Regional Briefs – January 31, 2016

Man Finds Book He Borrowed From Library 72 Years Ago

BOUND BROOK, N.J. – A man who lost track of a book he borrowed from his local library found it in his attic 72 years later, News 12 NJ reported. Frank Ryan, 83, checked out Football Through The Years in 1944. The two-cent-a-day fine 72 years ago for overdue books would amount to more than $500 now.

Bear Killer Who Claimed Self-Defense Convicted

ANDOVER, N.J. – A dad who said he shot a mother bear and her two cubs on his property to defend his family was convicted Thursday of illegally killing them, the New Jersey Herald reported. Robert Ehling, 76, committed “acts of a vigilante,” the judge said, ordering him to pay $4,000 in penalties.

Ground Broken on New Jersey’s Tallest Building

JERSEY CITY – Officials broke ground Friday on what will become New Jersey’s tallest building, The Associated Press reported. The 79-story tower will stand at 900 feet and be home to 781 condos and 18,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Construction is expected to be finished in 2018.

NY DMV Says Website Used For 6 Million Transactions

ALBANY – New York’s DMV’s site was used for more than six million transactions last year, up by 500,000 from the year before. New Yorkers can renew driver licenses and vehicle registrations and obtain driving records online.

NY Conservatives Hold Annual Meeting Near Albany

ALBANY – New York’s Conservative Party began its annual two-day meeting in the Albany area Sunday, with speeches by Reps. Chris Collins of Buffalo and Chris Gibson of the Hudson Valley, The Associated Press reported. The state has 158,000 registered Conservatives, the fourth largest party.