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WHO@ Newsletter - November 22, 2010

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Robbery suspect tries to flee on lawnmower
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101118/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_lawnmower_escape
Police in South Carolina say a man attempted a slow getaway by lawnmower after robbing a convenience store.

Aiken County sheriff's deputies told The Aiken Standard the man left the store on a riding lawnmower Thursday morning but didn't get far before he was arrested.

Capt. Troy Elwell says Ricky New has been charged with assault and battery, first degree and armed robbery.

Investigators say the suspect beat a store clerk with a stick during the robbery. New was being held at the Aiken County jail. It wasn't yet known if he has an attorney.

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Cops increase cyber-bullying outreach as teen faces charges - 11/22/10
http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/143807
Local law enforcement and school officials are hoping to increase awareness about online harassment after an alleged cyber-bullying case has landed a teenage girl in the criminal court system. A district judge issued a court order last week banning an Aspen High School student from using Facebook, Twitter or other electronic means to talk about a classmate she allegedly victimized online.

Going After the Cyberbully - 11/21/10
http://thecrimereport.org/2010/11/21/going-after-the-cyberbully/
Schools and prosecutors are grappling with the legal issues raised when harassment over the Internet leads to suicide. Earlier this month, a 14-year old boy from Middleburg, Pennsylvania threw himself in front of a tractor-trailer after leaving a suicide note that said he was tired of being called a “faggot” and a “sissy” at school.

American accused of counselling suicide pleads not guilty - 11/20/10
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/American+accused+counselling+suicide+pleads+guilty/3858452/story.html#ixzz161ZZyHyD
A Minnesota man who scoured online suicide chatrooms and attempted to talk members into killing themselves has pleaded not guilty to felony charges stemming from two deaths, including that of a first-year Carleton University student.

Facebook's 'See Friendship' Feature Raises Privacy Worries - 11/19/10
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20101119/us_time/08599203203000
Facebook normally catches flack for making private information available to advertisers. But last month, the social-networking site with half a billion users quietly added a feature that makes your private information available to the friends of your friends, which may be a much more nefarious group. A button called "See Friendship" aggregates onto a single page all of the information that two friends share: photos both people have been tagged in, events they have attended or are planning to attend, comments they have exchanged, etc.

New York Lawyer Gets Jail for Online Harassment in Dead Sea Scrolls Case - 11/19/10
http://technology.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978706673
A New York lawyer has been sentenced to six months in jail after sticking his nose into a scholarly feud over the origins of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls have been the subject of much scholarly interest and debate since they were discovered in a cave in Israel in the 1940s. Raphael Golb chose to put his two cents into the debate by using Internet impersonation and online harassment.

Student Disciplined Over Threat To Kill Bus Driver - 11/19/10
http://www.wxii12.com/r/25851537/detail.html
A student at Jefferson Middle School is accused of offering to pay $100 to have someone kill his school bus driver, the driver told WXII on Friday. The threat was posted online, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools spokesman Theo Helm said, and the student was disciplined.

Five Muslim boys and white girl, all 12, excluded over Facebook death threats to classmate who supported British troops - 11/18/10
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1330517/Facebook-death-threats-5-Muslim-boys-white-girl-excluded-school.html#ixzz161XgR3qp
A 13-year-old boy who penned an online Remembrance Day tribute to Britain’s fallen soldiers was subjected to a vicious hate campaign by fellow pupils. A gang of 12-year-old pupils made up of five Muslim boys and one non-Muslim girl made death threats to Darius Gill involving knives and knuckle-dusters because of his support for British troops.

Debt collectors utilize Facebook to embarrass those who owe - 11/18/10
http://www.wtsp.com/news/mostpop/story.aspx?storyid=156762
Debt collectors can be relentless and downright rude on the phone, but now a St. Petersburg woman is filing suit alleging the company that financed her car loan began harassing family members over the social networking website Facebook.

Cyberstalkers: Living with fear every minute of the day - 11/17/10
http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/cyberstalkers-living-with-fear-every-minute-of-the-day-2423762.html
The emails sent to Alexis Bowater were violent and sexual in nature, and would appear out of the blue. For two years the former ITV newsreader was relentlessly stalked online by a man who said that he hoped Bowater's unborn child would die and that she would be found hanging. He threatened to blow up the journalist while she was on air, and made menacing references to rape.

Rapist 'posed as police officer to attack two victims he met on Craigslist' - 11/17/10
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1330564/Rapist-posed-police-officer-attack-victims-met-Craigslist.html#ixzz161Xt07ju
A rapist attacked two women he met on Craigslist after claiming he was a police officer, prosecutors said today. Suraj Persaud, 34, allegedly threatened to have his victims arrested as prostitutes after meeting them through the classified section on the site.

Mother invents temporary phone number generator to save women from dangers of online stalkers - 11/17/10
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1330107/Mother-invents-temporary-phone-number-website-saving-women-online-stalkers.html#ixzz161X5cz3W
A mother appalled by online dating stories from divorced friends is set to become a millionaire after launching a unique website to protect women from cyber-stalkers. Last week model Kelly Brook revealed how she is forced to constantly change her phone number because she is targeted by nuisance calls.

White supremacist jailed for posting YouTube clips calling for 'racial holy war' in Yorkshire - 11/16/10
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1330121/Gareth-Hemingway-jailed-racist-YouTube-clips-calling-holy-war.html#ixzz161XDxsCa
A man has been jailed in Yorkshire after uploading video clips to YouTube that called for a 'racial holy war' against ethnic minorities. Gareth Hemingway, 29, of Bognor Regis, was sentenced to 15 months having earlier pleaded guilty to five offences under the Public Order Act.

Woman: Stalker Put Spyware In Cell Phone - 11/16/10
http://www.fox5vegas.com/news/25820935/detail.html
In the world of cyberstalking, cell phones have become a primary target. A specialist in computer and cell phone forensics, Adrian Leon Mare said that he is seeing more and more spyware that has been downloaded onto people's cell phones. "It's getting massive," he said. "Every day it grows." Experts told FOX5 that technology has advanced so much in the last decade that even the technologically challenged can use other people's cell phones to their advantage.

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