Regional Briefs – April 5, 2016

Declaration of Independence Auctioned for $514,000

NEW YORK – A rare 1776 broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence sold at an auction Tuesday for $514,000, The Associated Press reported. I The printing was ordered on July 17, 1776, by the Massachusetts Bay Council.

Bill Would Force NY Police To Report Arrests, Deaths

ALBANY – Police departments would have to report more about arrests and the deaths of people in custody under a bill proposed by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Sen. Daniel Squadron, two Williamsburg Democrats. The data would include race, age and gender, where they were arrested, and whether they were released.

New Free App for Disabled New Yorkers Now Available

ALBANY – A new free mobile app is now available to give New Yorkers information about rights and resources for people with developmental disabilities, The Associated Press reported. Retired Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, who has a disabled son Ricky, says it’s intended to help fill gaps in families’ knowledge about applicable services.

NY Had No Hunting Fatalities in ‘15; 1st Time Since 1950s

ALBANY – New York state got through the 2015 hunting season without a shooting fatality, the first time that has happened since the 1950s, The Associated Press reported. There were 23 hunting incidents, one fewer than the 2014 season and the third-lowest number on record.

Children Injured When School Bus, SUV Collide

VINELAND, N.J. – A crash involving a school bus and an SUV on a roadway Tuesday morning left seven people injured, including all four children aboard the bus, The Associated Press reported. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

New Jersey Area Gets A Blast of Bitter Cold

TRENTON – It feels more like February than April as a deep chill settled on southern and coastal New Jersey Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. A freeze watch remains in effect through Wednesday morning.