Regional Briefs – August 3, 2016

Ambulance Company Owner Convicted of Health Fraud

NEWARK – A Passaic man was convicted Tuesday of illegally operating an ambulance company even though a prior conviction banned him from participating in federal programs, The Associated Press reported. Imadeldin Khair, 56, almost immediately began operating the business in his brother’s name.

Bank Teller Embezzled From Dormant Accounts

CAMDEN, N.J. – A TD Bank teller pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling $608,000 from dormant accounts, primarily held by elderly clients, in 2014 and 2015, The Associated Press reported. Telisha Trent, 43, faces up to 40 years in prison when she’s sentenced Nov. 7. TD Bank has reimbursed the victims.

FedEx Driver Killed by 1,300-Pound Pallet

TONAWANDA, N.Y. – A FedEx driver was killed Wednesday after a pallet loaded with 1,300 pounds of packages fell on him at a freight facility, WIVB reported. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating.

Sinkhole Widens, Residents Evacuate Apartment Building

ALBANY – Dozens of residents were forced from their Albany apartment building after a broken water pipe caused the street to collapse, The Associated Press reported. The 30-foot sinkhole has already swallowed an SUV. Officials say it will take a week to repair the valve.

NYC’s Last Milk Processing Plant Closing; 273 Jobs Lost

QUEENS – NYC’s last milk processing plant is shutting down after 97 years in operation, putting 273 people out of work, The Associated Press reported. Elmhurst Dairy, which is certified kosher by the OU, is closing in October. They mostly delivered small cartons of milk to 1,400 public schools around NYC.

Owners of Deadly Pit Bull: Dog Deserves Day in Court

STATEN ISLAND – The owners of a pit bull who has killed two other dogs and a cat want a hearing before their beloved pet is put down by police, the New York Post reported. A hearing for the 70-pound canine named Caesar is set for Aug. 15.