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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested three people during a drug operation in the Steele Creek area Wednesday afternoon, including one man who was wanted for murder in Pennsylvania.
Officers arrested Justin Cooke, Hakeem Grant and Naqueesha Carr after performing a drug operation at a hotel in the 7900 block of Nations Ford Road.
CMPD’s Vice and Gang Unit had been focusing their investigation on the hotels along the Nations Ford corridor where police had seen an increase in street-level drug sales.
Police said during the operation, a drug purchase was made from Grant and Carr and they were immediately arrested.
Police said Cooke locked himself in the room and refused to open the door. After police obtained a warrant, they were able to enter the room and arrest him.
Investigators said that Cooke gave them a fake name but police were able to determine his real identity and realized he was wanted in Pennsylvania for first-degree murder.
He was arrested and also charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sale of marijuana, delivery of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resist obstruct and delay and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of drug activity.
Police charged Grant with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, sell marijuana and deliver marijuana.
Carr was charged with two outstanding orders for arrest.
13 foot, 4 inches. 765 pounds. All caught on camera.
"He got close enough to where I guess he couldn't withstand the bait. Finally, it was just his night," Keith Kelley said.
For the past several months, Keith Kelley and Kelly Sziy have been scouting that particular gator -- who they nicknamed "Lumpy."
They caught him off guard shortly after sunrise in only 4 to 5 feet of St. Johns River water, near Jacksonville. Even more surprising -- the pair had just a rope, a few hooks and their strength.
"Put some leather gloves on and I told Kelly: we're going to have to get him by hand and that's all it is to it. Hang on," Kelly continued.
Four hours later, "Lumpy" was brought in and weighed. He was so heavy, he broke the scale. Specialists at the Alligator Farm say they don't see those kinds of catches very often.
"Usually when people say they've seen a large alligator, it's usually around 11 feet or so. So, 13 feet, close to 13 1/2 feet is definitely rare," Jim Barlington, curator of reptiles, said.
Ultimately, "Lumpy" was killed and used for processed meat. His head will be mounted on Kelley's wall. He says he's already looking ahead to the next big catch.
"I don't know if there's another one out there, but we'll definitely be looking."
Florida Fish and Wildlife is crunching the numbers right now, trying to figure out if this is the largest gator in the state to be killed by hand.
Alligator hunting season runs through November.Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:50:14 -0400
Imagine walking into your basement, only to find it crawling with garter snakes – and then realizing they've slithered into other parts of your home, as well.
Megan Lawrence told CBC: "They started finding more and more and then they were finding them in their kitchen and the bedrooms. ... in the cracks of the stone foundation, under the floor, under some boxes and other things."
That was Megan Lawrence from the Salthaven West Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre. She was called in to remove the 102 snakes from the home in Regina, Canada.
The Centre also kept track of how big the snakes were. The smallest was nine inches long, and the largest was about three feet.
It's believed the garter snakes were getting ready to hibernate for the winter and were looking for a place to stay warm. According to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, garter snakes hibernate from October through late April.
Garter snakes are considered to be the most common snake found in North America because they can survive in almost any climate.
This means it's not all too uncommon to find garter snakes inside your home, having come in through small gaps and cracks.
Since garter snakes don't really pose any threat to humans, they can easily be removed by anyone wearing gloves or with some sort of tonged instrument.
Snake expert Ray Poulin did tell those watching CBC to keep one thing in mind: "Snakes in general tend to go back to the same hibernation site every year. ... If they have found your basement and they have set up shop, they're going to want to come back year after year."
Sounds like that may be the time to fill in all those small gaps and cracks.Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:00:04 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories