Regional Briefs – Nov. 23, 2016

Video Shows Smash-and-Grab Robber Not Great at Smash

NEW YORK – A smash-and-grab robber at a Madison Avenue jewelry store Monday had trouble with the smash part, The Associated Press reported. Two armed men ordered employees to the floor while one struggled to smash display cases. He finally succeeded, grabbing five watches worth $300,000.

Convicted Bronx Pol Banned From Elections for Three Years

BRONX – A judge on Tuesday issued a three-year election ban to a longtime assemblyman for tricking voters in 2014 to sign blank ballots, later filling in his name, the Daily News reported. Hector Ramirez initially won the race but a recount left him two votes short.

Judge Acquits 2 NYPD Cops Seen on Video Striking Teen

BROOKLYN – Two NYPD officers seen on video punching a 16-year-old suspect in the face were acquitted Wednesday, the New York Post reported. David Afanador and Tryrone Isaac embraced following the week-long, non-jury trial. They’ve been on modified duty since 2014.

NY to Let Nurse Practitioners Prescribe Medical Marijuana

ALBANY – The state Health Department filed amendments to medical marijuana regulations to allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe medical marijuana, The Associated Press reported.

Late Sen. Libous’s Conviction Vacated — For an Hour

ALBANY – Former state Sen. Thomas Libous’s bribery conviction was vacated, but then reversed. A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out the late Republican’s conviction — only to take the odd step of withdrawing its ruling a short time later, saying it was a mistake, USA Today reported. Libous died in May.

E-cigarette Explodes in Man’s Pocket at Grand Central

NEW YORK – An e-cigarette suddenly blew up in a man’s pocket Wednesday morning as was shopping in Grand Central Terminal, The Associated Press reported. He suffered leg and hand burns and was hospitalized with minor injuries. A witness said it looked like fireworks exploding.