Regional Briefs – July 12, 2016

Man Pleads Guilty in Multistate Commercial Burglaries

TRENTON – A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to transporting stolen goods in a string of commercial burglaries in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, The Associated Press reported. Jose Medina, 39, stole $487,364 in 22 burglaries.

Uber to Use Free Ice Cream in Bid to Expand Into Upstate

ALBANY – Uber may have failed with its bid to expand into upstate but it’s not giving up, The Associated Press reported. The ride-hailing company will deliver free ice cream in Albany, Utica and Buffalo on Friday as part of a larger ice cream giveaway in the 400 cities around the world where Uber operates.

Historic NYC Firehouse Undergoing Renovation

NEW YORK – A landmarked Manhattan firehouse whose firefighters were among the first to respond to the 9/11 attacks is undergoing a major, $6 million renovation, The Associated Press reported. The historical elements of the 1903 building will be preserved.

Historic West Point Cemetery To Undergo $3.5M Expansion

WEST POINT, N.Y. – The final resting place of some of the nation’s most distinguished soldiers is being expanded to provide more burial space, the Times Herald-Record reported. The nearly 200-year-old West Point Cemetery is down to 40 plots; a $3.5 million expansion will add 308 gravesites.

Man Dies After Deer Slams Into Car

ROXBURY, N.Y. – A man died Sunday night when a deer crashed through the windshield of the car in which he was riding after the animal had been struck by another vehicle, the Daily Star of Oneonta reported. John Peters, 49, was a passenger. The driver and two others were treated for minor injuries.

New York Amends Rules to Attract Out-of-State Teachers

ALBANY – Faced with a teacher shortage, New York’s Board of Regents amended rules on Monday allowing experienced out-of-state teachers to qualify for an initial certificate in the state, The Associated Press reported.