Regional Briefs – February 14, 2019

Teen Girl Struck by Police Cruiser Dies From Wounds

CAMDEN, N.J. – A teenage girl struck by a police cruiser Wednesday night died from her injuries, The Associated Press reported. The Camden police car was responding to a call with its lights flashing when he struck the 17-year-old. The officer wasn’t injured.

Father, 2 Children Die in Upstate House Fire

WATERTOWN, N.Y. – A father and two children tragically died in an early morning house fire Thursday that sent a teenager out into the cold to plead for help from neighbors, WWNY reported. The rented house had no working smoke detectors.

Judge Rejects Allowing Cops To Accept Off-Duty Jobs

JERSEY CITY – A state judge ruled Wednesday against the Jersey City police union’s request to restart a program allowing cops to earn extra money by taking off-duty jobs, the Jersey Journal reported. Mayor Steve Fulop ended the program after a federal investigation resulted in multiple officers admitting they used it for a criminal conspiracy.

Statues of Tubman, William Seward Remade After Fire

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Life-sized statues of Harriet Tubman and former Secretary of State William Seward will be installed in May after their initial molds were destroyed in a fire, the Times Union reported. They symbolize the little-known friendship between Tubman and Seward, an ex-New York governor.

Ex-Christie Staffer to Appeal Bridge Case to Supreme Court

NEWARK – A onetime staffer to Chris Christie will appeal her Bridgegate conviction to the Supreme Court, The Associated Press reported. Bridget Kelly was deputy chief of staff in 2013 when she sent the infamous “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email.