Regional Briefs – July 28, 2016

Man Tears Down Ribbons Honoring Fallen Cops

STATEN ISLAND – A man angered viewers around the country when he was recorded tearing down Blue Lives Matter ribbons honoring fallen NYPD officers, the Staten Island Advance reported. Stephen Varvaro apologized Wednesday, saying he had lost control.

Feds Warn of Humpback Whales in Long Island Sound

LONG ISLAND – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries is advising boaters to be on the lookout for humpback whales in Long Island Sound, The Associated Press reported. Fishermen have reported seeing multiple whales over the last few days.

Homeowner Shocked by 12-foot Snake Under Porch

PAULSBORO, N.J. – A 12-foot snake weighing about 60 pounds was corralled and returned to its owner Wednesday night after it was spotted under a porch, The Associated Press reported. When police responding to a 911 call of a boa constrictor arrived, the snake escaped into a hole. It was found hours later.

NJ Teen Dies After Falling Off Waterfall Upstate

HAINES FALLS, N.Y. – A teenager died in a tragic accident Wednesday after tumbling over a Hudson Valley waterfall, The Associated Press reported. Ezra Kennedy, 17, of Westfield, N.J., had been hiking with relatives and friends and made it to the top of the lower falls. But he lost his footing on the wet rock.

NY Officers Seek Bear That Attacked a Steer

BOLTON, N.Y. – State officers are laying traps for a bear that attacked a steer on an Adirondack farm, the Post-Star reported. A bull was found with leg cuts which appeared to be from a bear attack. They believe the bear is the same one that has been raiding bird feeders and garbage cans for years.

Man Arrested for Threatening To ‘Off Some Cops’

NEW YORK – A Florida teen was arrested Wednesday night after he approached NYPD officers, said he had a gun and said he wanted to “off some cops,” The Associated Press reported. The 18-year-old man was found carrying a .38-caliber gun.