Regional Briefs – June 18, 2018

Report Tracks Gun Deaths Around NY State

ALBANY – A new report Monday is revealing which New York counties have the highest rates of gun-related deaths, The Associated Press reported. Erie County had the highest homicide rate. The report was published in support of a proposal to make it easier to remove guns from homes of troubled students.

Teen Close to Scholarship for Making Tuxedo of Duct Tape

BRICK, N.J. – One resourceful teenager is a finalist for a $10,000 scholarship because he created a U.S. flag-themed tuxedo entirely from duct tape, NJ.com reported. Nicholas Matawa says it cost only $90 and was made from 29 rolls of red, white and blue duct tape. A winner will be announced July 9.

Off-Duty Officer Rescues Woman From Burning Car

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – An off-duty corrections officer on Sunday night saved a woman’s life when he pulled her unconscious from her burning car, The Associated Press reported. Donald Cason was driving by when he saw Catherine Bohar, 59, slumped over the steering wheel. The car was in flames after it struck a tractor trailer.

 

12 Counterterrorism Dogs Graduate From NYPD

NEW YORK – Twelve counterterrorism dogs and their human partners graduated Friday from the NYPD academy, The Associated Press reported. The dogs were in training for months, and will now be using their sense of smell to look out for explosive material.