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September 27, 2018

SLEEPY THIEF

ACWORTH, Ga. (AP) — Think your job is hard? Imagine how tough it is to go around swiping stuff from peoples’ cars. It can be downright exhausting — at least it was for one man in Georgia. Police near Atlanta say a man stole credit cards and IDs from eight cars — before dozing off in one of the cars. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Timothy Zacharie was arrested Tuesday after a deputy found him sleeping inside the parked car of a resident in Acworth, Georgia. The department says it was contacted about someone stealing from vehicles — and a deputy found Zacharie sleeping in a car while searching the area. Investigators say the suspect was found with cash and gift cards that belonged to residents.

KANGAROO - DRONES

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in South Florida are trying to get the jump on a runaway kangaroo. And they’re doing it by going high above it — with drones. More than a dozen officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have been joined by state troopers and local law enforcement in the search for “Storm.” The 5-year-old marsupial hopped away from a home in a Jupiter Farms subdivision, where he’s been raised along with six other kangaroos. Its owner says Storm is laid-back, unless he’s startled. If wildlife officers happen upon Storm, they plan to subdue him with a tranquilizer dart — and return him to its owner.

TURTLE - LEGOS

BALTIMORE (AP) — A turtle in a wheelchair? A turtle in a wheelchair fashioned out of Legos? Yes and yes. News reports in Baltimore say a wild turtle with a broken shell is rolling around on a wheelchair made of Legos while its on the mend at the Maryland Zoo. Veterinarians performed surgery on the eastern box turtle found in July with fractures to the underside of his shell. Zoo vet Garrett Fraess says it’s important for the shell to stay off the ground so it can heal properly. And since no one makes turtle-sized wheelchairs, Fraess sent sketches to a friend who is a Lego enthusiast — who built a device that can keep the turtle’s shell elevated — while allowing his legs to move. It’s expected the turtle will be in the wheelchair until spring.

BEGULA WHALE

LONDON (AP) — Here’s the latest on the beluga whale found in the River Thames. Officials in London say it seems to be feeding properly and swimming strongly. A British animal welfare group describes the whale as being “able to move fast in the water and dive.” And now that it seems to be on the mend, officials hope it will return to the open sea. The beluga attracted attention Tuesday when it surfaced in the Thames about 30 miles east of London. Belugas are typically found farther north in frigid Arctic waters.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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