Regional Briefs – March 10, 2016

Cuomo Selects Commander for NY National Guard

ALBANY – The next commander of the New York Air National Guard was chosen by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Anthony German will oversee all of the state’s Air, Army and Naval National Guard. The 33-year veteran assumes his new duties in April.

NJ Supreme Court Sides With Cops in Roving Wiretaps

TRENTON – Police do not need to get new warrants to wiretap a suspect who keeps changing telephones to avoid detection, New Jersey’s top court ruled Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. But police must notify the judge who issued the warrant within 48 hours to obtain authorization to continue.

Mom is Here: Fire Chief’s Mom Helps Save Fishermen

DOWNE, N.J. – Two fishermen thrown from their boat when the propeller died are safe, thanks to the quick thinking of a fire chief’s mother, Philly.com reported. Downe Fire Chief Cliff Higbee says his mother saw what happened and called him. Divers fished the men from the water.

Finally, Longtime Syracuse Eyesore to be Demolished

DEWITT, N.Y. – A dilapidated former Howard Johnson’s motel along a busy Syracuse traffic circle will finally be torn down after eight years of negotiations with the property’s owner, the Post-Standard reported. The site off Exit 35 of the Thruway will be demolished within 60 days and replaced with a new hotel.

Drivers: Watch Out for Crossing Frogs in Eastern NY

ALBANY – Amphibians are on the move in the Hudson Valley after a warm spell followed by rain. Crossing guards will help them reach pools without getting squished. Thursday night is expected to be a “Big Night,” with mass migrations of wood frogs and salamanders.

Too Many Turkeys: Staten Island Cries Fowl

STATEN ISLAND – The USDA will round up 100 turkeys from Staten Island, where residents are tired of turkeys trotting through traffic and the fowl have invaded the Staten Island Hospital, CBS reported. Resident Marina DiNatale says she likes nature, but enough is enough.