Regional Briefs – August 8, 2019

Officer Shot, Injured Outside Newark

IRVINGTON, N.J. (AP) – A police officer has been shot just outside Newark.

The shooting occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday, a few blocks from the Garden State Parkway in Irvington.

The Essex County prosecutor’s office confirms that the officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting.

New York Strengthens Animal Welfare Rules for Pet Dealers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Commercial pet dealers will have to comply with new regulations in New York state intended to improve the living conditions of companion animals.

The new rules were signed into law Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

They include requirements that pet dealers clean animal enclosures daily, give pregnant or nursing dogs more space, and provide regular veterinary care.

The new standards go into effect in 90 days.

Long Island University Shuts Down After Threat Comes In

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (AP) – Officials at Long Island University say all of the school’s campuses were shut down Thursday in “an abundance of caution” after federal law enforcement advised them of a non-specific threat.

The university says the FBI doesn’t deem the threat as credible.

But the school says it decided on the closure of all campuses in the wake of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Guns From Upstate NY Store

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty to stealing firearms from a western New York gun store.

Federal prosecutors say Dakota Sarfaty of Rochester entered the basement of Chinappi’s Firearms in Spencerport through a hole in the wall last August. Prosecutors say Sarfaty and two co-defendants stole 87 guns, mostly handguns, and sold many of them on the streets of Rochester.

Authorities say 14 of the guns have been recovered.

Mother Whose Toddler Was Yanked Away By Police Sues NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A mother whose toddler was yanked from her arms by New York police in a widely seen online video has sued the city.

Jazmine Headley is seeking unspecified damages in her federal suit, filed Wednesday in Brooklyn.

Officers responding to a call about a dispute with a guard at a benefits office in Brooklyn last December pulled Headley’s 18-month-old son away from her. The lawsuit says the child suffered physical, mental and other injuries.

Brooklyn Man Sentenced To Prison For Anti-White Attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a Brooklyn man will go to prison for insulting or assaulting three white men in three days, threatening to kill them while shouting anti-white profanities.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced Wednesday that Kevin Raphael was sentenced to 1½-3 years behind bars after pleading guilty to assault as a hate crime.