State news in brief
Cuomo: Aid for Puerto Rico residents
NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York is providing another $2 million in aid to the thousands of Puerto Rico residents living in the state since being displaced by Hurricane Maria.
The Democrat announced at a Manhattan news conference Wednesday that the funding will go to organizations providing services for about 11,000 residents of the U.S. territory who’ve arrived in New York since Maria devastated the Caribbean island last September.
Cuomo also reiterated his criticism of the disaster response by Republican President Donald Trump’s administration. He repeated his earlier comment that the federal government’s efforts were “an embarrassment for the nation.”
The governor returned Tuesday from a two-day visit to Puerto Rico, where he helped college student volunteers on rebuilding projects. It was his fifth trip to the island since September.
April the giraffe’s calf is due in March
NEW YORK (AP) — You don’t need to stick your neck out to predict that this bundle of joy is going to get some attention.
April, the giraffe whose YouTube pregnancy in 2017 made her famous, is due again around next March.
Jordon Patch of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville announced the pregnancy Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show.
April’s pregnancy drew more than 232 million YouTube live views during a seven-week period in 2017 before she gave birth to Tajiri.
Patch says Tajiri’s father also sired the new calf.
April’s progress can be followed online at aprilthegiraffe.com.
Man, 94, fires a gun inside facility
BUFFALO (AP) — Police in Buffalo say a 94-year-old man has fired a shot from a handgun inside an assisted-living facility after refusing to go to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Officials say the resident of the Mary Agnes Manor told employees he was armed when two paramedics arrived Wednesday morning to take him to Erie County Medical Center.
Police say the man pulled a .38-caliber revolver from the pocket of his walker and fired once before being disarmed by one of the paramedics. The bullet lodged in a wall near where a maintenance worker was standing.
No one was injured.
Police say the man was taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Man pleads guilty to causing fatal crash
SYRACUSE (AP) — A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide for a crash that killed three young people near Syracuse earlier this year.
Anthony Saccone, of Camillus, also pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Syracuse court to driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol and leaving the scene of a fatal crash without reporting it.
Authorities say Saccone drove through a red light at 80 mph last February and collided with another vehicle at an intersection just south of Syracuse. Three people in the other car ages 18, 19 and 20 were killed.
Police say Saccone then fled the scene and went to his mother’s house to sleep.
Two of the victims were students at nearby Onondaga Community College and the third was a former student.
Saccone faces 10 to 30 years in prison.
Arrest made in 101-year-old’s death
ROCHESTER (AP) — Police have arrested a neighbor in connection with the death of a 101-year-old Rochester woman.
The Democrat and Chronicle says 54-year-old Greg Jesner pleaded not guilty Wednesday during his arraignment in Rochester City Court on a second-degree murder charge.
Police and firefighters found Marcia Morrison dead at her apartment on Tuesday. A senior transportation company had gone there for her weekly ride, but she did not answer.
According to court documents, Morrison was stabbed in the neck, throat and upper body. Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli called it “an outrageous crime.”
Jesner was initially detained after a separate incident.
The public defender representing him couldn’t be reached for comment on the charge. Jesner was ordered held without bail in the Monroe County Jail.
Fundraiser created for fire victims
ROME (AP) — Relatives of a couple who lost three of their four young children in a fire at the family’s central New York home have started an online fundraising effort.
So far, $8,600 has been raised on the gofundme.com website for Patrick and Gabrielle Croad and their 1-year-old daughter, Kaydence.
The couple’s three other children — 2-year-old Temprince, 3-year-old Patrick III, and 4-year-old Elise — were killed when a fire broke out late Monday night at the family’s trailer home in the city of Rome.
Authorities say the parents grabbed their infant and escaped, but intense flames kept them from rescuing the other children. The couple and the baby were taken to a Syracuse hospital for treatment of injuries and are recovering.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.