no carbon monoxide detectors.

1st Female Commandant of West Point Cadets Takes Over

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Brigadier Gen. Diana Holland assumed command Tuesday of discipline and training at the U.S. Military Academy, becoming the first woman to hold the position in its 214-year history, The Associated Press reported. The 1990 graduate later taught history.

Wheelchair Burglar Nabbed in 2nd Bank Robbery

QUEENS – A wheelchair-bound man was arrested Monday during his second bank robbery, The Associated Press reported. Kelvin Dennison, 23, handed a teller at a TD Bank in Queens stating that he had a bomb and demanding $20,000. He had also gotten $1,212 from a Santander bank on June 29 before fleeing by wheelchair.

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