LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – A murder suspect accused of killing his brother with an ax told investigators he actually attacked a goat, which was only later magically transformed into his sibling’s corpse, officials said.

The man, whose name was not released, offered police his explanation after being arrested Tuesday in the death of his brother the previous day at Isseluku village in southern Nigeria.

“He said that the goats were on his farm and he tried to chase them away. When one wouldn’t move, he attacked it with an ax. He said it then turned into his brother,” Police Commissioner Udom Ekpoudom told The Associated Press.

Murder suspects in Nigeria, where many people believe in black magic, sometimes claim spirits tricked them into killing.



MILFORD, Conn. (AP) – A man who claims he had a heart attack during a dispute over an ill-fitting hairpiece that did not match his hair color is suing the wig shop.

Paul Lewis said he suffered a heart attack after refusing to pay for a hairpiece that was not only the wrong size but also the wrong color. He is seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

Lewis sued in Superior Court after Paula’s Wig Boutique of Orange filed a small claims action seeking $1,200 in payment for the hairpiece.

Lewis claims he fell ill in December 2004 after Paula Wood, the owner of the wig shop, threatened to call police because he refused to pay, court records show.

Lewis told the Connecticut Post that Wood sold him the hairpiece in a darkened room and he didn’t realize it was the wrong color until later. He said he put a stop payment on a check he issued to the shop.

Wood said she has no idea why Lewis suffered a heart attack over the incident and added that he was so happy with the hairpiece when he left the shop that he “hugged me and thanked me.”

She added that her shop is brightly lit and Lewis left with the hairpiece during the day.



ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Aspen partygoers, beware.

Transportation officials have voted to hire a security firm to patrol the bus station and late-night buses on Fridays and Saturdays that commonly have to take drunken passengers home from Aspen.

The bus service on those nights has been inauspiciously dubbed the “Vomit Comet.”

“Due to people being pretty intoxicated, things can get out of hand every once in a while,” said Roaring Fork Transportation Authority CEO Dan Blankenship.

The transit authority must spend about $21,000 per year to deal with unruly drunks on buses, the transportation authority concluded Thursday.

Hiring guards should allow drivers and supervisors to concentrate on moving people instead of coping with “these crazies on the bus,” said Kent Blackmer, the authority’s co-director of operations.

For seven years, drivers have called police to handle people who could not care for themselves or posed a threat to drivers or other passengers.

But the agency has been dealing with an increasing number of people unable to walk, fighting and hassling other passengers or just plain passed out, Blackmer said.

Transportation authority board member Gary Tennenbaum said the presence of a security guard will help get riders to behave.

“I’ve been on the Vomit Comet before, and most of them aren’t true criminals,” he said. “They’re just drunk.”



WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – A 5-year-old boy took an unexpected ride when the car he was in was repossessed and driven to a car dealership, authorities said.

A 27-year old woman called police Friday morning to report that her car had been stolen from in front of her home, and that her son was inside the vehicle, said county police spokesman Cpl. Trinidad Navarro.

Navarro said the woman had strapped the child into his booster seat, then went back inside her home to make a phone call.

Believing that the 1997 Saturn most likely been repossessed, officers called the dealership, where an employee confirmed the repossession but did not know anything about the missing child.

The employee then walked outside and found the child crying in the back seat of the vehicle, Navarro said.

The 56-year old repo man was taken into custody but later transported to Christiana Hospital after complaining of chest pains. The man, whose name was not released, will not face charges, Navarro said.


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