Regional Briefs – October 13, 2016

Clinton Team Privately Called de Blasio a ‘Terrorist’

BROOKLYN – Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager referred to Mayor Bill de Blasio as a “terrorist” as de Blasio considered endorsing Bernie Sanders, Politico reported. In emails released by WikiLeaks, Robby Mook wrote, “Wow. What a terrorist.” Two days later he publicly called de Blasio a “good friend.”

Trash Can Explodes in NJ, Scattering Debris

BARNEGAT, N.J. – Police are probing an early Thursday explosion in a trash can on the curb, The Associated Press reported. Debris was scattered 10 yards away, but there was no damage. Investigators believe the blast was likely a nuisance and not meant to cause harm.

Painted Swastikas Found at House Candidate’s Home

UNION, N.J. – Swastikas were spray-painted at the home of a congressional candidate on Friday and Monday, The Associated Press reported. Democrat Peter Jacob, an Indian-American, is seeking the seat held by Republican Leonard Lance. The Lance campaign called the swastikas “abhorrent.”

NYC Man Freed After Murder Conviction Overturned

QUEENS – A man whose murder conviction was overturned was released from prison Tuesday after 16 years, The Associated Press reported. Tullie Hyman, 36, was sentenced to 21 years to life when a stray bullet hit Maria Medina, a tenant rights activist. An eyewitness later recanted her testimony.