BY THE COLUMBUS PACKET
Columbus Police were dispatched to the corner of 22nd Street and 10th Avenue South around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning after a frightened resident reported seeing a large snake on her porch. Police initially requested that an Animal Control Officer- who was on emergency standby- be called to the scene, but cancelled after arriving at the address to find the snake had been disposed of. Corrye Taylor told The Packet that her neighbor, Shaun “Crocodile Hunter” Brown, had bravely killed the snake and thrown it across 22nd Street South and into the grass. The deceased reptile appeared to be a common variety of garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) of about 20 inches in length. Brown, a local hero best known for battling the stray wildlife in the neighborhood, also ran off an intimidating bull frog from Taylor’s yard minutes before The Packet arrived on scene.
“It’s just what I do” Brown said.
(Taylor and Brown both said that they knew John “Con-Con” Easley, who died earlier that morning after a shooting on Highway 45. Brown said that Easley was just hanging out with his girlfriend around the corner on Bell Avenue the other day, while Taylor and some of her friends said they were going to make sure and get to church to pray for him. See the full story on the murder on page 8.-CK)