Regional Briefs – March 5, 2017

Dozens of Trump Supporters Gather for NJ Rally

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – Nearly 200 Donald Trump supporters rallied in Monmouth County Saturday to show their support for the president, The Associated Press reported. The two-hour rally was peaceful, except for one point when anti-Trump protesters provocatively walked through the crowd.

Light Rail Collides With Car, Injuring Rail Passenger

JERSEY CITY – A NJ Transit light rail collided with a car Sunday morning at the Harsimus Cove station, leaving one rail passenger injured, The Associated Press reported. Ten passengers were aboard the rail.

Man Who Can’t Swim Rescues Boy in Hotel Pool

FAIRFIELD, N.J. – A guest visiting from Pennsylvania who doesn’t know how to swim jumped into the deep end of a hotel pool Thursday and rescued a 9-year-old boy from drowning, The Associated Press reported. Police called Randolph Tajada-Perez, 37, a “hero guest.”

Schumer Wants Feds to Look Into Spate of Plane Crashes

NEW YORK – Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate small plane crashes, following at least 18 crashes in New York last year, The Associated Press reported. The agency said it would review Schumer’s letter once they get it.

Former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall Dies

QUEENS – Helen Marshall, the former borough president of Queens, died Saturday at the age of 87, Newsday reported. The borough’s first black president, she served from 2002 to 2013, having previously been an assembly member and city councilwoman. In 1969, she founded the Queens Library.

High Speed Police Chase Closes Lincoln Tunnel

NEW YORK – A high speed police chase Friday night forced the closing of the south tube of the Lincoln Tunnel for about a half hour, The Associated Press reported. The chase ended with three people under arrest for refusing to stop for an officer.