Regional Briefs – May 3, 2018

‘Brooklyn Bull’ Died Shortly After Arriving at Sanctuary

WANTAGE, N.J. – A bull that drew national attention when it roamed Prospect Park last fall after escaping from a slaughterhouse died a few weeks after it was taken to a New Jersey farm, NJ.com reported. The 1-year-old bull named Shankar had been taken to the sanctuary to live out its years but it developed a respiratory disease.

Lawmakers OK Gender-Neutral Terms for Police, Fire

ALBANY – The Assembly on Tuesday joined the Senate in approving a bill to remove the terms “policeman” and “fireman” from laws, replacing it with the gender-neutral “firefighter” and “police officer,” the Daily News reported. It heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.

Part of Building Collapses Onto Sidewalk, Injures 1

BROOKLYN – A section of a building in Crown Heights came crashing down Wednesday, minorly injuring a woman walking on the sidewalk, The Associated Press reported. A brick parapet wall and store sign at Church and Nostrand avenues collapsed. Officials said the 100-year-old building was unsafe, forcing out 16 families and five businesses.

NY Starts 3rd Round of Drone Research Competition

ALBANY – New York on Wednesday launched its third round of a business accelerator program for companies that develop unmanned aerial, ground and marine systems. GENIUS NY will select six finalists for a yearlong residency at Tech Garden plus a $5 million grant.

Plane Crashes in Wooded Park, Killing Pilot

WEST MILFORD, N.J. – A small plane crashed shortly after takeoff in a wooded area Wednesday afternoon, killing the pilot, The Associated Press reported. There were no other people aboard the plane. The crash caused a small brush fire.

Two People Killed When NJ Transit Train Strikes Them

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Two people were struck and killed by a NJ Transit train at a crossing on Wednesday, The Record reported. The 51-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were Hackensack residents. None of the 130 passengers on board the train were injured.