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Monday, December 26, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - December 26, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Old fruitcake brings $525 for charity

How much is a 70-year-old fruitcake worth? For a winning auction bidder the answer is $525, which will go to help the homeless in Ohio, the cake's owner said.

The fruitcake was baked and sold by a Cincinnati-area Kroger store in 1941 and wound up back at the store in 1971. A note left with the returned fruit cake said it was one of six bought by a man named E.F. Helbing, WHIO-TV, Dayton, reported. The note said the owner had been carting it around for decades and was finally unloading it on its maker, the Kroger store.

Store manager Frank Bates, now 86, took possession of it and kept it until recently when he gave it to Elite Estate Group owner Larry Chaney, whose firm decided to auction it off for charity.

While even higher offers -- some over $1,000 -- came in later, the winning bid of $525 came Thursday night from a man in Arizona who asked to remain anonymous, WHIO-TV reported.

The money will go to a church outreach program, providing food and other items for the homeless in the Cincinnati area, the TV station said.

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Prof gets probation for stalking La. cop - 12/26/11
A former Anna Maria College professor was sentenced yesterday to three years' probation arising from a case in which he was accused of stalking and making Internet threats against a New Orleans police officer. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman also ordered Gary O'Bireck, of Elmira, N.Y., to pay a $5,000 fine following his guilty plea in August to concealing a crime.

The village ruined by the most gullible man in Britain: Incredible story of the chartered surveyor, an email pledging a £3m lotto win and the neighbours impoverished in a web of sheer greed - 12/24/11
Arthur Stimpson, from Norfolk, was 'brainwashed' by an email scam into believing he had won £2.7million on a Spanish lottery and handed over £50,000 of his own money to conmen who claimed it was needed to release the massive windfall. When his own money ran out, Stimpson fooled those closest to him into handing over more than £1.1million in his increasingly desperate bid to get his hands on the jackpot.

Former Emerson student gets $130K for alleged harassment - 12/23/11
The Board of Education will pay $130,000 to a former student who said school officials did nothing to stop the constant bullying he endured between 2002 and 2007, state officials said Friday. Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Craig Sashihara, director of New Jersey’s Division on Civil Rights, announced that a settlement agreement had been reached between the board and the former student, identified only as J.C., Jr. in court documents.

Belle Glade teacher arrested for cyberstalking - 12/23/11
A Palm Beach County teacher is behind bars after being accused of cyberstalking and threatening his principal. Frank Tedesco, a former teacher at Crossroads Academy in Belle Glade faced a judge yesterday.

Review website ordered to close after defaming and harassing lawyers - 12/23/11
A website that allows users to 'name and shame' lawyers whose services they are unhappy with has been ordered to close after the High Court ruled its publisher had breached libel, data protection and harassment laws.

Mum barred from internet after detective threat - 12/22/11
A THURGOONA woman charged with making Facebook threats to kill an Albury detective has been banned from using the internet as part of bail conditions imposed on her by a magistrate yesterday. Susan Cynthia Reid applied in Albury Local Court for bail after having bail refused in November over posts aimed at Detective Sen-Constable Margaret Saunders.

John Bapst senior, member of cyber security club, arrested for computer stalking, police say - 12/22/11
A John Bapst Memorial High School senior ­ a veteran member of the school’s cyber security club ­ was arrested Wednesday for using a computer to stalk a fellow student, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

Thieves use Craigslist to sell items stolen from Craigslist meetings - 12/22/11
Two men are accused of setting up appointments to buy expensive items from people advertising on Craigslist, grabbing the items from the victims, and then attempting to resell the items ­ including an $8,000 watch, also on Craigslist, using the original ad’s photos.

Cyber threats lead to charge - 12/22/11
Monroe police arrested a Haughton woman Wednesday afternoon accused of harassing her ex-boyfriend's girlfriend in text messages and phone calls. Danielle Amos, 24, of 314 N. Elm St., was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on a cyberstalking charge.

