Regional Briefs – Nov. 9, 2016

Man Gets 18 Years in Jail For Fatal Subway Push

BRONX – A man who fatally pushed a stranger in front of a moving train was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in jail, The Associated Press reported. Wai Kuen Kwok, 61, was standing with his wife on the platform in 2014 when Kevin Darden, 36, shoved him and fled.

Single-Engine Plane Runs Into Trees at Blairstown Airport

BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. – A single-engine plane got a few feet off the ground at the Blairstown Airport Thursday morning before getting stuck on full throttle and crashing into trees, The Associated Press reported. The pilot suffered broken bones.

Couple Found With 276 Dogs Get Deadline to Take Deal

HOWELL, N.J. – A judge told a couple discovered with 276 dogs in their home that they have until next Wednesday to plead guilty or else face a trial on more than 550 animal cruelty counts, reported. Charlene and Joseph Handrik face up to $1 million in fines.

Empire State Building Lit Scarlet as Rutgers Turns 250

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Empire State Building glowed in scarlet Thursday night as Rutgers University celebrates its 250th birthday, The Associated Press reported. There were fireworks on their campuses as the yearlong celebration concludes with special classes, exhibitions and concerts.

Amtrak, Niagara Falls OK Deal on New Rail Station

NIAGARA FALLS – Amtrak and the city of Niagara Falls have reached an agreement for a 20-year lease in the city’s new transportation center, The Associated Press reported. The state’s newest rail station, which opened in July, will also house an Underground Railroad museum and retail space.

Trump Win Means Change of Plans at Women’s Hall of Fame

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. – The plaque hanging at the National Women’s Hall of Fame honoring 2005 inductee Hillary Clinton won’t get an update after her unexpected loss, The Associated Press reported. The hall had been ready to change the marker on Wednesday had Clinton been elected the nation’s first female president.