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March 20, 2019

AL CAPONE STATUE SWIPED

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A statue of notorious gangster Al Capone was stolen — and because of that, it was, well, hot. But the people who stole it dropped it like it was hot — and the statue was damaged as a result. Authorities in Hot Springs, Arkansas say two men snatched a likeness of Capone from its perch outside the Ohio Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Saturday. They didn’t get far before dropping it, causing damage to the statue’s fedora, arm and leg. The suspects are charged with public intoxication and criminal mischief. It’s estimated it will cost about $3,500 to fix the damage.

UNICORN BANDIT BUSTED

BALDWIN, Md. (AP) — The case of the unicorn bandit has been solved. Authorities in Baltimore County Maryland have arrested the man who tried to rob a convenience store dressed as the mythical, one-horned animal. News reports say 28-year-old Jacob William Rogge put on the pink-and-white outfit before smashing a register at the High’s Dairy Store, making off with cash and cigarettes. The rip-off had a less-than-magical ending. As Rogge and an accomplice fled, their getaway car went out of control, crossed into incoming traffic and crashed into mailboxes, a utility pole, shrubbery and a boulder — then careened back across the road and into a tree. Rogge is hospitalized with serious injuries. The accomplice was treated for injuries and released. And police say a discarded unicorn costume was later found in some bushes.

MISSING CAT FOUND

ESSEX, Mass. (AP) — Cats are said to have nine lives. But in this case, a feline is still on its first life — even thought her owners had given her up for dead. The saga began when Elinore Repucci let her tabby Larry out for a walk in August, 2013 — but he didn’t come back. After weeks of fruitless searching, Repucci and her family figured an animal in the nearby woods had killed Larry. Fast forward to last week when an animal rescue shelter about 20 miles away called Repucci to say they found a cat with a microchip registered to her. A shelter official says Larry is healthy, but is missing part of a paw.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II