Son accused of killing his cheating dad - 12/22/11
Arunkumar Ingle had planned to fake his own death, leave his family more than $3 million in life-insurance benefits, grab a fake passport and escape Delaware County to live with his mistress in India. Instead, the 55-year-old Boeing engineer was found bludgeoned and stabbed to death in his Middletown home in January 2008, his blood splattered on the walls and his testicles severely bruised. That's the story told in a 31-page criminal complaint filed yesterday - nearly four years later - that accuses Ingle's son of murdering him after installing a GPS device on Ingle's car and a keystroke logger on his computer to monitor the long-running affair.

'Stalker file' found at teen's house - 12/21/11
A Rotorua teenager who set up a fictitious Facebook account to send repeated friend requests to another teen also had a "stalker file'' which contained explicit stories he had written about himself, the victim and the victim's sister, a court hearing has been told.

Alleged cyber stalker used social media to threaten woman - 12/21/11
As if there isn’t enough to worry about already in the world, cyber-stalking has emerged as a new and dangerous trend. One man in jail right now finds himself at the mercy of an Orange County judge, accused of leaving graphic and threatening messages for a young woman on YouTube and other social media sites.

Renters knocking on wrong doors in Internet scam - 12/21/11,0,2600410.story
A yellow cab wheeled into the driveway and disgorged luggage and a family of seven from Suriname, eager to start a 10-day vacation. In the million-dollar home where Steve Chase lives. A perplexed Chase watched as a woman clutching a rental contract rang his doorbell and asked for the house key. "I said, 'I hate to say it to you, but this house is not for rent,'" he recalled. "You've been scammed."

Ex-Mass. professor gets probation for Web threats - 12/21/11
A former Massachusetts college professor was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation arising from a case in which he was accused of stalking and making Internet threats against a New Orleans police officer. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman also ordered Gary O'Bireck, of Elmira, N.Y., to pay a $5,000 fine following his guilty plea in August to concealing a crime.

Gang of paedophiles who subjected children to 'systematic abuse' via fake website are jailed for 27 years - 12/21/11
A woman and four men who ran a global paedophile ring through a fake nudist website were jailed for a total of 27 years today. A court heard its members subjected children to 'systematic and continued sexual abuse of the worst sort.'

'Go and die': Young musician, 21, writes will and kills himself after being bullied on Facebook over unrequited love - 12/21/11
A musician hanged himself after receiving a message on Facebook telling him to 'go and die', an inquest heard today. Simon Foxley, from Hyde, Gloucestershire, was left heartbroken when a girl he met on the internet deleted him as a friend on the social networking site and when he tried to contact her he received taunts from her friends.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine pirate jailed - 12/20/11
A New York man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for leaking 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine online, a month before its release. Gilberto Sanchez, 49, who has a previous conviction for a similar offence, pleaded guilty in March to uploading a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial release.

Nepal Police arrests Facebook mis-user for Cyber crime - 12/19/11
Nepal police has arrested a student Shyam Prasad Timisina against cyber crime of using fake Id’s and defaming girls on facebook by posting obscene photos and videos using fake name.

Monday, December 19, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter- December 19, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .N.J. cop arrested for DWI after DWI class

A Midland Park, N.J., police officer was arrested for drunken driving after consuming alcohol during a state police class on DWI arrests, authorities say.

During the Thursday class taught by the New Jersey State Police, Midland Park police officer Joseph B. Gaeta was given measured amounts of alcohol to test its effect on his physical abilities, the Midland Park Suburban News reported

After the class, Gaeta was driven home by another officer, Wyckoff police Chief Benjamin Fox said.

Once home, Gaeta, 31, got on his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle and began driving on a residential street, which authorities said is illegal.

Gaeta was attempting to make a turn when he lost control of the ATV and flipped it.

Fox said Gaeta sustained serious facial injures for which he was hospitalized. He had surgery Saturday.

