Regional Briefs – March 16, 2016

18-Foot-Long Sign Supporting Trump Set Ablaze

EGG HARBOR, N.J. – An 18-foot-long Donald Trump sign in Egg Harbor, N.J. was set on fire Saturday night, the Atlantic City Press reported. The owner of the red, white and blue sign says it’s the third time it’s been defaced since it was built last month. Police are investigating.

NJ National Guard Troops Back From Guantanamo Bay

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – More than 120 National Guard troops returned home to New Jersey after nearly a year securing terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, The Associated Press reported. Family and friends welcomed home the 328th Military Police Company.

Ebola-Quarantined Nurse Wants NJ Lawsuit to Continue

NEWARK – A nurse who sued New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for quarantining her because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa asked a judge tuesday not to toss the case, The Associated Press reported. Kaci Hickox says her constitutional rights were violated.

2 High-Tech Companies To Locate in Rochester

ALBANY – Two high-tech manufacturers plan a sizeable investment in Rochester with a new headquarters and research facility that could create 1,400 jobs over the next five years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Avogy and Photonica will be located at the Eastman Business Park.

College on Lockdown After Light Saber Mistaken for Gun

EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – A Long Island college went on lockdown Wednesday over a report of a rifle on campus but the weapon turned out to be a light saber, The Associated Press reported. About 8,700 students and staffers at Farmingdale State College were told to stay in place while police investigated.

FDNY Boat From 9/11 Retiring, To Become Restaurant

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – A former FDNY boat which played a key role in rescue efforts during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks is retiring to a new line of work: Hosting a restaurant, the Journal News reported. The 129-foot McKean built in 1954 was purchased this month and will become a seafood restaurant.