Parrot plucker runs afoul of the law again 

Somewhere a parrot is laughing — and flipping the bird.

A man with a history of drunken violence might be up to his old ways again, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said, after he was arrested Tuesday in Half Moon Bay.

Grady Powless, 54, was reportedly intoxicated and causing a disturbance inside the lobby of a business in the 200 block of South Cabrillo Highway about 1:30 p.m., police said. Powless was deemed unable to care for himself and held in custody until he was sober.

This is not Powless’ first run-in with the law, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Larry Schumaker said.

In May 2005, an intoxicated and aggressive Powless reportedly became upset and fought with one of his roommates, a double amputee who uses a walker. Powless threw a barbecue and flower pot at him, prosecutors said.

Another roommate, who was holding a pet parrot, tried to intervene and Powless threw the barbecue at him, prosecutors said, before grabbing the bird and plucking out its tail feathers.

Powless reportedly was about to stomp on the bird when one roommate tackled him and ran away with the parrot.
Powless served 132 days in jail and two years of probation.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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