Regional Briefs – February 9, 2017

Guadagno Leads in New GOP Gubernatorial Poll

TRENTON – Comedian Joe Piscopo isn’t officially running for governor, but he came in not far behind Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in a Fairleigh Dickinson poll released Thursday, The Associated Press reported. Piscopo had the support of 12 percent of Republicans while Guadagno leads with 18 percent. Thirteen percent support “someone else.”

Man Connects With UK Sender of Message in a Bottle

LONG BEACH ISLAND, N.J. – A New Jersey man has found the person who wrote a message in a bottle, the Asbury Park Press reported. Vincent Stango found the bottled note near his home about two weeks ago. Stuart Brown of Yorkshire, England had been on a world tour aboard the Queen Elizabeth and, for fun, tossed several bottled messages along the way.

Snow Can’t Halt Jury Deliberations in Patz Case

NEW YORK – A snowstorm did not stop a jury from deliberating in the re-trial of Etan Patz’s murder, The Associated Press reported. Jurors in the case against Pedro Hernandez have been huddling since Wednesday. He was charged with killing the 6-year-old in 1979.

1 Dead, 9 Injured in Staten Island House Fire

STATEN ISLAND – A house fire Thursday morning claimed a life on Staten Island and injured nine others, including two firefighters, The Associated Press reported.

New York Capitol Hosts Black History Month Exhibit

ALBANY – The state Capitol’s second floor is hosting an exhibit honoring Black History Month, The Associated Press reported. The exhibit honors prominent African-Americans with connections to New York state, ranging from Harriet Tubman to broadcast journalist Gwen Ifill, who died last year.

Man Dies in Waiting Room of Hospital Emergency Room

ITHACA, N.Y. – The state health department is investigating the death of a patient in the waiting room of Cayuga Medical Center, the Ithaca Journal reported. The 52-year-old man’s death followed “a series of breakdowns” in procedure. A travel nurse’s contract was terminated.