Someone's been putting sharks into a lake in central Texas.

Before anyone gets alarmed, the fish in question are three-foot-long Atlantic sharpnose sharks (search), which pose little threat to humans. They are, however, seriously out of their element.

On the night of Aug. 20, amateur fisherman Jet Smith dropped 10 jug lines — fishing lines trailing from free-floating buoys — into Medina Lake (search), a man-made body of water about 20 miles west of San Antonio.

The next morning, he pulled in one catfish — and something else.

"I walked up with that thing and [my wife] said, 'That sure is a skinny catfish,'" Smith told the San Antonio Express-News. "I said, 'It's not a catfish. It's a shark.'"

The shark had bitten down on the live perch Smith had baited the line with, but was dead by the time he brought it up.

"I've been fishing in this lake for eight years," Smith told the Bandera (Texas) Bulletin. "I've never seen anything like this. It was probably placed here."

On Monday, James Price pulled a second shark out of Medina Lake.

"It looked like a bull shark, and I know they can live in fresh water, but they shouldn't be in this lake," Price told WOAI-TV of San Antonio. It wasn't clear whether Price's shark was alive or dead.

Scott Nuñez of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (search), who identified the species of Smith's shark, doubted an Atlantic sharpnose shark would live long in fresh water.

Still, Nuñez admitted, "I'm continually amazed by nature."

— Thanks to Out There reader Dawn P.

Making Friends On the Job

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — A young man performing court-ordered community service in a cemetery has been charged with desecrating a Civil War-era tomb, pulling apart the skeleton, and posing for pictures with the skull and other bones.

"It's bizarre, absolutely bizarre," police Lt. Richard Siemasko said. "I can't even imagine what was in his head. This is just a whole new level of weird for me."

Neil J. Goodwin Jr., 19, of Salisbury, was working at the city's Old Hill Burying Ground (search) on Aug. 17 as part of his court-ordered community service for a burglary conviction.

Prosecutors said Goodwin, who was on probation for breaking into an apartment building last fall, kicked in the thin marble entrance to the tomb marked "1863 Pierce," and twisted off the decomposed corpse's spine, collarbone and skull.

Police said they got an anonymous tip on Saturday, and later received three photos of Goodwin holding the bones. Police would not say who took the pictures or identified Goodwin, but they do not expect to make more arrests.

Investigators found the skull in a hole about 15 feet from the tomb.

Goodwin was arraigned Wednesday in Newburyport District Court on charges of desecrating a corpse and breaking into a tomb, both felonies. He was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail and is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 22.

Siemasko said the city plans to hire a funeral home to piece the skeleton back together, so it can be replaced in its casket.

The crypt houses members of the Pierce family who died of tuberculosis between 1863 and 1899, including Civil War veteran Willard Balch Pierce.

Police had trouble identifying the dismembered corpse because vandals who ransacked the crypt decades ago stole the silver nameplates that accompany each body, Siemasko said.

— Thanks to Out There readers Shannon O. and Don W.

Pilots Forget to Lower Plane's Landing Gear

EASTMAN, Ga. (AP) — A twin-engine plane crash landed on its belly at the Eastman-Dodge airport after the two people on board forgot to put down the landing gear.

The Georgia Aviation Technical College (search) plane slid to a halt after scraping down the runway around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Eastman Fire Chief Carl Johnson said.

"They didn't know they had a problem until they touched down," Johnson said.

An intern flight instructor and his teacher were practicing single-engine landing and forgot to lower the landing gear, said Johnny Payne, public affairs director with the college.

No one was hurt in the incident. The plane received only minor damage, Johnson said.

Payne credited the intern's quick thinking when he noticed the landing gear was still up, saying the pilot kept the plane level and did not panic.

Personal Becomes Political in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand's prime minister is trying to ferret out a government minister who allegedly had a penis enlargement procedure, saying news of it is affecting the Cabinet's reputation, a news report said Wednesday.

"Who did it? Tell me," Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (search) told his ministers at Tuesday's Cabinet meeting, triggering a round of banter and causing some to squirm in their chairs, The Nation newspaper said.

Last week, a woman — being sued for defamation by a clinic after she claimed it gave her a face-disfiguring silicon injection — said a Cabinet member had received a penis-enlargement injection at the same clinic and urged him to come forward as a witness in her defense.

Calling on the official through reporters on the steps of Government House on Tuesday, the woman, Rawiwan Setharat, said, "The problem of my face is bigger than the problem of your penis."

"This has affected the reputation of the Cabinet, because the news went around the world. I don't want the people to think the Cabinet members are obsessed with this kind of thing," the newspaper quoted Thaksin as telling his ministers.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Agriculture Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan said no one had admitted to the enlargement procedure. Other ministers joked about various suggestions on how he could be identified.

Cops: Drunk Bulldozer Driver Tried to Run Us Over

THOMPSON, Ohio (AP) — A man was drunk when he tried to run down two law enforcement officers while driving a 10-ton bulldozer, authorities said.

William Armstrong, 52, refused to stop as his Caterpillar excavator rumbled toward a Geauga County sheriff's deputy and Thompson Township police chief who had parked in his path Monday night. He missed the retreating officers, but damaged a parked sheriff's car.

Officers eventually persuaded the Thompson Township man to stop the vehicle. Armstrong's blood-alcohol level was .244 percent, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08, according to sheriff's tests.

"I'm glad talking worked, because I don't know how else we would have stopped him," said Sheriff Dan McClelland.

Armstrong was jailed after pleading innocent Tuesday to two felony counts of assault on a law enforcement officer. His bulldozer was confiscated by the sheriff's office.

Llama On the Loose

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Anybody missing a llama? The Wyoming Department of Transportation (search) is trying to figure out what to do with a loose llama that's been hanging out near the Casper Events Center.

WyDOT spokesman Jim Nations said the llama usually stays in the right of way, occasionally getting up to graze. But it has, at times, wandered onto Interstate 25.

WyDOT employees tried to catch the llama, but without success. And both the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Casper's Metro Animal Control said they couldn't help catch the camelid "because it's not a big game animal, not livestock and not a domestic pet," Nations said.

"There's a loophole for the llama," he said.

Nations said he hoped the owner would contact WyDOT, or that someone would volunteer to adopt the llama.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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