Regional Briefs – February 24, 2016

Lawmaker Proposes Lowering N.J.’s Drinking Age to 18

TRENTON – A legislator wants to lower New Jersey’s drinking age from 21 to 18, saying if they can serve in the military they should be able to buy alcohol, The Associated Press reported. The bill is unlikely to pass, since lowering the drinking age would cost the state millions of dollars in federal highway funds.

2nd Ex-cop Convicted Due to Dashcam Video Gets 5 Years

BLOOMFIELD – An ex-cop who dragged a motorist from his car in 2012 was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison, The Associated Press reported. Sean Courter falsely testified that Marcus Jeter tried to grab his gun during a traffic stop. A police dashcam showed his hands raised the entire time.

Broken Machines Save Man From Paying Scammer $2,000

EAST HANOVER, N.J. – A scammer’s bid to get $2,000 on Tuesday by threatening to hurt the victim’s wife failed since the money transfer service he tried to use was not working, The Associated Press reported. The man went to two places and was on his way to a third when police said it was a hoax.

Landmark Org. Recommends Adding 30 Places to List

NEW YORK – The commission that decides which NYC buildings are worth preserving recommended Tuesday to add 30 properties that have languished on their calendar for decades.

N.Y. Times Reporter Fights Subpoena to Testify

NEW YORK – A New York Times reporter is fighting a subpoena to testify about a jailhouse interview, the Times reported. Frances Robles interviewed Conrado Juarez, who’s accused of killing a toddler known as Baby Hope in 1991. Prosecutors say information she knows is impossible to obtain elsewhere.