Regional Briefs – December 3, 2018

Rare Black Swan Rescued From Erie Canal

TONAWANDA, N.Y. – A rare black swan seen swimming in the Erie Canal was safely captured and moved to an animal sanctuary, The Associated Press reported. The swan is native to Australia and is all black with a bright red bill, compared to the more common white swans in the area.

Mom Charged for Leaving Baby in Car That Was Stolen

BUFFALO – The mother of 2-month-old found in a stolen car will face charges alongside the 15- and 18-year-old car thieves, The Associated Press reported. The 25-year-old woman left the car running while shopping in a liquor store Saturday. The boys left the infant at the roadside 15 miles away.

Man Changing Tire Fatally Hit by Car That Fled Scene

BROOKLYN – A man trying to change a tire Saturday night was fatally hit by a car that fled and was later found abandoned, the New York Post reported. Iosif Morgenshteyn, 65, of Staten Island, was hit in Brooklyn’s East 28th Street and Shore Parkway.

Man Convicted in Deadly Home Invasion Gets 60 Years

FREEHOLD, N.J. – A man convicted in a fatal home invasion that ended with the house in flames was sentenced to 60 years in prison, The Associated Press reported. Richard Busby, 61, broke into Michael Conway’s home in 2011 and tied up Conway and another person at home. Conway broke free but was shot to death.

Homeowner’s Work Near Gas Line Blamed for Explosion

LAWRENCE, N.J. – The fire at a Lawrence Township house last month was accidentally caused while the homeowner was working on a newly-installed gas line, NJ.com reported. Jan Jarema, who is a contractor, is being treated for burns.