Regional Briefs – January 18, 2016

Light Rail Train, Box Truck Collide on Tracks

JERSEY CITY – A box truck and a NJ Transit light rail collided Monday morning, injuring six of the 36 train riders, The Associated Press reported. The train, which had the right of way, hit the truck’s rear.

Muslim Attacked While Walking Niece From School

BRONX – A group yelling yelling “ISIS! ISIS!” attacked a Muslim wearing traditional clothing Friday evening while the man was walking his 9-year-old niece home, the New York Post reported. Bangladeshi Mujibur Rahman was knocked out as the little girl wept. The Hate Crime Task Force is investigating.

Off-Duty NYPD Officer Robbed at Gunpoint

BRONX – An off-duty NYPD officer on Sunday shot and wounded a man who attempted to rob him at gunpoint in the Bronx, The Associated Press reported. The sergeant was walking to a relative’s house when he was surrounded by three men. Noticing his shield, one said, “Shoot him, shoot him,” in Spanish.

Man Could Get 10 Years For Empting Tip Jar

JERSEY CITY – A Newark man is facing up to 10 years in prison for stealing $21 from a tip jar, NJ.com reported. Salhudine Jackson, 31, swung a sign at one of the employees before stealing from the Jersey City diner last week. He has 19 prior arrests in the state.

Man Suffers Back Injuries In Fall Down Elevator Shaft

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A NYC man on Sunday fell down an elevator shaft at a New Brunswick train station, suffering back injuries, The Associated Press reported. The 36-year-old was leaning against the elevator door and it opened, causing him to fall about 30 feet.

Popular NYC Real Estate Tax Break Expires

NEW YORK – A popular tax break created to spur development when people were fleeing NYC in the 1970s, then morphed into a politically volatile issue when it was awarded to luxury condos in recent years, expired Sunday night, Politico reported. Two people tasked with deciding whether to tie 421-a to a mandated wage for construction work failed.