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Monkey captured after a day on the run in North Carolina

Carter the monkey escaped his owner's car at Carolinas Medical Center-University in Charlotte.
By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 27, 2015 at 4:01 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 27 (UPI) -- Authorities in North Carolina said they have captured a capuchin monkey more than a day after it escaped from its owner's car and bit a hospital worker.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Animal Care and Control officers responded just after noon Wednesday to Carolinas Medical Center-University on a report of a monkey loose in the parking lot and they arrived to find the primate, named Carter, had escaped from its owner's car in the lot and was temporarily detained by a hospital maintenance worker before it managed to escape again.

Police said the worker was bitten, but the Carolinas HealthCare System, which runs the hospital, said the simian suspect only "slightly scratched" the employee.

The monkey fled to a nearby wooded area and officers searched for the animal until it made a second appearance Thursday evening in the same parking lot.

The primate perp was apprehended and police said Carter is being held in rabies quarantine for observation.

Police said they have had previous run-ins with the monkey and his owner. They said the woman was issued a city ordinance violation for having an exotic animal in March 2014 and she refused to turn the monkey over to authorities.

The department did not say whether Carter will be returned to his owner.

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Indonesian police get residents high with marijuana bonfire

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 27, 2015 at 2:40 PM
WEST JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 27 (UPI) -- Police in Indonesia set fire to more than 3 tons of marijuana, inadvertently causing several witnesses and nearby residents to get high from the smoke.

Palmerah police set fire to 3.6 tons of marijuana in a field outside their West Jakarta office March 11, and several reporters and other witnesses reported dizziness and other effects associated with marijuana consumption.

Some residents living nearby the station reported the smoke wafted into their windows and caused intoxicating effects.

The police officers tending the fire wore protective masks.

A representative from Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency said the smoke inhalation would not lead to any long-term health problems.

Police also disposed of thousands of ecstasy pills and a large amount of crystal meth -- but they chose to blend those drugs rather than throw them on the fire.

Topics: Marijuana
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