Case closed, for now


The whereabouts of the infamous Johnston turkey remain a mystery, but Mayor Joseph Polisena and Police Chief Richard S. Tamburini have their guesses.

“I think either the bear got him or he went to the oven pan in the sky, because we haven’t heard or seen much about him,” Polisena said during a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. The mayor alluded to a bear sighting that took place in the area of Central Avenue back in late April, suggesting that may be how the turkey met its fate.

“He may be on someone’s table tomorrow,” he added.

Polisena said the Johnston Police Department hasn’t received a call to move the turkey out of the road for the past six to eight weeks. When asked if he had closed the turkey case, Police Chief Richard Tamburini said: “He’s in handcuffs, alongside a pot.”

Then somewhat more seriously, he added that there has been no report of the bird – or for that matter, any “fowl” play.

“Maybe it made it up with another turkey and they’re housekeeping in the woods,” he said.

Whether the turkey is waiting to be served during Thanksgiving dinner or not, Polisena claimed victory in a battle that has spanned years.

“He’s no longer a threat,” Polisena added with a few laughs.

(Text by Jacob Marrocco and John Howell/Sun Rise file photo)


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