CARLISLE, Pennsylvania (AP):
A central Pennsylvania man was charged Thursday after police say he sprayed fluid used to embalm a human brain on marijuana that he then smoked.
State police in Carlisle charged 26-year-old Joshua Lee Long with abuse of a corpse and conspiracy. Court records indicate Long's aunt contacted detectives on June 21 after finding a human brain in a department store bag under a porch while cleaning out a trailer.
Long allegedly told her during a phone conversation from the Cumberland County jail that he used the formaldehyde-soaked pot to get high.
"The defendant related that he knew it was illegal to have the brain and that he and (another man) would spray the embalming fluid on 'weed' to get high," wrote Trooper John Boardman, the investigator. Court records indicate a coroner concluded the brain was real and that Long supposedly named it Freddy.
The coroners who examined the brain believe it was most likely a stolen teaching specimen, according to the arrest affidavit. Long remains in jail, and court records did not list a lawyer for him.
KINGSTON, Pennsylvania (AP):
Two men have pulled an eight-foot-long boa constrictor from beneath a vehicle parked outside of a northeastern Pennsylvania medical building.
The Citizens' Voice in Wilkes-Barre reports the men pried the snake from a Mercury Mountaineer's undercarriage Thursday afternoon after one saw it wriggle underneath. Owner Katie Hauer, who'd been inside the Geisinger Kingston medical centre in Kingston borough, says "They told me I better not get in my car." One of the men, herpetologist Cameron English, identified the snake as a Red Tailed Boa Constrictor. It was placed in a plastic container. No one was injured and it wasn't immediately known who owns the snake.
AURORA, Colorado (AP):
Investigators say an off-duty Colorado sheriff's deputy fired a bullet straight down the barrel of a suspect's gun, a shot they called "one in a billion."
The detail emerged in a letter from prosecutors Wednesday announcing that Arapahoe County Deputy Jose Marquez was justified in shooting the attempted-robbery suspect, who survived. Marquez also was wounded in the January shooting and is still recovering. The Aurora Sentinel newspaper in suburban Denver reports that Marquez was visiting his girlfriend's apartment when two suspects approached him in the parking lot with their guns drawn. The off-duty deputy told investigators that one suspect told him to "give it up". Marquez says the suspects fired first and he shot back. One was wounded in the leg and arrested, and the other got away.
BRAINERD, Minnesota (AP):
People using a lakeside bike trail in central Minnesota might expect to encounter some wildlife along the way. But not an alligator.
But that is what Crow Wing County Sheriff's Lieutenant Joe Meyer's department was called upon to capture Saturday afternoon on a trail southwest of Brainerd. Meyer says it was a department first. He tells the Star Tribune his deputies weren't keen to volunteer to capture the three-foot gator, especially as the reptile was aggressive. So the department asked the nearby Safari North Wildlife Park to help trap the reptile. The deputies later posed for a photo with the alligator, but only after its snout was taped shut. Meyer says the alligator was probably an escaped or illegally released pet. Brainerd is about 125 miles northwest of Minneapolis.