WHO@ Newsletter - October 11, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Need I say more?
Wanted woman flags down police: Am I wanted?

Police in suburban Cincinnati arrested a woman after she flagged an officer down and asked if there were any warrants out for her arrest. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Friday that after Lockland police officer Dan Lyons informed 44-year-old Selma Elmore she did have an outstanding warrant, the woman ran off. The chase ended when Elmore pushed Lyons into a building, injuring his elbow.

Other officers responding to a call for backup later apprehended the woman.

Elmore, wanted for allegedly failing to pay a fine as a result of a drug conviction, now faces a charge of resisting arrest.

Hamilton County Jail records did not list an attorney for Elmore.

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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)

Facebook spammer's $1B fine is excessive: lawyer - 10/11/10
A Montreal man who spammed millions of Facebook users has been handed a disproportionate $1-billion punishment that favours a vengeful corporation, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Woman accused of cyberstalking - 10/10/10
A Monroe woman was arrested after reportedly sending several harassing text messages to another woman, demanding money she was owed. Pamela Ann Henry, 54, 3803 Harrison St., was booked on one count of cyberstalking. According to police reports, Henry continuously sent text messages to the victim stating she wanted money she was owed. The victim told Henry she would pay her as soon as she was able and asked Henry to stop texting her, reports stated.

Tech terror: Cyber-stalking and domestic violence - 10/09/10
It started in New York. Bella was 14. Eddie was 18. They began dating, and almost immediately Eddie became physically abusive. Bella, 32, who now lives in Pasco County, Fla., can’t recall the first incident. She says the abuse was so frequent that she only remembers the “big, big stuff,” like the time Eddie body-slammed her into the street in front of her classmates.

Unemployed man faces jail after leaving obscene messages on internet tribute sites - 10/09/10
An unemployed man who trawled the internet leaving obscene messages on tribute sites for dead people is facing jail after being brought to court under a rarely-used law. Colm Coss found Facebook memorials to victims of high-profile tragedies around the world - and defaced them with sexual slurs. His targets included a site dedicated to Jade Goody, the reality TV star who died of cancer.

Ex's Jimmy Choo Shoes Up on eBay - 10/08/10
FUMING Ryan Bransome has taken revenge on his ex-fiancee by putting her £3,000 engagement ring and Jimmy Choo shoes up for sale on eBay. The 31-year-old - who split with Caroline Round after nine years together - also advertised that he was selling 19 other pairs of heels she left behind when she moved out.

Parents: Dying Girl, 7, Taunted by Neighbors in Trenton - 10/08/10
Her family says 7-year-old Kathleen Edward is in the final stages of a degenerative brain disorder diagnosed as Huntington's Disease - the same disease which killed her mother, Laura, when she was only 24. Neighbors Jennifer and Scott Petkov, who have been feuding with the family, admitted to posting grim depictions of Laura and Kathleen on Facebook. One photo depicts Laura in the arms of the grim reaper, while the other features Kathleen's face above a set of crossbones.

McD's Monopoly complainants grows - 10/08/10
Smiles may be free at McDonald's, but the only place where Ryan Doon would be grinning is in the courtroom. The 27-year-old IBM consultant said he still feels duped by the multi-billion dollar fast food chain after it wouldn't compensate him for pointing out a typo on its Monopoly official rules.

Cyber bullying response leads to dismissal of coach - 10/08/10
According to a telephone survey conducted in 2006, 4 in 10 teens have experienced online harassment. Girls are twice as likely as boys to be harassed and teens who share their identities on sites such as MySpace are more prone to become the targets of cyber-bullying. That was the case at Damien Memorial School where a coach pushed the limit of how far a cyber bully should be pushed back.

Staying cyber-safe - 10/08/10
When Dwight Manghane’s 11-year-old daughter, Gabriella, first signed on to PlayStation Home earlier this year, he was amazed at the possibilities of the online virtual meeting space. There, Gabriella controlled a self-created avatar as she interacted with other users while navigating a 3-D environment on her PlayStation 3 video game console.

There’s a fine line between free speech and hate speech - 10/08/10
I don't know how to defend the constitutional rights of everyone, including scummy bloggers on the Internet, without feeling a little bit dirty when I feel compelled to defend someone I loathe. Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell recently took a leave of absence after drawing national attention to his blog, Chris Armstrong Watch. The blog, which is now only available to "invited readers," monitored University of Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong, who is gay.

Star student,18, set to lose $33,000 university scholarship after appearing in an internet porn video - 10/08/10
With a cheeky, happy smile and holding her university ID cards, Elizabeth Hawkenson looks like she's posing for a friend's photograph taken on a phone. But the truth is far less innocent. In fact the 18-year-old is about to participate in a porn film - and is flashing her identification to prove she is not under age. Miss Hawkenson is a first year studying geology at Arizona State University, but it is not her interest in rocks and soil that has brought her internet fame.

iPhone Perv Filmed Up Shoppers Skirts - 10/07/10
A PERVERT used his iPhone to film up women's skirts while whistling Queen's hit Don't Stop Me Now. Creep Carl Underdown, 23, prowled a supermarket looking for victims, a court heard. He filmed 15 women and planned to post clips on YouTube, on which the sick technique is known as "upskirting".

Foursquare Overshare? - 10/07/10
Another day begins on the Grand Strand. The to-do list is already bulging at the seams, and what little morning time remains gets gobbled up by a barrage of tasks: That all-important first cup of coffee or two, shave and shower, make sure the cat has enough Meow Mix to get through the day - pray that the teenagers don't bicker through breakfast or in the car when they drive to school. Already sucked in by social media, a random check of Facebook or Twitter might be in order - then the drive to work in relatively calm, off-season traffic. Arrive at work and take care of yet one more task - the Foursquare check-in.

Cybercrime continues to hit Americans, new trends emerge - 10/07/10
New trends to hit organized cybercrime include rogue security software, crimeware, cloud-based delivery, social media bugs. With almost two billion people today using the Internet for business, communication with family and friends, news and entertainment, many are exposing themselves to an extensive and growing number of malware threats.

Reports of cyber stalking increasing - 10/06/10
When John Carlin began receiving photos on his cell phone last year of his live-in companion with other people, he didn’t realize he was being cyber-stalked. Carlin says he turned to police after finding an online ad with his photo that encouraged men to come to his home for sex, but got no help stopping the harassment. He said police didn’t want to look at the ad or other evidence he had collected, including alarming text and e-mail messages Carlin said were from a man he met in a bar.

Is your private phone number on Facebook? Probably. And so are your friends' - 10/06/10
Uploads from iPhones using the Facebook app will push all your contacts onto Facebook's servers - where they'll be matched against any and everyone. Worried at all? If you have a friend on Facebook who has used the iPhone app version to access the site, then it's very possible that your private phone numbers - and those of lots of your and their friends - are on the site.

Catch a thief from your armchair and win cash - 10/05/10
Anyone who owns a laptop computer can now fight crime from the safety of their home and win cash prizes for catching thieves red-handed, under a new British monitoring scheme that went live this week. The service works by employing an army of registered armchair snoopers who watch hours of CCTV footage from cameras in stores and high street venues across the country.


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