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WHO@ Newsletter - September 20, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .The Force Was Not With him
Cops nab 'Darth Vader' robbery suspect after goof
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100917/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_darth_vader_robbery

Police arrested a resident they said wore a plastic Darth Vader mask before pulling a butcher knife and robbing a convenience store. Police in the Detroit suburb said the man fled Monday after demanding all the cash from the register.

Lt. William Wilson told The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak the suspect goofed by putting on the mask while in range of a store surveillance camera.

Forty-one-year-old Jamie C. Hernandez was arraigned Thursday. District Court Magistrate James Brennan set his bond at $50,000.

Hernandez was in the county Thursday night, and it wasn't known if he has a lawyer.

Wilson said Hernandez got the mask from one of his children.

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Police lay charges of libel, obstruction against Calgary website operator - 09/19/10
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Police+charges+libel+obstruction+against+Calgary+website+operator/3539705/story.html#ixzz0zvxqeu74
RCMP have laid five charges against a Calgary man related to the operation of a website highly critical of Calgary police officers. In a news conference Friday morning, RCMP announced the charges against John Kelly, 53, of Calgary. Kelly's website accused officers of perjury, corruption and destroying evidence, RCMP said. Police deny the charges, saying they injure the reputation of Calgary police officers and interfere with an ongoing homicide investigation.

Cyber-criminals steal identity of one of the world's top security chiefs using Facebook - 09/19/10
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1313381/Cyber-crooks-steal-identity-Ronald-K-Noble-worlds-security-chief--FACEBOOK.html#ixzz100IJghfR
The head of Interpol has warned that cybercrime is the 'most dangerous criminal threat we will ever face' after fraudsters stole his identity on Facebook.
Security chief Ronald K. Noble revealed that two fake accounts were created in his name and used to find the details of highly-dangerous criminals.
The embarrassing security breach saw one of the impersonators used the false profile to obtain information on fugitives convicted of serious crimes including rape and murder.

Assumption teen's reasons for Facebook threats still unclear
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20100919/NEWS01/9190330/Assumption-teen-s-reasons-for-Facebook-threats-still-unclear
Assumption Parish authorities aren't discussing the possible motivations behind a black student's posting of racial-oriented threats against other black students on the social networking site Facebook. The 17-year-old was arrested Thursday and booked with terrorizing, cyberstalking, hate crime and theft of utility service. Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the youth, an 11th-grader, made a full confession. Waguespack also said that, according to the suspect, nobody else was involved. The threats were made against four or five students.

Cyber stalking claim a hoax - 09/19/10
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/cyber-stalking-claim-a-hoax-20100918-15h4m.html
ONE of two schoolgirls who complained of being stalked by a cyber predator on Facebook has been exposed as the perpetrator. The 12-year-old girl, from a northern beaches school, tied up police resources for three weeks at great cost to taxpayers before being arrested. No charges would be laid, police said.

Spartanburg County officers find more instances where altercations start online - 09/19/10
http://www.goupstate.com/article/20100919/NEWS/100919660/1002/SPORTS04?Title=Spartanburg-County-officers-find-more-instances-where-altercations-start-online
Fights about men.
Spats over women.
Private “he said,” “she said” exchanges are going public with Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites at the fingertips of computer-savvy adversaries. Sometimes, these virtual confrontations cross the line into real-world fights and real charges against those involved.

Beware Fakers C-online Offers - 09/18/10
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/money/3143180/RECORD-numbers-of-online-shoppers-are-being-flogged-fake-goods-on-the-web.html
RECORD numbers of online shoppers are being flogged fake goods on the web, officials warned yesterday. Trading Standards said that one in NINE products is dodgy. The cons range from bogus hair straighteners to rip-off Burberry gear and are part of a counterfeitting crisis that is costing the UK economy £3.1BILLION a year.

Like That Driver In The Next Lane? Now You Can Stalk Her/Him With Bump.com - 09/17/10
http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1049438_like-that-driver-in-the-next-lane-now-you-can-stalk-her-him-with-bump-com
So there you are, puttering along, minding your own business, when some hottie rolls up beside you, gives a long, lingering glance, then zips down the road. Finding that gal or guy used to mean posting a "Missed Connections" ad in your local paper, which seemed sad and desperate and potentially embarrassing. Now there's a much faster way of getting in touch by sending a message directly to his/her license plate via Bump.com.

Man Pleads Guilty To Harassing People By Phone - 09/16/10
http://www.examiner.com/headlines-in-seattle/former-great-wolf-employee-busted-for-making-thousands-of-sexually-threatening-phone-calls
Daniel Leonard pled guilty to cyber stalking 12-hundred people, including a woman in Monterey, where he was first busted by police. Monterey police opened their investigation of Leonard in August 2009.

Man found guilty again, for stabbing ex-girlfriend - 09/15/10
http://www.myfoxlubbock.com/mostpopular/story/christopher-mills-guilty-ag-assault-walden/RUk8QUMlk02W84HA2um-8w.cspx
A Lubbock man is found guilty, a second time for stabbing his ex-girlfriend. In 2008, 26-year-old Christopher Mills was sentenced to 45 years in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine by a Hockley County jury for the crime committed in 2007.

Community activist accused of cyberstalking - 09/15/10
http://www.gastongazette.com/news/funderburk-50758-life-jenkins.html
A former prostitute who has spent the past several years running a nonprofit agency aimed at helping those still in that lifestyle faces a cyberstalking charge. A Gastonia man says Shaaron Funderburk, 47, has inflicted “constant harassment by phone, text messaging threats” for three days and had refused to stop.

Internet Romeo conned dozens of women out of £500,000 pretending to be terminally ill -09/15/10
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1311988/Internet-Romeo-David-Checkley-conned-women-pretending-terminally-ill.html#ixzz100GnUzhb
Good-looking, charming and apparently a successful professional, David Checkley seemed perfect to the women he courted on dating websites.
In reality, however, the 52-year-old was a serial fraudster who cheated his victims out of half a million pounds.

Facebook users warned of burglary risk - 09/15/10
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/8004716/Facebook-users-warned-of-burglary-risk.html
While fans of social media like to post broadcast every move, police said it can have a highly detrimental effect as it leaves their homes at the mercy of criminals. And now insurers are warning they face higher insurance premiums if they were the victims of crime having publicised being away.

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