Regional Briefs – February 22, 2017

Worker Pinned Under Large Pile of Steel at Bed Factory

CARLSTADT, N.J. – A bed frame factory worker was seriously injured Wednesday when a ceiling hoist lost its load, dropping a large pile of steel on his legs, The Associated Press reported. The 56-year-old man was alert as rescue crews worked for an hour to free him.

Police Recover Body of One of Two Missing Snowmobilers

LIVONIA, N.Y. – Police on Wednesday recovered the body of one of two men presumed to have drowned two weeks ago after their snowmobile broke through the ice, The Associated Press reported. The body of Jason Fluet, 40, was found. The search for Christopher Copeland, also 40, continues.

Suspicious Package Causes Evacuations in New Jersey

LINDEN, N.J. – A bomb squad dismantled a suspicious package that led to the evacuation Tuesday night of two apartment buildings, WNBC reported. The wired bag, which later was determined to be a hoax, was found near a pay phone.

Black WWII Veteran Receives Long-Overdue Medals

BUFFALO – A black WWII veteran who is the last surviving Buffalo resident to have served in a segregated unit received six overdue medals in a ceremony Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. Sen. Charles Schumer and Rep. Brian Higgins presented George Watts with the medals.

Assembly Holds Hearing on Home Care Worker Shortage

NEW YORK – State assemblymen held a hearing Wednesday in Manhattan on the statewide shortage of home care workers and the lengthy wait-lists for their help, The Associated Press reported. The Health, Labor and Aging committees heard testimony how to improve training and wages.

Police Cracking Down on Daring Teen Bike Riders

STATEN ISLAND – Police are cracking down on teenage bikers who they say endanger themselves and drivers by performing stunts in the street, The Associated Press reported. Several boys were arrested for reckless riding and their bikes were confiscated.