Police: Conn. man was trying to sell viper, cobras


Connecticut police have charged a man they say was trying to sell venomous snakes.

State environmental police recently charged 21-year-old Cameron DeFrances with multiple counts of illegal possession of wild animals and reckless endangerment after finding seven live snakes in his Meriden home. A viper, several cobras and two dead snakes were discovered.

State officials got a search warrant after getting a tip from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that DeFrances was selling snakes through social media.

The serpents were seized and transported to a reptile facility with the help of a qualified specialist.

DeFrances was freed on $1,000 bond pending a Thursday court date. A listed home phone number for DeFrances was out of service.

Speedy Texas deputy avoids hard-charging cow


A Texas deputy constable proved he’s fleet of foot while facing down an agile cow that had a beef with motorists along a rural road.

Harris County deputy Andrew Ries was patrolling an unincorporated area northeast of Houston recently when he stopped to assist motorists involved in an apparent traffic accident.

He learned one of the cars had struck a cow. The bovine didn’t appear harmed, but it turned on Ries and chased the deputy around his patrol car, at one point striking the front of the vehicle.

The motorists are seen on video hopping on top of a car to avoid the animal, which ran away.

Harris County Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton posted on Facebook that his department often encounters “the good, the bad and the big.”

Woman arrested, charged with stealing butterfly


Police say a woman who stole a butterfly from an Ohio botanical garden exhibit has been arrested.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Springfield Township police recently arrested 36-year-old Jamie Revis, of Springfield Township. She’s charged in the theft of a blue morpho butterfly from Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati last month.

The theft was recorded by a surveillance camera, prompting police to seek the public’s help in finding the butterfly thief. Court documents say police used information from an Instagram account to arrest Revis.

Blue morpho butterflies are native to Central and South American rainforests and have life cycles lasting about 115 days.

It’s unclear whether the butterfly has been recovered.

Associated Press

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