NEWS OF THE WEIRD: Barehanded gator capture and condiment vandalism
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Witnesses said a reptile wrangler used his bare hands to capture a 4-foot alligator that an alert dog noticed outside an Ohio business.
Employee Jeff Colucy was with his Weimaraner in the parking lot of a Columbus company that makes office fixtures when the dog went on alert Wednesday morning, focused on the alligator hunkered down in a puddle.
Police brought in reptile wrangler Chris Law, who captured the gator by grabbing it at the tail with his bare hands.
He said he didn’t have his usual reptile rescue gear because he was about to leave on vacation.
Law says people often buy alligators as pets, then dump them when they get too big. He picks up about 40 a year and turns them over to wildlife rescue groups.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Police in Idaho think they might have solved a yearlong condiment crime spree.
Authorities say a 74-year-old Boise woman was arrested after pouring mayonnaise in the Ada County library’s book drop box is a person of interest in at least 10 other condiment-related crimes.
Joy L. Cassidy was picked up Sunday at the library, moments after police say she pulled through the outside drive-through and dumped a jar of mayo in the box designated for reading materials.
Cassidy was released from jail and faces a misdemeanor charge of malicious injury to property. Boise police say Cassidy is under investigation for other cases of vandalism that started in May 2009. Library employees have reported finding books in the drop box covered in corn syrup and ketchup.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts town has lowered the price of a home it’s trying to sell because there’s barely been a sniff of interest.
The four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home on 2.4 acres of land is right next to Northampton’s landfill. When potential buyers find out about it, they back away.
Northampton’s Board of Public Works bought the home as part of a legal settlement with the previous owners, who frequently complained about the landfill’s odor.
The home went on the market about a year ago for nearly $479,000. When it didn’t sell, the price was lowered to $375,000. Board Chairman Terry Culhane said the price was slashed again to $290,000 last week.
Culhane tells The Republican of Springfield he’d be surprised if someone doesn’t bite now.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) – A new police dog has learned an old trick – tracking down a parole violator outside New York City on its first day on the job.
Bloodhound Tank Tebow is handled by Officer Curtis Hahne in Newburgh, 60 miles north of New York.
Tank was donated to police Monday and began his career with the officer Tuesday. Two hours later police were dispatched to an apartment complex on a tip the parole violator was there. But by the time police arrived the man had disappeared.
Police say Tank followed the man’s scent into a commercial area, through woods, across streets and into another apartment complex several blocks away. They say the man surrendered without incident.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) – Two Massachusetts parents have been accused of leaving a 1-year-old and a 10-year-old alone in a car as they gambled at a Connecticut casino.
Connecticut state police say Edwine Louissaint of Dedham and David Augustin of Milton face charges including second-degree reckless endangerment.
Police found the children Thursday after being called to a garage at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket.
State police Lt. J. Paul Vance says video surveillance and gambling records showed Augustin and Louissaint were in the resort for more than an hour.