Regional Briefs – April 23, 2018

Small Plane Crash-Lands Into Lake Near Airport

ANDOVER, N.J. – A small plane crash-landed into Lake Aeroflex in Sussex County on Monday, injuring the pilot, who freed himself and swam to safety, The Associated Press reported. Aeroflex is the state’s deepest natural lake. The pilot was hospitalized.

Man Jailed 25 Years in Tourist Slaying Sues New York City

NEW YORK – A man who was freed in 2015 after spending a quarter-century in prison for a murder that shook up New York City filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city, The Associated Press reported. Johnny Hincapie was among a group who stabbed Utah tourist Brian Watkins in a subway station in 1990.

Postal Worker Arrested for Hoarding 17K Pieces of Mail

BROOKLYN – A postal worker arrested Thursday for hoarding 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail said he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail but “made sure to deliver the important mail,” The Associated Press reported. Aleksey Germash was detained after a caller complained about a car he owned that contained 20 full mail bags.

Film Crew Cleared in Newark Airport Bomb Scare

NEWARK – Prosecutors on Friday dismissed all charges against a CNBC crew when one of its devices prompted a bomb alert at Newark Airport, The Associated Press reported. They couldn’t prove the crew intended to commit a crime.

Workers Admit to Bribes to Lower Water, Sewer Bills

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Two municipal workers admitted Friday to taking bribes in return for reducing the water and sewer bills of about 50 customers, The Associated Press reported. Joseph DeBonis, 55, served as a senior account clerk and William Ortiz, 56, worked as a meter reader.