Friday, March 11, 2005

'Suspicious farmer set trap in his barn'

I'm bored. It's been a boring week in the world of rerun television and no new films are out that I have any desire to see. Ben and I rented Ginger Snaps and Maria Full of Grace last week. Friday Night Lights was still out! We have yet to watch them though. I'm slowly adjusting to my waking at 4:30 in the morning to accomodate our new work/car pooling schedule. Which meant I (eek!) fell asleep before "Alias" this week. Okay kiddies, for your Friday entertainment to cap off this week, is a true - I shit you not - article that ran in my hometown paper this week. Enjoy...

Arrest in sheep assault on farm
By ELIZABETH EVANS The York Dispatch

An alert farmer and the motion-detecting system he installed in his Paradise Township barn helped police catch a man they suspect sexually assaulted a sheep early yesterday.

Northern York County Regional Police Officer Pat Gartrell captured Bruce Charles Englar as he was walking out of Terry and Cindy Patterson's barn in the 600 block of Big Mount Road around 3 a.m.

Englar, 53, of 4658 Bentz Road, North Codorus Township, is charged with burglary, attempted intercourse with an animal, possessing an instrument of crime, criminal and agricultural trespass and loitering and prowling at night. He was released on $10,000 bail yesterday.

Examining the sheep: Police said charges against Englar will be upgraded if an examination of the animal confirms signs of sexual abuse.

"We're going to have a veterinarian go out and examine the sheep," she said. "We'll have to wait to see what the results show."

Smith said she sees "no reason" to euthanize the ewe.

Sounding the alarm: According to Englar's arrest affidavit, Terry Patterson told police he installed alarm and intercom systems in the barn because he suspected someone was sneaking inside at night and assaulting his sheep.

Early yesterday, the alarm sounded and Terry Patterson ran outside while his wife called 911.
The farmer looked in the barn window and saw Englar in a corner holding a sheep to the ground, belly up, police said.

Police said Gartrell arrested Englar as he was leaving the barn.

Englar was dressed all in black and had twine in his pocket, which matched twine found hanging in the barn, police said.

Englar told police he was just "petting" the animal, according to his affidavit. He then asked for a lawyer.

The Pattersons did not return a phone message seeking comment.

Smith said the number of reported cases of animals being sexually assaulted is low.

"But I think it happens more often than we know about."


At 10:41 PM, Blogger Darren said...

Liked Ginger Snaps. Loved its sequel.


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