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STOLEN SNO-CAT

MINTURN, Colo. (AP) — “Yeee Haaa!” Authorities in Colorado are looking for a man suspected of stealing a Sno-Cat fitted out to look like the “General Lee,” the famous car featured in the classic television series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Co-owner John Brandenburg says the large, treaded snow vehicle was on a trailer outside a Minturn restaurant when someone hitched it up and drove away sometime Sunday. He immediately took to social media and got several responses from people who said they saw a pickup hauling it west on Interstate 70. Brandenburg says the thief covered the Sno-Cat in tarps, but the decal on the side door was still visible. KCNC-TV in Denver reports the Sno-Cat was tracked to a garage in the Grand Junction area. A SWAT team was deployed, but the suspect managed to get away.

NO VACANCY NO-NO

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after police say he slammed his truck into a security guard when a Las Cruces hotel told him it had no vacancies. KTSM-TV in El Paso reports Dal Iacofano was arrested last week following the alleged attack at Hotel Encanto. According to police, the 55-year-old Iacofano became enraged after he arrived at the hotel around 2 a.m. and was told no rooms were available. Police say Iacofano was escorted from the lobby and later hit a security guard with his truck. Authorities say Iacofano then hit two other parked cars. Police say they found a gun in Iacofano’s truck after he was arrested.

THINK INK

UNDATED (AP) — A tattoo shop has raised money for the Florida high school where 17 people died in a mass shooting by offering free tattoos in exchange for donations. Shop owner Chris Blinston said he and other artists began working extra hours at No Hard Feelings shortly after the February 14 shooting in nearby Parkland. They planned to carry out at least 350 free tattoos with a goal of raising 10,000 dollars to support victims. Designs included “MSD Strong” and “Never Again.” Blinston said the artists donated their time for the event.

SANDCASTLE-VANDALISM

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — Police say vandals have damaged an elaborate sandcastle located in Texas. South Padre Island police say they’re looking for four men in connection with the $24,000 in vandalism at the display in front of the South Padre Island Visitors Center. They think one of the suspects also climbed a flagpole and stole the South Padre Island flag. The sandcastle featured 2018 “Welcome” and “Happy Easter” greetings, along with stylish sand renderings of structures and animals.

OBIT-TUSKEGEE AIRMAN

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says Tuskegee Airman Floyd Carter Sr. has died at the age of 95. In addition to his service with the fabled Tuskegee Airmen, Carter spent 27 years with the NYPD. The Daily News says his duties there included guarding visiting heads of state. Carter rose to the rank of Air Force lieutenant colonel years after joining the group of African-American pilots at Tuskegee University. He met his wife Artherine there. She was working as part of an all-female repair crew.

PREGNANT DOG SHOT-RECOVERING

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A female dog is recovering after surviving two gunshot wounds in her abdomen and giving birth to a litter of eight puppies. The Lewiston Tribune reported Merida, a Rottweiler-chow mix, was found severely injured on Feb. 22 in a shed in horrid conditions near Spalding, Idaho. Members of the online nonprofit group Zeus’s Friends rescued them, but two of the puppies did not survive. Vets say they aren’t sure when the dog was shot, or if she was carrying the litter at the time of injury.

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