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May 18, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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Trawler nets Britain's largest-ever oyster

MARYFIELD, Scotland, May 18 (UPI) -- A trawler in Scotland's Shetland Islands has netted what experts say may be the largest oyster ever caught in Britain, an 8-inch, 2.2-pound specimen.

The trawler Fidelitas was 27 miles off the island of Bressay when it brought up the shell, the BBC reported.

Fidelitas skipper Mark Anderson brought the oyster to the University of the Highlands and Islands Marine Center, which documented its dimensions.

"Native oysters are relatively rare in Shetland waters and for one to be caught in a trawl is very unusual," Marine Center researcher Beth Leslie said. "This oyster was also found at around 120m (400 feet), which is much deeper than would be expected for this species. Although it is not possible to accurately age the shell, it is possible that this individual could have been living for decades."

The largest oyster ever recorded anywhere in the world was found in Chesapeake Bay in the United States, measuring almost 12 inches across.

Man hiding from girlfriend gets stuck

TYUMEN, Russia, May 18 (UPI) -- A man who had to be cut from a garbage chute in the Russian city of Tyumen told emergency workers he was hiding from his girlfriend.

The 32-year-old man said he was on the eighth floor of his building when he decided to disappear, RIA Novosti reported. He went into free fall before getting wedged in at the fifth-floor level of the garbage chute.

"An eyewitness reported to the regional rescue service that there was a man in the chute," said Elena Tretiyachenko, a spokeswoman for Emergency Response Services.

Tyumen is in western Siberia.

Name confusion means big payday

MAIDSTONE, England, May 18 (UPI) -- A maintenance man mistakenly paid thousands of pounds that should have gone to the head of the Kent County Council has left England, officials say.

Paul Carter, the blue-collar worker, received 21,000 pounds ($33,000) during seven months in 2007 and 2008, Kent Online reported. The money was intended as expenses for Paul Carter, a member of the county council.

In April 2008, when the councilman noticed he was overdrawn at the bank, the mix-up was uncovered. The council began collecting the overage from the other Carter in monthly deductions equal to almost half his net pay.

Somewhere along the line, maintenance man Carter decided to quit. Officials say they are still trying to collect the money.

"Unfortunately Mr. Carter left the country and we have been unable to trace him," the council said in a statement. "We will still continue to re-establish full recovery of this debt if possible."

Women seeking illegal alcohol text trooper

BETHEL, Alaska, May 18 (UPI) -- Two women face possible charges after they accidentally texted a state trooper asking for help buying illegal alcohol in Bethel, Alaska, police said.

Alcohol sales are banned in Bethel without a special permit and no has been issued a permit yet, the Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday.

Megan Peters, a state police spokeswoman, said off-duty Trooper Mike Ingram began receiving text messages shortly after midnight Wednesday morning seeking to purchase alcohol and he arranged to meet the sender at a location in Bethel, KTUU-TV, Anchorage, reported Thursday.

The trooper was in uniform when he apprehended the 28-year-old sender of the text messages and a 32-year-old woman who allegedly came along to purchase the alcohol. The women face misdemeanor charges for trying to buy alcohol without the proper permit for alcoholic beverages.

The woman's names were not released by police because the charges are still pending, police said.

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