WHO@ Newsletter - August 20, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Parrot flies into police car window
Massachusetts officials said they are trying to find the owner of a parrot that flew into the window of a police cruiser and landed on an officer's shoulder.

Waltham police said the parrot, which had previously been spotted on the loose in the area, flew into the open window of the police cruiser Monday and landed on the shoulder of an officer who closed the windows and called animal control, WBZ-TV, Boston, reported Thursday.

Authorities are hoping to reunite the bird with its owner.

"We haven't found the correct owner, but a lot of people have asked about it," animal control officer Deanna Gualtieri told The Boston Globe.

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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)

Travel firm employee arrested following harassment claims - 08/20/12
Police investigating an allegation of harassment have arrested an employee of travel company Mantrav International. The man was later released on police bail. A spokesman for Metropolitan police said: "On 31st March an allegation of harassment was received from a 30-year-old man. The decision was subsequently taken to launch an investigation and on 17th July a 72-year-old man was arrested

VPPD tackles cyberstalking with arrests VPPD tackles cyberstalking with arrests - 08/20/12
Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department reported multiple arrests for narcotics and cyber stalking. Lartigue would like citizens to understand that cyber stalking is becoming more prevalent in this community and it’s a charge that the department is taking seriously.

FBI investigates email threat against Bob Kerrey - 08/20/12
The FBI is investigating an Omaha man accused of threatening a U.S. Senate candidate in an email. 68-year-old Laurence McCabe sent an email to "End the Gridlock" political action committee that has been running an attack ad on Republican candidate Deb Fischer.

George and Kate Hadgelias hounded by stalker for 15 years - 08/19/12
A QUEENSLAND family that was stalked, threatened and abused by a complete stranger over a 15-year period has spoken for the first time about their nightmarish ordeal. Prominent Brisbane real estate agent George Hadgelias and his wife Kate have broken their silence in frustration at the difficulty of removing cruel slurs online - which means their torment continues despite the perpetrator being convicted.

'Thoroughly dishonest' RAF serviceman stole £15,000 of life-saving military equipment and sold it on eBay - 08/18/12
Royal Air Force serviceman who stole life-saving military equipment before selling it on internet auction site eBay has been jailed. Warrant Officer William Donaldson took more than £15,000 pounds worth of tourniquets - most often used to reduce blood loss of soldiers involved in bomb blasts - from stores at the base where he served.

Insulting online 'burn books' sparking controversy - 08/17/12
You have a big nose. Your butt is huge. You're ugly. You smell. These insults ­ and much worse ­ are popping up on the Internet in "burn book" accounts that are specific to area schools and to particular students there. The burn books are creating a stir in local communities and across the country.

Jury awards $4.5 million to gay former U-M student body president - 08/17/12
A federal court jury Thursday awarded $4.5million to an openly gay former University of Michigan student body president who accused a former state attorney of stalking and defaming him. The civil case involved Andrew Shirvell, the former assistant attorney general fired in 2010 after he stirred a national controversy with his campaign against Christopher Armstrong, at the time U-M's student body president.

Hustler shouldn't have used wet T-shirt contest photos of TV newswoman Catherine Bosley, court says - 08/16/12
Local news anchor Catherine Bosley triumphed this week over Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt in the latest round of a years-long battle over a revealing photo of her his publication ran without permission.
Model sues after pic used for escort site - 08/16/12
A New York model filed a lawsuit after a picture she took for a car ad was used by a Web site that implied she was a Swedish escort. David Jaroslawicz, a lawyer for Caroline Giles, 30, said his client is suing Volvo, Hertz and the Ford Models agency after a picture taken of her for a Volvo S40 promotion was used for Hertz advertisements in Argentina and a Swedish Web site that offers users the chance to "spend the night with a Swedish model of your choice," the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

Stalker stood in front of me and lifted his shirt...to show me a tattoo of my name on his chest - 08/16/12
WHEN Chloe Hopkins’ stalker walked calmly into their local pub, she ducked her head and took a wary sip from her drink. As bold as brass, the man who had made Chloe’s life a misery then ambled over to her group of friends and slowly lifted up his shirt. What the beauty queen saw emblazoned on his flabby torso stirred up a feeling of panic, the like of which she had never felt before ­ it was a tattoo of her name.

