Regional Briefs – May 16, 2016

Zebra Reported Missing From NY Farm Found Dead

CATSKILL, N.Y. – A zebra reported missing from a farm was found dead on Monday, the Times Union reported. Five-month-old Zula probably fell from a cliff in a hilly forest after it was spooked by a branch hitting a barn Thursday.

New Schedule Takes Effect For NJ Transit Rail Riders

NEWARK – A new schedule took effect Sunday giving NJ Transit rail riders more options, The Associated Press reported. Five weekday stops to NYC were added in Essex County at Millburn, Maplewood, South Orange, Orange and Brick Church on the Morris & Essex Lines.

Court Won’t Overturn Rules For Police Body Cameras

TRENTON – An appeals court on Thursday dismissed an attempt to overturn rules when state troopers must turn body cameras on and off and how the footage can be used, The Associated Press reported. The police union sued to delay implementation of the policy put in place by the attorney general.

New Jersey Gas Prices Fall For First Time in Months

TRENTON – After 10 straight weeks of increases, motorists are seeing slightly lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey, The Associated Press reported. According to AAA, the average price Friday was $2.07 a gallon, down two cents from last week. It was $2.51 last year.

NJ Court: Drunk Drivers Don’t Have Right to Jury

TRENTON – Those accused of drunken driving don’t have the right to a jury trial, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday, The Associated Press reported. DWI isn’t a criminal offense but they face jail time and steep fines. But the court said that it isn’t “sufficiently serious” to trigger a jury trial.

Bad Driver Denied Gun Permit in New Jersey

TRENTON – A private security guard was denied a gun license over 16 speeding tickets and two careless driving citations, The Associated Press reported. An appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court that found allowing Rahman Idlett to carry a weapon was “against the interest of the public health, safety and welfare.”