Pet alligator seized from liquor store in NY
A pet alligator has been seized from a liquor store on New York’s Long Island.
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the 3-foot-long, illegally kept alligator was removed from Alpine Wines and Liquors in Wading River.
Authorities say two employees of the store were issued tickets for possession of an illegal animal. The American alligator will be sent to a sanctuary out of state.
The store’s proprietor told Newsday that an employee had asked her to take care of it while he was apartment hunting and that she believed the animal was a monitor lizard, not an alligator.
600 pounds of trout scooped from pond
A North Carolina trout farmer thought something was fishy when one of her ponds wasn’t fishy enough.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Sunburst Trout Farm owner Sally Eason and her husband noticed Thursday that the pond had virtually no fish in it. Thieves had made off with 600 pounds of trout.
Eason says the thieves baited the water so the fish would come to the surface, scooped up the fish and got them into a getaway car. She says the farm had been locked, and there were no signs anyone broke in.
Eason says she told local fish markets to be on the lookout for anyone trying to unload a huge amount of fish.
Inmate ends up nearly naked after escape try
A Phoenix jail inmate was left wearing nothing but pink socks after scaling five fences in an escape attempt before he was captured.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says 24-year-old Clayton Thornburg suffered cuts on parts of his body since some of the Durango Jail’s fences are 15 feet high and topped with razor wire.
Jail officials say the razor wire had stripped away Thornburg’s jail uniform and pink underwear by the time he reached the last fence Thursday morning. He was treated at the Maricopa County Medical Center.
Authorities say Thornburg likely will face an additional felony charge of escape, which can add up to five years to an inmate’s sentence. They say Thornburg was in jail for an extensive number of property crime charges.