WHO@ Newsletter - January 25, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .I guess he was trying to improve his skills

Alleged car thief found playing 'Grand Theft Auto'

Sheriff's deputies in central Florida found a suspected car thief playing the "Grand Theft Auto" video game, and they later charged him with just that.

Polk County deputies investigating the theft of a 1998 Dodge Durango arrested 30-year-old Michael Ray Ekes on Thursday. They found the SUV outside a Haines City home. Ekes was inside in the house, playing the popular video game.

Ekes was charged with grand theft auto, burglary and drug possession. At the time of his arrest, he was out of jail on bond for another grand theft auto charge.

According to Polk County jail records, Ekes remained in custody Friday. Bond had not been set and no attorney was listed.

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Happy Days' Scott Baio Calls In FBI Over Online 'Threats' - 01/25/10
Former Happy Days star Scott Baio has called in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (fbi) after he allegedly received a series of online threats.

School criticised for 'party' with bullies after student's suicide - 01/25/10
THE education department has defended a group ''debriefing'' session that brought together school students accused of bullying a 14-year-old boy who later committed suicide with children who had blamed them for his death.

Russian Blogger Harassed For Marrying Chinese - 01/24/10
The common notion that the Internet empowers those with democratic and liberal values is occasionally challenged by stories coming out of Russian online communities.

Schooboy arrested on suspicion of blackmail after an email threat to kill a teacher - 01/23/10
Police arrested a schoolboy on suspicion of blackmail after an email threat to kill a teacher if a ransom of £30,000 wasn't paid.

Safety should trump style for plugged-in youth - 01/22/10
From the “not really beef” quesadillas served at South Dining Hall to watching Snooki on “Jersey Shore” hit the dance floor after one too many, the term “cringe-worthy” comes to mind. Nothing is quite as cringe-worthy as the increasing number of my family members joining the Facebook community.

Social Networking: A Workplace Policy - 01/22/10
The first part of this article addressed issues surrounding the effect of the internet on hiring and firing in the 21st Century.This article discusses the laws that impact social networking in the workplace and provides guidance on developing a social networking and blogging policy.

Nurse suspended after operation pictures posted on Facebook - 01/22/10
A hospital worker has been suspended after photos of patients having operations were posted on Facebook.

Cybercrime: Time to face up to responsibilities - 01/21/10
Cybercriminals will only fear the long arm of the law if governments, businesses and the public face up to responsibilities and work together on a co-ordinated response, says Simon Lavin.

Rising cybercrime rattles social networking world - 01/21/10
The steady growth of Cybercrime, or crimes committed through the Internet, had an adverse effect among users of social networking sites particularly on the confidence and trust issues.

Father: 'Her future can be ruined' - 01/2/10
A father of one of the four students arrested for alleged online threats to burn down or blow up Belleville High School is defending his child. In an e-mail to the Times, the parent, who asked not to be identified, states, "I just want to say these kids would never have done this. They are young, stupid kids who were just chatting and saying something that they never thought would make the mess it did."

Sexting's Pervasiveness, Dangers Detailed As Police, Lawyers Offer Ways To Shield Students - 01/20/10
As if booze, drugs and tell-all Facebook profiles weren't sufficiently alarming, parents should now add "sexting" to their well of worries.
That was part of the message Wednesday night at a district-sponsored public forum on technology and teens that drew about 200 people to the Conard High School auditorium.

Bellbrook man gets probation - 01/20/10
Darren Casey of Bellbrook was sentenced to five years probation Jan. 7 in Greene County Common Pleas Court. Casey, who originally faced a felony abduction charge from a March 2009 incident on Possum Run Road, eventually pleaded guilty to telecommunications harassment and unlawful restraint, both misdemeanors, plus felony possession of criminal tools.

MoCity Police First To Make Arrest Using New ‘Spoofing’ Law - 01/20/10
Missouri City Police Department’s arrest of a Stafford man for Internet harassment and “spoofing” was the first of its kind in Texas using a new law that went into effect Sept. 1 of last year. The crime is so new that police had to call Austin to figure out how to get the charge entered into computers because a number had yet to be assigned.

Model Web Con - 01/20/10
A CONMAN posed as a gorgeous female model on the internet to trick male "admirers" into sending him gifts and money, police said yesterday.

Did Facebook Stalking Just Uncover a Mississippi State Recruiting Scandal? - 01/19/10
The Clarion-Ledger has the story today on how Mississippi State admits recruits visited an "establishment deemed impermissible by our recruiting rules and regulations."
Gary Barnett has been located. He's the guy sneaking around Starkville in a big floppy sombrero and outrageous mustache, lookin' all incognito.

Man held on $100K bond in Internet stalking case - 01/19/10
A former youth pastor from Clarksville appeared in court Tuesday afternoon accused of stalking and threatening harm to two teenage girls if they did not perform sexual acts for him online.


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