State news in brief
Man turns self in for fatal crash
ROCHESTER (AP) — Police have charged a man in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a western New York high school teacher.
Rochester police say 27-year-old Jon Jamberdino turned himself in Sunday. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports Jamberdino will be arraigned Monday.
Police say he left the scene after hitting 38-year-old Jill Skivington Jackett with his car while she was jogging the morning of Nov. 30. She was rushed to an area hospital where she died from her injuries.
Jamberdino is charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death.
Wheatland-Chili High School says Skivington Jackett taught English at the school for a decade, alongside coaching cross-country and directing school musicals.
A celebration of her life will be held Wednesday in the Mumford education building.
Students study on floating classroom
CAMBRIDGE (AP) — A New York school is the proud owner of a floating classroom.
The Post-Star says Cambridge Central School teacher Steve Butz has used a grant application to obtain a 20-foot pontoon boat for environmental studies.
His students have been conducting a long-term project at a nearby lake.
They perform real scientific research and earn college credits while still in high school.
They’re required to take a boating safety course before participating.
Fatal Long Island fire investigated
BAY SHORE (AP) — Fire officials on Long Island are investigating a fire that damaged a home.
Newsday reports firefighters responded to the Bay Shore home around 2:10 a.m. Sunday. Officials say the blaze started in the basement before it spread to the first floor. Firefighters were able to contain the fire after about an hour.
Bay Shore Fire Chief Edward Kunz says the 10 to 12 people who were in the home were not injured. Officials say the house was badly damaged.
Kunz says the home had been used as a multifamily residence with three apartments in the basement.
Man injured in weekend shooting
BUFFALO (AP) — Police in upstate New York continue to investigate a shooting that left a man injured over the weekend.
WKBW-TV reports the shooting happened around 2 a.m. Sunday in Buffalo. Police say a 25-year-old man was shot in the leg.
The victim was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center.
No arrests have been made.
Tougher rules for buses sought
ALBANY (AP) — A New York lawmaker is raising concerns about double-decker sightseeing buses in New York City, arguing tougher regulations are needed to protect tourists, pedestrians and other motorists.
Democratic State Sen. Brad Hoylman, of Manhattan, on Monday urged the state to beef up its rules for the tourist vehicles. He says several legal loopholes allow the buses to skirt the safety and regulatory rules that apply to other kinds of buses.
Double-decker tourist buses don’t have to follow the same laws requiring driver medical exams and driving tests. They are exempt from laws barring sex offenders from driving other kinds of buses, and they aren’t held to the same insurance regulations.
Hoylman wants tighter rules and new safety regulations for the industry. Lawmakers could take up the issue after reconvening in January.
Golden Krust founder, CEO dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Lowell Hawthorne, the founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, has died in New York City. He was 57.
The city’s medical examiner’s said Hawthorne shot himself in the head at his Bronx factory on Saturday.
Hawthorne started the successful Caribbean fast food chain in 1989 by selling Jamaican beef patties, jerk chicken and breads. He built the business into a national franchise with more than 120 restaurants in nine states.
Hawthorne once appeared in an episode of CBS’ “Undercover Boss.” At the time of his death his company was planning on building a new $37 million headquarters in Rockland County.
In a Twitter message on Saturday, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness offered his condolences to Hawthorn’s family and employees.