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August 28, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A two-foot alligator was found - and captured - in Gloucester Township as residents cleaned up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene this afternoon. A resident of the Lakeview Apartments spotted the reptile underneath a bridge behind one of the complex's buildings by nearby lake. By the time police arrived, the resident caught the alligator and taped its mouth shut to keep it from biting anyone. The Department of Environmental Protection was notified, police said. Animal Control officers have taken the alligator into custody.
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August 29, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A two-foot alligator was found and captured in Gloucester Township as residents cleaned up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene on Sunday. A resident of the Lakeview Apartments on Lower Landing Road spotted the reptile under a bridge behind one of the apartment complex buildings near a lake. By the time police arrived, the resident had caught the alligator and taped its mouth shut to keep it from biting. The Department of Environmental Protection was notified, police said.
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October 5, 1988 | By Dorothy G. Wegard, Special to The Inquirer
Sioux trick rope dancing and alligator wresting are among the events scheduled this weekend when Native Americans from more than 40 tribes throughout North and South America gather at the Rankokus Indian Reservation in Westampton for the fifth annual Juried American Indian Arts Festival. "We're the largest arts festival this side of Sante Fe," said Chief Roy Crazy Horse, the leader of the Powhatan-Renape Nation. The festival is aimed at showing the public the contributions that Native Americans are making to the arts.
NEWS
May 31, 2011
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethlehem police say they captured a 3-foot-long alligator after a resident spotted it going over a waterfall. Police say the alligator hid in deep water beneath the falls in the Monocacy Creek several times before Officer Eric Yeakel captured it Sunday. A local reptile expert confirmed it was an alligator and took it to a reptile store for treatment. Bethlehem police are seeking the public's help in determining how it ended up in the creek. - AP
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August 19, 2012
SUNBURY, Pa. - State troopers in east-central Pennsylvania shot and killed a 5- to 6-foot-long alligator Friday at a reservoir. Police in Northumberland County say they were called to the Sunbury Reservoir in Upper Augusta Township on Friday morning after the alligator was sighted. Troopers said the Fish and Boat Commission declined to send anyone and said the animal should be disposed of if it posed a possible threat. Police said they also had no luck finding local animal handlers.
NEWS
August 2, 2007
BOYERTOWN, Pa. - Authorities have captured the second alligator in two weeks in a Douglass Township creek. "I have no idea where they are coming from," Harry D. Brown III, executive director of the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, said Tuesday. A woman jogging Tuesday afternoon spotted the three-foot alligator on a rock in Ironstone Creek, near where one was captured July 17, and called police. "I poked him a few times to get him to lift his head, and then I used a catch pole to put a line around his neck so he wouldn't get away," Brown said.
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August 14, 1995 | By Jere Downs, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At first, it looked like a log. Then the alligator flicked its tail. And for a family of four crossing the shallows of Wissahickon Creek, the lush surroundings of Fairmount Park seemed like a jungle. Except this was Philadelphia, and the father had a cellular phone. "I was sure it was some wackball playing a joke," said Cpl. David Eberle, who took the call. "Then I got down there, and I saw it move. " That was about 1 p.m. The family, who did not want to be identified, decided to take their picnic down the road, Eberle said.
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July 11, 2003 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia police yesterday morning collared an errant alligator that had been roaming the streets of Wynnefield unaccompanied. Answering a call shortly after 3 a.m. that a wandering reptile had been spotted near Bryn Mawr and Wynnefield Avenues, Officers Lisa Jones-Mahoney and Yolaina Washington stopped the young gator - weighing about 45 pounds and measuring about 2 1/2 feet long - and took it into custody. "Thank God it was 3 a.m. as opposed to broad daylight, when there were more people around," said Police Inspector William Colarulo, who did not say whether the animal appeared to be well-fed or hungry.
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July 26, 2011 | BY GLORIA CAMPISI, campisg@phillynews.com
UPDATE: Fox 29 reporter Chris O'Connell was attacked on live TV while reporting on a bizarre South Philadelphia hoarding incident on the "10 o'clock News. " His attacker was arrested at the scene. O'Connell sent out a message on his Twitter account Tuesday night saying that he was OK. "Thanks for all the thoughts on the incident tonight. Photog Dave Edwards and I are ok. Never a dull moment in TV news," he tweeted. A "menagerie" of animals, both living and dead, were being pulled from the house on Shunk Street near 7th, including a living alligator and a dead iguana.
