Regional Briefs – March 14, 2016

Strong Odor Forces Plane to Return To Newark

NEWARK – A United Airlines flight bound for Texas was forced to return to Newark Airport Monday morning 20 minutes after takeoff because of a strong odor in the cabin, The Associated Press reported. Investigators are probing what might have caused the smell.

Boy, 12, Killed by Falling Boulder at Waterfall

KEENE, N.Y. – A boy was killed Sunday by a falling boulder while standing at the base of a waterfall in the Adirondacks, The Associated Press reported. The uncle of Connor McLaughlin, 12, yelled a warning but he slipped into a brook as the boulder hit the boy.

Long Island Police Seek to Stem Tide Of Burglaries

MINEOLA, N.Y. – A 28 percent uptick in burglaries in Nassau County has prompted police to form a task force to stem the outbreak, Newsday reported. There have been 172 break-ins so far in 2016, up from 134 in the same period last year. Overall crime is down 1 percent.

Leak Found in Pipeline That Supplies Fuel To NY Airports

Brooklyn – Firefighters on Thursday night found a leak in a pipeline that delivers fuel to LaGuardia and JFK airports, but say it’s been isolated and the pipeline shut down, The Associated Press reported. They were alerted by a 911 call reporting a gas odor in East New York.

Famed Chopper Company’s Headquarters Auctioned Off

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – The headquarters of the Orange County Choppers motorcycle company in the Hudson Valley was sold Wednesday in an auction for more than $2.2 million, the Times Herald-Record reported. The company will lease about two-thirds of the building.