Regional Briefs – June 30, 2016

Shark in Ocean: Swimmers Ordered Out of Water

DEAL, N.J. – Swimmers were ordered out of the ocean Thursday morning after a report that a 6- to 7-foot shark was spotted following a school of dolphins, The Associated Press reported. After no more sightings in an hour, swimmers were allowed back in.

NYC Official: Put Sunscreen Dispensers at All Parks

NEW YORK – NYC’s comptroller on Thursday proposed placing free sunscreen dispensers at all city parks, beaches, pools and playgrounds to reduce the risk of skin cancer, The Associated Press reported. Scott Stringer says the dispensers could come “at virtually no cost” to the city through public-private partnerships.

Man Guilty of Stealing $134K In Dead Parents’ Benefits

BUFFALO – A man was convicted Wednesday of stealing $134,213 in Social Security benefits by not reporting his parents’ deaths in the 1990s, The Associated Press reported. Kevin Quinn was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to repay the funds.

West Point Cadet Who Saved Swimmer On Life Support

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – A West Point cadet from Missouri is on life support after he saved a swimmer who was caught in a rip current off Long Island, Newsday reported. Thomas Surdyke, 18, was pulled from the waters following a rescue attempt last Friday. The swimmer he rescued is all right.

A 9-year-old Sleuth Has Book Deal for Detective Series

NEW YORK – One of the world’s youngest sleuths, 9-year-old Hilde Lysiak, has a book deal, The Associated Press reported. Scholastic plans to release four children’s books by the Pennsylvania resident who has her own news site, the Orange Street News. It mostly covers local fires and crime.

Residents Push Back Against Parking Ordinance in Deal

DEAL, N.J. – Deal residents demanded on Wednesday the borough council back off from a plan to require parking permits on streets with beach access points, NJ.com reported. They said the ordinance caters to multi-millionaires.