Regional Briefs – May 15, 2018

Judge Halts Release of NYPD Bodycam Footage

NEW YORK – A state judge on Monday temporarily halted the release of NYPD bodycam footage, weeks after a lower court ruled against the city’s largest police union’s attempts to block it, The Associated Press reported. An appeals court is expected to make a final decision by the end of the year.

Sinkhole Swallows Backhoe Digging to Repair Water Main

HACKENSACK, N.J. – A sinkhole suddenly opened up Monday afternoon, swallowing a backhoe that was digging to repair a water main outside a Hackensack mall, The Associated Press reported. There were no injuries.

2 Police Dogs Chosen for ‘Paw of Courage’ Awards

NEW YORK – Two police dogs were named Tuesday as recipients of American Kennel Club hero awards, The Associated Press reported. K-9 Dexter of San Diego — who was stabbed while answering a February 911 call but has since recovered — and K-9 Rony of Houston, who died while chasing a car thief, will receive Paw of Courage awards.

Repairs to Leave Part of Statue of Liberty Dark

NEW YORK – Workers will be turning off some lights for about six hours on Tuesday night as they make repairs to the Statue of Liberty’s electrical system, The Associated Press reported. However, the statue’s torch, crown and pedestal will remain illuminated.