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The off-duty officer for the Suffolk County organization had been taking a walk on Long Island’s Overlook beach, according to the group. The officer called in a response team to rescue the 30-inch-long animal.

SPCA officials are asking for donations to help them care for the alligator until it can be taken to a sanctuary. They are also seeking information on who might have dumped the gator.

OREGON

2 persons die in float plane crash

PORTLAND — A small float plane crashed into the Willamette River in Oregon, killing two persons, including an accomplished flight instructor, authorities said.

David Howard Wiley, 80, a former National Seaplane Pilot of the Year, was one of two men who died shortly before noon Saturday when the vintage 1941 Taylorcraft float plane crashed just north of Willamette Falls.

The identity of the other man is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Witnesses said the two-passenger, single-engine plane took off from the river, rose about 75 feet, wobbled in the air and then began a steep turn to the left before the left wing broke off.

Clackamas County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Strovink said people who saw the crash told him the plane took off in an “unstable fashion.”

It was not clear whether Mr. Wiley, a certified instructor and mechanic who runs Wiley’s Seaplanes, was piloting the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

VERMONT

Row leaves village without police

NORTH TROY — This village is without a police department after both officers quit. Chief Lenny Zenonos says he resigned because of conflicts with two of the three village trustees.

He says the village’s part-time officer also resigned. Some have criticized Chief Zenonos for enforcing speeding laws. Many of the ticketed motorists were Canadians headed to the Jay Peak ski area.

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