The bigamist husband who was trapped by Facebook: Wife uncovered photos online of husband marrying another woman - 08/16/12
When Lisa Curran found a picture on Facebook of her husband of 25 years getting married to another woman, she was naturally shocked and appalled. But former police officer Martin Curran, 52, allayed her fears by saying the image was a fake posted by a former girlfriend who had been stalking him.

California arson suspect's lawyer says email threat was grief therapy - 08/15/12
A California professor accused of setting a string of fires following his son's suicide pleaded not guilty to arson on Wednesday, and his lawyer said a rambling, violent email threat to carry out a shooting rampage was a form of self-therapy.

Saudi Arabia tries to ban 'offensive' internet domains with words like 'gay', 'sucks', 'wtf'… and 'catholic' - 08/15/12
Saudi Arabia has tried to block a series of requests for new web addresses ending with words like 'gay', 'sucks' and 'catholic'. In a letter sent to ICANN, the body in charge of web addresses, the kingdom claimed some of the suffixes were 'offensive'. ICANN plans to allow hundreds of new 'top-level domains', the first of which will go live next year, to supplement .com, .co.uk and other existing addresses.

Student asking Yahoo Answers to summarise book he hasn't read for homework gets a response… from the author - 08/15/12
A stressed-out student trying to make his life easier tried a cheeky way to skip the last few chapters of a novel set as homework - only for it to sensationally backfire. The student took to Yahoo! Answers earlier this week, asking for a book summary of The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To, by D.C. Pierson, admitting he had not finished the book. By the following day, however, the student was rumbled - not by an angry teacher or disappointed parent, but by the novel's author... who was not impressed.

Burglar nabbed after turning on Steve Jobs' stolen Macs - 08/15/12
Whoever broke into the home of the late Steve Jobs is probably now wishing that a different house had been the target. The Palo Alto, Calif., home was robbed on July 17 of more than $60,000 in computers and other items, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. Kariem McFarlin, a 35-year-old man, was arrested and charged with the crime.

Banksy’s stolen art of sperm on eBay - 08/14/12
A BANKSY artwork was ripped from a hotel wall and put up for sale on eBay for £17,000, a court heard yesterday. The piece ­ called Sperm Alarm ­ shows 15 sperm swimming around a red sprinkler alarm. Millionaire graffiti artist Banksy had painted it on a panel at the four-star Hesperica Hotel in Victoria, central London.

Custer man, 42, serving 60-day sentence for cyber stalking ex-girlfriend - 08/14/12
A Custer man started serving a 60-day jail sentence Tuesday, Aug. 14, for stealing his ex-girlfriend’s purse and telling her, over text message, to “please” kill herself. Troy Lane Judge, 42, was convicted of cyber stalking and third-degree theft in June. The defendant confronted his 43-year-old ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of the Silver Reef Casino on a night in September 2011, about 10 months after they broke up. He yelled expletives at her, according to charging documents.

Man guilty of cyberstalking Louisiana woman - 08/14/12
A Maine man accused of using the Internet to stalk his ex-girlfriend in Louisiana and to steal her identity has pleaded guilty to cyberstalking. Prosecutors say 41-year-old Shawn Sayer continued to stalk his ex-girlfriend even after she changed her name and moved from Maine to Louisiana.

Somali pirate negotiator jailed for life by US court - 08/14/12
A Somali man who acted as a ransom negotiator for pirates who seized a yacht last year and killed four American hostages has been given 12 life sentences by a US federal judge. Mohammad Shibin was convicted in April on 15 charges including piracy, hostage taking, kidnapping and conspiracy. He was paid $30,000-$50,000 (£19,000-£32,000) in cash for his negotiating services, according to a federal indictment.

Internet pirate who earned £60,000 a month from download site jailed for four years - 08/14/12
An internet pirate who banked up to £60,000 a month from a site which shared links to downloadable TV shows and films was jailed for four years today. Anton Vickerman's surfthechannel.com website attracted 400,000 visitors a day at its peak and was close to the top 500 most popular websites.

Vernal man charged with 71 counts of sexual exploitation - 08/14/12
Police allege a 23-year-old Vernal man took dozens of nude photographs and sexual videos of teenage girls he dated in 2007 and 2008.
The man was charged with 71 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, in 8th District Court on Tuesday.

Bogus Twitter account falsely reports Margaret Thatcher dead? - 08/14/12
The Iron Lady has fallen victim to yet another internet death hoax. A Twitter account dubbed @OfficialSkyNews falsely tweeted Tuesday that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had died, setting the micro-blogging site ablaze with momentary confusion as users waited for verification of the news.


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