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Monday, November 02, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - November 2, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Stupid stupid stupid

Men accused of pawning stolen items for bail cash
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091030/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_pawn_for_bail
Two Bozeman men have been arrested on probation violations after police said they tried to pawn a truckload of stolen items to bail a friend out of jail. Helena Police Chief Troy McGee said the two 21-year-old men arrived at a pawn shop Saturday morning with about $20,000 worth of goods including bikes, televisions and tools.

The store's clerk was suspicious and called police. Officers questioned the men, who said they were trying to raise bail money for a friend. A check with Bozeman police produced no reports of burglaries matching the items.

The officers got the cell phone number from one of the men.

Less than an hour later, McGee said Bozeman police called to said they had started receiving theft reports.

Officers called the men and told them to turn themselves in. The men did and were arrested.

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Police called after online threat to Katie Price's horses - 11/02/09
http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2009/11/010.shtml
An online threat to horses belonging to Katie Price has seen the police get involved.
The threat was made on a discussion board and appeared centered around Price's relationship with Alex Reid, 34, a mixed martial arts cage-fighter.

No eternity with Marilyn as crypt auction fails again - 11/02/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091102/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_monroe
A second attempt to sell a crypt on top of Marilyn Monroe's final resting place has failed, with not a single bid received for the burial spot in a celebrity-filled Los Angeles cemetery.

Online threats require change in online ‘behaviour’ - 11/01/09
http://www.itwire.com/content/view/28966/53/
Americans, it seems, are getting the message that Internet safety and security is critical to their daily lives but many still need to employ safer cyber 'hygiene' and apply better ‘online behaviour’ to meet the threats of today that permeate the online environment.

Libel tourists flock to 'easy' UK courts - 11/01/09
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6898172.ece
An Icelandic professor has emerged as the latest victim of “libel tourism” in Britain after he was sued in the High Court by a wealthy compatriot for a posting on a website based in Iceland.

Woman who cried rape after sex with man she met online is jailed for nine months - 11/01/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1224454/Woman-cried-rape-sex-man-met-online-jailed-months.html
A woman who posted explicit photographs of herself on the web and then falsely claimed a man she met online had raped her has been jailed for nine months

E-mail threatens Cortez library staff - 11/01/09
http://durangoherald.com/sections/News/2009/11/01/Email_threatens_Cortez_library_staff/
A Montezuma County teen-ager will face criminal charges for threatening, via e-mail, to kill a Cortez librarian during a library fundraising event at the Cortez Journal office.
The 16-year-old boy sent the message Oct. 15 from a Cortez Public Library computer to a staff member at the library. The e-mail explained the youth's plan to murder the library's director, Joanie Howland, during Library Libations at the Journal.

Book pirates advance in £5bn war of the internet - 11/01/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/money/article-1224411/Book-pirates-5bn-war-internet.html#ixzz0ViEkVDBj
The stakes are high. On one side are the internet pirates who are offering digital copies of the latest bestsellers such as Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol for free. On the other are the authors and publishers who are determined to stop the £5 billion-a-year UK books market going the way of the music industry, which has seen revenues halve as a result of illegal downloads.

Mystery of Argleton, the 'Google' town that only exists online - 10/31/09
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/6474746/Mystery-of-Argleton-the-Google-town-that-only-exists-online.html
Argleton, a 'phantom town' in Lancashire that appears on Google Maps and online directories but doesn't actually exist, has puzzled internet experts.

NJ telemarketer admits role in big Internet scam - 10/30/09
http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20091030/ap_on_hi_te/us_telemarketing_scam
A former telemarketing company official admitted Friday that he scammed small businesses out of millions of dollars by duping them into paying for Internet services without their consent.

Cyber parenting and the law: Teen's text-threat conviction thrown out - 10/30/09
http://www.examiner.com/x-24604-Sacramento-Cyber-Safety-Examiner~y2009m10d30-Cyber-parenting-and-the-law-Teens-textthreat-conviction-thrown-out
According to the Sacramento Bee today, the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Sacramento threw out the text-threat and obscenity conviction of a Chico teen who was trying to get a rise out of his ex-girlfriend as he texted her threats to take a gun to school, kill a lot of people and then himself right in front of her. He had also been convicted of an obscenity charge stemming from words in a separate text to this ex-girlfriend.

Satanist uses MySpace to feed desire for teen girls - 10/30/09
http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,28348,26277933-5014239,00.html
A SATANIST obsessed with teenage schoolgirls invented a fake gothic society online to groom them for sex in the grounds of Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery.
Daniel William Peckham, 24, lured at least three girls, aged from 13 to 17, into the cemetery on his MySpace blog, "Rookwood Gothic Society".

Gang Initiation E-mail Hoax Spreads Fear - 10/29/09
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local-beat/Cops-Say-Gang-Initiation-Threats-a-Hoax-66972337.html
Kelene Bolden, of East Hartford, was surprised by the text message she got on Wednesday. It read, “Gang initiation starts today from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. They are planning to kill any female on the street. Pass the word.”

Sexting -- Your Kids May Be Doing It - 10/29/09
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-jon-lapook/sexting----your-kids-may_b_339149.html
According to a recent study, about one in five teenagers have electronically distributed provocative pictures of themselves that could land them in jail. A joint survey by Cosmogirl.com and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found that 19% of teenagers answered "yes" when asked if they had ever "sent a nude or semi-nude picture/video" of themselves to someone via email, cell phone, etc.

UConn Student Charged With Internet Threats In Stabbing Probe - 10/28/09
http://www.courant.com/sports/uconn-football/hc-uconn-arrest-1030.artoct30,0,281959.story
A University of Connecticut freshman from Wethersfield faces a host of charges in connection with comments he posted on Internet message boards that threatened potential witnesses to the slaying of UConn football player Jasper "Jazz" Howard, police said Thursday.

Facebook killing: First photo of suspect - 10/28/09
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2701399/Led-to-death-by-Facebook-sex-killer.html
THIS is the first picture of the sex offender charged with killing a teenage girl he met on Facebook.
Peter Chapman led cops to the body of Ashleigh Hall after he was arrested for minor motoring offences earlier this week.

Mom Accused Of Craigslist Revenge On 9-Year-Old - 10/28/09
http://wcbstv.com/local/craigslist.sex.revenge.2.1274309.html
A Long Island mother is accused of posting a sexually suggestive ad on Craigslist urging older men to call a little girl in a twisted case of alleged revenge.
Social worker Margery Tannenbaum, of Hauppauge, is facing aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child charges after allegedly giving sex-seeking men a 9-year old child's name phone number through the online posting.

Female teacher arrested over Japanese 'serial killings' - 10/28/09
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/6454817/Female-teacher-arrested-over-Japanese-serial-killings.html
A female Japanese teacher has been arrested on suspicion of defrauding and murdering a number of lonely men she met on the internet.
The woman, who has not been officially named, is accused of befriending her victims before persuading them to give her large amounts of money and then killing them.
Police believe a serial killer is responsible for the deaths of as many as six men, all disguised as suicides or accidents.

A fraudster called King Con, his claim to be the DPP and a string of women who fell for his charm - 10/27/09
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1223108/King-Swindlers-Paul-Bint-bars-posing-law-chief-attract-women.html#ixzz0ViCOfPGb
His many convincing charades have included spells as a hospital consultant, army officer, ballet dancer, earl and merchant banker.
Yet master conman Paul Bint excelled even his own standards by posing as the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC.

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