Gaeta, who had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent, was charged with driving while intoxicated and given several other citations related to the illegal operation of an all-terrain vehicle.

"I've honestly never run across a situation like this in 43 years," said Midland Park police Chief John Casson. "I'm not sure at what point his status [with the department] could change."

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Stalking Privacy on Facebook, One Psycho at a Time - 12/19/11
If you were asked who could harvest a trove of personal data from 10 million Facebook users in just three weeks you might guess company CEO Mark Zuckerberg over Jason Zada. You'd be dead wrong. Who is Zada? He offered something scary at Halloween and nearly 10 million strangers stepped up and provided him access to their personal Facebook information to get it. Unwittingly walking him past their privacy settings and into their policy-protected data vaults. Maybe you were one of them?

Women 'bullied, degraded' at air-traffic centre - 12/19/11
SENIOR managers responsible for Australia's air-traffic controllers allegedly ignored pervasive bullying, the distribution of pornography and degrading behaviour towards women, including an email threat by a manager to ''kick their [female workers'] arse till their nose bleeds''.

John Raymond Zimmerman jailed for multiple rapes and grooming online - 12/16/11
ONE of Australia's worst online sex predators, who claimed 55 teen victims, has been hit with a 12-year jail sentence in the County Court today after pleading guilty to multiple rapes, sex acts, grooming and stalking charges.

Victim of Facebook harassment shares story - 12/16/11
An Allen realtor pleaded guilty on Dec. 8 to a felony harassment charge after accessing an ex-employee's Facebook account and using it to send insulting messages to her friends. James Patrick Delagarza, 41, owns First Premier Realty, a real estate agency that sells homes in Allen, Anna, Frisco, Garland, McKinney and Plano. He was sentenced to six years of probation and fined $2,000 after pleading guilty to one count of online harassment.

Sometimes your criminal record isn't yours - 12/16/11
A clerical error landed Kathleen Casey on the streets. Out of work two years, her unemployment benefits exhausted, in danger of losing her apartment, Casey applied for a job in the pharmacy of a Boston drugstore. She was offered $11 an hour. All she had to do was pass a background check.

Twitter stalking is protected free speech, judge rules - 12/16/11
Saying mean, terrible, even violent things about someone on Twitter or blogs is free speech protected by the First Amendment, a judge has ruled. A San Francisco judge has declared that cyberstalking on Twitter and blogs is constitutionally-protected free speech, reports The New York Times. The ruling is a victory for the First Amendment. But like all things worth fighting for, it comes at a price.

Man arrested after threatening to kill lawyer, judge - 12/16/11
Okaloosa County investigators arrested a man Friday who was wanted for threatening to kill his lawyer and her husband, a judge, in Mississippi. Investigators found Jerry Woodward at an apartment on Old Ferry Road in Shalimar, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Net founders fight piracy law with 'censorship' claim - 12/15/11
The founders of Google, Twitter and eBay have signed a strongly worded letter criticising controversial US legislation ahead of a debate in Congress.

Police ask for end to checkstop tweets - 12/14/11
Edmonton police are asking people not to tweet the locations of checkstops set up to catch impaired drivers. "Putting lives in danger based on the fact that you want to have more followers on your Twitter account is pretty disappointing," said checkstop co-ordinator Const. Ian Brooks.

Fight over Facebook leads to arrest - 12/14/11,0,2544494.story
A fight between students at Sauk Valley Community college ended with one of them being arrested for allegedly pulling a knife. David Gossage, 19, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault. The charges stem from a reported argument between Gossage and a female student at the school. The argument happened just before noon Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

Officer sacked for email threat to 'hunt' Reinfeldt - 12/14/11
A 47-year-old officer in the Swedish military reserves, upset about high energy prices, has been sacked after sending a threatening email to prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt suggesting it was time to hunt down politicians.

