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Nov. 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

Suspected gang member arrested over tattoo

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Police in Minnesota said a suspected gang member was arrested over tattoo of a pig in a police uniform being shot.

Hennepin County prosecutors said Antonio Jenkins Jr. posted a picture on Facebook of a tattoo on his right bicep depicting a pig in the uniform of Minneapolis police Officer Jeffrey Seidel being shot through the head by a person, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday.

Jenkins, a suspected member of the Bloods street gang currently on probation for armed robbery, was arrested Thursday and charged with making a terroristic threat for the benefit of a gang.

"It's pretty crude and pretty direct. The officer works in the area. [Jenkins] sent it out on Facebook. That's a lot," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

Jenkins allegedly told police the pig was wearing Seidel's uniform because he was angry at the officer over an August 2011 event. The criminal complaint does not describe the incident.


Pig in Romney shirt dumped at GOP office

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Police in Manhattan Beach, Calif., said they were looking for whoever dumped a dead pig in a Mitt Romney T-shirt outside a Republican Party campaign office.

The pig was discovered outside of the office early Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

KABC-TV, Los Angeles, said the pig appeared to be pork from a butcher shop. Police disposed of it by throwing it in a trash receptacle.

Investigators were treating the case as a matter of illegal dumping of an animal carcass, the report said.


Turkish mayor sues Twitter followers

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The mayor of Ankara, Turkey, Melih Gokcek, said he has sued 600 of his Twitter followers because they insulted him on the website.

Gokcek, who has 367,995 followers on the microblogging site, said most of those who insulted him are in legal trouble, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday.

"It's me who tweets, not someone else in my place, and I sue those who insult me. There are about 600 people now that I've sued," Gokcek said.

"In the beginning we weren't able to catch them, with the speed of social media, but now we can. We caught approximately 80 percent of those who have insulted me. When you give their names and accounts to police, they find themselves in front of prosecutors. But if they apologize publicly, then I say they're young and forgive them," Gokcek said.


Chinese police find suspected fake wine

WENZHOU, China, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities said they have uncovered a stash of 10,000 bottles of suspected counterfeit wine that would be worth about $16 million if it was authentic.

Police in Wenzhou, south of Shanghai, said the bottles labeled Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, a popular wine with China's wealthy, were found in a house belonging to a man who said he thought the domicile had been unoccupied for nine years, the BBC reported Friday.

The Huffington Post reported police spoke to a man who had been seen caring for the dogs, but he told them he did not have contact information for his employer.

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