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July 13, 2018

GOAT-CRUELTY

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say three men seen on a social media video blowing marijuana smoke in a goat’s face and laughing have been charged with animal cruelty. Taunton police Chief Edward Walsh says his department was notified about the video which shows the men removing the goat from its outdoor pen and putting a chain around its neck. The video later shows two of the men blowing marijuana smoke in the goat’s face and one man sitting on its back. The goat is named Lilac and is now in the custody of local animal control officials. It’s expected to be OK.

FLORIDA MAN-DUI

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man told the officer who pulled him over that he was taking swigs of bourbon only when he stopped at traffic lights and stop signs — so he wasn’t drinking and driving. Indian River County Sheriff’s deputies still arrested 69-year-old Earle Stevens Jr. on June 27 on charges of DUI and driving without a license. TCPalm reports Stevens told investigators he’s never had a valid Florida driver’s license. An arrest affidavit says Stevens smelled of booze. He told them he felt “pretty good” and that he wasn’t drinking while the car was moving. Deputies were initially called to a report of a disturbance at a McDonald’s restaurant, where a woman said Stevens’ vehicle kept striking her rear bumper in the drive-thru.

FROG SPAWN

PLYMOUTH, Ind. (AP) —An alligator that was hanging out in a northern Indiana retention pond has been captured after being lured to shore with a frog. Brandon Crawford, of Goshen, told WSBT-TV that he and a friend captured the reptile and turned it over to police in Plymouth, about 20 miles south of South Bend. Crawford said he is from Texas, where gator hunting is not unusual. WNDU-TV said the alligator is 2 to 3 feet long and may have been a pet. The reptiles are usually found in the wild in south-eastern US states and can grow to 6 feet.. Teenage boys fishing at the pond earlier this week said the alligator tried to eat their bait. Residents flocked to the pond to see Ali the alligator.

GATOR EATS SHARK

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — It could be called a battle of the predators. An alligator ate a shark off a South Carolina island, and scientists say the oft-feared fish may become a staple of the reptile’s diet. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports a 7-foot alligator named Charlie was filmed gobbling up a bonnethead shark last week in a confrontation between what scientists call ancient enemies. Charlie dined in Skull Creek, saltwater beyond his normal habitat. Alligators typically lack the saltwater glands to survive in coastal waters, but American alligators are gaining tolerance. A 2017 found alligators will eat at least four types of sharks.

SCULPTURE STOLEN

CHICAGO (AP) — Size apparently didn’t deter thieves from stealing a 300-pound sculpture from a former Chicago church. Plamen Yordanov tells WLS-TV that his sculpture, titled “Light Infinity,” was stolen Wednesday while he and his wife were outside the building doing yard work. It’s made of brass and stained glass and shaped like a large ring. The sculpture has been displayed in New York and Chicago and was supposed to go to St. Louis next week for several months. Yordanov wonders if the thieves simply want to make money off the brass. He’s creating an art center in a burned-out church in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. He says his plans won’t change, despite the theft. The sculptor is challenging the city’s plan to demolish the church.

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