Friday 31 October 2014

World news in brief: Dead croc found near golf course

Published 07/06/2014 | 02:30

A dead crocodile has been discovered next to Carnwath Golf Course
A dead crocodile has been discovered next to Carnwath Golf Course

A dead crocodile has been discovered next to a golf course, leaving animal welfare officers baffled as to how it got there.

Concerned passers-by contacted the Scottish SPCA to say they had spotted the reptile in a stream at Carnwath Golf Course, near Biggar in South Lanarkshire.

GRIFFITH, BANDERAS SPLIT

Melanie Griffith filed for divorce yesterday from Antonio Banderas, her husband of 18 years.

For years they were among Hollywood's hottest couples, with Banderas publicly supporting his wife's treatments for addiction and both supporting charitable causes.

Griffith cited irreconcilable differences in the court filing in Los Angeles yesterday. Corpse eaten by birds

An Indiana woman is under investigation after her husband's corpse was left in their home for more than nine months and fed on by birds, authorities said on Thursday.

Gerald Gavan Jr (89), whose body was found on May 3 on the living room floor of his house in Lafayette, Indiana, had been dead since at least last July 15, Tippecanoe County coroner Donna Avolt said.

RELUCTANT RETIREE (88)

At age 88, Edith Prague brought real-world experience to her job as commissioner of Connecticut's Department on Aging, but when urged by her doctor to consider cutting back her schedule, she reluctantly decided to retire.

Ms Prague, one of the state's oldest employees who is believed by state officials to be the nation's oldest commissioner on aging, on Thursday said this week would be her last at an agency she long fought for.

WHEELCHAIR FRAUD

A woman who claimed £140,000 (€172,000) in benefits by fraudulently saying she was wheelchair bound was caught after she was filmed water-skiing.

Janet Curtis (64) pleaded guilty to nine offences of dishonesty spanning more than a decade when she appeared at Ipswich Crown Court, Suffolk Coastal District Council said.

Irish Independent

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