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July 21, 2011 at 6:00 AM
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Texas teen shoots 'chupacabra'

LA SALLE, Texas, July 21 (UPI) -- A Texas 13-year-old said he shot a strange animal outside of his home that he believes may be the legendary chupacabra.

Carter Pope, 13, said he saw the strange animal outside his La Salle home Sunday and he felled the creature with three shots from about 200 feet, KPRC-TV, Houston, reported Wednesday.

"It was gray, no hair at all. I thought that's a chupacabra," the teenager said, referring to the legendary creature purported to suck the blood of livestock.

Pope said he woke up his father to show him the kill.

"I thought I'm dreaming or this kid is crazy," father Will Pope said. "Probably a little bit of both."

Carter Pope said he is sending hair and skin samples for testing to get a positive identification of the creature.

Wildlife biologists said chupacabra sightings often turn out to be sick coyotes or other wild animals.

Thief is stealing hundred of street signs

NORTHBORO, Mass., July 21 (UPI) -- More than 100 street signs have disappeared in Northboro, Mass., police say.

With each sign costing $125 to replace, it will cost the town more than $15,000 to get the streets properly marked again, WBZ-TV, Boston, reported Tuesday.

The signs being stolen are older green signs and the federal government is mandating that the town put up larger, brighter, red signs.

Some of the new signs are up, though many more are needed; numerous busy streets do not have identification on them.

Residents say the problem is strange, and could be a safety concern.

"Absolutely, a nuisance," said Northboro resident Andrew Delcid. "Because really, we shouldn't be staring at our GPS' anyway when we're driving."

"There's a lot missing around the area and it's frustrating when you're trying to give somebody directions and they can't find the street signs that you're telling them to find," resident Chuck Silverman said in agreement.

Fortunately, emergency services in the area haven't been affected by the stolen signage, as they know their way around town.

The new signs are expected to arrive at the end of the summer and will then take weeks to put up.

Police: Hallucinating men called 911

BLOOMINGDALE, Ga., July 21 (UPI) -- Police in Georgia said two men who seemed to be hallucinating called 911 to report a home invasion and were arrested on suspicion of making methamphetamine.

Effingham County sheriff's deputies said they responded to a call about a home invasion at the Bloomingdale home at about 4 a.m. Tuesday and were greeted by Brian Johnson, 28, and Brian Austin, 25, who said they could hear people in their back bedroom, The Savannah (Ga.) Morning News reported Wednesday.

"They pointed out to the deputies outside where the 'suspects' were, climbing into a boat and getting away," sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said. "There was no one there, and deputies realized the two men were hallucinating."

"They were so high they called 911 on themselves," the spokesman said.

He said investigators discovered a meth lab at the residence and the men were arrested.

Austin, who was found to be carrying additional drugs on his person, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and crossing a guard line with a controlled substance.

Johnson was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit a drug related offense.

Investigators also arrested Sherry Horton, 32, and William Hendrix, 35, who were already under investigation. They were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

Firefighters lift horse from swimming pool

MELBOURNE, Fla., July 21 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Florida said they used a heavy duty wrecker and a makeshift sling to rescue a horse from a swimming pool.

Brevard County firefighters said residents of a Melbourne home called them at about 4 p.m. Tuesday and said the horse had made its way into the enclosed pool area at about 1:30 p.m. and backed into the pool when it became frightened, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Wednesday.

The residents said they called a local veterinarian and spent hours unsuccessfully trying to coax the horse out.

The firefighters said they removed a portion of the pool's enclosure and attached a makeshift sling to a wrecker designed to tow fire engines, lifting the horse to safety about 6:50 p.m.

The fire department said the horse did not appear to be injured but will be monitored by a veterinarian for 24 hours for "stress-related issues."

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