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Monday, March 26, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - March 26, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man returns overdue books from 1920s

While donating books to the Dormont Historical Society in Pennsylvania, a man discovered he was actually returning overdue library books from the 1920s.

The books were checked out from Dormont School in the 1920, which is now the Dormont Municipal Building, home to the historical society, KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, reported Friday.

Paul Kaminski, of Dormont, said he drove a box of books back from his cousin's home in Arizona. Inside the box he discovered the overdue books.

"A fine of five cents a day shall be paid on each book which is not returned according to the above rule," was printed in the books, Kaminski said.

That fine would come to a $1,600 library fine for one book that was checked out in 1924.

Kaminski said the books were probably checked out by his father and uncle, who attended Dormont School in the 1920s.

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Japan orders Google to suspend autocomplete over cyber harassment - 03/26/12
The Tokyo District Court has approved a petition demanding Google to suspend its autocomplete search feature for Internet browsers, after a man alleged that it breached his privacy and got him fired. According to the man's lawyer Hiroyuki Tomita, in the Japan Times on Monday, Google had refused to suspend the feature, stating that its headquarters was in the U.S. and would not be regulated by Japanese law. The company also noted that the case also did not warrant deleting the autocomplete suggestions related to the petition under its in-house privacy policy.

Pervert who “bullied” young children into exposing themselves on Facebook and other social networking sites jailed - 03/26/12
A PREDATORY pervert who “bullied, coerced and pressured” young children into exposing themselves over Facebook and social networking sites has been jailed for seven years and will be on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Beware! E-mafia is at work on social media - 03/25/12
Beware of being active on cyber space as stalkers are on the prowl. Social networking may be the best way to catch up with lost contacts or conveying your thoughts to the world in a jiffy, but unless you are careful about the privacy settings in these sites, there are very high chances of falling an easy prey to cyber stalkers.

Bully arrested after ‘Sarah’ tells her story online - 03/24/12
A student at Arundel High School was charged with harassment last week, just days after a classmate he allegedly bullied posted an essay online asking for help and kicked off a social media storm. A girl who identified herself only as “Sarah” posted the 500-word article on Reddit, saying school officials had not done enough to stop death threats she was receiving from a well-liked bully.

Alleged Cyber-Stalker Found With More Than $100K in Stolen Goods - 03/23/12
Bond was set at $100,000 for a North Side man arrested Thursday for cyber stalking and found to be in possession of stolen goods ranging from diamond rings and scooters to tennis rackets. Police arrested Jicheng Liu, 32, of the 1700 block of West Altgeld Street, at his home Thursday on a warrant for cyber stalking and discovered the large quantity of stolen goods, according to a statement from police News Affairs.

Collin County Deputies Bust "Project X"-Inspired Party - 03/22/12
Authorities thwarted a "Project X"-style party slated for a vacant home in rural Collin County. "Project X," a movie that premiered March 2, is about three not-so-popular teenagers who decide to make a name for themselves by hosting the party to end all parties at a parent's home.

Florida man Doyle Hardwick arrested, jailed after Facebook quarrel with wife and calling 911 - 03/22/12
A Florida man is serving jail time ­ all because he wanted to check his Facebook page. Problem was his wife wouldn't leave him alone. The Tampa Bay Times reports 57-year-old Doyle Hardwick gave his wife beer in hopes she would go to sleep. But 54-year-old Julie Hardwick didn't want to go to bed. According to Pasco County arrest reports, she wanted to sit by her husband and look at his Facebook page. So he called 911.

Do You Google Your Dates? - 03/22/12
Online dating may no longer be taboo, but there's still the nagging question of safety associated with meeting someone over the internet. Sure, some dating websites may begin screening their users, but in the land of "I'm-a-20-something-who-can't-pay-for-a-membership-or-for-your-fancy-background-checks" there's another alternative: total internet recon.

