Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

The skinny: Where wildlife keeps turning off the lights

Blame eagles, fish

Where wildlife keeps turning off the lights

Squirrels and birds are turning the lights out on customers in Alaska's capital. Wildlife has knocked out power to Juneau customers seven times this year, the Juneau Empire reported. The latest was Wednesday night when a bald eagle dropped trash from a city landfill onto a line. The fallen eagle fodder caused a loud bang and knocked out power to 10,020 customers, said Debbie Driscoll, spokeswoman for Alaska Electric Light and Power Co. Wildlife disrupts power in communities around the country, but Juneau, a commercial fishing community, gets power interruptions from a large eagle population and sometimes even fish. Last year, the company recorded six avian deaths: three eagles, one raven, one crow and one grouse. In 2012, five eagles, three ravens and two crows were electrocuted.

An urban roundup

Break for freedom does not last long

Things did not turn out any better for a steer in Baltimore on Friday. Police shot and killed the animal on a downtown street after it escaped from a slaughterhouse, Sgt. Sarah Connolly said. She said police received calls from business owners concerned about the animal running loose. The neighborhood is home to numerous bars, restaurants and shops. The steer was "increasingly aggressive," and officers made several attempts to trap it, police said on the department's Facebook page.

Trouble for couple

One DUI charge leads to another

A southwestern Montana man was arrested for driving under the influence after Gallatin County deputies said he drove drunk to bail his wife out of jail for … her DUI arrest hours earlier. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that Rick Fancher, 62, of Big Sky was arrested early Friday and charged with his third DUI. Prosecutors said jail staff reported Fancher left the jail at 3:30 a.m. after trying to post bail for Stacey Jo Fancher. 44. She had been arrested for aggravated DUI with a blood-alcohol level of 0.201. A blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent is the threshold at which Montana law presumes that someone is unable to safely drive a motor vehicle. A deputy stopped Rick Fancher's pickup near the jail. Court records say his blood-alcohol level was 0.159.

A fake officer

Plan for arrest ends in arrest

Police in eastern Alabama arrested a man who they said impersonated an officer and tried to arrest the mayor. Bobby Beck, 59, showed up at City Hall in Weaver on Tuesday with a badge and a pistol on his belt and said he wanted to talk to Mayor Wayne Willis, the Anniston Star reported. When told the mayor wasn't available, Beck held up a pair of handcuffs and said he'd be back later to arrest him. Police Chief Wayne Bush said Beck told police he worked for the FBI and planned to arrest Willis for working part-time as mayor.

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