Regional Briefs – March 20, 2016

PATH Joins List of Transit Systems Banning Hoverboards

NEWARK – The Port Authority Trans-Hudson rail line on Friday joined Amtrak, the MTA and NJ Transit in banning hoverboards on its trains and in stations. PATH’s director cited reports around the country of fires and injuries caused by the motorized scooters.

Cops Buy Girl Scout Cookies From Scolded Girls

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. – Fanwood Police bought 250 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies from two sisters who were seen on a widely shared video getting a scolding from a homeowner who said no one wanted what they were selling, WABC reported. Natalie, 12, and Angelina, 9, Skolar have since sold hundreds of boxes.

Coalition Pushes for Investment in NY’s Roads

ALBANY – A group of construction contractors, labor unions and business groups are urging lawmakers to invest in New York’s aging roads, bridges and highways, The Associated Press reported. Rebuild NY Now will hold a rally Monday at the state Capitol as lawmakers finalize a state budget before April 1.

Teacher Fined $300 for Showing Students ISIS Video

BRONX – An eighth-grade teacher was fined $300 for showing students a video of an Islamic State beheading, the New York Post reported. Alexiss Nazario blacked out the actual beheading but the students said they were scared. She said she she accidentally clicked on the wrong video.

Waitress Arrested for Inflating Tips on Credit Cards

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A waitress was arrested Thursday for altering 188 credit card receipts to inflate her tips at a pizzeria, usually by about $10 or less, The Associated Press reported. Kadi Nadeau, 27, altogether pocketed about $1,800.