When cyberstalking gets really sinister - 03/21/12
It began with a casual encounter at a London dinner party but when pretty PR executive Hannah Rhind chose not to pursue the relationship, she had no idea what was about to be unleashed. Instead of taking the gentle hint, Shumsheer Ghumman embarked on a relentless stalking campaign, subjecting the 29-year-old and her father to vile text messages and emails.

Grand jury votes to indict Yankees GM’s accused extortionist, Louise Meanwell - 03/21/12
The woman accused of stalking and extorting Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was indicted Wednesday by a Manhattan grand jury. Louise Neathway, 36, who has pleaded not guilty to extortion and cyber-stalking, stood cuffed in a gray ruffled blouse as prosecutors announced the panel’s decision to indict her.

NC commissioner arrested after mayor's complaint - 03/21/12
A Brunswick County town commissioner has been arrested after the mayor accused him of sending a threatening email. Belville Commissioner Joe Breault was charged Tuesday with communicating threats and cyberstalking. He was released on a $1,000 bond.

George Co. man accused of using Facebook to stalk teen girls - 03/21/12
George County investigators say a convicted criminal is back in jail, charged with using Facebook to cyber stalk teenage girls. Cyber stalking is a crime where a person harasses a victim using electronic communication. George County Sheriff's Investigator Billy Colburn said Willis McManus used the popular site to pursue 14 to 17-year-old girls.

Friday, March 23, 2012

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Monday, March 19, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - March 19, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Florida woman bit on buttocks by bear

Wildlife officials in Florida said a woman walking her dog was bitten on the rear end by a black bear.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Joy Hill said the woman was walking her dog at an apartment complex on Sable Drive in Longwood around 7 a.m. Friday when the bear attacked, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

The woman sustained four puncture wounds to her rear end and was taken to Florida Hospital Altamonte for treatment, Hill said.

Hill said wildlife officers are setting traps for the bear, which they plan to euthanize.

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Internet trolls targeted me for two years, says former Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon - 03/19/12
BBC radio presenter Richard Bacon has revealed he was targeted by an abusive internet troll for nearly two years after he replaced Simon Mayo on BBC Radio Five Live. The anonymous online abuse was directed not only at him, but also his wife and baby son and became so hateful, he was forced to report the suspect to the police. The 36-year-old has spoken out in a documentary about cyber bullying due to be shown tonight, despite fearing this will provide further ammunition for internet trolls.

Indian call centres selling YOUR credit card details and medical records for just 2p - 03/18/12
Confidential personal data on hundreds of thousands of Britons is being touted by corrupt Indian call centre workers, an undercover investigation has discovered. Credit card information, medical and financial records are being offered for sale to criminals and marketing firms for as little as 2p.

Internet age horror story for any parent: At 14, Emily was besotted by a boy she found online. Then they met - and found out 'he' was really a she - 03/17/12
Fourteen-year-old Emily Marabella’s heart skipped a beat when she chanced upon the profile of ‘Mr Gorgeous’ on an internet social-networking site. With his long fringe sweeping out from under a beanie hat, chiselled jaw and pretty-boy looks, he was the very image of her teen idol, Justin Bieber.

WM woman charged with cyberstalking - 03/16/12
A West Monroe woman is behind bars after being arrested by Ouachita Parish deputies on a charge of cyberstalking. The arrest report for Natashia Dawn Lemoine, 25, of 275 Kelly Road, West Monroe, stated she sent text messages threatening the lives of the victim and their two children.

Facebook 'troll' Sean Duffy sentenced for offensive Sophie Taylor image - 03/16/12
A convicted internet "troll" who posted an offensive image of a teenage shooting victim on Facebook has been given community service. Sophie Taylor, 16, was accidentally shot by boyfriend Calum Murray, 18, at a cottage near Tomintoul, Moray, last April. The trainee gamekeeper then turned the gun on himself.

