Regional Briefs – November 19, 2018


Squirrel Causes Mass Power Outages Near Buffalo

BUFFALO – A squirrel is to blame for power outages that affected 12,000 people in Lancaster, near Buffalo, The Associated Press reported. The rodent got into New York State Electric and Gas’s substation Sunday and knocked out three of them. Power was restored later in the day.

Dog Rescued After Nearly 24 Hours in Pipe

SECAUCUS, N.J. – Firefighters rescued a dog Sunday after it spent 24 hours stuck in a pipe, WNBC reported. The miniature long-haired dachshund was chasing a rabbit in a park when it ended up in a vertical position nearly 6 feet down the pipe. Its owner tracked it through its transmitter collar.

Cameras Credited With Aiding Atlantic City’s Crime Drop

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Crime is down in Atlantic City, and police are crediting cameras that monitor high-crime areas, The Press of Atlantic City reported. Violent crimes were down 30 percent compared to a year ago, and overall crimes are down 2/3 from five years ago.

SUV Driver Crashes Into Neighbor’s Swimming Pool

HOLMDEL, N.J. – A driver escaped injury when his SUV went out of control and landed in a neighbor’s swimming pool, The Associated Press reported. He was backing out of his garage when the vehicle went down an embankment and through two fences.

NJ Settles Suit Over Status Of Native American Group

TRENTON – New Jersey announced a legal settlement that gives official status to a Native American tribe, The Associated Press reported. The state will pay $2.4 million to the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, which had claimed it was given official status in 1982.