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Brazil cops say gators worked for drug dealer

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Brazil Cops say gators worked for drug dealer

Police in Brazil raided the home of the mother-in-law of a suspected drug dealer on Wednesday. What they found in the house was a small quantity of drugs, several guns ... oh, and two alligators. One was almost 6 feet long. Police didn't say why they think this, but the possible purpose they gave for the gators being there was as a disposal system. Like, of the owner's rivals. The alligators have been turned over to a zoo in Rio de Janeiro, where they will receive a more standard diet.

More blotter ...

Hey, where did our 8-foot ape go?

Police in East Machias, Maine, are on the lookout for an 8-foot mechanical gorilla. The gorilla had been outside Sandy Sales, a flea market store, but just disappeared. In broad daylight. The store owner says he noticed it was missing on Sunday as he was going to close the store. Lowell Miller says he thought his clerk moved it inside, and the clerk thought Miller moved it, but it was really just gone. Miller said that it was on a concrete base and it was full of motors, but it didn't just walk away. "Who the hell would ever steal a gorilla as heavy as that thing was?" Miller asked. Police suspect a college student.

For joint, he nearly ended up in joint

Premysl Donat, a lawyer in Prague, Czech Republic, placed an item on eBay this summer. It was a hip joint, and by that, he didn't mean a popular nightclub. He claimed it was from the leg of Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who had undergone hip replacement surgery. Bidding started at $2,200 and was up to $36,000 when police shut him down, claiming he stole it. He said that a doctor gave it to him. Then they learned that it wasn't Klaus' hip, so they changed the charges to fraud. Before another unseemly chapter could be written in this saga, Klaus pardoned Donat. "We want to bring this undignified game to an end," said a spokesman.

Fumigation nation

Dump gets all-day protection from stink

Two of the largest garbage dumps in Bombay, India, really stink. In fact, residents filed a petition, it was so bad. So the City Council did the only logical thing: They bought deodorant for it. And if you've never had to buy deodorant for a couple of huge garbage dumps, the council decided that 11,000 gallons was about what it would take. They went with Sanil Supreme, which was a sweet herbal scent. "We were fumigating with ordinary chemical," said Ahmad Karim of the solid waste division. "But Sanil Supreme will help to reduce the smell while controlling the breeding of pathogens." Does your deodorant control the breeding of pathogens?

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

Brazil cops say gators worked for drug dealer 09/03/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 3:41pm]
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