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Oct. 30, 2008 at 6:00 AM
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Authorities: Don't eat missing pigs

HURRICANE, W.Va., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Authorities in a West Virginia county are warning residents not to eat any wayward pigs they find after five medicated swine escaped from an overturned truck.

Frank Chapman of the Putnam County Office of Emergency Services said the pigs still missing after the Oct. 15 crash on Route 34 were "heavily medicated and could pose a health risk if found and slaughtered for their meat," the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

Chapman said he did not know exactly what medications the pigs had been given but antibiotics may have been among them.

"If they've been dosed recently, there could be a health risk," he told the Charleston Gazette. "We were just told by the company that they had been medicated."

He said 13 pigs were recovered near the scene of the crash and eight were killed in the incident, leaving five still unaccounted for, the Daily Mail reported.

"We've been told people have found them but we just wanted to make sure they or anyone else that might recover these pigs wait at least 30 to 45 days before slaughter to make sure the drugs are out of their systems," Chapman said.

Family of florists feud over alleged theft

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A New York woman and two of her children are suing another of her children, claiming he ruined the family's florist business by opening a competing shop.

The $3 million federal suit filed by Kathleen Gregorio and two of her children alleges her son, Sam, stole customer lists, floral supplies and even portfolio photographs from Gregorio's Florist to open a competing shop with a similar name, Sam T. Gregorio's Florist LLC, just down the street, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Charles Gregorio said he left the store in Sam's care while he took a three-week vacation during the summer. He said he returned to find the shop closed and the items missing.

"Within weeks, (Gregorio's) suffered a severe and unprecedented reduction in business and was forced to close its doors," the suit states.

"This action arises out of the heartless and underhanded actions of one brother, whose greed-driven, egregious breach of loyalty destroyed the florist business that had been owned and operated by his family for 84 years," the suit claims.

Feces confirmed in gelato

SYDNEY, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- An Australian hotel restaurant where a guest discovered feces in her gelato says its tests indicate the waste did not come from their gelato supply.

The New South Wales Food Authority announced Tuesday that the substance Jessica Whyte spit into her napkin while eating the dark chocolate gelato at the Coogee Bay Hotel in suburban Sydney tested positive for feces, the Sydney Daily Telegram reported Wednesday.

The authority said further tests will be conducted to determine whether the waste came from a human or an animal.

A spokeswoman for the hotel said the restaurant tested its tub of gelato and found no traces of feces, indicating it was added to the dessert during preparation or eating.

"The Coogee Bay Hotel has never disputed the substance the Whytes have held for three weeks could be fecal," the spokeswoman said. "The real question remains -- where did it come from?"

Whyte and her husband Stephen said they remain convinced the feces were planted in the dish by a Coogee Bay staff member.

The Whytes said they complained about the price of the food and the behavior of restaurant staff when they ate there early this month and were given the complimentary dessert.

General Manager Tony Williams said earlier he was "extremely suspicious" of the Whytes' claims.

Police say burglar left behind glove

FRANKLIN PARK, Ill., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Police in Franklin Park, Ill., say a burglar who stole from a gas station early Wednesday left behind one of his gloves.

Investigators said the suspect, who appears on security camera footage, took the cash register and 34 cartons of cigarettes from the Peacock Mobil gas station at about 3:40 a.m., the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

Officers said they received word that the gas station's burglar alarm was sounding and arrived to find a work glove with the name "Cain" written on it had apparently been left behind by the thief.

Police described the suspect recorded on the security camera as a bald white man between 5-foot-10 and 6 feet tall, weighing 200-230 pounds.

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