Sheriff says dog seizure largest in Illinois history

Sunday, July 15, 2007

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. -- Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the seizure by his officers of 37 fighting dogs Friday in a southern Chicago suburb was the largest such raid in Illinois history. Dart also said the raid was the fourth largest in U.S. history, in terms of the number of dogs seized. When sheriff's police and Cook County Animal Control officers raided the soundproofed barn behind a home here, they also found all the signs of a sophisticated dogfighting operation, Dart said, including treadmills, strength-training equipment and drugs allegedly used to make the dogs stronger and more aggressive. "Each and every one of these dogs, it is clear, were fighting dogs," Dart said. "They were bred to be fighting dogs."

Property stolen from former Packers player

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Burglars who struck the home of former Green Bay Packer Frank Winters got away with his Super Bowl XXXI ring and a 1997 NFC Championship ring, along with several other items, police said. Winters, who also played briefly for the Kansas City Chiefs, told police that he found his garage door open when he returned home on July 5. He said the burglary happened sometime between June 30 and July 5. The thieves also took Winters' Jeep, a flat screen television, a fur coat and silverware. His total loss was estimated at $50,000. Winters has refused to comment in the case.

Illinois governor spends $600 on makeup artist

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich mistakenly paid a professional makeup artist who gussied him up for the annual budget speech $600 in state funds, his administration said Saturday. The money paid to Deborah Dee, a professional stylist from Crystal Lake, included payment for her travel and a lighting consultation prior to his annual State of the State speech and budget presentation on March 7, Blagojevich spokeswoman Abby Ottenhoff said. The Blagojevich administration discovered the billing mistake and has produced documents showing that money from his personal campaign fund was also used to pay Dee, Lee Enterprises newspapers reported Saturday. Ottenhoff said Dee has reimbursed the state for its $600 payment, but a spokeswoman for the Illinois comptroller's office said the state hasn't yet received the check, according to the published report.

New project launched to find Earhart remains

ATCHISON, Kan. -- The mystery of what happened to aviator Amelia Earhart has spawned several theories, books, movies and efforts to find the aviation pioneer's remains. Now, another group has set out to see if they can solve the 70-year-old puzzle. A 15-member expedition is on its way to the remote island of Nikumaroro, an atoll in the South Pacific, seeking evidence to prove their theory that Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, crashed on the island -- then called Gardner Island -- in 1937 as they tried to circle the globe. The expedition will look for skeletal remains and other clues. The trip coincides with the 110th anniversary of Earhart's birth in Atchison and the 70th anniversary of her disappearance.

Couple add miniature bull to their menagerie

GREEN GARDEN TOWNSHIP, Ill. -- Meet the Doolittles -- otherwise known as Bob and Nancy Miller. The couple has rescued many animals on their Green Garden Township property, They're the couple with six dogs, two cats, five horses and two birds, plus a miniature bull. Yes, bull. T-bone is a dark mahogany brindle bull with a red stripe down his back and a crown of two 5-inch horns. At 14 months, he's working his way up to his full size of about 34.5 inches tall and 400 pounds -- about 1,300 pounds lighter and 15 inches shorter at the shoulders than an average bull. Miniature bulls made their debut about 10 years ago and grew in popularity in 2004, Bob said. Now, they go for between $1,500 and $3,500. A farmer can raise four miniature bulls on what it normally takes to raise one regular bull.

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