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Cat refuses to go for jog; man ticketed

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) — Police in Lafayette, Colo., have ticketed a man who is accused of tying his cat to a rock after the feline refused to go jogging.

Sgt. Fred Palmer says 19-year-old Seth Franco brought his cat on a leash to the path around Waneka Lake Park on Wednesday, but the cat was unable to keep up.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, witnesses told police that Franco secured the cat's leash to a rock while he finished his run. A passer-by called police.

Franco was ticketed on suspicion of “domestic animal cruel treatment,” a municipal offense.

Palmer says an ordinance in the city, about 20 miles north of Denver, “prohibits that kind of tethering.”

The cat wasn't injured, so it was released to its owner.

Franco could not immediately be reached for comment.

Witness sought in Valley jogger’s death

Detectives are looking for a witness who helped alert Spokane Valley authorities last month to an injured jogger who later died.

A motorist found retired pastor David W. Thorin, 71, at East Fourth Avenue and South Adams Road about 6:45 a.m. Sept. 18 with an “obvious head wound,” the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Medics described Thorin as “uncooperative and combative” and said he didn’t say how he’d been injured. He later died at a hospital.

Read my full story here.

Thorin is pictued above in July 2009 while volunteering at Spokane Valley Partners, a non-profit that runs the Valley Food Bank.

Police urge caution after jogger attacked

Coeur d’Alene police are warning women to take extra caution while exercising outdoors after a jogger said she was assaulted Sunday morning.

The 29-year-old woman was jogging on a dirt road in the 6700 block of N. Courcelles Way when a man pushed her down, then grabbed her left shoulder and head and turned her toward him, police announced today. The area is on the north side of Skyway Elementary School, north of the soccer field and east of a cluster of trees.

The woman stood up and hit the man several times. He ran away when a car approached, police said. The woman scrapped her knees and the palm of her hand.

The assailant is described as white, 20 to 30 years old, 6-foot-2 with an average build. He had short, dark brown hair was unshaven and wore a yellow shirt and red running shorts.

Police don’t know if the attack was sexually motivated but “due to the aggressiveness” of the attack, they’re urging women to take precaution.

Anyone with information on the attack is asked to call Coeur d’Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

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