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Man kills armadillo, but ricochet gunshot hits mother-in-law 

LEESBURG, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a south Georgia man shot an armadillo, but ended up accidentally wounding his mother-in-law when the bullet ricocheted off the mammal known for its hard shell.

Lee County Sheriff’s deputies tell WALB-TV that 54-year-old Larry McElroy fired his 9 mm pistol at the armadillo Sunday night.

Deputies say the bullet killed the armadillo, but bounced off the animal, hit a fence, traveled through the back door of the mother-in-law’s mobile home and the recliner in which she was sitting, striking her in the back.

McElroy’s 74-year-old mother-in-law, Carol Johnson, suffered injuries described as non-life-threatening. Lee County sheriff’s investigator Bill Smith said she was walking around and talking afterward.

Lee County Sherriff’s deputies say McElroy was about 100 yards away from the home when he shot the armadillo.


GOOD SAMARITAN’S CAR STOLEN AFTER SHE STOPS AT CRASH: SAN ANSELMO  (AP) — Police in Northern California have arrested a suspected car thief who stole the car of a woman who had stopped to help him after he crashed his car.

The Marin Independent Journal reports the woman told police she stopped at the crash scene to see if she could help. A man who was in the wrecked vehicle then jumped into the woman’s car and drove off.

Marin County sheriff’s Lt. Rudy Yamanoha say police spotted the stolen car hours later and gave chase until the driver lost control and crashed the stolen car.

The man ran off but Marin sheriff’s deputies and police from Fairfax, San Rafael, Central Marin and Ross all descended on the neighborhood to search for him.

A search dog found the suspect hiding in a San Anselmo neighborhood early Tuesday.


JURY HEARS RANCHER TELL POLICE SHE LET PIGS FEED ON BODIES: MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The jury in the murder trial of a southern Oregon woman has listened to a recording of her interview with police, in which she admits shooting two men and acknowledges that her pigs fed on the bodies.

Susan Monica went on trial Tuesday in Medford on charges she killed two handymen living on her pig ranch in a small Jackson County community and dismembered the bodies. The men died in separate years.

In opening statements, defense lawyer Garren Pedemonte said Monica shot the first victim in self-defense, and the second as a kind of mercy killing.

Police searched her pig ranch after Monica was discovered using a food stamps card belonging to one of the victims, and found remains of the two men.

Man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire gets arrested 

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police have arrested a man they say set his girlfriend on fire after an argument.

Authorities say 62-year-old John Turner was arrested Tuesday morning at a downtown shelter after a witness recognized him from an online posting about the case.

His girlfriend was walking through the parking lot of her apartment Sunday night when she ran into Turner and they argued. Turner is accusing of throwing an unidentified fluid on her before igniting it.

The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she was in critical condition with burns to her chest, face and arms.


MAN WHO WAS KICKED OUT OF FLORIDA BAR LIGHTS BOUNCER ON FIRE: PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Police say a man tossed gasoline on a bouncer and then lit him on fire after he was kicked out of a bar.

Port St. Lucie Police Sgt. Frank Sabol was quoted by Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers as saying that the man had been paying with bounced checks and was told on Sunday night he would have to pay with cash or a debit card. A short time later he was kicked out of Neely’s Grog House.

Sabol says the man returned with a cup of gasoline and threw it on the bouncer. The bouncer and his friend chased the man, and tackled him before the man lit the bouncer on fire and fled in a truck.

The bouncer was taken to the hospital with serious burns.