Regional Briefs – October 24, 2018

Activist Wants MLK Bust That Doesn’t Look Like Him Gone

BUFFALO – An activist has 6,000 signatures to replace an 8-foot sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. he claims doesn’t look like the civil rights leader, WIVB reported. While the artist says the bust was supposed to be a representation, Samuel Herbert says, “enough of the symbolism, we want realism.”

Eric Trump Campaigns for New York Congresswoman

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – President Trump’s son Eric campaigned upstate on Tuesday with incumbent Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, a staunch supporter of the president, The Associated Press reported. Trump discussed North Korea and ISIS, saying the country is “winning at absolutely everything we do.”

Deer Trapped by Hammock Rescued by Officers

YONKERS, N.Y. – Officers have rescued a large deer whose antlers got entangled in a hammock, The Associated Press reported. Video shows the buck desperately trying to free itself until it was tranquilized and cut free. The deer then darted off into the nearby brush.

Swiss Tourist Arrested for High-Rise Drone Crash

NEW YORK – A Swiss tourist who accidentally flew a drone into a midtown office tower Sunday, breaking a window, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor criminal mischief, The Associated Press reported. Paolo Prosetti, 28, was arrested when he returned to the building to retrieve his drone.

Window Washers Safe After Rig Dangles From High-Rise

NEW YORK – A window washing crew whose scaffolding rig got dangerously loose 20 floors above street level were able to climb to safety inside a midtown Manhattan high-rise, The Associated Press reported. Crowds gathered to watch firefighters securing the rig.

Student Arrested After ‘Prank’ Spurs School Lockdown

LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. – A 15-year-old student was arrested for a “prank” report of a gunman in a classroom, leading to a lockdown at his high school, The Associated Press reported. The student texted a relative during class and the relative notified authorities.