WHOA Newsletter - January 19, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .She was dyeing to get there

Police: woman goes to hair appointment after crash

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – An elderly woman in Palm Beach County crashed with her vehicle into a man on a scooter and then kept driving to make her hair appointment, police said.

Louise Davidson, 77, was arrested Thursday for leaving the scene of an injury crash, Boynton Beach police said.

Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said the woman was turning right when she veered into the path of the oncoming scooter that had the right of way. The man was thrown by the impact onto the windshield and then fell to the road, she added.

Police said they later spotted the woman's car after she had her hair appointment.

Authorities said the man suffered abrasions all over his body but the injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Stalking by Texting is on the Rise - 01/17/09
The results of a new survey by the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics revealed that an unprecedented number of Americans have reported being stalked in recent years with stalking by texting on the rise.

Study Accused of Exaggerating Kids' Online Safety - 01/17/09
A report released last week by a task force set up by MySpace Inc. paints a surprisingly benign picture of the online security and privacy threats faced by children. But the report's conclusion -- that some of the common concerns about those threats may be overstated or misplaced -- is drawing sharp criticism from some quarters.

'Burger Off' Facebook Ad Dropped - 01/17/09
Burger King has pulled an internet campaign that gave Facebook users a free Whopper for every 10 friends they dumped.

Conficker Worm Attack Getting Worse: Here's How to Protect Yourself - 01/16/09
Millions of Windows computers have been infected by a new computer worm dubbed "Conficker." The situation is "not getting better," but rather is "getting worse," according to security software vendor F-Secure.

Cicero man arrested in blackmail scheme - 01/16/09
A Cicero man was arrested and charged with harassment through electronic communication after he sent an e-mail photo of his genitals to an Orland Park woman, then attempted to blackmail her into sending him a nude photo of herself, police said.

Pastor's lawyer disputes account of assault - 01/16/09
An attorney for a Yonkers minister charged with assault at a New Jersey school is disputing school officials' account of the circumstances leading up to the minister's arrest.

Facebook 'joke' becomes focus of school investigation - 01/16/09
Confrontations between students occurred face-to-face or through written notes and prank telephone calls two decades ago. Today, however, the harassment and bullying of peers occurs electronically, whether it be through instant messages delivered via MSN Messenger, Facebook, MySpace or text messages sent from cell phones.

Man reports threatening e-mail to police - 01/16/09
Police believe a Lorain man may not be the only one who received an e-mail warning the victim of a plot to kill him.

Cyberstalk Your Ex Like a Pro - 01/16/09
Hi, my name is Theresa, and I am a full-blown cyberstalking junkie.
If you have a Facebook profile, MySpace account or just access to the Internet, I bet you suffer from the same addiction. I embrace it and will help you develop your own habit.

Bremerton Teen Accused of Posting Nude Pics of Ex-Girlfriend on Web - 01/16/09
A 17-year-old Bremerton boy has been charged with cyberstalking, a gross misdemeanor, after his ex-girlfriend told police he posted nude photos of her on the Internet.

More Adults Have Profiles at Social-Networking Sites - 01/15/09
The percentage of adults using social-networking sites has risen dramatically in recent years, reports the Pew Internet and American Life Project. More than 35 percent of the adults the organization surveyed last year report having a profile at one or more social-network sites -- up from just eight percent in 2005.

More S.D. stalkers turning to technology - 01/15/09
Victims of stalking in South Dakota increasingly are being harassed via text messages and instant messaging, local law enforcement officials and state victims advocates say.

Judge dismisses spring break smut suit - 01/15/09
When Julie Amanda Tilton went to Daytona Beach during spring break, she competed in a number of risque contests at a local motel before hundreds of observers, some taking photos.
The Florida woman eventually filed a federal lawsuit after learning that footage of the contests had been posted on the Internet.

Demand for "best job in the world" crashes website - 01/14/09
The chance to be the caretaker of a tiny tropical island in Australia has sparked so much interest around the world that a rush of applications crashed the website advertising the post.

Cops: Alleged e-mail threat against Port Jeff trustee - 01/14/09
Suffolk police are investigating a Port Jefferson Village trustee's complaint that a business partner of the mayor sent a threatening e-mail to him and another trustee.

Former Tempe officer gets probation for computer tampering - 01/14/09
A former Tempe police officer who pleaded guilty to one count of attempted computer tampering was sentenced to three years of probation on Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court in Mesa.

NBA won’t punish Portland for Darius Miles related e-mail threat - 01/14/09
The Portland Trail Blazers will not be penalized or punished by the NBA for sending a threatening e-mail to other teams warning them not to sign Darius Miles.

Man arrested for sending harassing messages - 01/14/09
A Keithville man is in jail after he allegedly sent threatening and harassing messages to employees at a Shreveport television station.

Facebook post leads to arrest - 01/14/09
A SAFE burglar has been arrested after cops tracked him down on Facebook.
Police posted CCTV footage and snaps of the man trying to break into a pub's safe on Monday on the social networking website.

YouTube video of man blasting couch with rifle shown at weapons trial - 01/13/09
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