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Old 07-22-03, 05:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tarantula sets off grass fire

Man arrested for lighting tarantula-fed fire

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) A Carlsbad man who burned a tarantula that crawled away and sparked a grass fire has been fined and sentenced to jail time.
Derrick Faulkner, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to improper handling of a fire in connection with the grass fire that occurred July 1 north of Carlsbad.

Magistrate Walter Parr fined Faulkner $500 and sentenced him to 180 days in jail with all but 10 days suspended.

Faulkner was caught trying to speed away, deputies said.

was trying to set a tarantula on fire when it crawled into the tall grass and started the fire.Parr agreed to suspend the fine if Faulkner earns his general education diploma within 60 days.

Eddy County Sheriff Kent Waller says deputies heard the fire call moments before they saw a black Dodge Intrepid speeding away from the fire. The car was stopped and deputies spoke to the four people inside, including Faulkner, Waller said.

According to a criminal complaint, Faulkner told deputies he was trying to set a tarantula on fire when it crawled into the tall grass and started the fire. He said he tried to put out the fire, but was unsuccessful, so he ran back to the car and he and the other occupants sped away. The complaint alleges Faulkner and the others did not call the fire department to report the fire, although two of the four people in the car had cellular phones.

The fire threatened a number of ranch structures in the area, the complaint states.

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Old 07-22-03, 09:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Disgusting. That's not New Mexico, right? Eh, people.
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Disgusting and dangerous. He could have hurt a lot of people and their property. Also, what about the tarantula? Sounds like he got in trouble for the fire but not cruelty to animals. NO living creature should ever be set on fire!!!
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gee 10 days in jail, what a punishment! Arson AND cruelty to animals. Looks like New Mexico is the place to be if you want to break the law.
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Old 07-22-03, 05:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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edwin are you from lubbock jw cuz i am
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Nope, I am in Ontario, Canada.
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Old 07-22-03, 11:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You gotta laugh though when hurting animals backfires on the jackasses who participate. You know kinda like how its funny to see a bull gore some dumb idiot for running in front of them or riding them. Same as this story, lights the spider on fire, almost causes a huge fire which could have burnt houses down.

Its kinda natures little way of saying "Oh? F me? No! F YOU human!"

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o ok i just thought you might be cuz you got if from lubbockonline.com and that is our nwes paper online
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