State news in brief

Sound may have been sonic boom

SYRACUSE (AP) — Some central New York residents reported hearing a loud, explosive-like sound that experts say may have been a sonic boom from a meteor.

The Post-Standard reports 911 centers in both Onondaga and Oswego counties reported receiving several calls about a loud boom Monday evening.

Robert Lunsford, a manager at the American Meteor Society, says the evidence points to a sonic boom created by a meteor burning up in the earth’s atmosphere.

Seven people across upstate New York, Pennsylvania and Canada made official reports to the nonprofit.

Lunsford adds the noise is nothing to worry about and that these “booms” happen frequently.

Emergency crews and investigators have not been able to identify the source of the sound.

Police: Crash was deliberate move

NEW YORK (AP) — A Brooklyn driver faces manslaughter charges after authorities say he deliberately crashed into a fleeing bicyclist allegedly caught breaking into the driver’s vehicle moments earlier.

The Daily News reports that 41-year-old Korey Johnson was charged with manslaughter on Tuesday in connection with the Monday morning crash in Bushwick that killed 47-year-old Donald Roberts.

Authorities say Johnson and his girlfriend had confronted Roberts after catching him trying to break into Johnson’s SUV. They say Roberts slashed at them with a screwdriver, injuring the girlfriend, before fleeing on his electric bicycle.

Authorities say Johnson got into his SUV and drove against oncoming traffic before slamming into the bike rider, who was crushed against a row of parked cars.

Woman found safe after kidnapping

STUART, Iowa (AP) — A woman who told police she’d been kidnapped at a Pennsylvania truck stop in July has been found in Iowa.

Authorities say the woman, a resident of Smyrna, New York, called 911 Saturday morning from a convenience store in Stuart. She reported that she’d met a truck driver on a social media site and that he picked her up on or around July 20 in Pennsylvania at the truck stop. She says he assaulted her several times, wouldn’t let her out of the cab or let her contact anyone as they traveled through several states.

On Saturday the woman told officers the driver let her go only after she promised him she wouldn’t call police. She was taken to Adair County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

He told officers after his arrest that his relationship with the woman was consensual. Iowa court records don’t yet show the man’s been formally charged.

University opens a campus food pantry

ALBANY (AP) — The University at Albany is becoming the latest college to open an on-campus food pantry.

The university is opening the pantry for students, faculty and staff on Wednesday at its campus center.

Food pantries are becoming more common on campuses. Advocates say many students have trouble getting enough to eat, threatening their academic success.

University at Albany officials say almost a third of the 1,800 students they surveyed said they were regularly skipping meals to stretch their food budget.

The school has more than 2,000 students coming from homes living on less than $25,000 a year.

By Kerry Minor

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