Regional Briefs – Nov. 8, 2016

Motorist With Arrest Warrant Drags Officer During Stop

BRICK, N.J. – A motorist with two outstanding warrants who was stopped by police drove off Monday night, dragging the officer about 50 feet, The Associated Press reported. John Carter, 34, turned over his license but refused to exit the vehicle. Sgt. Erik Olsen reached in the window to unlock the door and his arm became stuck. Police are searching for Carter.

NJ Transit Train Fatally Strikes Man in Spring Valley

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. – A NJ Transit commuter train struck and killed a man in the Spring Valley Station Tuesday morning, The Associated Press reported. Service was suspended in both directions for more than two and a half hours.

Pair Arrested for Stuffing Toll Baskets to Steal Coins

MAYS LANDING, N.J. – Two people were arrested Monday for stuffing material into toll baskets on the Atlantic City Expressway to prevent coins from going in. Angela Freeman-Poles and Aljah Reaves later returned to steal the coins, The Associated Press reported. They were caught on surveillance camera.

5-member NY Crew Heading South to Fight Wildfires

ALBANY – Some of New York’s best-trained forest firefighters headed south Tuesday to help contain wildfires burning in Virginia and Alabama, The Associated Press reported. New York has been sending crews to battle out-of-state wildfires since 1979. All costs are paid by the U.S. Forest Service.

Flags to Be Lowered for NYer Killed in Afghanistan

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of a Buffalo-area native who died in Afghanistan. Capt. Andrew Byers, 30, was killed on Thursday in Kunduz province as he was moving with Afghan forces.

Head of NYC Public Hospitals System to Step Down

NEW YORK – The president of NYC’s Health and Hospitals Corporation will step down at the end of the month. Dr. Ramanathan Raju, who was appointed by the mayor in 2014, will be replaced by Stanley Brezenoff, the current chairman of the Board of Correction.