Regional Briefs – June 15, 2016

2 Guilty of Pranking Autistic Man in Ocean-Jump

MANASQUAN, N.J. – Two men were convicted Tuesday for coaxing an autistic man to jump into a freezing ocean in a prank posted online, The Associated Press reported. Nicholas Formica, 22, and Christopher Tilton, 21, in 2015 dared Parker Drake, 20, to jump from a jetty for cigarettes and $20. They got 60 to 90 days community service.

Man Saves Driver Trapped Inside SUV in River

NUTLEY, N.J. – A woman would have drowned inside her SUV following a crash Tuesday morning if not for Jason Moss, who sprinted into the river, pried open a door and brought her to safety. The 50-year-old woman’s SUV jumped a curb and plunged into the Passaic River. She was found unconscious.

Margate Accepts Land Seizure Ruling in Dune Protection Plan

MARGATE, N.J. – A town at the center of the fight against dunes will not appeal a ruling that allows the state to seize oceanfront land for the protection project, The Press of Atlantic City reported. Margate’s Board of Commissioners unanimously decided against appealing the April ruling.

EMTs Caught Ignoring Call For Help in Diner Resign

NEWARK – Two EMTs caught live-streaming themselves ignoring a call for help while in the drive-thru line of a restaurant resigned, NJ.com reported. This comes days after they were suspended without pay after officials saw the video.

NYC to Provide Free Summer Meals to Kids at 1,100 Sites

NEW YORK – NYC will provide free nutritious meals to children at 1,100 locations this summer when school is not in session, The Associated Press reported. Anyone 18 and younger is eligible. Last year 8.2 million meals were served.

National Spelling Bee Co-Champ Honored in NY

ALBANY – The co-winner of this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee was honored Wednesday at the state Capitol, The Associated Press reported. Jairam Hathwar, 13, of Painted Post, N.Y., shared first place last month with an 11-year-old from Texas.