Regional Briefs – December 19, 2016

WTC Transit Hub Has New Entrance With Pre-9/11 Roots

NEW YORK – Travelers at the World Trade Center hub will get a new subway with a bit of the past, The Associated Press reported. The new entrance to the E line opened Monday with parts from the pre-9/11 station, including original flooring, ramp, doors and signs.

Mayors Ask Cuomo for Help With State’s Aging Pipes

ALBANY – Mayors from New York’s capital region are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to remember the state’s aging water pipes as he puts together his 2018 budget proposal, The Associated Press reported. They want $800 million to modernize drinking water systems.

Actor Gets Probation Over Prop Pellet Gun Used in Film

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – An actor who played a bit part in a film and used a prop pellet gun without a gun permit was sentenced Monday to two years of probation, The Associated Press reported. Carlo Goias initially rejected the deal as a matter of principle. He relented when informed he faces 30 years.

Jewelry Store Thief Hid Stolen Rings in His Mouth

MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. – A man who stole nine expensive rings valued at more than $22,000 from two Long Island jewelry stores and stuffed them in his mouth was arrested last Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. Joseph Castro, 52, was recognized by employees as he entered a third jewelry store.

Prison Worker Admits Stealing Inmate’s Money Order

BUFFALO – A state prison employee was arrested Thursday for stealing a $300 money order that was sent to an inmate, The Associated Press reported. Carole Kozak, 59, was a mail clerk at the jail in January when she intercepted the money order and altered it. She used the money to pay a credit card bill.

12 NYC Taxi Drivers Busted In Credit Card Scam

NEW YORK – Twelve cabbies were arrested Thursday for stealing $40,000 in a credit card scam in 2015, The Associated Press reported. Vendors responsible for e-payments noticed several trips lasting less than a minute with charges of up to $499. They informed police.