State news in brief
School district closes due to threat
CAMDEN (AP) — A central New York school district has canceled classes due to a threat of violence.
The Camden Central School District posted on its website that the district is closed Monday and no students or staff should come to school.
A state police spokesman says a threat against a “non-specific” Camden school building was posted on Facebook.
The district’s superintendent decided to call off school after consulting with state and local police.
Department won’t remove tree sweaters
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Parks Department says a cluster of trees in a Manhattan neighborhood can keep their crocheted sweaters.
The Parks Department says it has reversed a prior decision to remove the trees’ sweaters after residents of the West Village neighborhood told The New York Post that the colorful threads on about two dozen neighborhood trees increased business and foot traffic.
Parks spokesman Sam Biederman says the department had a change of heart and the sweaters will not be removed by officials.
Local business owner Holly Boardman installed the sweaters last Thanksgiving in order to beautify the neighborhood street.
Drunk drivers leave troopers badly hurt
NORTH GREENBUSH (AP) — Authorities say two New York state troopers are badly hurt after a chain of events involving a drunk driver and another who was distracted by his phone.
The Times Union reports that the troopers rushed to the scene early Sunday when the distracted driver went off Interstate 90 in North Greenbush.
A while later, the drunken driver crashed into the back of the police vehicle, then swung around and hit the troopers.
Trooper Brent Karow was thrown 70 feet. Trooper Shane Swartz was pinned under a tow truck.
Both troopers suffered fractures and internal injuries and needed surgery. Both are expected to survive.
A tow truck operator also was pinned and suffered a severe head cut.
Officials shutter illegal Queens hotel
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say they’ve shut down a Queens house that was operating as an illegal hotel and offering tents in a backyard at a rate of $21 per night.
The Queens home was hit with a partial vacate order after being deemed “imminently perilous to life.” The Daily News reports the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement found 27 mattresses crammed into two floors, four guests and one permanent resident during an inspection on Feb. 21.
Officials say the two-family building had been illegally converted to host seven bedrooms.
The illegal hotel was listed on the short-term rental website Airbnb with rates as low as $16. Airbnb says it supports crackdowns on violators of their “one-host, one-home policy.”
Police say coyote that bit was rabid
YONKERS (AP) — A coyote that is believed to have bitten several people and killed a dog in Westchester County has tested positive for rabies.
The Journal News reports that the coyote was tested after it was captured and killed at a golf course in Yonkers.
One or more coyotes attacked several people including a postal worker and a county police officer over a 24-hour span starting Wednesday night.
Authorities say the coyotes also killed a small dog and may have mauled three sheep, killing one. The attacks occurred in Yonkers, Hastings-on-Hudson and possibly Somers.
Yonkers police say a second coyote that was traveling with the one that tested positive for rabies is still on the loose and is presumed to be rabid.