Regional Briefs – May 22, 2016

Cop Arrested for Altering Bar Codes to Get Lower Price

ELIZABETH, N.J. – A Union County police officer was arrested and suspended without pay Friday for stealing $675 from Target and Wal-Mart by altering bar codes to lower prices on items, The Associated Press reported. Blake Clay paid from $1.50 to $4.50 for items that cost from $15.99 to $39.99.

New Manager Named for Newark Liberty Airport

NEWARK – The Port Authority named a new general manager for its New Jersey airports. Diane Papaianni will oversee Newark and Teterboro airports, including a $2.3 billion new Terminal A at Newark. She succeeds Richard Heslin, who is retiring after 45 years.

Twin 2-Year-Olds Home Alone Killed in Fire

BATAVIA, N.Y. – Twin brothers who died in a fire Friday night had been left home alone, The Associated Press reported. Two-year-olds Michael and Micah Gard were found in a back bedroom, dead from smoke inhalation.

NYPD Officer Stripped of Gun, Badge After Pulling Gun

NEW YORK – An NYPD officer shown on video Thursday pointing his gun at a bystander who was filming an arrest in Harlem was stripped of his gun and badge, The Associated Press reported. Two officers were seen struggling with a man on the floor when one orders bystanders to move back, pulling out his gun and shouting, “I’m not playing.”

Citi Bike Expanding in Brooklyn and Manhattan

NEW YORK – NYC’s bike share program is expanding into Brooklyn and further into Manhattan. Some of the 140 new docking stations will be in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Red Hook. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said it’ll eventually span all five boroughs.

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing Near Thruway

BATAVIA, N.Y. – A small airplane with engine problems made an emergency landing Thursday afternoon on a rural road near the Thruway, The Associated Press reported. The stretch of road between Buffalo and Rochester is surrounded by farm fields. No one was hurt.