Woman, 40, arrested in London terror raid as police probe 'secret Facebook plot to blow up Italian synagogue' - 03/15/12
A 40-year-old British woman was being quizzed last night by detectives as part of an investigation into an alleged plot to blow up an Italian synagogue. Counter-terrorism officers swooped on an address in south London just before dawn yesterday after intelligence from Italian police suggested she had been discussing weapons and explosives on Facebook with a suspected Islamic extremist accused of planning an atrocity in Milan.

‘Sleep around’ Facebook jibe to stabbed Leanne - 03/14/12
YOUNG mum Leanne McNuff was stabbed to death after someone changed her Facebook status to "sleeping around". The call centre worker's best friend said after she was killed in front of her four-year-old son: "Her account was hacked."

$100,000 worth of stolen goods recovered in raid - 03/14/12,0,5053550.story
A Chicago man was arrested after police raided his Lincoln Park apartment and found more than a $100,000 in stolen merchandise. 32-year-old Jicheng Liu was arrested for cyber stalking but additional charges will likely be filed.

Home Secretary approves extradition of student Richard O'Dwyer over pirate TV website - 03/13/12
Richard O’Dwyer, 23, a computer science student at Sheffield Hallam University, faces up to 10 years in a federal prison for operating TVShack for three years until December 2010. Mr O’Dwyer’s mother, Julia, said her son had been “sold down the river by the government” in comments designed to embarrass David Cameron as he arrives in Washington for talks with President Barack Obama.

Man 'blackmailed engaged student for sex and money' at ultra-strict Mormon university attended by Mitt Romney - 03/13/12
A man has been arrested for blackmailing a Mormon student for sex and money by threatening to reveal his homosexuality to his strictly religious family including his fiancee, according to police. Brad Adams, 36, is due to appear in court in Provo, Utah, later this week charged with extortion and attempted serious sexual assault. He met his alleged victim, a student at Brigham Young University, once attended by Mitt Romney, on the Craigslist website last month.

Woman Had Sex With Teen After Online Gaming - 03/13/12
Monroe police have charged a Maine woman with sexual assault after a teen’s parents complained that their son was having a sexual relationship with a woman in her 20s. The then-14 year-old boy and Cassandra Grant, then 21, of Rockland, Maine, met in March 2011 while playing a PlayStation 3 game online, police said. The relationship escalated as they texted, met on webcam and spoke on the phone, police said.

Monday, March 12, 2012

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WHO@ Newsletter - March 12, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried...Judge's stolen plate spotted on Facebook

Authorities in Florida said an "idiot" thief stole a judge's nameplate from the door of a courtroom, then posted a picture of himself with the item on Facebook.

Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti said deputies arrested Steven Mulhall, 21, of Coral Springs, Thursday after seeing the picture of the suspect holding Broward Circuit Judge Michael Orlando's nameplate on Facebook and verifying he was in the courtroom Feb. 23, the day the plate went missing, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday.

"The nameplate is like only $40, not that big of a crime, but what an idiot. He puts it on Facebook," Lamberti said. "Here he is flaunting it on Facebook. He violated the terms of his parole by stealing, from a judge no less. He's got multiple convictions for petty theft, so now this is a felony.

"We got the nameplate back. It will be returned to the rightful owner," the sheriff said.

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How MPs are tweaking their Wikipedia pages in bid to hide embarrassing information - 03/12/12
It is often said that history is written by the victors. But now anyone with a web connection - and perhaps an axe to grind - can influence how they are remembered. For where once politicians were required to call on the power of their rhetoric to sway voters, now they have the power of the internet at their disposal - and it seems they aren't afraid to use it to their advantage.

Britain in security alert after Facebook spies create false profile for top Nato chief to steal personal data from his high-ranking friends - 03/12/12
Nato's most senior commander has been embroiled in a major security alert after a fake Facebook account was set up in his name by ‘Chinese spies’. Senior British military officers and Ministry of Defence staff are understood to have accepted ‘friend requests’ from a bogus account for Nato’s Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis.

