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Neglected Oregon horse sues former owner for $100,000
PORTLAND, Ore. — A horse is suing his former Oregon owner for $100,000 in damages, claiming her negligence left him underweight and afflicted with other debilitating conditions.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the 8-year-old American Quarter Horse named Justice is listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Animal Legal Defense Fund in Portland.
The suit against former owner Gwendolyn Vercher claims Justice will require special medical care for the rest of his life.
Justice was removed from Vercher's property in Cornelius in March 2017. The horse now lives at a rescue facility in Troutdale.
Vercher was convicted of first-degree animal neglect and sentenced to three years of probation last year.
Vercher did not immediately respond to the newspaper's requests for comment Wednesday.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com
'Brooklyn Bull' died shortly after arriving at sanctuary
WANTAGE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A bull that drew national attention when it roamed through the streets of Brooklyn last fall after escaping from a slaughterhouse died shortly after it was taken to a New Jersey farm.
Stura says the bull's death wasn't a secret, but he didn't seek to bring attention to it.
Shankar made headlines last October when he escaped and ran through Brooklyn for several hours. He was eventually caught by police on a soccer field in Prospect Park.
Stura says the young bull was "happy" and "becoming more friendly" on his farm before he died.
The sanctuary is home to another bull named Freddie that escaped in Queens in 2016.
Information from: NJ Advance Media.
Blockbuster hopes Russell Crowe's jockstrap helps business
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A celebrity jockstrap that's been the buzz of Alaska for nearly two weeks went on display Wednesday at one of the nation's last Blockbuster video stores in an effort to ramp up business.
"I tell you, we're going to get a lot of traffic, is what I'm expecting," said Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska.
He expects the store to get a lot of calls: "Did you get it in? Can we go see it?" he said.
The jockstrap has a strange history since actor Russell Crowe wore it in the 2005 movie "Cinderella Man."
It recently became part of a celebrity auction, which Crowe has dubbed 'the divorce auction,' where it caught the eye of the host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver."
Oliver purchased the jockstrap and some other items and sent them to Anchorage, which has one of the last remaining big box store video chains. The video store is trying to stave off streaming movie services, which are gaining popularity as more broadband capability comes to the nation's most remote state.
Oliver also sent along the robe and boxing shorts worn by Crowe in the movie as well as the actor's hood from "Robin Hood," his vest from "Les Misérables" and a director's chair with Crowe's name on it.
But the prize is the leather jockstrap, and Daymude believes it might have a unique place in movie folklore.
"The very first jockstrap memorabilia I can think of, yes," he said.
And as for the most asked question so far, no, he doesn't know if they washed it before sending it, but he would like to think they did.
Daymude admits it was "be awesome" if Crowe were ever to show up at the store, but in the meantime he'd like to send photos of the display to him as a thank you.
And as for Oliver, Daymude said he would like to thank him by sending him copies of the movies that features the memorabilia Oliver sent to Alaska.
"I don't know if he's ever seen the movies, but I figure we can send him the movies and he can watch them," Daymude said.
A message seeking comment from HBO wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.
Benedict Arnold's hair to be displayed at fort he captured
ALBANY, N.Y. — A rarely displayed lock of American traitor Benedict Arnold's hair will be exhibited at the New York fort he helped capture with the help of Vermont's Green Mountain Boys in the Revolutionary War's opening weeks.
Officials at Fort Ticonderoga announced Wednesday that locks of hair from Arnold and his first wife Margaret will be displayed this weekend when the privately owned upstate historic site and tourist attraction opens for the season.
Curator Matthew Keagle said the hair was recently rediscovered among the museum's vast collection of 18th century military artifacts, ranging from muskets and artillery to uniforms and documents.
"There so much in the museum collection that's not on display. It's still an ongoing cataloguing process," Keagle told The Associated Press. "Sometimes we rediscover things, and this was one of them."
Keagle said the hair was preserved by the couple's youngest son Henry, who was living in Canada when someone sent him the keepsake after his father died destitute and forgotten in London in 1801. Margaret Arnold died in 1775 in Connecticut, Benedict Arnold's home state. Benedict's lock of hair was wrapped in paper inscribed: "Two locks of my Father's Hair sent from London, 1801. Henry Arnold."
Saving a lock of a deceased loved-one's hair was a common practice during the era, a method of preserving "a physical reminder of the presence of that person," Keagle said.
The locks of hair were acquired by Fort Ticonderoga from one of Arnold's direct descendants in 1952, the curator said.
Arnold was an officer in the Connecticut militia when he and a small force of frontiersmen led by Ethan Allen rowed across the southern end of Lake Champlain on the night of May 10, 1775, and captured the British-held fort, located 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Albany. The war had begun three weeks earlier in Massachusetts at the battles of Lexington and Concord.
Arnold went on to become one of the Continental Army's best battlefield leaders. Denied promotions and deep in debt, he turned traitor and attempted to hand over the American fortifications at West Point, New York, to the British before being discovered and fleeing to the redcoats' side.
Arnold fought for the British and moved to England after the war. He died at 60 on June 14, 1801, and was buried at a London church. His name has become synonymous with traitor in American lingo.
Because of the fragile nature of the artifacts, Benedict Arnold's lock of hair and the paper wrapping are only being displayed Saturday and Sunday, along with the original letter Allen sent to the Connecticut governor informing him that the fort has been captured.
This story has been changed to correct fort's location to 90 miles north of Albany instead of Ticonderoga.
