June 16, 2013

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Another Gator Spotted in Long Island

Fifth sighting since April

Environmental officials in New York are searching for the the fifth alligator spotted since April in a Long Island river. The gator was most recently seen Saturday but has been prowling the waterway for at least a week. The sightings occurred in the same area of the Peconic River where four alligators were captured in April. Authorities report that 17 gators have been found in the wild or turned over this year. 

“People are buying them as pets. They're getting too big and then they’re letting them go,” local resident Steve Hickey (who presumably does not own a gator) announced. The fine for owning an alligator is $250. Anyone who releases a gator faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Officials now will try to catch the gator. “They use chicken, catch poles and nets,” Matt Blaisings of the NYS Environmental Conservation told Fox News. “They’re using nets in the river itself to try to contain and isolate the animal.”


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Explorers Find Lost Ship in Lake Michigan

Sank in 17th century

Divers have started exploring an underwater pit in northern Lake Michigan, hoping to find the final resting place the Griffin, a ship helmed by the 17th century French Explorer La Salle. The search began in 2001, when expedition leader Steve Libert discovered a timber slab that appeared to be human-fashioned.

Libert has spent the last three decades searching for the ship, and hopes to confirm the findings by Sunday, using sonar readings. "Soon we will find out whether our assumption is correct or not," Vrana announced aboard the Proud Maid, a 45-foot commercial fishing boat. "We've got to get those test pits dug and hit (the) structure, because anything else is pure speculation."

The Griffin was built near Niagara falls in 1679 and was commissioned to help find a passage to China and Japan. It was the first European-style vessel to traverse the upper Great Lakes. Though the cause of its disappearance is unknown, Libert believe it sank due to a strong storm.


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Naked Man Scales Transmission Tower

Lured down with promise of blanket

A naked man was rescued from a transmission tower in Northern Hollywood Friday night. The fire department set up an inflated rescue cushion for the shirtless man to fall on, and the local power company rerouted the tower's power.

At one point, the police tried to draw him down with promises of a warm shower. SWAT officers finally went up and offered him a blanket around 9 p.m., and he was happy to come down. 

The man was arrested for trespassing and checked out by doctors.