Regional Briefs – June 8, 2017

600 Issued Warnings in NJ About Distracted Driving

TRENTON – More than 600 New Jersey drivers were mailed warning letters in the first two months of a campaign encouraging people to call #77 if they notice distracted driving, The Associated Press reported. The letters inform drivers that they were reported.

Unarmed Wawa Customer Takes Down Armed Gunman

WINSLOW, N.J. – An unarmed customer stopped an armed robbery early Wednesday by tackling the gunman who was holding up a Wawa convenience store, NJ.com reported. The gun turned out to be unloaded. Police called the customer a hero but doesn’t recommend others to copy him.

Model Mansion for Millionaire Neighborhood Now a Zombie

SKANEATELES, N.Y. – A mansion once held up as a model for a neighborhood of million-dollar homes has instead turned into a zombie property and was repossessed by a bank, the Post-Standard reported. The 24-acre project fell through because of the Great Recession.

Appeals Court Rejects $1 Billion NYC Mall

ALBANY – A $1 billion mall proposed by ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg was dealt a major setback Tuesday after the state’s highest court ruled that only the state has the authority to develop the land, The Associated Press reported. The Willets West was to be built on top of a parking lot outside Citi Field.

Monroe Judge Arrested for Making False Statements

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A Monroe judge was arrested by the FBI Wednesday for falsely claiming she lived in Monroe to meet residency requirements on a residential loan application, The Associated Press reported. Lurlyn Winchester was released on $50,000 bail.