Dec 182013

MIAMI, Dec 17 (Reuters) – A Florida man walked into a convenience store with a live alligator and tried to trade it for a 12-pack of beer, according to wildlife authorities who cited him with illegally capturing the animal.

It was unclear why the man thought the clerk at the Santa Ana Market in Miami would accept the 4-foot (1.2-meter) reptile as payment, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said on Tuesday.

“I think that anybody who would conceive this scheme is not thinking properly,” Pino said.

The clerk called authorities and would-be customer Fernando Caignet Aguilera was cited on Dec. 10 with possessing, illegally taking and attempting to sell the alligator, which he said he caught at a park.

Each of the three misdemeanor charges caries a penalty of up to six months in jail and a fine up to $500, Pino said.

The alligator was unharmed and was released back into the wild, he said. Alligators are no longer endangered but it is illegal to take them in Florida except during a closely regulated annual hunt.
via Florida Man Tries To Trade Alligator For Beer, Gets Cited.

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Aug 082013


Authorities say a grenade-wielding man on a shooting rampage in Dallas and DeSoto late Wednesday killed four people and wounded four others.

The suspect has been identified as Erbie Bowser, 44, but the names of the victims have not been released. Authorities say it appears he was trying to kill a former girlfriend. It is believed she is among the victims.

Officials say Bowser’s rampage began about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Dallas at a home in the 7100 block of Long Canyon Trail, near West Wheatland Road and Mountain Creek Parkway. He killed two people and wounded two others there, police said.

Bowser then went to a home in the 100 block of Galleria Drive in DeSoto, where he threw a hand grenade into the living room before shooting and killing two women, police said. He also wounded two children.

When DeSoto officers arrived, Bowser pretended to be among the victims. But officers quickly determined he was their suspect and took him into custody. Officers also confiscated a pocket knife from him.

Authorities say Bowser has tattoos indicating he may have been an Army Ranger. He has been previously been arrested for violating a protective order and evading arrest.

 Posted by at 13:58
Dec 242012

hunting season again“If it’s crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre said in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it. It’s the one thing that would keep people safe.”
via NRA’s Wayne LaPierre doubles down on schools gun plan as anger rises | World news |

 Posted by at 11:57
Nov 082012

“Au départ, on a un petit problème électrique qui aurait dû concerner 150 personnes pendant une heure et, au final, on se retrouve avec une vraie pagaille qui a touché des dizaines de milliers de personnes”, résume un porte-parole de la SNCF. Ce très important incident est la conséquence d’”une succession d’incidents qui ont fait boule de neige” et qui ont débuté à 17 h 45 par un problème de caténaire sur la ligne entre Paris et Mitry en Seine-et-Marne. Si ce problème technique a été réglé à 18 h 40, des voyageurs, impatients, sont descendus sur les voies, provoquant une diffusion des incidents de trafic jusqu’en fin de soirée, a expliqué un porte-parole de la SNCF Antoine Debièvre. La SNCF a dû mettre en place une cellule de crise. La situation est en effet rapidement devenue très complexe à gérer avec des voyageurs excédés sur les quais de la gare du Nord et des centaines d’autres marchant sur les voies après l’arrêt de leur train entre deux stations.

via Des milliers de voyageurs bloqués mercredi soir à la gare du Nord à Paris.

 Posted by at 09:53
Oct 172012

From The Daily Telegraph:

Customers who spend $1,999 (£1,240) or more on an engagement ring at the Jewellery By Harold shop in North Liberty, Iowa will receive a free rifle.

The jeweller, Harold van Beek, told KCRG, that he wanted to “do something for the boy who doesn’t like to hunt for diamonds but likes to hunt for deer.”

Mr van Beek may have found a way to get hunters to propose to their girlfriends. Hunting fans will not have to choose between the diamond and the rifle. Thanks to Mr van Beek they can get both.

The offer starts on Thursday and will be going on until the end of October.

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Sep 032012

Not quite Master and Commander: Russell Crowe was picked up by U.S. Coast Guard 10 miles down the shore after kayaking in the dark. Academy Award winner got lost while kayaking late Saturday evening. Had to be rescued by Coast Guard officers off the coast of Long Island. Known for his role in naval drama Master and Commander, and is filming biblical epic Noah which involves him saving his family via an ark.

via Russell Crowe rescued by U.S. Coast Guard while kayaking | Mail Online.

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