Regional Briefs – March 22, 2016

Six-year-old Battling Illness To Become Police Officer

GLOUCESTER, N.J. – A 6-year-old boy battling an illness fulfilled his dream Monday when he was sworn in as a police officer, The Associated Press reported. The new honorary member will conduct motor vehicle stops, assist a K-9 unit and ride in an armored rescue vehicle.

Forecasters Warn of Fire Risk In Parts of NJ, Pennsylvania

TRENTON – There is an enhanced risk for forest fires in northwest New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania due to gusty winds, dry wood and low humidity on Monday, The Associated Press reported.

NY Clarifies Ban on Restraining Expectant Inmates

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an amendment clarifying the ban on shackling expectant inmates, including during travel and at medical appointments. The law permits only wrist restraints in front “when the woman poses an immediate risk of serious injury.” The ban extends to eight weeks after birth.

WWI Dog Tag Found in France Belonged to NY Soldier

VOORHEESVILLE, N.Y. – A World War I dog tag belonging to a soldier from upstate New York was found by a military memorabilia collector in France, the Altamont Enterprise reported. Frank L. Smith’s ID tag was bought at a flea market near Chateau Thierry, where Smith’s artillery unit served during the summer of 1918. Smith died in 1956.

Man Injured in Crane Collapse Files $30M Claim Against NYC

NEW YORK – A man who was injured after a large construction crane collapse in Manhattan last month filed a $30 million claim against the city on Friday, the Daily News reported. Thomas O’Brien, 73, of Massachusetts, was sitting in his parked car when the crane’s boom crashed down on the car’s roof.

NY Trains 100,000 Residents In Disaster Response

ALBANY – More than 100,000 residents are now trained to help out during a disaster through the Citizen Preparedness Corps, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. The program, created after Superstorm Sandy, is taught in Spanish, Russian, Burmese and Cantonese.