Regional Briefs – December 12, 2018

Man Who Mowed Down NY Trooper Dies in Prison

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – A Florida man convicted of running down and killing a state trooper standing on a highway died in prison, two years after beginning a life term, The Associated Press reported. Almond Upton, 64, drove his pickup at 93 mph into Christopher Skinner, 42.

Fort to Restage 1776 Riot Involving Colonial Soldiers

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. – The first December at Fort Ticonderoga under the newly formed United States was a riot — literally. The tourist attraction will stage a re-enactment this weekend of the Dec. 25, 1776, assault by Pennsylvania soldiers against Massachusetts militiamen.

Robocall Error Leaves Seniors Confused Over Tax Exemption

MINEOLA, N.Y. – A robocall meant to remind 3,500 seniors of a tax exemption went out instead to about 400,000 households because of a computer glitch, Newsday reported. About 800 seniors flocked to the Nassau County Department of Assessment Tuesday to ensure they’d receive the exemption.

Man Arrested for Trying to Kill Sheriff on Roadside

ATTICA, N.Y. – A knifeman was arrested Tuesday for assaulting a sheriff who was driving to work, The Associated Press reported. Lynn Hall, 48, tailgated Gregory Rudolph and flashed his lights. When Rudolph pulled over to see if the driver needed assistance he was knocked to the ground.

Convicted Former Paterson Mayor Released From Prison

TRENTON – The former mayor of New Jersey’s third-largest city was released from prison Wednesday after serving a year for scheming to have city employees work at a family warehouse, The Record reported. Jose “Joey” Torres, a Democrat, was a five-term councilman.