Regional Briefs – February 27, 2017

Panic Ensues After Thrown Chairs Mistaken for Gunshots

WAYNE, N.J. – A panicked crowd raced through the Willowbrook Mall Sunday when the sound of chairs crashing was confused with gunshots, The Associated Press reported. People were yelling “shots fired!” but it was only a fight between several people. There were two minor injuries.

Mother, Baby Daughter, Die in Tragic Home Fire

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A mother and her baby daughter tragically died early Sunday in a fire that swept their home as they were sleeping, The Associated Press reported. Nina Bryant, and her daughter Nadia died; eight others escaped.

Drone Crashes Through 27th-floor Window

NEW YORK – A drone crashed Saturday through a 27th-floor window of an apartment building in the Kips Bay neighborhood, The Associated Press reported. The drone landed a few feet away from a woman working on her computer. Police are searching for its owner.

NY Speeds Up Nassau Expressway Flood Protection

LAWRENCE, N.Y. – Reconstruction of a portion of the Nassau Expressway that’s susceptible to flooding will be completed by the end of 2019, six years ahead of schedule, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday. The $130 million project could help 400,000 residents use the expressway as an evacuation route during extreme storms.

Summer Archaeological Dig Set for Historic Island Site

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. – An archaeology dig is planned this summer on a Hudson River island considered the birthplace of the U.S. Army Rangers, The Associated Press reported. The list of combat tactics taught at Fort Edward, a British army scout base, in 1757 is still taught to today’s special forces.

Man Trying to Start Lawn Mower Sets Garage Fire

LOCKE, N.Y. – A man using a torch to start up his lawn mower on Sunday accidentally set his garage on fire, Syracuse.com reported. He had forgotten to clean off the excess oil from the mower, which caused it to ignite. The building burned down but there were no injuries.