JUDGE WEDS COUPLE THEN SENTENCES GROOM TO PRISON: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Talk about the old ball and chain.
A judge sentenced an Oklahoma man to four years in federal prison on a firearm charge — then minutes later performed a marriage ceremony to wed the new inmate and his longtime girlfriend.
Thursday was a busy day for Larry Austin and Dustie Trojack. First they obtained their marriage license, then Austin pleaded guilty to the firearm charge and was sentenced by Oklahoma County Judge Jerry Bass. Shortly afterward, Bass married the happy couple who kissed before federal authorities whisked Austin away.
Austin's attorney, Scott M. Anderson, tells The Oklahoman that Austin had helped to raise Trojack's two sons and he didn't want to lose contact with them while he was serving time.
INTRUDER TELLS COLORADO RESIDENT THAT GOD SENT HIM: FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Investigators are seeking information about a man who visited two homes in northern Colorado, telling residents he was sent by God to marry their daughters.
Larimer County sheriff's officials said Friday that a resident near Loveland reported hearing someone in his living room after going to bed Aug. 23 and found the man sitting on the couch. The man told the resident he had been sent by God to marry his daughter. The man was told to leave and went to a neighbor's house, where he was stopped in the driveway. The man told the neighbor the same story, but the neighbor said he didn't have a daughter. The man left after being told to leave.
Sheriff's officials said Friday they are following up on some leads.
CHICAGO LOOKING FOR GOATS TO GRAZE AT O'HARE: CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Department of Aviation is looking for a few good goats.
Chicago recently put out a bid for someone to supply goats to trim the grass at O'Hare International Airport. The bid also calls for a goat herder.
Amy Malick is the department's point person for sustainability, and she says the city is looking at a pilot program of 30 goats to eat grass and weeds in one, hard-to-mow area. She says the area is outside the security fence, so there's no danger of goats straying onto the runways.
Malick adds that the department also worries about pollution produced by mechanical mowers, so they're turning to the four-legged variety.
Atlanta recently started a similar effort, and San Francisco has been using goats for years.