Regional Briefs – June 10, 2018

Truck Overturns in Crash On NJ Turnpike; 2 Killed

NEWARK – A Brooklyn man was one of two people killed Friday afternoon when a box truck overturned on the NJ Turnpike, reported. Kakha Komckhidze, 43, was in the truck when it suddenly veered right, hit a guardrail and overturned. The other person killed was from the country of Georgia.

Muslim Women Allege Profiling at Newark Airport

NEWARK – Fourteen Muslim women claimed Friday they were harassed by TSA agents at Newark Airport last December because of their religion, The Associated Press reported. The women, who were flying separately, say they were forced to undergo additional screening, causing them to miss their flights.

NY Brings Awareness for Mosquito-Borne Diseases

ALBANY – New York has launched an awareness campaign of mosquito-borne diseases ahead of the summer. An advisory was issued to all local health agencies and health care providers explaining symptoms of West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Zika viruses.

Onlookers Surprised by Manhole Fire Outside Market

NEW YORK – A fire burst out of a manhole Thursday in lower Manhattan’s Chelsea Market, with a video showing shocked onlookers watching smoke billowing out, WABC reported. The fire was extinguished an hour later.

Weeklong Crackdown on Speeding Across NY

ALBANY – The annual crackdown on speeding and aggressive driving is underway across New York. “Speed Week” started Thursday and runs through this Wednesday.

New Jersey Lawmakers OK 6 New Gun Bills

TRENTON – New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday sent six gun bills to Gov. Phil Murphy, who said he would sign them, The Associated Press reported. They require seizing guns when a mental health professional determines someone poses a threat, requires background checks for private sales, lowers the magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10, requires a “justifiable need” for a permit and bars body-armor-penetrating ammo.