Regional Briefs – August 9, 2016

Man Beaten With Crowbar For Wearing Trump Shirt

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – A Donald Trump fan was assaulted with a crowbar in the parking lot of a restaurant for wearing a Trump T-shirt, The Associated Press reported. The 62-year-old victim was accosted by a man in a vehicle who cursed at him and struck him several times.

NJ to Create Diversity Training For Law Enforcement

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure Tuesday requiring the state to develop cultural diversity training for police, although he did not make it mandatory, The Associated Press reported. He had vetoed a previous bill that would have required the training.

Four Survive When Small Plane Crashes in Rural Town

MCDONOUGH, N.Y. – Four people escaped with minor injuries when their small plane crashed into trees Monday in a rural central New York town, The Associated Press reported. The Cessna caught fire but the pilot and three passengers only suffered minor injuries.

NY Warns Against Drivers Taking Selfies

ALBANY – Authorities are warning New York drivers against taking selfies, citing a national review suggesting they are among the most likely to do it, The Associated Press reported. The Auto Insurance Center recently studied 70,000 online posts with driving-related hashtags; New York ranked eighth.

Opening Statements in GWB Case Set for Sept. 19

NEWARK – A federal judge on Tuesday set the date for opening arguments in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case for Sept. 19. The criminal case against two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie, Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni, accuses them of creating traffic jams.

Commission Gives Landmark Status to Williamsburg Bank

BROOKLYN – NYC on Monday granted landmark status to a neoclassical-style building in Williamsburg that served as a bank, a courthouse and a cathedral, The Associated Press reported. The 1906 Williamsburgh Trust Company Building’s architectural elements include a saucer dome reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome.