Regional Briefs – April 6, 2017

NJ Targets Distracted Drivers After Rise in Deaths

TRENTON – New Jersey will become one of the first states in the nation to send warning letters to distracted drivers in the wake of an 8 percent increase in traffic deaths last year, The Associated Press reported. The #77 phone alert system to report aggressive drivers is now expanded to distracted driving.

NJ Wants Court to Again Block Paper From Reporting

TRENTON – New Jersey’s Supreme Court rejected the state’s request to again block the Trentonian from reporting on a child services complaint, The Associated Press reported. The judge lifted the ban last week, saying he found no evidence the reporter illegally obtained the complaint from the boy’s mother.

Man Charged in Hit-and-Run Makes Court Appearance

JERSEY CITY – A corrections officer charged in a hit-and-run accident that killed a prospective Assembly candidate and the Jersey City GOP chairman made his initial court appearance Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. Michael Hansen, 38, didn’t enter a plea and will remain in custody.

ID Bracelet Lost by U.S. Soldier In WWII Found in France

SYRACUSE – An ID bracelet lost by a Syracuse soldier during the 1944 Normandy invasion was found near the battle site, WSTM reported. Army Sgt. John Hill, now 93, was given the bracelet by his mother.

Suspect in 12 NY Arsons Being Held in Pennsylvania

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – A teenager suspected of a dozen arson attacks in this Western New York town last month was captured on Monday and is held in a Pennsylvania jail, The Associated Press reported. Jonathan Young, 19, targeted vacant building. No one was injured.

Bill to Create Coin for Purple Heart Hall Gets Support

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. – A Hudson Valley congressman said Thursday he has 55 co-sponsors for legislation to create a commemorative coin for the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, The Associated Press reported. The camp where Gen. George Washington awarded the first Purple Heart in 1782 is in Sean Patrick Maloney’s district.