LOS ANGELES (AP) – Reptile wranglers searching for an alligator let loose in a southern California lake have given up the hunt – at least for now.

The alligator was spotted Aug. 12 in Harbor City’s Lake Machado, and since then hundreds of visitors have flocked to the South Los Angeles park for a glimpse.

However, the reptile has not been seen since Aug. 21.

“We are considering this halftime,” Tim Williams, a 30-year gator handler from Florida, said Friday when the search was called off. “He’s won the first half.”

Two men, one a Los Angeles officer, were arrested this past week for conspiring to release the alligator in the 56-acre lake.

Police: Son killed doctor in home

WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) – An emergency room doctor was fatally beaten inside a Long Island home by his son, who was arrested after the father’s body was discovered 60 miles away Saturday in a wooded area of Westchester County, Nassau County police said.

The body of Joseph Kazigo, 67, of Somers, was found by county and state police in the woods alongside the Muscoot Reservoir in Lewisboro, police said. Kazigo and his wife lived in Westchester County, and he rented a room in Westbury to cut down his commute during the work week.

Police arrested Mulumba Kazigo, 26, of Lincolnville, who was taken into custody after an interview with homicide investigators, police said. Once his father’s body was recovered, Kazigo was charged with second-degree murder.

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