WHO@ Newsletter - August 30, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .that must have been one heck of a sale!
Yard sale patron allegedly hits man with pan

A 70-year-old yard sale shopper is facing charges after things apparently got a bit out of hand at a yard sale. Tuolumne County authorities said Jon Joslin was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly hit another man over the head with a cornbread pan at the sale Friday. A sheriff's spokesman said Joslin hit the fellow shopper with a five-pound, cast iron pan to prevent him from getting to the sale first.

It seems the two men arrived early at the yard sale and were walking up a long driveway when investigators said Joslin first attempted to trip 64-year-old Joseph Brown.

Brown suffered a head laceration but refused medical treatment.

It was not known if Joslin had retained an attorney.

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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)

Bill barring malicious e-personation awating gov's signature to become law - 08/30/10
California Senator Joe Simitian's bill penalizing malicious e-personation just needs the governor's signature now to bloom into law after it was unanimously passed by both the Senate and the Assembly. As mentioned in a recent story in The Chronicle, California State Bill 1411 would make it a misdemeanor to impersonate someone online with the purpose "of harming, intimidating, threatening or defrauding," and would be punishable with up to $1,000 in fines and/or one year in prison.

Watts murder: Police close in on accused - 08/30/10
After apparently groping in the dark for a little over the last one-and-a-half years, Mohali police is now on the verge of cracking the sensational Sameer Watts murder case. Investigations so far have revealed that a jilted lover could have been behind the gruesome killing of Sameer, who was working as a manager with a telecom company, on March 12, 2009.

Amitabh Bachchan victim of death threats - 08/30/10
Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan is the latest celebrity victim of online abuse, who was forced to lodge a police complaint against an unknown blogger that has reportedly threatened the actor’s family.

Girls, enough with the naked pics already - 08/30/10
There has always been some risk in sharing a naked photo of yourself. But now that digital images can be made public within seconds of winding up in the wrong hands, handing out a risqué snapshot has become downright dangerous.

Jordan amends cyber crimes law after media outcry - 08/29/10
Jordan on Sunday approved a temporary law on cyber crimes after amending it to appease the fury of journalists who said the legislation was a means to control local news websites. The law had initially allowed the authorities to raid and search offices from which websites are published and to access computers without prior approval from public prosecutors.

Cyber stalker breaks restraining order with blog message about ex - 08/29/10
A man who subjected his ex-girlfriend to a terrifying internet hate campaign has broken his restraining order just two months later – by writing about her in a blog. Stephen Andreassen, 37, pleaded guilty to harassment in June after bombarding her with Facebook messages and setting up 35 websites about her when she dumped him.

Wandering goat in Missouri gets Facebook fan page - 08/28/10
A goat that has been wandering around the eastern Missouri town of Mexico has gained enough attention to have his own Facebook page. But animal control officers are not amused.

Cyber stalker crackdown 'thwarted' by service providers - 08/28/10
Efforts to crack down on cyber stalking are being thwarted because internet service providers will not take action, according to victims' groups. The Network for Surviving Stalking says the police, Home Office and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are doing their best to tackle the problem.

Wanted: Sheriff to bring some order to web's Wild West - 08/28/10
THE Internet is an increasingly dangerous place to operate, according to this thought-provoking American book, which argues for increased state regulation of cyberspace. Our computer systems are constantly being bombarded by attacks, and these online threats no longer emanate just from the basements of young hackers.

Man sentenced to join military after online threat - 08/27/10
A judge has sentenced a former university student to join the military for a post he made on Facebook that led to a lockdown at Faulkner University here. Zachary Lambert, 23, agreed to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge of harassing communications for a message that made reference to a deadly campus attack at Virginia Tech in 2007. He originally was charged with making a terrorist threat, a felony, and placed in jail on $500,000 bond.

Dublin YouTube voyeur 'stalks' women - 08/27/10
A voyeur is stalking women in the street, filming them from behind without consent and posting the images on the internet. Young women have been followed around some of the busiest streets in Dublin and furtively filmed from behind by a hidden camera and the images uploaded on to YouTube .

Teens in cyberstalking case told to play nice - 08/27/10
Two Pamlico County teens accused of cyberstalking have the opportunity to have their charges dismissed. Matthew L. Nanney and Tony R. Bloomberg, both 18, were charged with cyberstalking after they made a profile on Facebook, a social networking website, to look as if it belonged to Pamlico County High School’s interim principal.

Cyberstalking on the rise - 08/26/10
He e-mailed her a photo of himself holding a gun with a Google map of her house, she says. He threatened to come to Colorado and rape her. He threatened her kids, and called her son derogatory names. That's when Amber decided to get a restraining order, wipe away her entire online presence and start over. Hopefully this time, she says, he won't find her.

Juror "is he guilty?" posts on Facebook - 08/26/10
A WOMAN juror was hauled weeping before a furious judge - for blabbing about the trial on FACEBOOK.The 29-year-old used her mobile phone to post messages on her way home about how many on the jury thought the defendant guilty.

Teen Wants Forgiveness For Death Threats - 08/26/10
A teenager is asking for forgiveness after he threatened to kill three Metro school principals. A few months ago, Pearl-Cohn High School principal Marva Blanchard-Woods spoke only to Channel 4 News about receiving an anonymous e-mail threatening to kill her. She, along with two assistant principals, received the death threats.

Indiana Man Charged with Stalking Pa. Woman Using Facebook Page in Name of Woman He Raped - 08/26/10
Travis Davis is facing stalking charges after he allegedly set up a Facebook account using the name of an ex-girlfriend he raped in Ohio to contact a more recent ex in Pennsylvania. He tried to force the woman he contacted to come back to him by threatening to distribute a secretly filmed sex tape.

Facebook Taking Users to Dangerous "Places"? - 08/25/10
Facebook just launched a geo-tagging service it calls "Places." Basically, it means enables users to share their exact location with their friends who are fellow users -- or perhaps complete strangers.

Indiana man charged in online extortion sex scheme - 08/25/10
An Indiana man awaiting sentencing on a rape charge tried to blackmail his ex-girlfriend into coming back to him by threatening to spread nude photos and video of her online, police in Pennsylvania said.

Tips to protect yourself when online gaming - 08/24/10
Gamers could have a greater risk of being exposed to online threats. Here are some tips to help keep you safe.
Online gamers are as likely as anybody else to encounter scams and malware attacks. In fact, because gamers often spend a considerable amount of time online, they may even be more likely than most users to be exposed to an attack.

Cheating gamers face online ban - 08/24/10
The people behind one of the biggest video games of the year are taking the unusual step of banning some of its fans from playing the online, multi-player version. Set in the American Wild West, Red Dead Redemption has sold millions of copies around the world, many of them in the UK.


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