Little Rock police find live alligator in burglars’ car
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.
Little Rock police have arrested three men and accused them of stealing a live alligator from a downtown nature center.
The three were charged early Thursday with commercial burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief. One also faces a charge of fleeing.
Police said that after the burglary at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, officers found the 3-foot alligator beneath a seat in the men’s car. Still missing Thursday afternoon was a replica of a western diamondback rattlesnake. A shotgun taken in the burglary also was recovered.
The center’s exhibit hall was closed Thursday so crews could repair a number of educational exhibits damaged after the break-in.
The nature center is in the city’s River Market District, close to the Bill Clinton presidential library.
Things go bump in the night at New York governor’s mansion
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t afraid of ghosts, but spooky thuds still keep him awake at night when he stays at the governor’s mansion in Albany.
The Democrat told a Long Island crowd Thursday that during legislative sessions, he spends evenings unsettled by unexplained noises in the 161-year-old mansion near the Capitol building.
“Now, I don’t believe in ghosts and I’m a big, tough Italian guy,” Cuomo said. “But I’ll tell you — it gets creepy in that house, and there’re a lot of noises that go on, and you are very alone.”
The governor, who spends most of his time at his family home in Westchester, has mentioned apparitions in the reputedly haunted mansion before. In an April speech in Harlem, he said he spends the eerie, sleepless nights reading about past governors.
The only known death in the mansion was in 1909, when the Rev. David C. Hughes, the father of Gov. Charles Hughes, died from a “stroke of apoplexy,” according to state archives.
New York State Capitol assistant curator Stuart Lehman said historians have no reason to believe Hughes had unfinished business that would cause his spirit to remain in the house, but Albany’s state buildings brim with reports of paranormal activity.
Former Gov. David Paterson, who spent some time in the mansion before Cuomo took office, said he also believes the house is haunted. Paterson told the New York Post that one evening, staff told him the sound of a vase smashing was caused by the spirit of the building’s original groundskeeper.