Regional Briefs – November 12, 2019

Fatal School Bus Crash Shows Driver Cross 3 Lanes

NEWARK – Video of a school bus crash that killed a teacher and student last spring shows the driver veering across three lanes, apparently heading for a spot where authorized vehicles can make a U-turn, The Associated Press reported. The bus was broadsided by a dump truck and broke apart.

Billionaire Retracts Pledge for Center After Cost Overruns

ROCHESTER – Billionaire Tom Golisano is taking back a $25 million pledge he made over a year ago for a performing arts center since it’s not “closer to becoming a reality,” The Associated Press reported. The original cost of $75 million is estimated at $250 million.

Runaway Elephant Returned to Upstate Sanctuary

WESTTOWN, N.Y. – An elephant that was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War was returned to its sanctuary Sunday after taking a late-night stroll when her electric fence was left open, the Times Herald-Record reported. The 46-year-old Asian elephant is named Fritha.

Thieves Foiled When Trying To Make Off With Entire ATM

QUEENS – Thieves tried stealing an entire ATM from a Chase Bank early Monday but fled when police approached, leaving behind a flatbed, the New York Post reported. The truck had the name of Jamaica-based company EMS Towing.

Scared Bodega Owners Want Panic Buttons, Stun Guns

BRONX – Bodega owners are demanding weapons training from the NYPD and panic buttons after one of them was attacked by a mob of teens with a pipe last month, the New York Post reported. “We need the tools to defend them and ourselves,” said United Bodegas of America at a rally Sunday.