Regional Briefs – July 3, 2017

NJ Transit Adds Bus Service During Penn Station Work

NEWARK – NJ Transit will offer more busing from the highest ridership stations on the train line during a planned Penn Station construction project, The Associated Press reported. Buses will operate from the Summit and Maplewood stations to Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal starting July 10.

Attempted Car Thief Arrested Third Time for Same Crime

BAYONNE, N.J. – A car thief was arrested for the third time this year for breaking into and rummaging through parked cars, the Jersey Journal reported. The 26-year-old Jersey City man matched the description of a person breaking into cars all around Bayonne.

Christie Signs Fireworks Bill In Time for Fourth of July

TRENTON – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill to legalize the sale of sparklers, party poppers and snappers for those 16 and older, just in time for Fourth of July celebrations, The Associated Press reported. All other fireworks remain illegal.

Village’s Iconic ‘Bear Fountain’ Repaired

GENESEO, N.Y. – A landmark “bear fountain” that has been a fixture in the middle of this college town was reinstalled after it was damaged by a vehicle a year ago, The Associated Press reported. The 130-year-old fountain includes a granite basin and a bronze sculpture of a bear atop a light pole.

Police Detective Uses Knife To Free Bear Cub From Net

RINGWOOD, N.J. – A police detective freed a bear cub from a net it was trapped in using a folding knife, The Associated Press reported. Ringwood’s police union posted a video showing the bear running off into the woods after Det. Joe Longo allowed it to escape.

NJ Candidates Spent More Than Ever Before

TRENTON – Newly released election data show the candidates for governor broke a spending record with $42.5 million spent in last month’s primary, The Associated Press reported. Democrat Phil Murphy spent $21.7 million to win while GOP winner Kim Guadagno spent $3.5 million.