Regional Briefs – May 29, 2016

Engineer Without Driver’s License Not Driving Trains

NEWARK – A NJ Transit engineer who made headlines for driving trains while his driver’s license was suspended for repeated drunken driving is no longer operating locomotives, The Associated Press reported. Thomas Broschart prompted state and federal lawmakers to try making his behavior illegal.

Tree Falls on Cop Responding To Call of a Branch in Road

RINGWOOD, N.J. – A cop who responded Friday to a call of a large branch blocking a road was struck by a falling tree, The Associated Press reported. Douglas Faber, 33, bent over to pick up the branch when he heard the tree falling. He tried running but was struck, requiring 13 stitches on his head.

Moyers Turns Down $35,000 Speaking Fee From Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – PBS journalist Bill Moyers turned down a $35,000 fee for speaking at Rutgers University’s graduation ceremony, The Associated Press reported. He had been prepared to deliver the commencement address but President Obama replaced him, so he gave a different speech instead.

Man Steals ATM, Loads It Onto Stolen School Bus

WESTBURY, N.Y. – A Long Island man broke into a Bravo supermarket early Friday, stole an ATM and loaded it onto a stolen yellow school bus, The Associated Press reported. David Hughes, 61, was caught on surveillance video and was arrested in Queens.

Suspect in Killing of Cuomo’s Aide Is Arraigned

NEW YORK – Micah Alleyne, 23, a participant in a gunbattle that killed an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo before Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade last year, was arraigned on a murder charge Friday, The Associated Press reported. Carey Gabay, 43, was a counsel at the Empire State Development Corp.

Man Gets Prison for Calling 50 Fake Emergencies to 911

QUEENS – A man was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for calling 911 50 times to report fake emergencies, The Associated Press reported. Ronald DeShields’s calls included claims of cop shootings and people trapped in fires.