Regional Briefs – July 13, 2016

Half NY’s GOP House Members Not Going to Convention

ALBANY – At least four of the nine-member GOP House delegation from New York — Elise Stefanik, Richard Hanna, Chris Gibson and John Katko — won’t be in Cleveland when the party nominates Donald Trump, Politico reported. The five who will be there are Lee Zeldin, Peter King, Dan Donovan, Tom Reed and Chris Collins.

NY Candidate’s Quaker Faith Prompts Threatening Posts

ALBANY – State Police are investigating online threats directed at state Senate candidate Sara Niccoli, whose Quaker faith prohibits her from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, The Associated Press reported. The Democrat on Wednesday blamed her opponent, Republican Sen. George Amedore. Amedore denies any responsibility.

Bear Escapes Into Woods After It’s Found in Home, Shot

DENVILLE, N.J. – A bear attracted by garbage outside broke into a home and was shot with rubber bullets Monday after it resisted officers’ attempts to chase it out of a basement, the Daily Record reported. The bear escaped into the woods.

Convict Who Won New Trial Dies Before It Begins

SYRACUSE – A man in prison for 20 years before winning a new trial died before it began, the Post-Standard reported. Hector Rivas, 64, was convicted in the 1987 killing of nurse Valerie Hill but an appeals court tossed the conviction.

6 Rescued After Boat Capsizes Off Ellis Island

NEW YORK – Six people were rescued Tuesday when their 15-foot boat capsized off Ellis Island and began taking on water, WABC reported. Among those pulled from the water were 11-year-old twins and 9- and 5-year-old girls.