Regional Briefs – October 18, 2018

Woman Arrested for Offering $50 to Vote in 2013

HOBOKEN, N.J. – A woman was arrested Wednesday for promising voters $50 for casting their mail-in ballots for a particular candidate in Hoboken’s municipal election in 2013, the Jersey Journal reported. Lizaida Camis, 55, sent out the checks from entities associated with campaigns that employed her.

Girl Nearly Hit by SUV Passing Stopped School Bus

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. – A 7-year-old girl was nearly struck by an SUV that passed a stopped school bus in a close call captured on video, WNYT reported. Joe Carista was waiting Tuesday afternoon for his daughter. As the door opened and the girl ran toward her father, a Jeep Liberty zipped between them. The SUV driver sped off.

NYC Launches Lead Poisoning Prevention Initiative

NEW YORK – The head of NYC’s department of sanitation is leading a new initiative aimed at cutting down lead exposure throughout the city, the Wall Street Journal reported. Kathryn Garcia will start next week looking after the more than 1,000 children identified with high lead levels earlier this year.

Man Caught With 900K Untaxed Cigarettes Sentenced to Prison

BUFFALO – A man caught transporting 900,000 contraband cigarettes two years ago was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison, The Associated Press reported. Ian Tarbell, 46, was driving a rental truck in February when he was pulled over and found with the unstamped and untaxed cigarettes.

TSA Officers Buy Shirt for Boy Traveling to Denver

NEW YORK – TSA officers who noticed a boy was not wearing a shirt when he removed his coat for screening at LaGuardia Airport Wednesday chipped in to buy him a shirt, The Associated Press reported. Officers said they were concerned because temperatures in the destination, Denver, were cold.