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Men take alligator off-roading, hit legal pothole

Whose idea was it?

Men take gator off-roading, hit legal pothole

When Douglas Ward, Roy Griffith and John Sanborn took a 14-foot flattened and preserved alligator off-roading in Howell, Mich., it seemed like a good idea — the way ideas seem good after a few drinks. But now Ward, 55, Griffith, 60, and Sanborn, 53, are in trouble with the law. Authorities say the men stole the gator from a barn in Hartland Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit, strapped it to a pickup truck and took it off-roading on June 25. The alligator's owner reportedly found tire tracks near his barn and followed them to a party, where the men were driving their vehicles around in the mud. The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus reported that the three men are charged with breaking and entering. They have a court appointment July 20.

911? It's about a . . .

Banana attacks gorilla, splits

A banana attacked a gorilla, the manager of a cell phone store called 911 to report. The Wireless Center in Strongsville, near Cleveland, advertises curbside with a man in a gorilla suit. Manager Brandon Parham said he was watching as a teenager dressed as a banana emerged from some bushes and took a flying leap at the store mascot. Parham said the attacker looked like a Spartan from the movie 300 — except he was a banana. The gorilla was knocked down but got back up, adjusted his head and went back to work. The banana split with a bunch of other teens. Police, who think it was a prank, weren't able to find the offending fruit.

Unreal 4th of July

Fireworks show great, partly fake

TV footage of Boston's Fourth of July fireworks show was spectacular. Some of the shots also were physically impossible. The CBS national broadcast Monday included shots of colorful explosions over the city landmarks including Fenway Park, the Statehouse and Quincy Market. The Boston Globe reported Friday that the organizers of the show acknowledged that some scenes had been altered: Images of fireworks going off over the Charles River were superimposed over pre-filmed landmarks in other parts of the city. David Mugar, the show's executive producer, said the broadcast was entertainment and not news. Those who watched the real thing said the fireworks did not need visual enhancement.

Update

Oh, your honor …

Call off the search teams. The case of the Philadelphia judge's missing robe has been solved. Judge Joseph Waters Jr., who a day earlier had said someone may have stolen his judicial garb from the robing room while he was in the men's room, says it was all a big misunderstanding. He told the Philadelphia Daily News that a court employee mistakenly picked up the garment, thinking it belonged to another judge. The staffer has since returned the robe.

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Men take alligator off-roading, hit legal pothole 07/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:14pm]

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