Facebook 'friend' offer exposes man's other wife - 03/10/12
A corrections officer is facing bigamy charges after authorities said a Washington woman using Facebook discovered that she and a potential "friend" were married to him at the same time. According to charging documents filed Thursday, Alan L. O'Neill married a woman in 2001, moved out in 2009, changed his name and remarried without divorcing her. The first wife first noticed O'Neill had moved on to another woman when Facebook suggested the friendship connection to wife No. 2 under the "People You May Know" feature.

Jenelle Evans Arrested For Cyber Stalking - 03/10/12
Jenelle Evans, star of Teen Mom 2, has been arrested once again. This time, she took a trip to the big house for cyber stalking. This is the third arrest of the year for the reality star, and it’s apparently becoming her new hobby. On Friday, a warrant was issued for Jenelle’s arrest, but it wasn’t until after the Teen Mom reunion in New York over the weekend, that she turned herself in to a North Carolina police station.

Cyberstalking, burglary arrest made - 03/07/12
An Adams County woman was arrested this week after she allegedly escalated electronic threats and burglarized a Morgantown area residence. Kiesha Sadé Butler, 22, was arrested on charges of cyberstalking and burglary of a dwelling Monday.

James Bulger's mum calls for 'trolling' crackdown after sick Facebook site is set up mocking her son’s death - 03/06/12
The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has called for a crackdown on ‘internet trolls’ after a sickening Facebook group was set up mocking her son’s death. James Bulger was two years old when he was abducted and murdered by Robert Thompson and Jon Venables in 1993.

Monday, March 05, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - March 5, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Mother runs down burglary suspect on foot

A mother of three told a would-be burglar outside her parent's Florida home to "run fast" before chasing him down on foot to be arrested by police.

Betsy Stibler, 41, was checking on her children when she spotted the burglar going through her father's car around 2 a.m. Thursday, Naples (Fla.) Daily News reported.

Stibler said she called 911, then confronted the suspect.

"I said, 'You may as well stop. The police are coming. And if you are going to run, you better run fast and more than three miles because I'm a runner,'" Stibler said.

The suspect, identified as Roy Wayne Hansen, 21, took off, the newspaper said.

Stibler, who has run six 5K races in the past year, caught up to Hansen and cornered him between two homes and waited for Collier County sheriff's deputies to arrive, the report said.

Hansen was arrested and is facing a felony charge of burglary.

Stibler's father, Gary Hardin, said he wasn't surprised his daughter chased down a burglar.

"I was scared for her," said Hardin, 63. "I was worried she might catch the dude and he might be violent. I also worried she might catch the guy and beat the crap out of him."

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Little Britain star Matt Lucas quits Twitter over dead lover taunts - 02/27/12
Matt Lucas has quit Twitter after taunts about the death of his former partner were posted by a young fan. The 37-year-old comedian told his 565,000 followers on the micro-blogging site on Saturday that he was signing off for good. He said: ‘I appreciate all the support on here over the past couple of years but it’s time to shut down my Twitter account.’

Face of 9/11 terrorist Mohammed Atta used to advertise CAR INSURANCE on Facebook - 02/26/12
The face of 9/11 mastermind Mohamed Atta has been used to sell car insurance via Facebook, it emerged yesterday. Atta, the ringleader of the terrorists who killed 3,000 people in the September 11 attacks, is one of the most reviled figures in the western world.

Why spray paint an oil tank when you can say it on Facebook? - 02/25/12
I would just about bet you a horse and $100 that sales of spray paint have fallen in direct proportion to the rise in the popularity of Facebook. What I mean is this ­ whereas folks used to use spray paint to profess their love or hate of someone on the side of an oilfield tank battery or a bridge overpass ­ they can now accomplish the same thing with a few keystrokes on a computer.

