WHOA Newsletter - March 9, 2009
Speeder found in stolen car with stolen items, dog
First of all, police said he was speeding. Second, the 18-year-old wasn't wearing a seat belt and was driving on a suspended license. But that was the least of his troubles. According to police, when the man was pulled over on Tuesday they found a marijuana cigarette. Then they found out the car he was driving was reported stolen. Then they found $27,000 worth of stolen goods in the car.
And when officers asked about the small dog on the front seat, the man could not tell them anything about it.
But a call to the veterinarian listed on the dog's tag led to its owner, who said the pet had been stolen during a home burglary.
Detectives were unsure if the suspect remained in jail Friday.
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Tennessee auctions off fortune of Internet scammer - 03/09/09
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Cyberspace bullying proliferates at colleges - 03/09/09
Bullying may seem like a grade school problem, but Ellen Kraft knows how the Internet has extended its reach.
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NYU law alum arrested - 03/08/09
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Friends Hope Teen's Death Warns Others Against 'Sexting' - 03/07/09
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Whiteface Mountain Harassment May Lead To Charges - 03/07/09
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Craigslist Stands Firm on 'Erotic Services' Ads - 03/06/09
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Grad student pleads guilty in Lamar e-mail threat - 03/06/09
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Woman receives year in jail for e-mail threats - 03/04/09
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Man arrested for Internet harassment of a Lyndhurst resident - 03/04/09
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Hefty fine for YouTube cannabis grower - 03/04/09
A dope who posted videos of his cannabis plant on YouTube - right under his real name, home town, and date of birth - was fined £275 yesterday.
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Judge Kicks Notorious Spammer off Facebook - 03/03/09
A federal judge in San Jose, California, has ordered convicted spammer Sanford Wallace to stay away from Facebook.
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