Arrow removed from duck's neck
A duck shot in the neck with an arrow was rescued from a St. Petersburg pond and, after surgery, is expected to recover, Pinellas County Animal Services said.
The duck had been spotted with the arrow several times during the past few weeks. On Thursday, representatives from Animal Services and Bradenton's Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center found the bird and took it in for veterinary care.
X-rays were taken with the help of St. Petersburg College's Veterinary Tech Center. The college is in a collaborative partnership with Animal Services.
Caroline Thomas, Animal Services' director of veterinary services, removed the arrow Friday.
"While the injury was quite severe and the surgery was complicated, I feel comfortable that the duck will make a full recovery," Thomas said in an announcement from the agency.
The duck, named Quackers by agency volunteers and staff, was expected to be moved to Loving Care Animal Hospital in Largo after its condition stabilizes.
Officials don't know who shot the duck.
Couple accused of running methamphetamine labs
A couple suspected of running a Palm Harbor meth lab in April were arrested Tuesday after being found running another one, Pinellas County deputies said.
Shiloh Sladon, 36, and Pamela Therrien, 41, both of 2680 Peterborough Court, have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine. They were taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
On April 9, deputies responded to a domestic violence call at the home Sladon and Therrien shared after he was accused of throwing chemicals at her and becoming violent. While at the scene, deputies discovered chemicals and suspected a meth lab was being operated.
Sladon was arrested on charges of domestic violence by strangulation.
A sample of the chemicals was sent to a lab for testing and recently returned positive for methamphetamine, deputies said.
Shortly after noon Tuesday, deputies returned to the home to arrest Sladon and Therrien and found what they described as an active methamphetamine lab in a back room.
St. Petersburg man pleads guilty to loan fraud
A St. Petersburg man faces a maximum penalty of 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to student loan fraud charges on Tuesday.
According to the plea agreement, James Isaac Boyd, 40, and his wife, Shaneva Boyd, formed Graduate Assistance and Consolidations, a corporation that helped students who didn't have high school or equivalency diplomas to fraudulently enroll at St. Petersburg College.
According to court records, the Boyds fraudulently applied for federal student financial aid, providing false information on the applications and receiving dozens of financial aid checks for various individuals that were mailed to addresses associated with GAC.
Records show Boyd either received a percentage paid to the individuals or falsely endorsed the checks without the individuals' knowledge and deposited the money into his own bank accounts.
The fraudulent financial aid totaled more than $400,000, records show.
Boyd was charged with conspiracy to commit student loan fraud, committing student loan fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Shaneva Boyd pleaded guilty in August and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 6.
From staff reports