Regional Briefs – February 18, 2016

Audio Released in Tussle Between Turkeys, Post Carrier

HILLSDALE, N.J. – A postmaster seems dumbfounded in a 911 call Tuesday to get help for a letter carrier trapped inside his truck by seven wild turkeys, The Associated Press reported. “You’re not going to believe this,” the caller said. The dispatcher guffaws loudly. Two officers later scared off the turkeys.

New Jersey to Fly Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Scalia

TRENTON – Flags at all state buildings will be lowered to half-staff Friday and Saturday to honor New Jersey native and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia was born in Trenton in 1936. Gov. Chris Christie called Scalia “the bedrock of the court” who was “unwavering in his fidelity to the Constitution.”

NYC Announces Visa Program for Entrepreneurs

NEW YORK – NYC officials said Thursday they will provide visas for 80 entrepreneurs who will mentor students in exchange for access to colleges. The U.S. caps the number of H1-B visas, but institutions of higher education are exempt.


Guard Charged in Hot Jail Cell Death Gets Probation

NEW YORK – A correction officer accused of skipping her rounds, leaving a mentally ill inmate to die in a hot cell pleaded guilty Wednesday to falsifying entries to cover it up, The Associated Press reported. Carol Lackner was sentenced to five years probation in the death of Jerome Murdough, an ex-Marine.