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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Badly-made fake license plate leads to arrest in California

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) — A big-rig truck driver has been arrested after authorities spotted a phony license plate on his rig. How could they tell? Well, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says the 1960s-style yellow-on-black plate had wobbly letters and numbers. Also, instead of “CALIFORNIA,” it read “CALIFAS.” The department said Monday that a motorcycle officer spotted the plate and pulled the driver over in the city of Moorpark, northwest of Los Angeles. The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, possessing methamphetamine, being an unlicensed driver and having an active arrest warrant. The tractor-trailer was towed away because authorities say it was unsafe.

Exotic animals removed from home where alligator escaped

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have seized more than 30 animals — many of them exotic — from a Pittsburgh home where a 5-foot (1.52-meter)-long alligator escaped last week. Among the 32 animals removed Tuesday were three more alligators, including one with a neck injury; three snakes, including Burmese pythons, a lizard and some iguanas. Multiple dead animals were also discovered in the home. Authorities say they found many of the animals living in poor conditions when they went to Mark McGowan’s home Monday to conduct a well-being check. Police and animal control officers, along with a reptile expert, returned to the home Tuesday afternoon with a search warrant. Animals that were being properly cared for were allowed to remain in the home. They included venomous snakes, poisonous toads, pythons and tarantulas.

Deputies: Alligator bit off piece of patrol car in Louisiana

MOORINGSPORT, La. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in Louisiana say an alligator took a bite out of one of their patrol cars. WBRZ-TV reports deputies were called Monday to Louisiana Highway 1 in Caddo Parish after someone spotted the gator in the middle of the road. The sheriff’s office says deputies were waiting for wildlife removal experts to arrive when the alligator chomped off a piece of the front bumper. Deputies estimate the alligator was 8 feet (2.4 meters) long. A photo from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page shows the reptile in grass next to what appears to be the black rectangular grill of the car. Authorities say the gator escaped before the wildlife removal experts arrived.

New Mexico city famous for UFO event trademarks new logo

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city known for its proximity to arguably the most famous UFO event in the United States has trademark protection for its alieninspired logo. The city of Roswell said Tuesday it received its requested trademark certification from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office. The new bright green logo includes the silhouette of a flying saucer within the letter “R.” The trademark will be in effect for 10 years and can be renewed when it nears expiration. Officials say the logo is protected from unauthorized use by other entities or individuals. That will ensure it remains unique to Roswell, providing an identifiable graphic that people will associate with the city. The site of a supposed UFO crash in 1947, Roswell has an annual extraterrestrial festival that draws thousands.

Snake causes power outage in Wyoming

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A large bull snake caused a power outage in northern Wyoming that affected about 3,900 electric customers. Montana-Dakota Utilities spokesman Mark Hanson says the power outage occurred about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday when the snake tripped a transformer. Hanson says the outage included parts of the city of Sheridan and surrounding communities, including Dayton and Ranchester. Most customers had power restored within a couple of hours.

Metal turtle sculpture at Boston playground burns children

BOSTON (AP) — Boston authorities have covered a new turtle sculpture at a playground after several parents complained that the bronze model was getting superheated by the sun and burning children. One complaint included a picture of someone holding a temperature scanner over Myrtle the Turtle’s shell that read 133 degrees. The turtle “is dangerous and should not be in a playground” the complaint said. The four-foot sculpture of a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle at the Myrtle Street Playground in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood is now covered by a tarp held down by rope. Ryan Woods, a spokesman for the Parks and Recreation Department, tells The Boston Globe the city is trying to determine its next move, which could mean removing the sculpture, or putting a canopy over it.

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