Man bites dog, gets 60 days
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- An Alaska man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for biting a chunk out of his dog's ear.
John Ray Martin of Fairbanks pleaded no contest to one count of animal cruelty, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported. A judge also ordered Marin to pay a $250 fine, suspending it as long as he repays $175 that Fairbanks North Star Borough paid for a vet to treat the dog.
Martin reportedly became enraged when the dog's former owner confronted him at a shopping center and asked to have the boxer mix back because it was being badly treated. Witnesses said Martin knelt down and bit the dog's ear -- leaving the ear bloody and the animal yowling in pain.
A half-inch square piece of ear was found on the ground.
The dog has been turned over to a rescue organization for adoption.
Armed bystander shoots alleged thief
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Police in Charlotte, N.C., say a man who tried to grab a woman's purse at a bus stop did not realize that the man standing next to her was armed.
When the would-be thief ran away, the bystander fired several shots at him, hitting him in the legs. Police found the suspect a few minutes later hiding in a sewer culvert.
The suspect was taken to a hospital and charged. Police would like to talk to the man who fired the shots.
Cop loses sick pay for role in adult movie
SOMERVILLE, Mass., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts police officer lost his sick pay after city officials discovered he had been coaching high school baseball and acting in an adult movie.
Ronnie White, who says he suffers from panic attacks triggered in 1998 when he responded to a teenager's suicide, told the Somerville Journal that appearing in "Naughty But Nice" has nothing to do with his inability to carry a gun and function as a Somerville police officer.
"I feel like I'm carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders," White said.
Police Chief Robert Bradley says White, when he applied for disability, claimed vertigo, and not traumatic stress disorder. He believes White had received a lot more sick pay than he is entitled to, well beyond the department's normal 20-day limit.
NYC poker parlors want limelight to dim
NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- New York's poker clubs, scared by the publicity generated by baseball star Alex Rodriguez's reported gambling, are lying low.
The New York Daily News reports that several clubs have closed and others have closed their rolls, denying admission to new members. The News reported recently that Rodriguez had been seen at gambling dens, including one that was raided a couple of weeks later.
Gambling clubs had been enjoying a renaissance in the city because of the fad for Texas Hold' Em spread by television and on-line gambling.
A police spokesman told the newspaper that the department is not targeting gambling clubs, although when investigators learn of one they have to go after it. But the clubs appear to be waiting for the heat to cool off.
One gambler said that traveling to Atlantic City or to casinos in Connecticut to gamble legally is not always possible.
"It's a two-hour trip and you have to stay overnight," he said. "It's rough. People have jobs."