Regional Briefs – March 28, 2018

Court Rules Banning Alcohol Was a Step Too Far

NEW YORK – A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a judge went over the line by banning a man convicted of bank fraud from drinking alcohol for four years, The Associated Press reported. Jeffrey Betts got a 10-month sentence.

‘Dangerous’ Illegal Immigrant Escapes Detention at JFK

NEW YORK – An illegal immigration about to be deported to Senegal escaped custody at JFK Airport Tuesday night by bolting an ICE car and fleeing in a taxi, The Associated Press reported. Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke, 31, was described as “dangerous.”

Toddler Found Wandering Around Store Parking Lot

OCEAN, N.J. – A 2-year-old girl was found wandering around a store parking lot late Friday afternoon after her mother left her sleeping in a car for 30 minutes while she went shopping, The Associated Press reported. Humu Koroma, 33, of Neptune, was arrested for child endangerment.

Skimming Machines Found At Upstate Gas Station

WATERTOWN, N.Y. – Police are warning about credit card skimming devices that were found Sunday morning on two gas pumps at an upstate Mercer’s gas station, WSTM reported. Drivers who bought gas from the station from Friday until Sunday should check their card statements.

Troopers Form Human Chain To Rescue Man in Marsh

ELIZABETH, N.J. – A group of state troopers on Saturday rescued a man stuck in a marsh by forming a human chain, WPVI reported. The first two troopers tried to pull the man out with a tree limb, but the man couldn’t grasp it. Six more troopers then formed a human chain and got the man out.

Man Seeking Visa Arrested For Trying to Bribe Worker

NEWARK – A man who offered a federal employee $2,500 to favorably handle non-immigrant visas for Dominicans was arrested Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. Luis Santos, 27, of Teaneck, faces up to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors did not say if the bribe was accepted.