Charges laid in Home Depot monkey attacks

LINVILLE, N.C. ― Police in a deed-restricted community arrested a Florida woman whose pet spider monkey had reportedly wounded a Home Depot employee in May. Tina Ballard is charged with the felony of tampering with evidence, as prosecutors believe that she transported the monkey across state lines to hide the animal from authorities. Ballard was facing a range of wildlife contraventions after two workers at her local Home Depot complained of attacks on separate occasions.