Dispute over chicken manure dumped at wedding site settled


A dispute between Rhode Island landowners over a load of chicken manure that ruined a wedding has been settled.

An attorney for Gerald Zarrella told WJAR-TV on July 23 a settlement was being finalized, avoiding a trial that had been set to begin July 24.

Zarrella filed a lawsuit last year, claiming his neighbors James and Diane Lynch dumped chicken manure near his estate hours before a wedding. He claimed the Lynches were angry he had hosted events on the 32-acre property, known as Gerald’s Farm.

A judge ordered the Lynches to remove the manure.

Zarrella says hundreds of turkeys appeared near his property before the next wedding he hosted. He’s pursuing town permits in response to a court ruling that found he couldn’t host commercial events on his estate.

Michigan village elects cat – ceremonially – as mayor

OMENA, Mich.

Politics in a small northern Michigan village have gone to the cats and dogs and goats and even chickens.

Omena’s newly elected mayor is a feline named Sweet Tart. Dogs Diablo Shapiro and Punkin Anderson Harder are vice mayor and second vice mayor.

An election committee named Harley the goat press secretary while Penny the chicken is special assistant for fowl affairs.

The seats are ceremonial. WPBN-TV reports that the election is a fundraiser costing $1 per vote and brought in more than $7,000 to the Omena Historical Society.

Candidates have to be animals and live in Omena, which has about 300 human residents and is north of Traverse City.

An inauguration and parade took place in July. The newly-elected officers will serve three-year terms.

Girl, 11, catches piranha kin


An 11-year-old Oklahoma girl has quite the fish tale after catching a native South American fish with human-like teeth.

Kennedy Smith of Lindsay was fishing with her grandparents and brother recently when she caught a pacu, a relative of the piranha, in Fort Cobb Lake, about 55 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

She says she was excited to catch a fish, but when she saw the teeth in its mouth it was “creepy.”

Game Warden Tyler Howser said the pacu is considered an invasive species by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and was destroyed.

Howser said pacu have been caught in Oklahoma waters, likely because people buy them as pets and toss them into lakes when they become too large for their aquariums.

Associated Press

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