Officials: Man robs same bank day after release from prison
CLEVELAND — Authorities say a man sent to state prison for bank robbery has robbed the same Cleveland bank branch the day after his release.
Federal prosecutors in Cleveland say 40-year-old Markiko Sonnie Lewis was indicted Tuesday on a single count of bank robbery for robbing a Cleveland Key Bank branch April 12. Prosecutors say he took just over $1,000.
Lewis, of Maple Heights, was sentenced to 30 months in prison in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Common Pleas Court in April 2016, including time already served, after pleading guilty to robbing the same bank branch in November 2015.
He was released April 11.
Court records indicate Lewis hasn't been assigned an attorney.
Fingerprint left in Play-Doh leads to shoplifting suspect
LEICESTER, Mass. — A Massachusetts police department says a fingerprint left in a hunk of Play-Doh led them to a shoplifting suspect.
Leicester police responded to Walmart on Dec. 11 after an employee found several electronic anti-theft devices that had been covered in the malleable clay-like toy in an apparent attempt to neutralize them.
The attempt to disable the spider-wrap devices failed, and the suspect had fled.
He did, however, leave a fingerprint impression in the Play-Doh.
Police announced Monday the Connecticut Forensics Laboratory helped find a match for the print.
Police charged 55-year-old Dennis Jackson with unlawful removal of an anti-theft device. Police say he has a long criminal record and faces arrest warrants in at least two other states.
Jackson is jailed and it's not clear if he had a lawyer.
NJ creamery concocts pork roll-flavored ice cream for summer
FREDON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A New Jersey dairy farm says it hopes customers will like its new ice cream flavor incorporating another regional favorite food — pork roll.
Windy Brow Farms, in Fredon Township, says it has introduced the state's first "Taylor ham ice cream," referring to the specific brand of pork roll famous to New Jersey residents. The specialty dessert mixes in French toast with actual pieces of pork roll.
Windy Brow Managing Partner Jake Hunt noted that a pork-only ice cream would be "gross," so he added the maple and French toast element to give it a sweet and salty balance.
The ice cream is a part of a line of new flavors marketed as "Only in Jersey."
Police: Masked robber identified by mom, turns himself in
BELLPORT, N.Y. — Police in Long Island say a man who held up a string of businesses while hiding behind a surgical mask has been identified by his mother.
Officials say the 50-year-old Bellport man turned himself in on Monday, two days after Suffolk County police released a picture of the suspect during an April 24 robbery at an East Patchogue gas station. Police say the man told them his mother was able to identify him from the picture.
The suspect is accused of robbing at gunpoint several businesses in East Patchogue, Yaphank and Holbrook. The businesses were robbed between Feb. 17 and Saturday, according to authorities. He was arraigned Monday on five counts of first-degree robbery.
Police: College student attacks jogger, steals underwear
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Police say a University of Alabama student pulled down a woman's pants while she was jogging near the campus and later broke into a nearby home and stole women's underwear.
Tuscaloosa police Capt. Brad Mason tells news outlets the woman struggled with the man Monday and was able to escape.
Mason says another woman chased the man from her home Tuesday after he took underwear. Police soon after arrested 19-year-old John Everett Threadgill.
Mason says Threadgill admitted to both crimes during an interview with officers. He was charged with second-degree burglary and first-degree sexual abuse, and jailed with bond set at $45,000.
The university's associate vice president for communications, Monica Watts, says Threadgill has been banned from the school's campus.
It is unclear if Threadgill has a lawyer.
Splashing near mating manatees puts Florida man in hot water
STOCK ISLAND, Fla. — A Florida man who allegedly slapped the water near a group of mating manatees has found himself being slapped with a harassment charge.
A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report identifies the culprit as Luis Miguel Perez, a 49-year-old fisherman in the Key West chain.
The Miami Herald reports that Officer Glen Way used his phone to record the fisherman. It's illegal to poke, prod, pursue or feed manatees in Florida, and that includes giving them fresh water, splashing or making excessive noise.
Mary Stella with the Dolphin Research Center says harassment is defined as "anything that alters the animal's natural behavior."
According to Monday's arrest report, there were 16 manatees in the group. The fisherman was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.
It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.
Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com
Michigan police 'pawfficer' gets name, rank on force
TROY, Mich. — A suburban Detroit police department has created a new rank of "pawfficer" for the cat that has joined the force.
The Troy police department announced Tuesday the kitty will be named Badges. That was the winning name from a Twitter poll, narrowly beating out Donut.
The department added the cat to its ranks last month after auditioning five felines from the Michigan Humane Society.
Badges will be used for therapeutic purposes and make public appearances. A Troy officer who has two cats at home is getting a new four-legged partner.
Sgt. Meghan Lehman says the department is receiving gifts in the mail for the cat every day, including two boxes of cat toys and supplies on Monday.
Man charged with shooting smoke detector to quiet it
BARTON, Vt. — A Vermont man is facing charges that he used a shotgun to silence a smoke detector in the kitchen of his apartment.
Police say two shots fired Monday afternoon from the 20-gauge shotgun owned by 68-year-old Leroy Mason, of Barton, hit the adjoining wall of an occupied apartment.
Police say Mason has complained about frequent false alarms from his smoke detector, and he was upset fire crews wouldn't relocate it so he "took it upon himself to relocate the smoke detector, and shot it with the shotgun."
Emergency personnel say they took the shotgun from Mason, who then pointed a handgun at them while demanding his shotgun. Emergency crews disarmed Mason.
There were no injuries.
Mason pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was released.
His attorney declined to comment.