Regional Briefs – May 29, 2017

Police Kill Bear That Was Roaming in Shore Town

UNION BEACH, N.J. – Police on Saturday night shot and killed a bear that was roaming through a heavily populated area, The Associated Press reported. They first requested the state to tranquilize the bear, but were denied since it was during nighttime hours.

Gov. Cuomo’s Free College Tuition Plan Begins June 7

ALBANY – New York college students can apply for the state’s free tuition plan beginning June 7. Excelsior Scholarship covers tuition at state universities for full-time, in-state students whose families earn $125,000 or less. Recipients must remain in New York for as many years as they receive the benefit.

Judge Fines UPS $247M In Cigarette Case

NEW YORK – A federal judge on Thursday ordered UPS to pay New York City and the state nearly $247 million for illegally shipping cigarettes, The Associated Press reported. The judge ruled that the company ignored “red flags” that its brown trucks were being used to transport untaxed cigarettes from Indian reservations.

Man Killed in Ambulance Crash Was Battling Cancer

DUANESBURG, N.Y. – The man killed in an ambulance crash Wednesday night had been battling cancer for five years and was in constant pain, family members of Christopher Aerneke, 64, told WTEN. The Sloansville man was heading home after a week in the hospital when the ambulance hit a tree.

Feds: Jet Made Late Maneuver Before Deadly Crash

TETERBORO, N.J. – A Learjet approaching Teterboro Airport two weeks ago had made a later-than-usual turn toward the runway before it banked hard and crashed into an industrial area, killing the two crewmen aboard, federal investigators said Thursday.

NYPD Discussing Concerns In Neighborhood Meetings

NEW YORK – NYPD officers are holding neighborhood meetings around the city to better understand public safety concerns. The meetings are run by officers who work specifically on building community relations.