Regional Briefs – January 28, 2019

Live Power Lines Land on School Bus After it Hits Pole

LONG HILL, N.J. – A school bus with eight children aboard lost control and struck a utility pole Monday morning, causing live power lines to fall on the bus, The Associated Press reported. The students — ranging in age from eight to 11 — were safely evacuated.

Charter Bus Catches Fire On New Jersey Turnpike

WOOLWICH, N.J. – A charter bus caught fire while traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike late Sunday, but no one was hurt, The Associated Press reported. All 23 passengers aboard the Manhattan-bound bus got out safely.

Police Discover Stolen Dog When Visiting Suspect’s Home

BROOKLYN – An investigation into a series of burglaries on Kings Highway led to the recovery of a stolen golden retriever named Scooby. Police were looking at surveillance video when they recognized someone and went to his home. When he answered the door, a dog fitting the description of one that had been stolen bounded out at them.

New Jersey Port to be 1st to Use Electric Container Carrier

NEWARK – The Port Authority will conduct the first test at a U.S. port of an electric vehicle to move cargo containers, with an eye toward eventually replacing the current gas-powered fleet, The Associated Press reported. The straddle carriers lift 30-ton cargo containers.

Comptroller: Sales Tax Collections Rose in 2018

ALBANY – New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Monday that sales taxes collected by local governments across the state grew in 2018 for the third consecutive year. Collections rose by $872 million, or 5.3 percent, to $17.5 billion. NYC’s grew by 5.7 percent.

Propane Delivery Driver Dies After Pinned Beneath Truck

KEENE, N.Y. – A propane delivery truck driver in the Adirondacks died tragically after his vehicle rolled on top of him as he tried to place a chock under the wheel, The Associated Press reported. Daniel Mitchell, 62, was making a delivery Friday to a home in Keene when the truck started to roll after he parked it.