Regional Briefs – March 3, 2019

Man Arrested for Sending Anthrax Hoax Letters

ALBANY – A man who sent anthrax hoax letters to federal offices and courts in New York and Connecticut was arrested Thursday, The Associated Press reported. Jason Pantone, 34, sent envelopes filled with white powder and a note that read “anthrax” to more than a dozen locations starting in February.

Sunset Park Curbing Truck Parking With Giant Planters

BROOKLYN – Sunset Park is installing giant planters to stop illegal parking of tractor trailer trucks, WCBS reported. One cafe owner complained that the trucks sometimes stay in place for days. The 11-foot-wide planters leave space for cars while blocking big rigs.

Events Planned to Celebrate New York’s Maple Season

ALBANY – Nearly 200 locations are hosting events over the next month celebrating the opening of New York’s maple season. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul participated in the first ceremonial tree-tapping of the season Friday. The state is second after Vermont in production.

Man in Pressure-Cooker Bomb Plot Sentenced to 16 Years

TRENTON – An Islamist who planned to build a pressure cooker bomb and explode it in New York City in support of ISIS was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison, NJ.com reported. Gregory Lepsky, 22, was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release. He was found in 2017 when he stabbed a dog.

$600,000 Fine Imposed on Nursing Home After Outbreak

TRENTON – Federal authorities imposed a $600,000 fine on a nursing home following a viral outbreak last year that killed 11 children, NJ.com reported. The penalty stems from inspections at the Wanaque Center that found conditions posing “immediate jeopardy” to ill children and elderly residents.

Taxiing Plane Strikes Wing Of Another Plane at Newark

NEWARK – A Southwest plane taxiing at Newark Airport Saturday struck the wing of another plane that was being deiced, but no one was injured, News 12 reported. All passengers were rebooked and both planes were taken out of service for review.