Regional Briefs – June 7, 2018

Winner of $315 Million Powerball Comes Forward

TRENTON – The winner of a Powerball jackpot worth $315 million has come forward and will be revealed at a news conference on Friday, NJ.com reported. The May 19 ticket sold at a ShopRite in Hackensack has a $183.2 million cash value.

Man Drags Burning A/C, Sparks Fire That Kills Him

FLATBUSH – The fire that killed a mother and son Wednesday was caused by a burning air conditioner that the son dragged into the hallway, the Daily News reported. The Fire Department publicized a video of Isaac Floyd, 36, dragging the device as a warning to people not to put out fires on their own.

Killer of Muslim Cleric Gets Life Without Parole

QUEENS – The man convicted of killing a Muslim cleric and his assistant in 2016 was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole, The Associated Press reported. Police are unsure why Oscar Morel, 37, murdered Imam Maulana Akonjee and Thara Uddin.

Council Resisting Helping De Blasio Pay Legal Bills

NEW YORK – A bill raising the amount of money Mayor Bill de Blasio may fundraise to pay up his $300,000 legal bill is a long way off, Council Speaker Corey Johnson said Thursday, the Daily News reported. The mayor racked up the bill during a federal investigation.

Flyover by 4 WWII-era Airplanes Kicks Off Airshow

NIAGARA FALLS – A flyover Thursday using four World War II-era airplanes kicked off a weekend air show marking 74 years since the D-Day invasion, The Associated Press reported. One of the planes, a Douglas C-47 transport nicknamed “Whiskey 7,” had dropped paratroopers behind German lines.

Cop Gets Electricuted When Utility Pole Lands on Cruiser

DEPTFORD, N.J. – A police officer at a crash scene early Thursday suffered an electrical shock when a passing truck struck a utility pole, heaving it onto his cruiser, The Associated Press reported. Sgt. Michael Ferris’s air bag deployed, leaving him with facial injuries. He exited the vehicle only to be electrocuted when touching the door.