Police capture foot-long gator roaming neighborhood


Police have captured a foot-long alligator that was spotted roaming around a residential Massachusetts neighborhood over the July Fourth weekend.

Lowell police say they received a call around 7:30 p.m. Sunday reporting the alligator was walking down a street in the city’s Highlands neighborhood. Responding officers located the animal along the side of the road.

Animal-control officers arrived on the scene and took custody of the alligator. It was transported to a facility specializing in reptile rehabilitation for an evaluation.

There’s no word on where the alligator came from.

This isn’t the first time an alligator has turned up in Lowell.

The Boston Globe reported that a 2-foot-long alligator was spotted swimming in the city’s Merrimack Canal in 2012.

Burglar takes car from S.C. home, then returns it


Police say someone stole a car from a South Carolina home but later returned it.

Investigators told media outlets the burglar first broke into the house in Conway last Wednesday and stole a set of keys for the car, then came back late Thursday or early Friday and took the car.

Police aren’t sure how long the burglar kept the car, but it was returned to the home sometime over the weekend.

Investigators say a surveillance camera captured a picture of the suspect taking the car. No arrests have been made.

Forget hot dogs! Food fest features kale-eating contest


An event at a New York food festival is being billed as the world’s healthiest eating championship.

Competitors sanctioned by Major League Eating are famous for downing hot dogs by the dozen but will compete for the Kale Cup at this year’s Taste of Buffalo food festival on Saturday.

They’ll have eight minutes to consume as much of the leafy green vegetable as possible.

The winner will take home $2,000.

The Kale Yeah! contest is meant to highlight the healthier fare served alongside the chicken wings and ice cream at Buffalo’s annual food festival. The Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options program requires each vendor to offer a health-conscious menu item.

Associated Press

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