Regional Briefs – July 10, 2017

Writers Institute Plans Symposium on Fake News

ALBANY – The New York State Writers Institute has scheduled a symposium this fall on fake news, The Associated Press reported. Among the panelists are CBS anchor Bob Schieffer, the editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush.

Driver Survives 20 Hours After Crashing Into Pond

BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. – A man survived at least 20 hours trapped in his vehicle after it crashed into a pond about a dozen feet below the road, the Post-Standard reported. He was freed on Sunday morning after someone came upon the crash scene on private property and called 911. He was treated for pain and exposure.

Family Claims Mayor Forcing Them to Remove Memorial

ABERDEEN, N.J. – A family says the town mayor is forcing them to remove a memorial honoring a slain sibling whose 2015 murder was never solved, NJ.com reported. The sister of William Karecki, 22, erected a makeshift memorial, which Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini says must come down by Friday. He said it violates town ordinance.

Tragedy: Tot Drowns in Pool When She Went to Deep End

WILDWOOD, N.J. – A 6-year-old girl who unknowingly entered the deep end of a motel swimming pool Saturday afternoon tragically drowned, The Associated Press reported. The death at the Nantucket Inn & Suites is not suspicious but is under investigation.

Lawmakers Seek Protection For Illegal 9/11 Workers
NEW YORK – Four Democratic congressmen from New York are proposing legislation to protect 9/11 rescue and clean-up workers who are illegal immigrants from deportation, The Associated Press reported. They held a press conference Sunday at City Hall, joined by Carlos Cardona, who received a pardon from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

NYPD Officer Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Leg

BRONX – An NYPD officer who accidentally shot himself in the leg Friday was treated in the hospital, the Daily News reported. He has a minor wound to his right leg.