Reptile experts capture 2nd stray ’gator in Chicago River


The next time you feel like dipping your toes in the Chicago River — beware.

A second alligator has been captured from the waterway that winds through downtown Chicago.

Children, parents and dog walkers gathered this week to catch a peek of the 3-foot-long reptile in the river on the city’s North Side. It was captured Tuesday.

A Chicago Herpetological Society volunteer also caught a 21/2-foot alligator in the river earlier this month. The society wanted to catch the latest alligator quickly because it wouldn’t have been able to survive the harsh Chicago winter.

City animal control experts believe both alligators are abandoned pets.

Eight-year-old gator-spotter Caleb Berry said Monday he wasn’t afraid of the gray-and-gold scaled alligator because it is “a baby.”

Caught on tape? Sex video identifies suspects in break-in

ELMA, Wash.

It wasn’t tough to identify the suspects in a break-in at a rural home at Washington state. The bare facts were right there.

The Grays Harbor County sheriff’s office says a neighbor who came to collect the mail while the owner was away surprised a man and woman having sex on the floor Monday.

Chief Deputy Dave Pimentel says the naked couple fled, leaving behind the camera, which had been stolen elsewhere.

Pimentel said Tuesday that deputies who checked the video recognized the couple from previous contacts.

The 39-year-old woman was arrested for investigation of burglary. An arrest warrant was issued for the 31-year-old man.

Man shot in head, but it takes 5 years for him to even notice


Police say a man living in Germany was shot in the back of his head, but that it took him five years to realize it.

Police said Tuesday that the 35-year-old man was hit by a .22-caliber bullet in the western town of Herne as he was out in the street partying and drunk on New Year’s Eve five years ago.

They say the man recalled receiving a blow to the head, but told them he didn’t seek medical assistance at the time.

The bullet did not penetrate the skull, and police say the Polish man only went to see a doctor recently when he felt a lump on the back of his head. An X-ray showed an object under his skin, and doctors operated and found the projectile.

Police say it may have been a stray bullet fired by a reveler in celebration.

Associated Press

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