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Thursday
Dec132012

Arrest Made After Oates Bites Hall's Face

Eerie County Sherriff(BERLIN, Ohio) -- Hall and Oates got into a bloody confrontation that ended with Hall getting bit in the face and Oates landing in jail, according to police.

Only, it wasn't that Hall and Oates.

Sherriff's deputies were called to the Berlin, Ohio, home of Scott Hall on Monday after he called 911 to report he had been bit above the eye by his angry neighbor, Roger Oates, 48.

"It was apparent [Hall] had been assaulted as he had a significant injury above his left eye," according to a police report.  "There was a significant cut to his left eyebrow region in the shape of a bite."

The arresting officer reported that "a chunk of [Hall's] skin had almost been completely bit off."

Police allege that Oates went to Hall's home in an effort to convince him to testify on his behalf at an upcoming trial in which Oates was accused of supplying alcohol to minors.  When Hall refused, Oates allegedly attacked him.

When police arrived at the scene, Oates was still there and needed to be shot with a Taser to be subdued.

Oates was charged with felony assault and resisting arrest.  In his mug shot, taken soon after his arrest, there still appears to be blood covering his lips.  It was unknown if he had already obtained a lawyer.

Hall was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The victim and his alleged face-biter share the names of '80s rock duo Daryl Hall and John Oates, who sang the 1982 hit "Maneater."

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Wednesday
Oct102012

'Mystery Monkey' on Lam After Biting Fla. Woman

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The elusive “Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay” is still on the loose after it bit a St. Petersburg, Fla., woman Monday.

The monkey, a wild rhesus macaque, has become a popular figure among locals in the Tampa Bay area. For several years, the monkey had been spotted hopping around and making itself at home in several Pasco and Pinellas County neighborhoods. The monkey even has a Facebook page, and has been mentioned on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report. Its avid fans can purchase T-shirts bearing its face on MysteryMonkeyofTampaBay.com’s website, which fills in details of the monkey’s life.

"The creature, native to southern Asia, has been shot several times by tranquilizer darts and has proved equally elusive in urban areas as in dense woodland. Seemingly unfazed by humans, it has been spotted several times relaxing beside people’s swimming pools,” says the website.

"Officials are not sure where the monkey came from, but a popular theory is that it became separated from a troop of wild monkeys in a state park around 118 miles north of its current stalking ground,” the site states. "The troop descended from animals originally imported to star in early Tarzan films.”

Until Monday, the monkey remained a harmless, fun-to-follow animal for Floridians. But that all changed when it bit a St. Petersburg woman several times as she sat outside her home.

“This monkey bit a woman. It was unprovoked. … This is typical of what happens when wildlife associates people with feeding,” Gary Morse, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told ABC News. “No matter how the feeding is done, direct or indirect, on purpose or inadvertent, the behavior and the results tend to be the same.”

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said in her report to wildlife officials that she was not feeding the monkey at the time, but apparently, her neighbors had fed it in the past.

“This is typical, although the animal might be perfectly fine around those that are feeding it, people really aren’t safe. Anyone in that domain of the animal is subject to have to deal with it in a very unpleasant way,” Morse said.

The woman said in her report that she was sitting outside with her back turned to the animal, unaware it was even nearby.

“Apparently, she’s sitting in the chair. The monkey came up and jumped on her, and she freaked, the monkey freaked.  I don’t think it was an attack so to speak, but they just scared the hell out of each other,” David Yates, a local wildlife trapper with Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc., said.

As of Wednesday morning, it was not known whether the woman had sustained any life-threatening diseases from the animal, but Morse warned of that  possibility.

“These animals have a variety of very serious and deadly diseases. There’s herpes, hepatitis, and there is no cure for these things. …  The concern over rabies isn’t that great, because there are effective treatments for it,” Morse explained.

Although wildlife officials had never reported any previous problems with the Mystery Monkey, Morse said its aggression was inevitable.

“Any time that you’re dealing with wildlife, never feed it. Never allow it to find food. Don’t leave your pet food outside. Don’t leave your trash accessible to animals. It invariably ends up causing problems,” said Morse. “We warned the public this would likely happen over time. …  It’s the same essential message.”

