Regional Briefs – October 31, 2016

Sentencing in Stark Murder Case Postponed to December

BROOKLYN – The sentencing for Kendel Felix, who was convicted last month of the 2014 murder and kidnapping of Menachem Stark, H”yd, has been postponed to Dec. 2. Felix faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

New Mental-Health Hotline Glitch: Text in English, Reply in Mandarin

NEW YORK – A new hotline to help NYC residents with mental-health problems was off to a rough start, the Daily News reported. A reporter texted “Help” in English but kept getting responses in Mandarin. It took hours to get a response in English.

Your 2 Cents: NJ Gas-Tax Hike is Boosting Uber Fares

NEWARK – New Jersey’s gas-tax increase by 23 cents a gallon, which takes effect Tuesday, is leading Uber to raise fares by 2 cents per mile to help drivers pay for gas, The Associated Press reported. Uber drivers use their own cars and are responsible for paying for their own gas.

Train Carrying 80 Cars of Alcohol Hits Wooden Pallets

BERGENFIELD, N.J. – A CSX freight train transporting more than 80 cars full of alcohol on Saturday struck several wooden pallets that had been left on the tracks, NJ.com reported. The train didn’t sustain damage and no one was hurt. It continued on after an inspection.

3 Candidates Vie to Become Seneca Indian Nation President

SALAMANCA, N.Y. – The Seneca Indian Nation will elect a new president Tuesday, choosing from a list of three candidates: Treasurer Todd Gates, One Nation Party Chairman J.C. Seneca and independent Sally Snow, The Associated Press reported. The 8,000-member tribe’s presidency rotates every term between the Allegany and Cattaraugus territories.