Catnap: Pet kitty left in Everglades

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Maybe Mr. Kibbles will know better the next time he’s looking for a litter box.

Christopher Cortes, 33, and wife, Iris Zuckerman, 33, were sentenced Thursday to 100 hours and 50 hours of community service, respectively, for snatching the black cat from their neighbor’s home and leaving him in the Everglades in February 2005.

Police said Cortes was upset the cat used the back of his new pickup truck as a litter box.

Cortes, a firefighter, and his wife had pleaded no contest to petty theft and declined comment after the hearing.

“That’s what they get for taking an innocent cat,” said the cat’s owner, 12-year-old Maggie Leonard.

Leonard said Mr. Kibbles made his way back to his home two weeks later.

Rowdy neighbor told to knock it off

LONDON (AP) – A retired businesswoman accused of vandalizing her neighbors’ property and blocking local roads with dead animals and dog feces was banned from engaging in anti-social behavior.

Jeanne Wilding, 57, is accused of clashing with at least 15 people and organizations in the idyllic rural hamlet of Bottomley.

Prosecutors said Wilding repeatedly played a loud choral work “about rape, pillage and the trashing of villages,” caused extensive damage to neighbors’ vehicles, beamed floodlights into a neighbor’s home and tipped oil over his driveway at night.

She also deposited dead animals, rubbish, dog feces, glass and nails on the road, they said.

Police: Camera helps nab thief

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ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) – While waiting for his friend to be booked on a drunken driving charge, a man picked up a gumball machine in the police department’s lobby and walked out the door with it, authorities said.

Adam Jewett, 21, was riding in Zachary Peek’s vehicle when they were stopped by an officer early Friday morning, police said.

A dispatcher watching the surveillance system saw Jewett carry away the gumball machine and told the officer processing Peek. Patrolman Stephen Dixon found Jewett in the parking lot with the gumball machine.

Jewett, of Rotterdam, was charged with larceny, police said. He and Peek, 21, from nearby Schenectady, were issued appearance tickets for town court.

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