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July 18, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
Jason Nark is a staff writer Bad news might send a text these days or still ask you if you're sitting down before it piles into your ears faster than you can hear. When my dad called me one afternoon last month, he sounded worried and the words he spoke - boiling water , really bad burn - were drowned out by the screaming I heard in the background. Thirty minutes later, I was driving to a hospital, telling my 9-year-old son to squeeze my right hand hard when it was too much while trying to explain it all to his mother.
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June 27, 2016
Alligator Candy By David Kushner Simon & Schuster. 256 pp. $26. Reviewed by Claudia Rowe Alligator Candy is a memoir of what happened to the Kushner family of Tampa, Fla., when 11-year-old Jon rode his bike through the woods to the candy store and never returned. The details are gruesome, but author David Kushner never wallows in them gratuitously. Neither does he shy from explaining exactly what happened as this knowledge unfolded for him - first, through the fuzzy lens of the 4-year-old he was, and then, much later, as an adult returning to testify at a parole hearing against one of his brother's killers.
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August 4, 2014
Humane-law officers investigating a Tioga man for failing to care for two dogs he left outside the Pennsylvania SPCA Friday discovered that he was illegally keeping two baby alligators in his home, the Pennsylvania SPCA reported Friday. Carl Tyler, 40, of the 3600 block of North 21st Street, allegedly dumped the flea-infested dogs outside the SPCA's shelter Wednesday. Officers were able to track the dogs to Tyler's house. Officers searched his house Friday night and discovered the alligators, which were confiscated and are expected to be transferred to a sanctuary next week.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Mighty Mike, America's largest alligator, is romping and stomping at the Adventure Aquarium through Sept. 2. Discovered in 2000 in Florida, Mike is 14 feet long and weighs over 800 pounds. Guests will learn about Mike's history, eating habits, and more. The alligator's baby hatchling friend will also be in attendance. Also at the aquarium, guests can get up close and personal with other reptiles including the tortoise, terrapins, and cornsnake. Alligator Mighty Mike through Sept.
NEWS
August 19, 2012
SUNBURY, Pa. - State troopers in east-central Pennsylvania shot and killed a 5- to 6-foot-long alligator Friday at a reservoir. Police in Northumberland County say they were called to the Sunbury Reservoir in Upper Augusta Township on Friday morning after the alligator was sighted. Troopers said the Fish and Boat Commission declined to send anyone and said the animal should be disposed of if it posed a possible threat. Police said they also had no luck finding local animal handlers.
NEWS
December 2, 2011
A fisherman reeled in an unusual catch Tuesday at a Gloucester County pond: a 26-inch American alligator. The gator, found at Franklinville Lake in Franklin Township, was turned over to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter. According to shelter director Bill Lombardi, the gator was likely dropped in the lake by someone who could no longer care for it. It was the second alligator found in South Jersey in six months. A two-foot gator was pulled from beneath a bridge near a lake in Gloucester Township.
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August 29, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
A two-foot alligator was found and captured in Gloucester Township as residents cleaned up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene on Sunday. A resident of the Lakeview Apartments on Lower Landing Road spotted the reptile under a bridge behind one of the apartment complex buildings near a lake. By the time police arrived, the resident had caught the alligator and taped its mouth shut to keep it from biting. The Department of Environmental Protection was notified, police said.
NEWS
August 28, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A two-foot alligator was found - and captured - in Gloucester Township as residents cleaned up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene this afternoon. A resident of the Lakeview Apartments spotted the reptile underneath a bridge behind one of the complex's buildings by nearby lake. By the time police arrived, the resident caught the alligator and taped its mouth shut to keep it from biting anyone. The Department of Environmental Protection was notified, police said. Animal Control officers have taken the alligator into custody.
NEWS
July 26, 2011 | BY GLORIA CAMPISI, campisg@phillynews.com
UPDATE: Fox 29 reporter Chris O'Connell was attacked on live TV while reporting on a bizarre South Philadelphia hoarding incident on the "10 o'clock News. " His attacker was arrested at the scene. O'Connell sent out a message on his Twitter account Tuesday night saying that he was OK. "Thanks for all the thoughts on the incident tonight. Photog Dave Edwards and I are ok. Never a dull moment in TV news," he tweeted. A "menagerie" of animals, both living and dead, were being pulled from the house on Shunk Street near 7th, including a living alligator and a dead iguana.
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