An alleged bird thief, who of recent had reportedly been on a bird snatching spree, was killed in Sophia, Greater Georgetown on Tuesday morning when he allegedly attempted to snatch another bird.Dead: Shelton JordanTwenty-one-year-old Shelton Jordan, called “Mickey Mouse”, of West La Penitence, Georgetown, was reportedly killed at about 05:30h.Guyana Times was told that Jordan attempted to steal a bird on Dennis Street, Sophia but was unsuccessful.An argument reportedly ensued between him and the owner of the bird and Jordan reportedly stabbed the man to his hand. This resulted in a scuffle between the two.The robbery victim managed to disarm Jordan of the knife he was carrying, and stabbed him several times in the process.The 56-year-old man then proceeded to the Police station where he reported what transpired.Tiffany Lowers, the girlfriend of the now dead accused bird thief, was in a distraught state at the scene of the incident.According to the woman, Jordan left home at about midnight on Monday but never returned.“He left home at 12 last night (midnight Monday) to work… he had no problems with the Police before…we had been together for the last seven years,” the young woman cried.However, at the scene of the crime, several persons who had their birds stolen, alleged that Jordan was among a group of men who had been prowling the area and stealing birds.“We know this motorcycle,” one eyewitness relayed, adding “this same motorcycle pull up and grab two birds from that man there with that black hat, it was this boy (pointing to dead man) and another red skin boy,” the man revealed.Another person told this publication that he was sitting on his veranda one day attending to one of his birds when he noticed Jordan riding past on numerous occasions.The man’s body along with the motorcycle following the stabbing“I see he deh driving pass for about three times. I had my bird right in front of my yard up on a lamp post. He play like if he was about to pee but he grab the bird from the post and by the time I reach down he did already drive away,” the man explained.According to a resident in the area, a wildlife dealer, the stolen birds are expensive and are being sold to persons who smuggle them out of the country.“The birds are expensive, especially if it’s a racing bird but the birds are being stolen and sold back at a low value.”When this publication visited the dead man’s home, his family were not at home and were said to be at the Police station.The Police are continuing with their investigations.
VERO BEACH, Fla. – James Loney was talking, laughing and trying to be analytical after the daytime half of Wednesday’s Grapefruit League doubleheader, so there was no doubt he was alive. But the dark, orange circles ringing his irises made him look like one of the zombies from “Night of the Living Dead.” The Dodgers first-base prospect was wearing sunglass-tinted contact lenses, one of the latest innovations in optical wear. But even on a blindingly bright afternoon when the Dodgers fell 11-1 to the world champion St. Louis Cardinals before 4,525 at Holman Stadium, those uber-cool shades didn’t help Loney see any more clearly into his immediate future. “What I need to work on is (tracking) balls hit from that angle. When we take fly balls in practice, the guy hitting them is standing in the outfield with us. So one thing I want to start doing is having somebody hit me more fly balls from home plate,” said Loney, 22, the club’s first-round pick in the 2002 amateur draft. Ultimately, though, it might not matter. Loney’s spot on the team probably depends more than anything else on something far beyond his control – and far beyond anyplace his Grapefruit League statistics alone can carry him. After all, the first thing the Dodgers must have if they are to keep Loney is a roster spot to put him in. And that probably hinges on keeping only 11 pitchers, something the club likely will do because it won’t need a fifth starter until April 10. Saito returns Closer Takashi Saito, who has been limited in running but not in throwing by a strained right calf, made his spring debut, pitching a scoreless fifth inning. Loney had just played the entire game, going 3 for 3 with a walk to raise his spring average to .421 and his on-base percentage to .500. But he also had played the first five innings in right field, his first appearance there this spring but in no way his last, and he looked utterly lost in the process. Still, the ability to play multiple positions might end up being a deciding factor in whether Loney – the man who came to spring training perched more squarely on the proverbial bubble than any other Dodgers player – makes this club. Cutting remark Although he had previously said the camp roster probably wouldn’t be pared down until after the final split-squad on March 15, Dodgers manager Grady Little now says that first round of cuts might come later this week. “With 58 players, it’s going to get harder to get enough work for everyone,” Little said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!