State news in brief
6 months in prison for bribery plea
NEW YORK (AP) — A nephew of former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been sentenced to six months in prison in a bribery case.
Joo Hyun Bahn was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court for his role in trying to pay $2.5 million in bribes to rescue a failed $800 million Vietnam real estate deal.
The sentencing followed Bahn’s January guilty plea to conspiracy and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The crimes were committed from 2013 to 2015.
Bahn told U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos that his “bad judgment led to other bad judgments.”
The judge said he believed Bahn deserved a lenient sentence. He said he believes Bahn acted in part to try to help his father overcome financial difficulties.
Cop rescues toddler from hot car
CHEEKTOWAGA (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Buffalo police officer had to break a car window to rescue a toddler from the sweltering vehicle after her mother apparently overdosed on heroin.
Police in the town of Cheektowaga says an officer noticed a parked car with its engine running and lights on in a parking lot outside a closed business late Tuesday night.
As the officer approached the car, a little girl jumped up on the seat. He then noticed a woman slumped over in the front seat with a needle sticking in her arm.
The officer broke a window to free the 3-year-old girl, who was suffering from dehydration.
The 28-year-old mother was taken to a Buffalo hospital for evaluation. She was charged with child endangerment and heroin possession.
The girl is being cared for by relatives.
Lawyers: Tweets should nix death
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for a man charged with killing eight people on a New York City bike path say President Donald Trump’s tweets should eliminate the death penalty as an option.
The lawyers on Thursday cited tweets by Trump about the attack and about Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The government has not yet said whether it will seek the death penalty for Sayfullo Saipov. Saipov, of Paterson, New Jersey, was arrested immediately after the Oct. 31 truck attack near the World Trade Center. He has remained incarcerated since.
Prosecutors have said they plan to decide by the end of summer whether to seek the death penalty. A spokesman for prosecutors Thursday declined to comment on the defense request.
Last November, Trump sent a tweet saying Saipov “SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!”
Police: SWAT team shoots and kills dog
ROCHESTER (AP) — The Rochester Police Department says officers have shot and killed a dog while conducting a raid.
Department officials say a police SWAT team was executing a high-risk warrant early Thursday morning at a city residence involving weapons and narcotics. Investigator Jacqueline Shuman says officers were charged by an aggressive pit bull, which they shot and killed.
The dog’s owners were on scene but weren’t involved in the investigation.
The raid resulted in the recovery of multiple firearms and an unspecified amount of narcotics. A person of interest was taken into custody.