Regional Briefs – Sept. 2, 2018

Cancer Survivor Uses NYC Billboard to Seek Kidney

NEW YORK – A cancer survivor who lost both kidneys is using a Times Square billboard to plead for a new one, the New York Post reported. A friend of Marc Weiner, 53, of Great Neck, paid for the digital billboard featuring a photo of Weiner and the words “My name is Marc. I need a kidney. YOU can help!”

Bears Raid Campsites; Dry Summer Makes Food Scarce

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. – A shortage of food after the dry summer has led bears to seek easy meals around campsites in the Adirondacks, the Post-Star reported. There have been 330 reports of bear incidents just last week, with one bear so persistent officers had to kill it.

Billboard Calling Trump ‘Idiot’ Removed From NJ Town

UNION, N.J. – A billboard referring to President Trump as “Our Leader The Idiot” that engendered widespread complaints was removed Friday from Union Township, The Associated Press reported. OutFront Media said it was promoting an upcoming documentary.

Police Dog Killed After Police Car Crashes During Pursuit

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – A police dog riding in a car with his officer in pursuit of a drunk driver was killed early Sunday when the officer lost control of his vehicle and hit a utility pole, The Associated Press reported. Rocky had been working with the department since 2011. The pursuit was called off.

Serial Bank Robber Sentenced To 13 Years in Prison

NEWARK – A man with a history of robbing banks is headed back to prison for two holdups last summer, The Associated Press reported. James Chestnut, 63, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 13 years. He had also served time for bank robbery decades ago.

Trucker Blind Spot Demos At Thruway Rest Stops

CLARENCE, N.Y. – Service areas along the Thruway held road safety demonstrations on Thursday to educate drivers about avoiding the “blind spots” around large commercial trucks. Rest stop visitors will be able to climb into tractor trailers so they can judge truckers’ blind spots for themselves.