Regional Briefs – May 13, 2018

2 Workers Rescued After Scaffold Breaks Windows

NEW YORK – Two workers were rescued Friday morning after a scaffold platform started swinging in the wind and shattered windows on a luxury high-rise 45 stories above lower Manhattan, The Associated Press reported. A passerby was hit with falling glass. The Buildings Department says the scaffold hadn’t been properly secured.

Loft-dweller Fined for Renting Rent-Controlled Unit

NEW YORK – A judge ruled that a landlord may evict an artist and fine her $185,000 for renting out her rent-regulated loft to tourists on Airbnb, the New York Post reported. Eileen Hickey, 72, earned $4,500 a month, triple what she pays. She said she needed money for her husband’s medical bills.

Security Guard Arrested For Roughing Up Suspect

NEW YORK – A security guard at a Century 21 department store was arrested Friday night after he brutalized a shoplifter who made off with a pair of Prada shoes worth $850, The Associated Press reported. Wilson Acosta, 24, punched and choked Victor Roberson, 19, who was treated and then arrested.

NJ Officials Warning About Possible Bobcat Sighting

ORADELL, N.J. – New Jersey officials are warning residents about a possible bobcat sighting Thursday, The Associated Press reported. Bobcats are extremely shy and sightings are not uncommon.