Regional Briefs – April 20, 2016

Band Surprises Woman Cancer-Free After 20 Years

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Flowers, a tiara and a marching band greeted a woman who passed 20 years free of cancer on Tuesday, The Record reported. Rosalie Karl, 65, was suspicious when Hackensack Medical Center sent a car for her checkup.

Passenger on Small Plane That Crashed Dies

WESTMORELAND, N.Y. – A passenger on a small plane that crashed shortly after take-off Tuesday died after suffering burns, The Associated Press reported. James Kasperski, 76, lived in Rome, N.Y.

Christie Joins Trump for Private Meeting With Pence

INDIANAPOLIS – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined Donald Trump for his visit Wednesday with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ahead of the state’s May 3 primary, The Associated Press reported. Trump had requested the meeting. Christie had said that if Trump asked for his help and he was able to go, he would.

NJ Strikes Down Police Camera Law Over Funding

TRENTON – A 2014 law requiring all new police vehicles to be equipped with cameras was ruled unconstitutional Wednesday by a state panel because it created a financial burden on local governments, The Associated Press reported. The Council on Local Mandates said that the $25 fine on drunk drivers was insufficient to pay for it.

‘Ninja Burglar’ Confessed to Breaking Into 100 Homes

STATEN ISLAND – A man nicknamed the “ninja burglar” confessed Wednesday to breaking into more than 100 Staten Island homes in the last decade, The Associated Press reported. Robert Costanzo wore all black clothing, covered his face and often used a ladder climbing into homes.