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Alligator bites off swimming teen’s arm in FL

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

MOORE HAVEN, FL (AP) — An alligator at least 10 feet long lunged at a teenager swimming in a river and bit off the teen’s right arm below the elbow, state wildlife officials said Tuesday.

Kaleb Langdale, 17, survived the encounter Monday in the Caloosahatchee River west of Lake Okeechobee. Wildlife officers who caught and killed the alligator retrieved the arm, but doctors were unable to reattach it.

“We found the alligator that was responsible,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said. “We were able to kill the alligator and dissect the alligator, remove the arm and transport the arm to the hospital to see if the doctors could reattach the limb.”

The alligator was 10 or 11 feet long, Pino said.

The teen was rushed to a Fort Myers hospital. His condition was not available early Tuesday.

His friends told Fort Myers television station WBBH (http://bit.ly/NljdlO ) that while the arm could not be reattached, Langdale was in good spirits.

The alligator went straight for Langdale as he was swimming, Matt Baker said.

“It came at him and he put his arm in the way instead of letting it get to his body. It took his arm and him under,” Baker said.

Another friend said Langdale popped out of the water shortly after being bitten.

“He was waving saying, ‘Call the paramedics! My arm is gone!'” Gary Beck said.

The Glades County area near Lake Okeechobee where Langdale was swimming is known to have several large alligators in it, Pino said.

Alligators are more active this time of year because it’s their mating season, which makes them more aggressive and inquisitive as they’re looking for food and for mates. Wildlife officers warn that alligators can call just about any body of water in Florida home.

“Anything that makes any splash in the water or any little commotion in the water may attract them to that particular location,” Pino said.

It’s rare for wild alligators to bite humans, though, Pino said.

“We have millions of people swimming in the state’s waterways and nothing happens,” he said.

Since 1948, 224 people have suffered major alligator bites, including 22 fatal bites, according to June 2011 conservation commission data.

Wildlife officials were investigating what caused the alligator to bit Langdale.

“We want to understand the dynamics of the bite and understand what happened — what the alligator was doing, what the young man was doing — to see if there’s anything we can learn from this,” Pino said.

Last month, an airboat captain was giving a tour in southwest Florida when a 9-foot alligator bit off his left hand. The Indiana family on the boat said the captain had hung a fish over the side of the boat and had his hand at the water’s surface when the alligator bit him.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Death investigation leads to marijuana discovery

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

A marijuana-growing operation was found in a home off Greenville Loop Road Monday

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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Man arrested for allegedly driving truck into bar, attacking man with machete

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man is in jail after Wilmington Police say he drove his car into a bar and attacked a man with a machete.

It happened just before 3 a.m. Sunday at 1015 S. Kerr Ave. Police say they found the front of the business smashed along with one man bleeding heavily from the head and another bleeding from the upper arm and torso.

Investigators say one of the men, Melvin Merardo Acevedo-Pineda, 32, had been drinking in the bar earlier in the evening. They say he left and came back, but was denied admittance because the bar was closed.

Police say Acevedo-Pineda got into his vehicle and intentionally drove through the front door of the business, then he backed up and parked. They say he got out and came in with a machete, hitting the Dennis Troches, 29, on the shoulder and stomach. Troches defended himself with a barstool, police say, hitting Acevedo-Pineda over the head. Bar staff held him until officers arrived.

EMS treated Troches for lacerations. They took Acevedo-Pineda to Cape Fear Hospital for treatment before being officers took him to jail, where he is being held on $100,000. Police also say Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on him.

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Hoggard principal takes job in Scotland County

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