NBA fan goes from receiving email threat from 76ers to being offered job with the team - 12/13/11
A Philadelphia 76ers fan who created Twitter accounts for the team’s new mascot finalists has landed a full time social media job with the team. Yep. Jerry Rizzo, 23, is a 76ers fan and social media junkie who, along with friend Hunter Coleman, 22, registered Twitter handles for two of the team’s mascot finalists, @PhilEMoose and @BFranklinDogg.

Suing Google to Remove Results About Your Alleged Orgy Won’t Work - 12/13/11
I had never heard of Max Mosley until yesterday, when I read he was suing Google in Europe to block all search results regarding his alleged participation in some sort of Nazi sex orgy. branded 'Grinch that stole Christmas trade' - 12/13/11
An promotion, which offered customers a discount if they let Amazon know the prices of items for sale in traditional shops, has provoked widespread anger, drawing a rebuke from a senator and seeing it compared to Dr Seuss's Christmas-stealing Grinch.

Student admits Facebook hacking - 12/13/11
A student from York has admitted hacking into Facebook in what prosecutors said was “most effective and egregious example of hacking into social media that has come before a British court”.

Monday, December 12, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - December 12, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man sends funny greeting card posthumously

Friends of a deceased advertising executive from Pittsburgh say they got an unexpected holiday greeting from him.

"Hello, please don't call. I recently moved to a quiet neighborhood and ...," read the front of the card from Bob McCully, who died in August at age 88. Inside the card was a photo of the gates of Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville, where McCully was buried alongside his wife, with the message "My new place doesn't have a phone and our gates close after dark."

"It was the strangest feeling getting that card. It was almost eerie. But when I opened it, I laughed out loud. It was the ultimate Christmas card," David Newell, a longtime friend of McCully's, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

McCully, Ketchum Inc.'s former director of communications and advertising, had sent out humorous Christmas cards over the years, each having a different theme.

"It was dark humor, but it was very funny," Newell said of the latest card. "It had a certain whimsy that took the darkness away. Bob certainly got the last laugh."

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Stalking, the Modern Way - 12/12/11
I am thinking about the term ‘stalking’. It’s a word that was once used only to describe when a person physically hid in the bushes of their target stalkee, literally followed them home, went through their rubbish etc. Recently however, it has managed to nudge its way into everyday usage. Along with ‘perving’, ‘stalking’ is commonly portrayed as a standard activity for the casual internet user. But is it really ok?

Recruitment exec fired for nasty e-mail - 12/11/11
A United Kingdom recruitment executive was fired from his job at a headhunting firm after sending an expletive-filled e-mail to a job hopeful and 4,000 others.

Student phishing scam: Two men remanded over fraud - 12/10/11
Two men have been charged over a £1m email scam which took money from the bank accounts of hundreds of students. Police said students on government loans were sent phishing emails urging them to provide their banking details.

Barbra Streisand 'threatens to sue' ex-Real Housewives star Jill Zarin over video post - 12/10/11
She's a feisty sort, but even Jill Zarin should knows that she shouldn't mess with Barbra Streisand. The former Real Housewives of New York City star almost got herself into some legal hot water with the legendary actress recently. The 48-year-old reality star managed to upset the veteran singer and actress after attending a private event in Los Angeles where the 69-year-old star was performing today.

Senator Calls For Apple To Pull App That Lets Users Create Their Own Driver's Licenses - 12/09/11
Apparently there is an app, imaginatively called "Driver's License," that allows users to create phony driver's licenses for the purposes of entertaining themselves and others (because there is nothing funnier than a bogus form of ID). But at least one U.S. Senator thinks the app can be used by ne'er-do-wells and should be pulled from the Apple app store.

Police dispatcher accused of web harassment of husband - 12/09/11
A South Texas police dispatcher is in trouble with the law after she posted photos of her husband and a female police officer on her Facebook page.

Allen realtor pleads guilty to Facebook harassment of ex-employee - 12/09/11
An Allen realtor pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony harassment charge after hacking into an ex-employee's Facebook account and using it to send insulting messages to her friends.

