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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Chicago police investigators confirm alligator in lagoon

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigators have cracked the case: A 4-5 foot alligator is living in a lagoon at one of the city's most popular parks. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Tuesday that investigators went to Humboldt Park Lagoon on the city's West Side and confirmed that the unusual resident is there as reported on social media. Officials couldn't say how the creature arrived in the lagoon. City officials say alligator traps are being placed around the lagoon in hopes the animal will swim into one and be safely removed. Guglielmi says the animal was expected to be trapped "and relocated to a zoo for veterinary evaluation." Alligators always favor warm weather climates such as Florida but have been known to survive temporarily in the cold through a process that has been compared to hibernation.

Maine couple buys home that inspired 'The Conjuring'

HARRISVILLE, R.I. (AP) — A Maine couple has bought a Rhode Island farmhouse that inspired the horror movie "The Conjuring." Cory Heinzen tells the Sun Journal in Maine that he's heard doors opening, footsteps and knocks. Heinzen said the house in Harrisville, Rhode Island, is "very busy." The movie is based on the story of a family that lived in the farmhouse in the 1970s. The previous owners said the 1736 farmhouse was indeed haunted — by trespassers hoping to get a glimpse thanks to the 2013 movie. Heinzen, of Mexico, Maine, said he became interested in the paranormal while bivouacking at a Civil War battlefield and hearing screams and cannons. He and his wife bought the Rhode Island home last month and hope to open it to visitors and investigators later this year.