Regional Briefs – April 6, 2016

Town to Use Air Horns to Deal With Wild Turkeys

TEANECK, N.J. – Teaneck plans to buy 20 air horns to deal with aggressive wild turkeys, The Record reported. Birds have attacked residents and pecked at cars. One flew through a glass kitchen window. Only state officials may touch the birds, but residents can humanely scare them away.

IRS Warns Businesses of Payroll ‘Phishing’ Scheme

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – IRS officials are warning businesses about an email “phishing” scheme that targets payroll, The Associated Press reported. Some companies have already been victimized by sending employees’ Social Security numbers in response to emails purportedly from company executives.

Driver Hurt, Cited After Colliding With Light Rail Train

BELLEVILLE, N.J. – A driver who collided with a light rail train early Wednesday was cited for disregarding a traffic signal, The Associated Press reported. The car driver was the only person injured in the accident. None of the 17 passengers on the light rail were injured.

Princeton University Names Dean for Diversity

PRINCETON, N.J. – Princeton University on Tuesday hired a dean for diversity a day after announcing that President Woodrow Wilson’s name will remain on its policy school despite his racist past, The Associated Press reported. LaTanya Buck would fill the position in August.

Vet Wounded in Afghanistan in ’10 Finally Gets Purple Heart

MESSENA, N.Y. – A veteran on Tuesday finally received the Purple Heart medal he was awarded after being wounded in Afghanistan, the Watertown Daily Times reported. Army Sgt. Jason Mauldin hit an IED during a 2010 night patrol. One soldier was killed. Rep. Elise Stefanik helped Mauldin get the award.

Upstate Airports to Vie for $200M in State Funds

ALBANY – More than 70 airports upstate will compete for $200 million in state grants, The Associated Press reported. The money will be divided up among five airports that submit the best plans for safety, service or reducing environmental impact.