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Dog spots alligator; wrangler captures it

COLUMBUS — Witnesses said a reptile wrangler used his bare hands to capture a 4-foot alligator that an alert dog noticed outside an Ohio business.

Employee Jeff Colucy was with his Weimaraner in the parking lot of a Columbus company that makes office fixtures when the dog went on alert Wednesday morning, focused on the alligator hunkered down in a puddle.

Police brought in reptile wrangler Chris Law, who captured the gator by grabbing it at the tail with his bare hands. He said he didn’t have his usual reptile rescue gear because he was about to leave on vacation.

Mr. Law said people often buy alligators as pets, then dump them when the animals get too big. He picks up about 40 a year and turns them over to wildlife rescue groups.

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Army’s first black helicopter pilot dies

RENTON — A man from Washington state who became the Army’s first black helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War has died.

William H. Holloman, a Tuskegee airman in World War II who also served in Vietnam, was 85.

The Tuskegee Airmen association said Thursday that Mr. Holloman died Friday in Renton after suffering a heart attack. He was a St. Louis native who lived in Kent.

As an 18-year-old, Mr. Holloman entered the Army Air Corps and trained with the all-black program at the Tuskegee, Ala., Army Flying School.

The Tuskegee Airmen association said that after the war, Mr. Holloman worked as a commercial pilot but was recalled in 1966 to serve in Vietnam.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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