Tuesday 10/30

A Texas woman said her homeowner’s asso­ci­a­tion has ordered her
to take down the “fort” her 9-year-old son built in front of her
townhome.Ramona Aarsvold of Austin said Sum­mer­wood
Home­own­ers Asso­ci­a­tion board of direc­tors sent her a let­ter
Thurs­day giv­ing her 10 days to take down the small struc­ture her
son, Nicholas, built in the front yard. Stan Scheiber, the man­ag­ing agent for the town­homes, said the “fort,” made from sticks and fire­wood the boy and a friend found in some nearby woods, vio­lates the
association’s archi­tec­tural rules. Aarsvold said she is reluc­tant to
take down her son’s structure.“That would be the wrong thing to
do,” Aarsvold said. “I don’t want to pun­ish Nicholas’ cre­ativ­ity or
squelch his spirit.” “I will talk to my son because I want to stick with
him. I think he’s learned a les­son to stand up for some­thing when
peo­ple are being unrea­son­able,” she said.

A Col­orado pet store owner says a man who stole a $1,200 lizard
by hid­ing it under his shirt may not know the ani­mal is ven­omous.
Ron Beall, owner of Scales and Trails in Lake­wood, said secu­rity
cam­eras recorded a man enter­ing the store Fri­day and tak­ing
Grumpy the Gila mon­ster by hid­ing the rep­tile under his shirt,
KUSA-TV, Den­ver, reported Monday.Beall said Gila mon­sters are
ven­omous and the man could require hos­pi­tal­iza­tion if bit­ten. Beall
said he is hop­ing Grumpy will soon be returned because he is
being treated for a sick­ness that pre­vents him from eat­ing on his

A woman has been arrested for allegedly hit­ting a 10-year-old girl who refused to share ice cream with her daugh­ter. A 4 year old asked the older girl for her ice cream, and when she refused, tried to grab it. Police say the 10 year old then slapped her hand away. The older girl began walk­ing home but the mother of the 4 year old, Talysa Her­ron, approached and hit her in the face. She then fol­lowed her home in her car. The 10-year-old’s mother, Cyndi Lafontaine, con­fronted Her­ron but was her­self punched and beaten until police were called. Her­ron has been charged with injury to a child.

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