2 live parrots found
in Elmo doll at border
It was a case of smuggle me Elmo at an Arizona border crossing July 1 when officers found two parrots hidden in a large stuffed version of the Sesame Street character.
The birds were found alive inside the plush doll after officials at the San Luis port of entry X-rayed the toy, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The birds are conures, medium-sized parrots that are native to South America.
Officers initially stopped a California couple because they were carrying a bag of mangos. It was only then they decided to inspect the Elmo doll.
The prohibited birds and fruit were seized under the Animal Health Protection Act and the Plant Protection Act.
The couple was fined $300 and released.
The seized birds was placed in a quarantine isolation crate and transferred to a federal bird-holding facility.
Train kills man, 25,
near 7th and Toole
A 25-year-old man was killed by a train downtown Wednesday night.
Tucson police were called about 9 p.m. to the area of North Seventh and East Toole avenues and found the man dead at the scene, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department.
When a death involving a train occurs at a crossing, TPD traffic detectives investigate, but because the death occurred elsewhere on railroad property, the investigation was left to Union Pacific, Widmer said.
Mark Davis, a spokesman for Union Pacific, said the investigation took less than 90 minutes, but he refused to provide any information about how the death occurred or release the name of the victim.