Regional Briefs – April 29, 2018

Man Gets 17 Years in Prison For Trying to Aid IS

STATEN ISLAND – An Islamist who admitted to plotting to help IS and tried to kill a federal agent searching his home was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison, The Associated Press reported. Fareed Mumuni, 23, was part of a group of six that planned to travel overseas to fight for IS.

Newark Unveils ‘Virtual Patrols’ for Citizens

NEWARK – The city of Newark on Thursday unveiled a system to encourage residents to assist with policing, The Associated Press reported. The “virtual patrol” enables anyone to gain access to a network of surveillance cameras and report observed criminal activity.

Group to Sue Newark Over Lead Levels in Water

NEWARK – An environmental group filed a notice of its intent to sue Newark over its elevated levels of lead in drinking water, The Associated Press reported. The Natural Resources Defense Council cited a federal report that lead levels are among the highest in the country.

Man Attacks Driver Stopped At Red Light With Stick

NEW YORK – Police are searching for a man who smashed a driver’s side window with a stick as she was stopped at a red light in Washington Heights, WABC reported. The assailant hit the woman in the face before running away. She suffered injuries to her eye and head.

Murphy Marks 100 Days by Outlining Progressive Agenda

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says “exciting” changes are underway as his new Democratic administration marks 100 days in office with a 40-minute speech, The Associated Press reported. But he didn’t address how he’ll persuade a skeptical Democrat-led Legislature to raise taxes by $1.6 billion.