Regional Briefs – Nov. 21, 2016

Construction Suspended on NY Highways This Weekend

ALBANY – Construction projects on New York highways will be halted from Wednesday through Monday morning due to a surge in Thanksgiving weekend traffic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Emergency repair work may continue behind concrete barriers.

NY High Court Upholds Rochester’s Noise Law

ALBANY – New York’s highest court upheld a Syracuse law banning “unnecessary noise” that can be heard 50 feet away, The Associated Press reported. Havert Stephens was pulled for a loud car stereo and illegal substances were found. Stephens argued he should not have been stopped because the law is unconstitutionally vague.

Man Settles Lawsuit After He Says Police Broke His Back

ELIZABETH, N.J. – A man who says Elizabeth police broke his back after mistakenly arresting him in a car theft settled a lawsuit for $30,000, reported. Luis Padua was waiting for a friend in 2013 when three officers began to beat and kick him, and stomped on his back.

NJ Honors Mother Who Fostered Nearly 100 Children

JERSEY CITY – A foster mother who has cared for nearly 100 children since 1988 was honored Sunday by the state, the Jersey Journal reported. Mattie Walker, 62, of Hoboken, was presented with a certificate and many people gave her cards and flowers. She has four biological children.

Big Apple Circus Files for Bankruptcy, Seeks Sale

NEW YORK – The artsy, one-ring Big Apple Circus is filing for bankruptcy protection after four decades of entertaining the world and is seeking a buyer, The Associated Press reported. The troupe, which sets up each year at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, has debts of $8.3 million, against assets of $3.8 million.

NYPD Officer Hurt in Fatal Shooting Leaves Hospital

BROOKLYN – An NYPD officer injured in a scuffle with a man last week was discharged from the hospital on Sunday, the Daily News reported. The suspect was fatally shot. Officer Andris Bisogno smiled as he left Jamaica Hospital.