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Wednesday
Apr102013

Reward Offered in Drive-By Shooting of Circus Elephant

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TUPELO, Miss.) -- A total of over $20,000 is being offered as a reward in the drive-by shooting of a circus elephant.

Police Chief Tony Carleton said that a vehicle drove past Tupelo's Bancorp South Arena at about 2 a.m. and fired into the area. An elephant with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was hit in the shoulder while it was in an enclosure outside the arena. Police are currently investigating the incident.

According to USA Today, the reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible totals $21,250. That figure includes $10,000 from the circus, $5,000 each from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, $1,000 from Crime Stoppers of North Mississippi, and $250 from former 1st District U.S. Representative Travis Childers.

The elephant, named Carol, was one of several performing with the traveling circus. While a security guard at the arena was able to provide police with some information, the investigation has not yet garnered many leads, according to USA Today.

Because the elephant is an Asian elephant, an endangered species, the crime is considered a federal offense under the Endangered Species Act. USA Today reported that the circus flew in its own veterinarian to treat the the elephant, which will take several weeks. The elephant is expected to make a complete recovery. The circus will continue as scheduled.

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Friday
Jun152012

Hitchhiking Writer Shot Himself, Montana Cops Say

Thinkstock/Getty Images(VALLEY COUNTY, Mont.) -- A hitchhiker who claimed he was shot while researching a book on the kindness of strangers has admitted to police that he shot himself, authorities said Friday.

Ray Dolin, 39, admitted Thursday night shooting himself in the arm and making up the story about being shot by a stranger.

“Mr. Dolin made a full confession himself,” says Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier.  The sheriff says the district attorney is investigating the incident and says charges could be filed.

Dolin, who is from West Virginia, said he was writing a book about the kindness of strangers.

The aspiring author, who was making his way across the country allegedly doing research for his book, told police he was wounded in a drive-by shooting Saturday night while hitchhiking along a rural Montana highway. The report triggered a massive manhunt for the shooter.

Meier’s team began to canvas the area and eventually arrested Lloyd Christopher Danielson III, 52, who they believe was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time.

“I’m very glad my guys were able to apprehend the suspect,” Meier said at the time of the arrest.  Danielson, who’s bail was set at $100,000, was subsequently freed after a further examination of his vehicle and alibi.

“After Mr. Danielson was cleared of the wrongdoing, we moved the investigation into another direction,” the sheriff told ABC News.  Meier and his team then pressed the alleged victim who confessed soon after.

Meier says the hoax stretched his limited resources.

“I have no idea how much it cost us, but, it’s going to come to a lot of money,” he said.

Meier says there are a number of other crimes, such as a sexual assault, that his seven deputies could have been spending more time on. “My guys work their tails off and we really didn’t need something like this to happen,” he said.

Dolin wouldn’t have been the first author to drum up a storyline.  In 2006, James Frey’s best-selling memoir, “A Million Little Pieces,” about an alcoholic going through the recovery process was lambasted after an investigation by the investigative website the Smokinggun.com found most of his chronicle was false.

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