Regional Briefs – July 4, 2016

Independence Day Citizenship Ceremonies Held Upstate

STILLWATER, N.Y. – Nearly 100 new citizens were sworn in at ceremonies upstate on Independence Day, including one at the site of the 1777 Battles of Saratoga, The Associated Press reported. There have been nearly 100 naturalization ceremonies across the U.S. since Thursday.

Small Earthquake Shakes Towns in Northern N.J.

KINNELON, N.J. – A small earthquake shortly after midnight Monday rattled parts of New Jersey but didn’t cause any damage or injuries, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. There were some 911 calls to report the magnitude-1.4 quake.

Truckload of Potatoes Up For Grabs After Crash

WILSON, Wyo. – A truckload of potatoes headed for Buffalo, NY., Saturday night was up for grabs after the truck tipped over on a highway, the Jackson Hole News and Guide reported. Shacorey Carter was not seriously injured after his brakes failed while coming down a mountain. Dozens of 50-pound sacks of potatoes were being given away.

Busy Season for Gorge Rescues in Ithaca; 3 in 1 Week

ITHACA, N.Y. – It’s been a busy season for rescue workers in Ithaca’s famous gorges, with three complicated rescues in the past week, The Associated Press reported. The latest was around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, when a man called 911, saying he’d fallen 80 feet into Cascadilla Gorge.

Man Sentenced for Smuggling Electronics to Russia

NEWARK – A smuggler involved in a scheme to send $65 million worth of sensitive electronic components to Russia was sentenced Thursday to 70 months in prison, The Associated Press reported. Alexander Brazhnikov, 37, will serve three years probation and pay $75,000.

Cop, Firefighter Rescue Couple From Burning Home

HAZLET, N.J. – A police officer and a firefighter on Friday rescued a couple in their 60s from their burning home, The Associated Press reported. Hazlet Officer Nicolas Logothetis and Frank Harris, a volunteer firefighter, found the fire at the back of the home, which was destroyed, and helped the couple flee.