WHO@ Newsletter - December 6, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Udderly ridiculous
Minn. teens accused of stealing at least 17 calves
Two teenage boys from central Minnesota are accused of stealing at least 17 calves to start their own dairy farm.

Authorities this week arrested a 19-year-old from Rothsay and a 16-year-old from Barnesville.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies received a tip that led them to 17 calves and eventually the teens. The calves are believed to have been stolen from three counties: Douglas, Stearns and Todd.

Investigators say the teens told them they wanted to start their own dairy farm. They say the teens planned to keep the heifers and sell the bulls, splitting the profits.

The calves have been returned to their owners. The case is being forwarded to prosecutors for possible theft and burglary charges.

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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)

Thieves 'use Google Earth to steal lead from churches' - 12/04/10
Thieves in Britain are using Google Earth to target lead roofs on Church of England buildings to sell on the lucrative metals market, a Church spokesman said. About 8,000 churches have made insurance claims for lead theft worth about 23 million pounds during the past three years, the Church's estate commissioner Tony Baldry said during a debate in Westminster Hall.

Made fictitious accounts to send her friend request, court heard A woman who accused her ex-boyfriend of assaulting her, also told the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday that he was also stalking her on Facebook. The accused pleaded not guilty to assault and also denied the cyber-stalking allegations.

Google removes distasteful Web merchants - 12/03/10
Google announced on Wednesday that it has changed the way it ranks search results so that unscrupulous merchants would find it hard to appear prominently in searches. The change was prompted by an article in The New York Times on Sunday about Mr Vitaly Borker, a Brooklyn-based online seller of eyeglasses.

FBI Typo Triggers Errant E-mail Search - 12/03/10
A careless FBI agent investigating a notorious Russian spammer inadvertently rifled through the e-mail account of an innocent person due to a typo on a federal search warrant application, court records show.

Man told to remove internet footage of bus driver brawl - 12/03/10
A bus passenger who posted a video on the internet of him grappling with a bus driver in Norwich city centre has been told to take it down.

Man wrongly texts drug offer to prosecutor - 12/02/10
Police say an Indiana man was arrested after mistakenly sending text messages to a prosecutor about drugs he was trying to sell.

University students cyber stalking targets - 12/02/10
One or more cyber stalkers using aliases that include "Marissa" and "Lexie" are targeting sorority pledges in Florida and other states. Campus police Maj. Jim Russell said Thursday that nine victims have been identified at Florida State University, but he believes there are many more who have not come forward.

Facebook under fire for refusing to remove 'Dead babies make me laugh' page - 12/02/10
A Facebook site where internet users share jokes about dead children has been branded 'sick'. The group titled 'Dead babies make me laugh' has provoked outrage and prompted parents who have lost children to slam the company for refusing to pull the plug on the forum.

UF student Zachary Garcia Googles himself, finds he's accused of murder - 12/01/10
A University of Florida student is relieved to know deputies aren't searching for him...but he's still in shock that the Polk County Sheriff's Office erroneously released his photo in connection to a September murder. Investigators originally released a driver's license photo of Zachary Garcia -- spelled with an "A" -- but it was Zachery Garcia -- spelled with an "E" -- who was charged in connection with the crime.

FBI target 23-year-old Russian man behind a third of world's spam emails - 12/01/10
A 23-year-old Russian has been identified by the FBI as the man behind a malicious network of 500,000 infected computers responsible for almost 10 billion spam emails a day. The notorious 'Mega-D' botnet - a network of computers running controlled and manipulated only by the owner or software source - allegedly sent the spam on behalf of scam artists peddling fake Rolexes, counterfeit prescription medications, purported erectile dysfunction drugs, and 'herbal remedies' not approved by government regulators.

Millersville man, 21, charged with stalking - 11/30/10
A 21-year-old Millersville man stalked a 14-year-old Pequea girl via the Internet, police allege. Joseph Botte was charged Tuesday with stalking and felony harassment, according to state police.

12-year-old boy charged in fatal Fulton fire - 11/30/10
A 12-year-old boy charged in connection with a fatal fire in Fulton, Ill., has a history of posting videos showing items igniting in a microwave oven. The boy, the son of Charlene Sipe, 41, of Fulton who died in the Nov. 23 fire, is charged as a juvenile in Whiteside County. He will face charges of criminal damage to property and reckless conduct when he makes his first court appearance Jan. 11 in Morrison, Ill.

22-Year-Old's Prank Call Lands Him In Prison - 11/30/10
A 22-year-old kid is now looking at four years in federal prison because he prank-called a space shuttle launch. "It's no joking matter to threaten the United States space shuttle launch," Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach said in court Tuesday during the sentencing hearing. Nicholas Barbati pleaded guilty to all charges and his punishment was double what federal prosecutors had asked for. The judge wanted to show this isn't a joke.


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