Minister: My email hijacked by lefties - 02/25/12
A GOVERNMENT minister accused left-wing activists of hijacking his emails to attack a work experience scheme for jobless youngsters. Employment minister Chris Grayling said activists used his official Commons account to send complaints to Tesco for giving young people a chance.

Experts list job interview 'no-nos' - 02/24/12
Don't answer your cellphone, send a text message or talk negatively about previous employers during a job interview, U.S. experts say. A nationwide CareerBuilder survey of hiring managers and human resources professionals says 'no-nos' for job interviews include:

Worst date ever? Man 'takes photos with lover's phone while having sex and sends them to her contacts - including her MOTHER and BROTHER, 14' - 02/24/12
This could be one of the worst dates in modern history. Hiren Pinaken Shah, 22, took pictures of himself and a female friend engaging in sexual intercourse and allegedly sent said pictures to several contacts in the woman’s phone. Those contacts included the woman’s mother and 14-year-old brother, a police report says.

Tanning peeper pleads guilty to child porn - 02/24/12
The U.S. attorney's office said a Florida man caught videotaping customers who used his tanning bed pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

Police officer charged with fridge thefts - 02/24/12
Police in Texas said an officer is facing charges after security cameras recorded him taking other people's food from a station refrigerator. Deer Park Police Chief Greg Griggs said the cameras were installed after food including lunches, drinks and 60 pounds of deer sausage was taken from the department's refrigerator, KTKR-TV, Houston, reported Friday.

Con artist made $359m selling worthless drugs over internet to customers in UK and US - 02/24/12
A conman who made $359m from selling worthless products on the internet to customers across the globe has reached a settlement with the U.S. Government. Jesse Willms, from Alberta, Canada, has agreed to settle a number of charges brought against him by the Federal Trade Commission in relation to himself and 11 other companies.

'Hit me up... I'm horny': TWENTY men show up at mother's house wanting sex after 'ex-boyfriend posted fake adult Craigslist ads' - 02/23/12
A jilted boyfriend allegedly placed a series of fake adverts on Craigslist that appeared to be from his pregnant ex-girlfriend asking men for sex. Andre Flom, 31, of Portland, Oregon, put up ads with her number and address - and up to 20 men would arrive at her home for sex, police said.

Before Steinberg was investigated for cyberstalking, he voted against it - 02/23/12
Rep. Richard Steinberg, a Miami Beach Democrat accused of cyberstalking a married Miami female prosecutor, has voted for several laws that crack down on stalking-–one as recently as this week. A review of voting records since Steinberg’s 2009 freshman session shows that the former Miami Beach commissioner has cast at least five votes to increase penalties on stalkers and sexual predators who use texting or electronic media during their crimes.

MPD accuses suspect of cyberstalking his wife - 02/22/12
Monroe police arrested a man Tuesday morning accused of sending text messages to his estranged wife threatening to confront and shoot her after work. Simeon D. Jackson, 39, of 801 S. Ninth St., Monroe, was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on a charge of cyberstalking.

Is Anne Marie Rasmusson too hot to have a driver's license? - 02/22/12
Seated on a couch between her two basset hounds, Anne Marie Rasmusson hardly looks like the sort of siren who would cause men to dash their careers at her feet. A former cop, she hides her 5-foot-2-inch figure under a bulky sweatshirt and keeps her blond hair clipped short.

Man faces cyberstalking charges for threatening ex-girlfriend - 02/21/12
A Brevard County man is facing cyberstalking charges for allegedly sending threatening text messages to an ex-girlfriend. Police said Thomas Palumbo made numerous threats to the woman and contacted her when he was ordered not to.

FBI Responding To Growing Number Of Online Stalking Complaints - 02/21/12
The communication in many peoples’ relationships is now taking place on social media sites, which is posing new challenges for how we behave online and regulate privacy. A disturbing new trend is online stalking. It is such a big problem now that the FBI has expanded their cyber crimes unit.