WHO@ Newsletter - January 17, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Stupid criminals
Trapped burglars call police for help

Two would-be thieves called in their own crime to police in Germany after they could not escape from a broken-down elevator over the weekend, police said in a statement.

"This sounds really dumb," one of the thieves told police in Cologne over the elevator's emergency phone, "But I'm afraid that we wanted to break in and the elevator has gotten stuck."

When police arrived they found the two thieves aged 31 and 37 stuck in the elevator of an office building.

The thieves allegedly broke into the building and were attempting to reach a higher floor when the elevator became stuck, the police said.

They decided to phone for help when one thief injured his hand attempting to pry open the door.

Firemen eventually freed the men and they were arrested.

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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)

West Allis man behind bars following mall threat - 01/17/11
A West Allis man is in jail after allegedly posting an online threat again Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa.

Bethlehem School Worker Charged With Threats - 01/16/11
A school district employee has been arrested on charges of making online threats, including the possibilities of taking a gun to school and meddling with an airport's air traffic control system, authorities say.

Ex-candidate accused of online threats - 01/16/11
An Indiana woman who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress last year was being held Saturday on charges she made threats against judges and other officials on her Facebook account.

Online threat leads to Warren County teen's arrest - 01/15/11
A 17-year-old girl was arrested Friday after she allegedly wrote a threatening message on her Facebook page.

Madison lawmakers threatened in unidentified Craigslist post - 01/15/11
Several Madison and Wisconsin lawmakers were threatened in an unidentified post on Craigslist this week during a time which awareness of such threats is at a heightened state and lawmakers and their aides are being more vigilant and attentive to such rhetoric.

Florida girls in trouble with police after creating lewd fake Facebook profile for classmate - 01/14/11
A fake Facebook profile has two Florida girls in some real trouble. The Lee County sheriff's office charged Taylor Wynn, 16 and McKenzie Barker, 15, with cyberstalking after they created a Facebook page in the name of a classmate - complete with their classmate's head on a "nude prepubescent girl's body," according to the police report published on The Smoking Gun.

UW professor sued for cyberstalking - 01/14/11
UW professor Oren Etzioni has been sued by a Seattle attorney for alleged cyberstalking, according to court documents and The Seattle Times. Etzioni is the current director of UW’s Turing Center on computer sciences, and has been a computer science faculty member since 1991.

Internet stalking made easy - 01/13/11
There used to be a thing called the Yellow Pages. If you didn’t want your address and number in the public domain, you simple revved up your rotary phone and requested to be “unlisted.” Now there are sleeker versions of this sort of database online, but it includes more than just your telephone number.

Harahan man arrested in assault on ex-wife; police find murder-suicide note - 01/13/11
Authorities say they arrested a Harahan man early Thursday after finding a murder-suicide note referencing his ex-wife, as well as a gun and shackles in a vehicle he had been driving. Jason Rodriquez, 26, of 1620 Hickory Ave., was taken into custody by Harahan Police after Criminal Court Commissioner Patricia Joyce issued an emergency warrant, Harahan Police Chief Mac Dickinson Thursday afternoon.

Vancouver teen accused of making threats on Internet - 01/13/11
A 15-year-old Vancouver boy will face charges of making Internet threats against a Yakima high school Wednesday night. Vancouver officers helped Yakima police on the case and seized the boy’s computer.

The Baffling Cybercrime Case of the Nosy Spouse - 01/12/11
Cybercrime is a costly problem that needs to be taken seriously. but should our legal system be tied up with disputes over spouses reading each other's email without permission? A Michigan prosecutor has brought charges against a man for doing just that -- calling him a "hacker" even though his now ex-wife made her password easily accessible to him and the two shared a computer.

Facebook Used For Anti-Teacher Hate Campaigns - 01/12/11
Facebook and other social networks are being used by parents and children to launch hate campaigns against school teachers, The National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) has warned. In response, the association has issued a set of guidelines for teachers on how to deal with a situation if they face online abuse by a parent or students. NAHT has also advised headteachers on how to deal with such situations before they escalate.

Noirin is living in fear as cyber-stalker starts following her in real life - 01/12/11
Big Brother star Noirin Kelly is fearing for her safety after a cyber-stalker has begun following her in real life. The Dublin model told the Herald she has asked Twitter security staff in the US to launch an investigation to establish who is impersonating her on the social networking site.

Biloxi man accused of cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend - 01/11/11
A Biloxi man sought on charges of cyberstalking and failure to pay traffic fines was arrested early Saturday after being spotted at the D'Iberville Walmart, police said Monday.


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