Regional Briefs – July 16, 2018

Barking Dog Saves Residents From House Fire

BEACHWOOD, N.J. – A barking dog alerted four residents about a fire in their home early Monday, allowing them to safely escape on time, The Associated Press reported. The blaze started around 2 a.m. in a second-floor room. The dog began barking even before the home’s smoke detectors went off.

4th Child Dies Following New Jersey House Fire

UNION CITY, N.J. – A fourth child died Monday from a house fire Friday that already claimed the lives of three youngsters, The Associated Press reported. The death of the critically injured 13-year-old boy came after that of two boys — ages 2 and 7 — and a 5-year-old girl. Another child is in critical condition.

Legionnaires’ Cases Double in Washington Heights

NEW YORK – Health officials confirmed Sunday 16 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Washington Heights as they continue inspecting cooling towers and have building owners to increase their use of biocides, The Associated Press reported. The city sees an average of 200 to 500 cases each year.

NY Police Launch Seat-Belt Enforcement at State Parks

ALBANY – Police patrolling New York state parks launched a seat belt education and enforcement program running through Aug. 13. The campaign coincides with a peak time for state park visits. Last year’s Buckle Up New York campaign resulted in 43,000 tickets.

New Sculpture in Niagara Falls Pays Tribute to Waterfalls

NIAGARA FALLS – A new sculpture evoking Niagara Falls was installed Friday in the falls’ namesake city, The Associated Press reported. The work by Buffalo artist Jesse Walp is 14 feet wide and 26 feet tall and meant to mimic the splashing of water at the base of the falls.

New Photo Exhibit of WWI Battlefields Opening in Park

NEW YORK – A photography exhibit featuring contemporary images of WWI battlefields where American soldiers fought opened Friday at Worth Square, The Associated Press reported. “Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918” runs through Aug. 12.