Arkansas death row inmate spared by juror's tweet - 12/09/11
The supreme court in the US state of Arkansas has thrown out a death row inmate's murder conviction because a juror tweeted during court proceedings. Erickson Dimas-Martinez's attorneys appealed against his 2010 murder conviction because a juror used Twitter despite the judge's instruction not to post on the internet or communicate with anyone about the case. The lawyers complained that another juror slept.

Is Your Child a Cyberstalker? - 12/08/11
With the dawn of social networking sites like Facebook, cyberbullying and cyberstalking have become common place among adolescents who may think posting their unchecked emotions publically doesn’t have consequences.

Franklin cyberstalking arrest - 12/08/11
An arrest has been made in Franklin in a Cyberstalking case. Thrity-five year old Minerva Wiley, of Franklin, La, was arrested after a warrant was issued for her arrest on November 26, 2011. The Franklin Police Department says a complaint was filed claiming Wiley made numerous threats on Facebook to the victim. Wiley is currently released on a $500 bond.

Russian Interior Ministry Suggests Ban On Internet Anonymity - 12/08/11
Major-General Aleksey Moshkov, a top officer within the Russian Interior Ministry, has called for an end to internet anonymity. Speaking to Russian governmental newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Moshkov said “Social networks, along with advantages, often bring a potential threat to the foundations of society.”

The Dos And Don'ts Of Googling People - 12/07/11
The other week, we covered the difference between searching and stalking online. We dusted off our hands, satisfied with our ample labors, and just as we were about to sink into the deep cave of hibernation/suspended animation that we enter between columns, we received the following inquiry:

Admitted Cyberstalker To Enter Mental Facility - 12/06/11
A jilted 30-year-old man who called his ex-girlfriend's telephone hundreds of times and tracked her movements using GPS technology must spend at least six months in a mental health facility before he is formally sentenced, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Parenting in a 'virtual world' - 12/06/11,0,5367056.column
Facebook friends, Twitter followers, fellow gamers on X-box live and Playstation 3. Kids have more ways to connect online than ever before. But where can parents draw the line between their children's virtual worlds, and reality.

Monday, December 05, 2011

WHO@ Newsletter - December 5, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Shoplifted candlelight steak dinner foiled
A Florida man faces theft charges after allegedly trying to walk out of a store with the makings for a candlelight dinner stuffed down his pants, police said.
Collier County sheriff's deputies said Dannial Ashley, 31, of East Naples was charged with retail theft after employees of a supermarket saw him trying to make off with four steaks and some candles.
Ashley tried to run off sans his loot, but was chased down by the grocers, deputies told the Naples (Fla.) Daily News.
Ashley was later released on bail pending further proceedings.

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Bizarre email scam boasts "hit" out on recipients - 12/05/11
There are many scams running throughout the country, especially during the holiday season, but one Myrtle Beach man was left perplexed after an email stated someone had been hired to kill him. Sunday evening, Myrtle Beach Police responded to a home along Wild Iris Drive in reference to a harassment call. When they arrived, the victim reported he'd received an email from a person he did not know.

Carjacker foiled by victim's texting - 12/05/11
Police in Missouri said an accused carjacker was arrested after a passenger exchanged text messages with a friend in a following car.

Santa Wars: Groupon Deal Gaffe Sparks Grotto Chaos - 12/03/11
FURIOUS parents hurled abuse at Santa and his elves after a boob by discount website Groupon saw thousands besiege his grotto. Terrified kids sobbed amid mega queues for an advertised winter wonderland train ride ­ which did not exist.

Man accused of harassing officer with fake Web page - 12/03/11
While driving on East Avenue L on July 14, Brian Delacruz was pulled over and given a speeding ticket. San Angelo police said the following day a Facebook page was created for Officer Glenn Gesch ­ the officer who issued the citation.

