Regional Briefs – March 8, 2017

NYC Firefighters Use Drone to Help Battle Blaze

BRONX – NYC firefighters used a drone for the first time Monday night to help put out an apartment fire, The Associated Press reported. Crews were able to get out of the way in time when the $85,000 drone’s visual feed captured the roof beginning to fail.

Firefighter Suspended Over Racist Social Media Post

YONKERS, N.Y. – A Yonkers firefighter was suspended Friday for posting a racist message on social media, the Journal News reported. Richard LaPeruta, a 22-year veteran, posted an offensive image along with a message about the firefighter exam.

NY to Install More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

ALBANY – New York state is embarking on a campaign to install 450 new charging stations for electric vehicles across the state. The effort also includes public outreach campaigns and incentives for businesses to go electric.

Burglar Couple Robs Home, Leaving 2-year-old in Car

CRAWFORD, N.Y. – A couple was arrested for robbing a home Saturday morning while leaving their 2-year-old child waiting outside in an SUV, The Associated Press reported. The 38-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman assaulted a man in the house and stole some property.

Police Officer Cleared Of Drunk Driving While on Duty

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. – A judge on Tuesday found a New Jersey police officer not guilty of driving while intoxicated while on duty since prosecutors couldn’t prove Kurt Geisinger was driving at the time, The Daily Record of Parsippany reported.