Regional Briefs – July 14, 2016

NYC Area Going to Be HOT on Friday

NEW YORK – The NYC area is getting another blast of summer air with temperatures in the mid 90s. The excessive heat is expected to break at about 8 p.m. Friday. Until then, the humidity will make it feel like higher than 100 degrees.

Woman Arrested for Skipping More Than 500 Tolls

JERSEY CITY – A woman who skipped tolls more than 500 times and owed more than $16,000 was stopped and arrested near the Holland Tunnel, the Jersey Journal reported. Denise Simien, 55, was charged Wednesday with theft and obstruction of justice.

Mayor: Project Continues Despite ‘Crazy Uncle’ Christie

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The mayor of Piscataway said Wednesday he won’t stop a road project because of “crazy uncle” Gov. Chris Christie who ordered all projects stopped after a budget deal fell through, News 12 reported. Brian Wahler says residents are his first priority, “not the crazies down in Trenton.”

Mall Reverses Ban on Anti-Police T-shirts

CHERRY HILL, N.J. – A mall that asked a kiosk operator to stop selling anti-police T-shirts that read “This Has to Stop!” Tuesday invited the vendor back, The Associated Press reported. The Cherry Hill Mall initially said the $20 shirts were offensive. They feature two stick figures resembling police officers beating a figure on the ground.

Stolen Flag From Fallen Sailor Returned to Family

NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. – An American flag stolen from the family of a Philadelphia man who was killed during the Vietnam War was returned Tuesday by an unidentified woman, reported. The New Jersey family wanted the flag back “no questions asked” and won’t pursue charges.

Monarch Butterflies Released in Conservation Effort

BUFFALO – Some 75 monarch butterflies were released at a Buffalo nature preserve on Tuesday, where it’s hoped they’ll lay eggs and boost their declining numbers, The Associated Press reported. The butterflies will migrate to Mexico in September.