Yates and his team have set traps around the undisclosed neighborhood in an attempt to capture the monkey. However, if the traps fail or prove ineffective, they have to resort to dart guns.

“The monkey’s got to be stopped. Now that he’s bit, it’s over,” Yates said.

Morse and Yates emphasized that the public needs to stay away from the monkey and not disturb the traps they have placed on private property.

“We don’t want any disturbances in the neighborhood at all. There’s a trap in the area, but we don’t want media or even officers around it. Animals are very in tune with their surroundings. … We’re asking everyone to stay away from the area and allow the trap to work,” Morse said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar122012

Youth Basketball Coach Allegedly Bites Off Opponent's Ear

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) -- Move over, Mike Tyson. A youth basketball coach in Springfield, Mass., has been arraigned after allegedly biting off part of the ear of an opposing team's coach at a game last Friday night, reported ABC affiliate WGGB-TV.

Timothy Forbes, 34, an assistant coach of fifth- and sixth-grade teams at Springfield's Catholic Youth Organization, is accused of attacking the coach of the winning team after a game at Holy Name School in Springfield, police told WGGB. As the players were shaking hands following the game, Forbes allegedly attempted to kick the other team's coach, and tried to punch the man in the face, Hampden County Assistant District Attorney Marie Angers told WGGB.

The other coach has only been identified as a 34-year-old man.

"While they were wrestling, [Forbes] then bit his left ear and chunk of it came off, [and] the defendant then fled," said Angers.

The injured man was taken to Baystate Medical Center, and the portion of his ear that was bitten off was later reattached, reported WGGB.

Forbes eventually turned himself in at court in Hampden County, where he was arrested and charged with assault and battery, mayhem, disorderly conduct, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, police told WGGB. He is being held without bail until another hearing, scheduled for next Friday.

Forbes' attorney, Philip Lauro, told WGGB that his client had a clean record and "has dedicated his life to coaching his boys."

But Springfield police told a different story. They said Forbes was previously arrested in the Springfield area for several crimes, including kidnapping, assault and battery and destruction of property, according to WGGB.

Attempts to reach family members at Forbes' residence were unsuccessful. Forbes' attorney, Philip Lauro, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Anthony Cignoli, spokesman for the CYO Basketball League of Western Massachusetts, told WGGB that all referees and coaches for the league -- including assistant coaches like Forbes -- go through rigorous background checks.

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Monday
Dec062010

Is There a Vet On Board? Dog Bites Two on US Airways Flight

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- You can add dog bites to the list of things passengers and flight attendants have to contend with at 30,000 feet.

That was the case Monday morning onboard US Airways Flight 522, when a small dog described as a terrier traveling in the passenger cabin was let out of its carrier by its elderly owner. The dog promptly bit a passenger and a flight attendant. US Airways said the passenger was expressly told not to open the carrier door.

According to flight tracking website FlightAware.com, the plane was west of Pittsburgh when the pilot of the Airbus A319 decided to divert the Phoenix-bound plane to Pittsburgh International Airport because of the canine bites. A US Airways spokesperson described the diversion as precautionary and said the captain did not declare an emergency.

Upon landing in Pittsburgh the plane taxied to a US Airways gate, where it was met by law enforcement officials and the fire department. An airport spokesperson tells ABC News the dog, whose breed was not immediately known, and its owner were deplaned and interviewed before being released.

Once the dog and its owner were off the plane, the flight continued to Phoenix without them. JoAnn Jenny, a spokeswoman with the Pittsburgh International Airport, said the dog and its owner were later released to board another plane to Phoenix.

Airlines, including US Airways, United, and American Airlines, limit the number and type of pets allowed in cabins. Those banned from carry-on can travel in the belly of the plane, where kennels are placed in a special pressurized and temperature-controlled section. In the winter, airlines may require documentation certifying that your pet is acclimated to temperatures lower than 45 degrees.

As for dogs, cats and other pets in the cabin? Passengers are not supposed to let them out of their travel carriers during flight, according to US Airlines.

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