Regional Briefs – May 5, 2016

Light-Rail Train Strikes Car on Tracks; 4 Hurt

RIVERTON, N.J. – A light-rail NJ Transit train struck a car on the tracks Thursday morning, leaving two car passengers and two train riders with light injuries, The Associated Press reported. The line runs between Camden and Trenton.

Bald Eagles Disrupt Lakefront Housing Project

HOPATCONG, N.J. – The developer of a housing project voluntarily halted construction to allow a pair of nesting bald eagles to care for their two eaglets, the New Jersey Herald reported. The state had only a single pair of bald eagles in the late 1980s, but now has 150.

Islamberg Plotter Facing New Federal Charges

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A Tennessee man accused of planning to burn down a mosque in Islamberg, N.Y., faces more federal charges, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. A grand jury on Tuesday indicted Robert Doggart on solicitation to commit arson and threat in interstate commerce charges.

NY Top Court Rejects Trooper Lawsuit Over Icy Slip

ALBANY – New York’s top court rejected a state trooper’s lawsuit against the Thruway Authority for slipping on an icy sidewalk, The Associated Press reported. The Court of Appeals concluded the “storm in progress” doctrine absolved the Authority. Rodney Sherman argued the snow had abated already.

NYC Moves Ahead With Housing Plans for Elderly

NEW YORK – NYC is moving ahead with plans to build 500 apartments for low-income tenants, most of them elderly, The New York Times reported. The housing will be built in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Agreements with developers are expected by the end of the year. Construction could start next year.