Regional Briefs – May 28, 2017

Shark Tagged Since 2012 Detected Off NJ Coast

CAPE MAY, N.J. – A great white shark tagged since 2012 was detected Saturday off New Jersey — and she’s not alone, The Associated Press reported. Mary Lee, who is 16 feet long and weighs about 3,500 pounds, was accompanied by a male great white named Cisco.

Town Undeterred in Fight for War Hero’s Remains

SOMERS POINT, N.J. – A town seeking the remains of a local war hero killed in Libya during the 1804 First Barbary War said that the Navy’s rejection won’t deter them, the Press of Atlantic City reported. Somers Point is named for John Somers, who was buried in a mass grave in Tripoli Harbor.

Female Cop Awarded $1.5 Million in Gender Lawsuit

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – A female officer refused a promotion because of her gender was awarded Wednesday $1.5 million by a jury, NJ.com reported. Marlowe Botti, an officer since 2004, says she scored the highest out of six officers on a sergeant test, but a male officer got the promotion.

Happy Birthday, Update Your License: NJ OKs Change

TRENTON – Birthdays might mean a trip to the Motor Vehicle Commission in New Jersey, The Associated Press reported. To ease wait times, lawmakers unanimously approved changing driver’s license expiration dates from the last day of the month every four years to the driver’s birthday.

Bear Rescued After Weeks of Head Stuck in Jug

KIRKWOOD, N.Y. – A black bear spotted for weeks with his head trapped in a plastic food jug was finally caught and rescued, The Associated Press reported. Biologists captured three bears in traps but none was the “bucket head” bear.

‘Men at Work’: Brazen Thieves Rob Jewelry Store

BROOKLYN – Four thieves dressed as construction workers robbed a downtown Brooklyn jewelry store Thursday, AP reported. A man outside wearing a white hazmat suit carried a sign, “Danger asbestos. Men at work.” They made off with $800,000 dollars’ worth of gold, jewelry and cash.