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April 17, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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Police: Woman sold jewelry, faked robbery

BALLWIN, Mo., April 17 (UPI) -- Police in Missouri said they arrested a woman accused of selling her mother's jewelry to a scrap dealer and concocting a false story about a robbery.

Investigators said Brittany Rae Harper told police April 4 she had returned from walking her dog to find a white male in the Ballwin home she shares with her mother and the intruder held her on the ground before fleeing with another unseen intruder with $4,900 worth of jewelry and cash, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday.

However, investigators soon discovered the jewelry had been sold to a local scrap dealer. The dealer gave police a picture of Harper's driver's license, which he said she had provided when she allegedly brought him the valuables.

Police said they interrogated Harper and she admitted to selling the jewelry to give the money to her boyfriend, who lives out of state. She was arrested Thursday and charged with filing a false police report.

Firefighters rescue kitten from pipe

WEST PARK, Fla., April 17 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Florida said they cut through a section of fence pipe anchored in concrete to rescue a trapped newborn kitten.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue said Engine #27 responded when some children heard meowing coming from a section of fence pipe on the ground on Southwest 37 Terrace in West Park and the firefighters pinpointed the sound to a section of the 12-foot pipe anchored in concrete, WPLG-TV, Miami, reported Monday.

Firefighters said they cut through the pipe and freed the kitten, which appeared to be only a few hours old. They fed the kitten milk from a syringe and took it to the Humane Society of Broward County.

Three Chinese names make Top 10 in Milan

MILAN, Italy, April 17 (UPI) -- Officials in the Italian city of Milan say the 10 most common surnames in the area include three Chinese names.

The officials said the latest residence registry revealed Hu to be the second most popular surname in the city, with 3,694 people sharing the moniker, behind Rossi, which is shared by 4,379 residents, ANSA reported Monday.

The other two Chinese names on the list were Chen at No. 8 with 1,625 residents and Zhou at 10th with 1,439 residents, the Italian news agency said.

Officials said the city's Chinese community, estimated at about 20,000, is believed to be the city's third-largest immigrant group behind Filipinos and Egyptians.

Man attacked while drinking in yard

BRADENTON, Fla., April 17 (UPI) -- Florida police said a man with a 2-inch wound on his forehead told them he was struck by someone wielding a blunt object while he drinking alone in his yard.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said the 31-year-old man told deputies he was drinking alone in his back yard around 4 a.m. Monday when someone attacked him from behind, the Bradenton (Fla.) Herald reported Monday.

The victim said he turned around and was struck in the head with a blunt object, which left a 2-inch gash requiring stitches.

The attacker searched the man's pockets for money but ended up leaving empty-handed, investigators said.

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