Police officer captures wayward lamb, takes it home

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — The mystery lamb of the southern Illinois city of Fairview Heights has been captured. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the creature had appeared several times in a neighborhood north of Interstate 64. Police were called repeatedly. But each time, police Officer Ben Hester says it was “just like a ghost. Gone.” Earlier this week, residents cornered it in a fenced yard. Hester and another officer coaxed it into a shed, but the lamb bolted. Hester tackled it. And then he took it home to rural Madison County and will keep it if no one makes a claim. A sheep named Winston and a llama named Lewis welcome the new addition. If it’s female, Hester says he’ll name her Clarice, for the lead character in the movie, “The Silence of the Lambs.”