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The skinny: City says surf but no turf for goats

Life's a beach

surf but no turf for goats, Calif. city says

Pismo Beach is on board with surfing goats. But grazing goats can be a bummer. Three goats — Grover, Pismo and Goatee — have become celebrities in the city on California's Central Coast and on YouTube after owner Dana McGregor taught them to surf. But McGregor has gotten pricey tickets recently for letting them graze within city limits, and he is violating codes by keeping them at all. Goats are allowed on larger lots and for temporary clearing of plants, which is why McGregor got a goat in the first place. They remain legal and welcome at the beach.

Needing a do-over

Man left off ballot after mistake

With no opposition for his City Council seat in a small town on West Virginia's northern panhandle, Curtis Mele figured his ticket to a third consecutive term was secure. Instead, a clerical error left his name off the ballot, and another council member was listed as the candidate in his district in Benwood. Now, officials in the town of 1,600 are scrambling for a solution, and Mele has hired an attorney to contest the election. "It might be an honest mistake," Mele said Thursday. "But that's a mistake that should never happen." Mele, whose name didn't appear anywhere on the May 13 ballot, was one of four unopposed council members. The responsibility for Benwood's ballot information falls on the office of City Clerk Judy Hunt. "She dropped the ball," Mele said. Hunt referred questions Thursday to city attorney Eric Gordon, who didn't immediately return a telephone message. Marshall County Clerk Jan Pest said it's up to the cities to get their information right.

Heists come to halt

Suspect leaves phone inside store

British police say they have a pretty good idea who stole two diamond rings and a wedding band from a Kingston shop on Sunday — the suspected thief left his cellphone behind, with a photo of himself as the screensaver. Police said Wednesday the 27-year-old suspect, Germain Ibrahim Fofana of France, is also believed to be responsible for other jewel heists in the London area. The rings were valued at $30,000.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The skinny: City says surf but no turf for goats 05/22/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 23, 2014 1:10am]
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