Regional Briefs – January 10, 2017

Emoji? Bunny? The Next-Gen Monopoly Token? You Decide

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Hashtags and cellphones may replace dogs and hats in the next version of the Monopoly board game, The Associated Press reported. Hasbro began a worldwide contest Tuesday to let people choose the next eight tokens in the game based on the real-life streets of Atlantic City. Voting runs through Jan. 31.

Cash Trail Leads to Arrest In $110,000 Bank Robbery

ROCHESTER – A trail of cash led police to the bank thief who stole $110,000 last week, The Associated Press reported. Joe Peeples fled by taking a cab to a bus station, leaving his jacket in the taxi with $10,000 in it, then dumping $43,000 in the depot restroom.

Home of United Arab Emirates Diplomat Broken Into

NEW YORK – An intruder broke into the home of the consul general of the United Arab Emirates Monday morning but ran away without taking anything, The Associated Press reported. Majid Al-Suwaidi woke up to a noise and saw a man fleeing. He unsuccessfully gave chase.

Assemblyman Takes Aim at Drunk Pilots With Legislation

ALBANY – Assemblyman Felix Ortiz of Brooklyn will propose requiring pilots departing from NYC airports to submit to a breathalyzer test before takeoff, the Daily News reported. The Democrat was spurred by recent reports of drunk flying.

Lawsuit Seeks Text-to-911 Technology in NYC

NEW YORK – Two disabled residents sued to force NYC and Long Island to implement text-to-911 technology, which allows contact to police via text, Newsday reported. The technology is currently used in 11 of New York’s 62 counties.