Regional Briefs – March 27, 2017

$1.7M in Public Funds Disbursed in Governor’s Race

TRENTON – Details released Monday show that more than $1.7 million in public matching funds has been given to two candidates vying to succeed Gov. Chris Christie, The Associated Press reported. Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno got $830,818 while Democrat Jim Johnson received $875,474.

Parents Issued Summons For Leaving 3 Kids in Mall

VICTOR, N.Y. – A couple who left their three young children unsupervised in a mall for six hours Saturday while going to work was issued court-appearance tickets, The Associated Press reported. The children ages 8, 6 and 1-month were found sitting on a bench.

Lawyers Push Strict Laws For Interrogation Footage

ALBANY – Criminal defense attorneys are lobbying the New York legislature to require all police interviews to be videotaped, regardless of whether the suspect is “in custody” or not, The Associated Press reported. The law currently allows individual departments to determine whether to record.

Niagara Falls’ Maid of the Mist Planning Early Launch

NIAGARA FALLS – The Maid of the Mist tour boats at Niagara Falls are being readied for their earliest launch ever, The Associated Press reported. The famed boats will open the 2017 season on Saturday after a near ice-less winter.

Elderly Couple on Wrong Flight End Up in NY

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – An elderly couple was wheeled to the wrong gate at the Fort Lauderdale airport Wednesday and ended up on a flight to New York instead of Michigan, WPLG reported. Allegiant Air blamed the boarding-pass scanner. Helen Wheeker, 96, and her husband George Nobel, 89, were given a full refund.