Regional Briefs – January 29, 2017

Couple Arrested for False 911 Calls to Evade Debt

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. – A couple was arrested for making repeated 911 calls about false pipe bombs and burglaries to evade an “extreme” amount of credit card debt, The Associated Press reported. Kevin Clark, 41, and Michelle Wolf, 40, wanted to claim their ID was stolen.

Firehouse Burglarized While Firefighters Are Saving a Life

JERSEY CITY – A burglar made off with wallets, cash and credit cards at a firehouse Thursday night while firefighters were out saving a 16-year-old boy from a burning building, The Associated Press reported. They returned to the firehouse and discovered the burglary.

Hammer Hits Windshield On Garden State Parkway

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. – A driver on the Garden State Parkway sustained minor injuries Thursday when a hammer slammed through the windshield, The Associated Press reported. The incident is eerily similar to last month’s death of a driver when a dumbbell crashed through his windshield on the NJ Turnpike.

NYC to Pay $6.9 Million to Man Shot by Off-Duty Officer

NEW YORK – NYC on Friday agreed to pay $6.9 million to Robert Borrelli, who had been shot six times by a drunk off-duty cop, The Associated Press reported. The city law department called the settlement in the shooting by Brendan Cronin in the best interests of the city.

Cat Survives 225-Mile Trip Upstate Under Minivan’s Hood

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – A cat named Gumbo is doing fine after stowing away under a minivan’s hood during a Brooklyn family’s getaway, The Post-Star of Glens Falls reported. The family only discovered the cat after arriving Monday night at Queensbury, 225 miles away.

State to Investigate NYC Voter Purge Suit

NEW YORK – State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will seek to intervene in a lawsuit accusing Brooklyn election officials of mishandling an effort to purge outdated voter registrations, The Associated Press reported. More than 200,000 registrations were incorrectly suspended, mostly because they hadn’t voted since 2008.