Regional Briefs – February 15, 2016

NY Ranks 4th in the Nation For Solar Energy Jobs

ALBANY – New York ranks fourth in the nation in solar technology jobs, according to the Solar Foundation’s sixth annual census. Some 208,859 Americans now work in the solar energy sector, including 8,250 in New York. The top state for solar jobs is California.

Man Who Shot Down Drone Pleads Guilty

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. – A man who shot down a drone flying above his neighborhood to protect his family’s privacy has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, The Associated Press reported. Prosecutors will recommend that Russell Percenti, 34, receive probation when he’s sentenced April 29.

113-Foot Blade Falls Off Windmill, Lands in Field

FENNER, N.Y. – A 113-foot-long blade fell off a windmill Thursday and flew through the air, landing near the 200-foot-tall structure located in a field, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported. Town officials say they believe a bolt may have failed on the 187-ton windmill.

Former Tyco CEO to Chair Ex-Prisoners Group

NEW YORK – A former business titan who served 6 1/2 years in jail in a notorious corporate fraud case is now board chairman of a nonprofit that helps ex-prisoners re-enter society, The Associated Press reported. Ex-Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski, will lead The Fortune Society’s 31-member board.