Regional Briefs – July 31, 2016

Teen Boy Reels in 200-Pound Shark on NJ Beach

LONG BEACH, N.J. – A 13-year-old boy fishing with his father Sunday reeled in a 200-pound shark, WABC reported. Gianni Mandile pulled in the catch most of the way before his dad grabbed the shark’s tail and pulled it onto the sand. They posed for a quick picture before sending it back into the water.

Christie Open to Leaving Office for Trump White House

FAIR LAWN, N.J. – Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he’d consider leaving the governor’s office for a position in Donald Trump’s administration if it would “make the country better,” NJ.com reported. Christie ends his term in January 2018.

Buffalo Zoo Says Goodbye To Endangered Monkeys

BUFFALO – A group of Sulawesi crested macaques left the Buffalo Zoo Thursday in a move to save the endangered monkey species, The Associated Press reported. The two males and four females have lived at the zoo since the late 1960s. In their homeland of Indonesia their meat is considered a delicacy.

Dirty Deed: Shoplifter Bags 26 Containers of Laundry Soap

STATEN ISLAND – Not a clean getaway. A shoplifter trying to steal 26 containers of laundry detergent from a Key Food supermarker was caught on his way out, the Staten Island Advance reported. Craig Thomas, 35, stuffed $196 worth of detergent into a black bag and ran out without paying.

Mounted Cop Rides Through Drive-Thru on Horseback

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A mounted police officer was spotted Wednesday going through a drive-thru donut shop on horseback, WCVB reported. Officer John Sesselman ordered a cup of coffee for himself and a glazed munchkin for his horse, King Tut.

Family of NYC Autistic Teen Found Dead to Get $2.7M

QUEENS – NYC agreed Thursday to a $2.7 million settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of a 14-year-old autistic boy who was found dead after leaving his school, the Daily News reported. Avonte Oquendo’s mother accused school officials of failing to monitor the exit doors.