Conn. murder victim to suspect: 'Leave me alone!' - 12/03/11,0,5504400.story
Less than five months before she was shot to death, a Wesleyan University student sent an angry email to the man now on trial for killing her, telling him: "Leave me alone!" Johanna Justin-Jinich was shot in May 2009 while she was working at an off-campus bookstore. Prosecutors say Stephen Morgan killed her. In a December 2008 email to Morgan, Justin-Jinich wrote, "I am so tired of you STALKING me. Leave me alone! ... YOU are the type of person that women take self-defense classes to protect themselves against."

Vale couple guilty of harassment - 12/02/11
Two neighbors have been found guilty of criminally harassing now State Rep. James Lyons and his wife, Bernadette, of Andover. The events took place before Rep. Lyons ran for office. William and Gail Johnson, both 53, of High Vale Lane, will both serve time in the House of Correction. William Johnson filed a false charge of abuse that brought DSS to the Lyonses' home one night, according to the district attorney's office. Both harassed the Lyons family through false postings on Craigslist, encouraging people to come to Lyons' house at odd hours and more, according to a press release today, Dec. 2, from the office of District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

One More Thing Goes to the Web: Subway Ogling - 12/02/11
AS a personal trainer, Ed Norman knows he has good biceps. But he didn’t realize they had their own secret admirers until he rode the London Underground earlier this year. Thanks to a Web-trawling friend, Mr. Norman, 27, learned that his photo had been taken surreptitiously on the Underground and posted on a new Web site,, under the title “Popeye Guns!” There he was (“Popeye”) in a black T-shirt with bulging arm muscles, reading a newspaper.

Groupon is hit by OFT probe into 'exaggerated' web offers - 12/02/11
Discount website Groupon is being investigated over claims its deals on everything from restaurant meals to fish pedicures are not always what they seem. It is accused of exaggerating savings offered via its daily deals, hiding key restrictions and even failing to prove the offers exist.

Employers already snoop on Facebook accounts during job applications - but could they DEMAND passwords as well? - 12/01/11
Could employers demand your Facebook password as part of a job application? One American was shocked to find a section in an application form that demanded not only his user names - but also passwords that would give his employers full access to his account, including private messages to other people.

Torn to pieces by the cyber mob - 12/01/11
What is it that makes people want to send vitriolic abuse, including death threats, to a total stranger? I can’t begin to imagine. But this year, thanks to Twitter and Facebook, I do know what it is like to be on the receiving end of such embittered hatefulness.

Homeless Men Caught Watching Porn at Laguna Beach Library, Patrons Say - 12/01/11,0,6809263.story?hpt=us_bn7
Laguna Beach Public Library patrons say there's a big problem with homeless people watching porn on library computers. Police found eight homeless men gathered around a computer inside the library Saturday afternoon watching pornography.

Former Stoughton High student sues school, town for sexual harassment - 12/01/11
A former Stoughton High student has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the school, a former principal and former superintendent, claiming that they failed to protect her after they knew she was being harassed when another student circulated nude photos of her. Now 18, the young woman was 14 at the time. The lawsuit includes former principal Brett Dickens, former superintendent Anthony Sarno and the town. The harassment occurred in October and November 2007.

Scammers list Knoxville real estate investor's property on Craigslist - 11/30/11
People looking for rental property often turn to Craigslist, the popular online classified section. However, fake rentals are also posted on the site. This scam only seems to grow more popular. Con artists use a real estate agent's online pictures and descriptions of homes for sale, then post the properties on Craigslist as if they're for rent.

Tweet With Caution: The Government Is Watching You - 11/29/11
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been rightly ridiculed for informing on a teenager who had the nerve to ridicule him on Twitter. (All she needed to say after his office turned her in to school authorities for tweeting "he sucked" was "I rest my case.")

Stay-at-home father dodged tax on £4.7million of electrical goods he sold on eBay - 11/29/11
A stay-at-home father who dodged tax on £4.7million-worth of electrical goods he sold on eBay was jailed today. Gregory Allnutt, who has a seven-year-old son, avoiding paying more than £420,000 in VAT.