Regional Briefs – August 16, 2016

Jersey City Worker Dies After Container, Crane Collapses

JERSEY CITY – A rail shipping worker was killed Monday when a wire holding up a container snapped, causing it to fall on the machine he was operating, the Jersey Journal reported. The man worked for H&M International Transportation.

DWI Offenses Will Carry Over to Drunken Boaters

ALBANY – Drunken boaters in New York will face harsher punishment if they have previous convictions for driving other vehicles while intoxicated, The Associated Press reported. A law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday links penalties for drunk boating with prior DWI. It takes effect in November.

Kids Set Fire at Tire Plant Which Burned for Three Days

LOCKPORT, N.Y. – Children were responsible for a fire at a tire recycling facility that burned for nearly three days last week and left one person dead, The Associated Press reported. More than 250 firefighters battled the blaze at High Tread International and hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate.

NYC Settles Fatal Police Shooting Lawsuit for $4M

NEW YORK – NYC on Tuesday agreed to pay $4.1 million to the family of a man fatally shot by mistake by a police officer in a darkened stairwell in 2014, The Associated Press reported. Akai Gurley, 28, was shot by Officer Peter Liang, who will pay $25,000. He was sentenced to five years’ probation.

Italian Tanker Officers Admit to Discharging Waste Into Sea

NEWARK – Two senior engineers of an Italian shipping company’s oil tanker admitted Thursday to deliberately concealing that the ship discharged oily waste into the sea, The Associated Press reported. Girolamo Curatolo and Danilo Maimone, both of Sicily, face up to five years in prison.