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POSTED October 5, 2012 9:19 p.m.

POLICE: CALL FROM 'BURGLAR' ACTUALLY CAME FROM DOG: OREM, Utah (AP) — Police in Orem, Utah, say a man who thought he was getting a call from a burglar had actually gotten a call from his dog.

Authorities in the community south of Salt Lake City say the man alerted police Wednesday after he received a phone call from his home phone on his cellphone. Officials say the man heard banging and scratching noises on the line and figured it was an intruder.

Police went to the man's home but didn't find anything missing or broken.

The man later called officers and told them he figured out the mystery. He said his dog had grabbed the home phone's receiver and apparently hit the redial button while burying it in the backyard.

4TH ALLIGATOR DISCOVERED ROAMING LONG ISLAND: MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — There's a gator glut on Long Island.

Newsday says the fourth alligator discovered in a week has found a new home at a Riverhead aquarium.

The most recently publicized stray was found Monday at a Wading River golf course on eastern Long Island.

Other alligators were found on successive days about 55 miles west, near a Baldwin supermarket.

The spate of gators started a week ago in Mastic.

Experts believe people may be disposing of the 2½-foot-long beasts when they start to become unmanageable.

The week's gator-wrangling total comes to five if you include New York City. Police removed a pet alligator from a Brooklyn home on Monday.

The Suffolk County SPCA warns that exotic animals make bad companions. They may pose serious health risks.

BOY, 7, REUNITED WITH PRIZE-WINNING PUMPKIN: CATAWISSA, Pa. (AP) — A 7-year-old eastern Pennsylvania boy has been reunited with his prize-winning pumpkin.

Troy Mead didn't expect to see the 66-pound pumpkin again after Bloomsburg Fair officials tossed it when his family missed a pickup deadline.

After an article about the missing pumpkin in the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise on Wednesday, a fair worker called the paper to say she had found it near a trash can and took it home so the gourd didn't go to waste.

She said she wanted to return the great pumpkin to its rightful owner.

It's now greeting visitors on the Mead family's front porch in Catawissa.

Troy says he'll be drying out and saving the seeds to plant next year, in hopes he can grow another giant.

CRICKETS, WORMS ON MENU FOR PHILLY MUSEUM EVENT: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When a natural history museum throws a party, it figures that some unusual food might end up on the menu.

Interested in noshing on crickets, worms and farm-raised python? The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia has an event for you.

It's hosting an adults-only cocktail party on Oct. 27 called "Cuisine From the Collections."

While many of the living plants and animals represented in the museum's 18 million research specimens already are food for other species, most aren't your typical kitchen staples.

Other menu items will include seaweed, buffalo and rabbit. The food is by the museum's caterer and chefs and students from Drexel University's Goodwin College of Professional Studies.

Tickets are $100 for nonmembers. Proceeds benefit the 200-year-old institution's mission of scientific research and exploration.

WESTERN PA. JUDGE SETS EXAMPLE BY DOING JURY DUTY: EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge spent the day in the county courthouse — but not in her usual seat.

Instead, Cambria County Judge Linda Fleming sat among 119 other people who reported for jury duty Thursday at the courthouse about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Fleming says she felt it was important to serve and not use her position as an excuse to get out of jury duty. Potential jurors watch an orientation video in which Fleming and four other judges explain the process. Fleming says a woman sitting next to her didn't recognize her in the video.

Fleming was picked for a 36-member panel assigned to a criminal case. But she wasn't seated as one of the case's12 jurors after an attorney objected.

Fleming says she declined the $9 each juror is paid for the day.

 

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