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May 22, 2014

Testing Inconclusive, Suspected Bobcat Returned

Stafford, NJ (AP) Rocky’s mother was 98 percent bobcat.

But because a DNA test couldn’t determine the 38-pound feline’s father’s lineage, a judge ruled Friday that the runaway cat be returned to a New Jersey woman.

Municipal Court Judge Damian Murray ruled that Ginny Fine can regain custody of Rocky after a mitochondrial DNA test found that the cat’s mother was 98 percent bobcat, but couldn’t determine its father’s lineage, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Mitochondrial DNA is inherited solely from the mother.

“The bottom line is, Rocky goes home,” Murray said.

Fine, who has maintained that Rocky is a hybrid bobcat and Maine coon, said she was shocked by the ruling.

Fine pleaded guilty to letting the animal get loose and was fined $1,000 after Rocky ran away from her home for a second time. The cat was missing for 12 days, leading police to hunt through the woods. It was lured back on April 7 and has been at the Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey since then. Murray ordered that the cat be kept in an enclosure that will be periodically inspected by the state.

Fayetteville Hopes Odd Signs Lead Tourists To City

Fayetteville, NC (AP) There are no words on the signs of the cannon, church, circle of stars or roaring lion in Fayetteville and Cumberland County. Just an arrow.

But the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes people will figure out that the bureau has all the answers.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the bureau has created 17 themed driving trails in the area for visitors.

John Meroski with the visitor’s bureau says the campaign frames the area’s tourism features in an attractive visual manner.

Booklets for the trails are available at the bureau office in Fayetteville, as well as at www.visitfayettevillenc.com.

Meroski says there are 750 miles of history along the trails. Among the trail topics, Lafayette’s tour in 1825, the fight for American independence and the Civil War.

It’s Going To Take More Than Tissues For This Mess

Cary, NC (AP) It will take more than tissues for police in a North Carolina town to take care of the mildly offending graffiti being spray-painted on businesses and signs.

Investigators say the words “snot” and “booger” have been painted on at least 20 different places this year in Cary.

Police say the graffiti isn’t believed to be gang-related and hasn’t caused any permanent damage. But Capt. Don Hamilton says removing the graffiti is costly and the problem can’t be overlooked.

Authorities say they are accepting anonymous tips about the graffiti on its CrimeStoppers line.

Ad Company Takes Down Southern Secession Billboard

Montgomery, AL (AP) The head of the Confederate League of the South says an advertising company has removed a highway billboard that advocated a Southern secession from the United States.

Michael Hill is president of the Confederate League of the South.

He said Monday that Lamar Advertising Co. took down the billboard along Interstate 85 in Montgomery following complaints. The billboard had the word “secede” in capital letters, along with the league’s name and website.

The sign went up Friday and was removed over the weekend. Hill said the company offered a refund, but that wasn’t necessary since he had yet to pay. A Lamar Advertising executive did not return a message seeking comment.

Ohio Teen Scoops 3-Foot Carp From Flooded Street

North Royalton, Ohio (AP) A northern Ohio teenager is reeling in attention for a big catch after he spotted a 3-foot carp swimming in receding floodwaters on his street and scooped it into his arms as his mother caught the scene on video.

North Royalton resident Jake Sawyer, 16, waded through more than ankle-deep water as he stalked the big fish in the dark Monday night and eventually trapped it.

First he tried to throw a towel over it to stun it. He said when that didn’t work, he tried to push it toward a curb.

“I just slowly put my hand on it, and then once it got comfortable with me, I just kind of bear-hugged it and lifted it up,” he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Sawyer said heavy rains that day had caused flash-flooding as high as his mailbox, and he suspects the large grass carp slipped out of a nearby pond as the water rose.

He said he wanted to ensure the fish didn’t become trapped and die in the street, so he carried it back to the pond. He estimates it weighed 40 pounds. “I think our only option was to put it in the pond,” he said. “I mean, I could’ve put it in my pool, but it would’ve died.” The result, he said, is one fishing tale he’ll never forget.

Homeless Man Turns In Lost Cash He Found On Street

Kingston, NY (AP) Authorities say a homeless man who last year turned in a lost wallet stuffed with money has done it again.

Police in the city of Kingston in New York’s Hudson Valley say 67-year-old Hassell “Junior” Barber approached an officer on May 9 and said he wanted to turn in a “wad” of cash he had found on the ground.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that police aren’t saying how much money Barber found. They’re attempting to locate the owner. The money was found on the same street where Barber discovered a wallet containing $485 in cash last July. He turned it in to police, who tracked down the owner. Kingston police posted that story on the department’s Facebook page, leading to numerous calls from people offering to help Barber. He declined the offers.

 

 

 

 


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