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The New Hampshire attorney general is investigating two former Claremont officers

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has announced it is opening a criminal investigation into the conduct of two Claremont police officers.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said in a Wednesday evening news release that the probe stems from information provided earlier this month by Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase regarding officers Ian Kibbe and Mark Burch.

The investigation is exploring allegations the two officers “falsified documentation related to a search” that took place in late February, according to the release.

Neither officer currently is employed by the police department, Chase said in an email.

Read the full news release below.

Scottish officers have terrifying 45-minute standoff with vicious stuffed tiger

This is the best thing I’ve read in days.

A Scottish farmer called police in a panic after discovering what he believed to be an actual living tiger in his cow shed. Fearing for the lives of his pregnant cows, he begged for officers to respond.

“I thought it was a real emergency,” 24-year-old Bruce Grubb he told the Scottish Sun, according to the New York Post. “I had absolutely no doubt it was real. I got a hell of a scare.”

The officers weren’t super eager to come face to face with a hungry tiger, though: Grubb said the first officer to respond to the scene was so scared that he “refused to get out of the squad car.”

Can’t say I blame him, tbh.

Anyway, a bunch of people responded to the scene to try to wrangle the tiger. Officers even called a nearby wildlife park to see if it happened to be missing a large striped cat. (Spoiler: It wasn’t.)

Nearly an hour later, police determined the tiger actually was just a somewhat realistic-looking stuffed animal. Oops. I hate it when that happens.

They took it in stride, though: Police asked Grubb if they could keep the toy as their mascot.

The real mystery? No one knows how the stuffed tiger got in the shed. *Twilight Zone music theme song plays*

The Claremont Police Department will add a K-9 unit to its force in the spring

The Claremont Police Department will get a little bigger next year, thanks to a new grant that will add a K-9 officer to its patrols.

The department last had a K-9 unit some 14 years ago, according to Chief Mark Chase, and one before that, in the 1980s.

The grant will cover startup costs including the purchase of a dog and training with an officer, kennel facilities at the officer’s home and outfitting a cruiser for a K-9 unit.

The dog will train with Capt. Stephen Lee, according to Chase, and will be ready to head out on patrols in May.

Read more here.